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Needing to upgrade from my Nvidia GTX275

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December 18, 2012 12:35:42 PM

Hey all first time poster here. I am thinking about doing an upgrade on my Graphics card just wanting to know if it is a good idea and some ideas for the best route to take. I would prefer to stay with Nvidia as well. note also that I am upgrading my ram to 16 gig as the price is low right now.

Anyone has any good recommendations please let me now thank you very much.

System Specs:

CPU - I7 920 @ 2.67GHZ
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory - 1 x Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C8D3K3/6GX ****( Upgrading to 16 Gigs as price is cheap now)*****
Power Supply - 1 x XCLIO STABLEPOWER 850W 850W ATX CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
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December 18, 2012 12:46:22 PM

Welcome to TOMS!

Well it depends on your budget but i'd go woth GTX670/680. However I think ATi new series of cards are coming to market around Q2 next year if you would prefer to wait a while longer?
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December 18, 2012 12:49:36 PM

I have that CPU and mobo :-) It's a good point about waiting for next year, though it wouldn't be smart to wait for the new Radeons and then not wait for the new GeForces too. But then you're looking at maybe as long as six months. Of what's out now, I'd also recommend the GTX670, though not the GTX680 (only adds ~6% performance). If the GTX670 is out of your budget, the GTX660 is a really exceptional mid-range card. It's really only mid-range in price - performance is very much high-end, almost as fast as the GTX580.
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December 18, 2012 12:51:36 PM

I just upgraded my GTX 275 to a GTX 670. I love it so far except for the fan noise under load. I'm thinking about selling this one and buying a non-reference 670 to kill the noise level a little.

So, I'd have to say a good upgrade would diffidently be the 670. Keep in mind, there is always something around the corner, so if you want to upgrade, go for it.

If your on a budget, diffidently start with the GPU before the RAM.

Good luck mate.


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December 18, 2012 12:58:44 PM

Good point from skaz about the RAM - 6GB should be ample. If you do upgrade, you'll want to step up to 9GB (3x 3GB sticks) or 12GB (3x 4GB sticks) to use your X58's triple-channel architecture. Always stick with 3 sticks of the same size on that board.
December 18, 2012 12:59:41 PM

sam_p_lay said:
I have that CPU and mobo :-) It's a good point about waiting for next year, though it wouldn't be smart to wait for the new Radeons and then not wait for the new GeForces too. But then you're looking at maybe as long as six months. Of what's out now, I'd also recommend the GTX670, though not the GTX680 (only adds ~6% performance). If the GTX670 is out of your budget, the GTX660 is a really exceptional mid-range card. It's really only mid-range in price - performance is very much high-end, almost as fast as the GTX580.



How can I go for a GTX 600 series I do not think the mobo supports that interface type of 3.0 x 16

here are my specs on mobo from newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 18, 2012 1:01:39 PM

3.0 PCI-E Cards are backwards compatible with 2.0 PCI-E slots.

I'm using a 670 on a x58 board.

EDIT: @sam_p_lay, good point. I just saw the OP posted he or she was upgrading to 16GB. To OP, as Sam said, stick with 3 RAM modules (or 6) when using the X58 board.
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December 18, 2012 1:01:53 PM

Don't worry about that, it will be limited to PCI-E 2.0 x16, but that won't hold the card back at all. Infact even PCI-E 2.0 x8 it'll run 97% of its potential. So you're absolutely fine there.
December 18, 2012 1:24:48 PM

$65 is pretty high for a triple channel 12GB set in my opinion. You might want to spend an extra $5 and just get a four module set, then sell the fourth ram stick for $10-$15 =).

EDIT: Here's a 16GB set for $75, use code EMCJHJF36 to bring it down to $65. Same price as the 12GB set you linked, but you'll have a fourth ram stick to save for the future, or to sell. --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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