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Please recommend me a graphics card.

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December 13, 2012 10:53:35 PM

Hello all.

This is my first post, so allow m to intrduce myself.

I'm Matt aka sickbumblebee. I'm a twenty six year old student living near london.

I was using a gforce gtx 280, but it broke. So I'm in desperate need of a new graphics card.

My budget is roughly £700

This is my dxdiag information:

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System Information
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Time of this report: 12/13/2012, 23:58:46
Machine name: BIGFISH-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120824-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: alienware
System Model: Area-51 ALX X58
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/05/08 12:33:11 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 965 @ 3.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 6134MB RAM
Page File: 1797MB used, 10582MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

Please tell me if you'd like anymore information. Or if there's anything else you think would be worth an upgrade.

I was thinking of splashing out and getting a GTX 690. But I'm worried I won't see its full potential because it will be held back by older hardware. I was also worried bout my PSU not being able to handle it.

Advice is truly most definitely appreciated.

Love you guys.
December 13, 2012 11:01:33 PM

The 690 is a powerful card, but IMO it's not worth getting just yet. It's basically x2 underclocked GTX 680s on SLI and that 4gb of VRAM they advertise isn't exactly accurate since only 2gb is usable.

You're better off with a 670 and OC it slightly to match or surpass the 680 since they perform very close, or if you don't mind AMD get the 7970/GHz cards, they're cheaper and mostly outperforms the 670 and 680.
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December 13, 2012 11:06:08 PM

I agree, the 670 gtx or 7970 is the way to go.
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December 13, 2012 11:07:58 PM

Thanks, you don't think they'd be bottle necked with my other hardware?

I'd rather stick with Nvidia, but I'll ake a look at the AMD cards.

December 13, 2012 11:15:29 PM

Nope, the i7-965 is still a pretty capable processor.

If anything, might be your HDD if it's the main drive and 5xxxRPM - but that's a long shot. :lol: 
December 14, 2012 12:04:20 AM

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December 14, 2012 12:54:53 AM

i dont have facebook, but i do already have metro and more than plan to preorder lastlight. metro was one of if not the most immersive games I have ever played keeping on par with fallout3
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December 14, 2012 1:31:33 AM

id pick up a 680 if cash is not a problem and you're not after max value for dollar....

if you can find one the Zotac amp ed. 680 has some REALLY nice specs....6608MHz mem clock and 1110MHz core/1175MHz boost really fllies if you're not gonna o/c it


oh, and no you wont be "bottlenecked" the only reason id go with nv over amd really is the "smoothness" of this series of cards.....the tech report.com has a good article explaining this
http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...
December 14, 2012 1:33:25 AM

^ also another good recommendation
November 1, 2013 12:29:48 PM

A quick google revealed this price per game performance benchmark updated every 24hrs http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html Hope it helps.Also I would check the top few on the list in shopping search engines to see if there is a better deal.
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