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January 1, 2013 3:40:45 AM

I am in need of a video card upgrade. Could anyone assist what would be best for me considering my current equpment.

thanks


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP 100-200 usd

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT battlefield3 and just gaming in general.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Evga 8800gt 512 mb and Rocketfish 700 watt psu


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Asus mobo M4A785TDO VEVO B ....AMD Phenom 2 x3 740 3.0ghz......2-4 gig sticks of g skill ddr3 1600 pc3-12800 ram. Antec 900 case.....120 gig WD hdd.... just upgraded to windows7 32 bit OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.....Tigerdirect etc

PARTS PREFERENCES: I lean towards nvidea cards but have an open mind. I have had good luck with evga cards in the past. Last ati card I had was agp.

OVERCLOCKING: Would be willing to maybe overclock being my case is designed for it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking for a decent card to play Battlefield 3 with and some of the latest games. Battlefield 3 only plays at around 15 to 20 fps so needless to say it sucks to play it. Thanks for all of you help and let me know if you need anything else. Looking to spend between 100 to 200 dollars. Thanks

Gabe

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a c 178 U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 3:44:59 AM

Get hd 7850
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January 1, 2013 3:55:47 AM

unksol said:
You didn't say what you want too use it for, and "rocketfish" just sounds scary. At your res and budget a 7870 would be the best. The ones is seen at 195 just sold out though. Here's one at 210

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681415060...

If you don't want to spend that look for a 7850

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681420200...


Just using it for gaming that is all. Rocketfish is a best buy brand name.

Thanks for your reply.

Will I get a bottleneck with my older mobo ?
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 4:05:41 AM

Your motherboard won't be. CPU might in some CPU intensive games.
January 1, 2013 6:33:43 AM

Rocketfish is crap lol go with a nvidia card like evga msi not amd radeon u might want to look into buying a real psu like corsair one
January 1, 2013 6:38:40 AM

you could go to best buy and get a nvidia 660 ti gpu for only 350 its a really good card or u can find good ones on tigerdirect.com
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 6:46:24 AM

you could get a better psu like a corsair and a 7770 ghz edition
Corsair 430W psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7770 Ghz edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or you could stick with the somewhat sketchy psu (although honestly if it's still running a 8800 fine then I probably wouldnt be too scared of it). In that case you could get a 7870 or a GTX 660, If your playing BF3 then I'd highly recommend the GTX 660 as BF3 highly favors Nvidia cards.
GTX 660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 6:48:19 AM

In battlefield 3 the phenom 2 might bottleneck things some, but with a quality card you should still be more than alright
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 6:51:30 AM

Correction I meant in battlefield 3 multiplayer, it's much more cpu dependent that the campaign.
January 1, 2013 12:31:31 PM

Thank you all for the replies. I was thinking on the gtx 660 but noticed it is 192 bit and not 256 bit. How bad will this effect my game play vs a 256 bit card ?
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 12:41:34 PM

what are the rest of your system specs ? also does your psu have a 6 pin connector ?
dont worry at your resolution 660 will have no problem with its 192 bit bus. only at much higher resolution does it pose a problem.
January 1, 2013 12:43:11 PM

mohit9206 said:
what are the rest of your system specs ? also does your psu have a 6 pin connector ?
dont worry at your resolution 660 will have no problem with its 192 bit bus. only at much higher resolution does it pose a problem.



Yes it has two of them. What else would you like to know about my system ?
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 12:46:54 PM

isufan said:
Yes it has two of them. What else would you like to know about my system ?


your cpu, your ram and your motherboard
January 1, 2013 12:59:17 PM

mohit9206 said:
your cpu, your ram and your motherboard



It is all in my original post.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP 100-200 usd

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT battlefield3 and just gaming in general.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Evga 8800gt 512 mb and Rocketfish 700 watt psu


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Asus mobo M4A785TDO VEVO B ....AMD Phenom 2 x3 740 3.0ghz......2-4 gig sticks of g skill ddr3 1600 pc3-12800 ram. Antec 900 case.....120 gig WD hdd.... just upgraded to windows7 32 bit OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.....Tigerdirect etc

PARTS PREFERENCES: I lean towards nvidea cards but have an open mind. I have had good luck with evga cards in the past. Last ati card I had was agp.

OVERCLOCKING: Would be willing to maybe overclock being my case is designed for it.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1900x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking for a decent card to play Battlefield 3 with and some of the latest games. Battlefield 3 only plays at around 15 to 20 fps so needless to say it sucks to play it. Thanks for all of you help and let me know if you need anything else. Looking to spend between 100 to 200 dollars. Thanks
January 1, 2013 1:13:47 PM

You seem to be in an interesting position. You have a monitor with a high native resolution but an outdated CPU, GPU, and possibly PSU. One other thing I have to mention is if you're using the windows 7 32-bit OS you are limiting your 8 GB of ram to only 3. If your purchase of Windows 7 came with the 64-bit version you should upgrade to take advantage of all of your ram.

If you only want to spend between 100-200 USD and you want to play Battlefield 3 with good settings and framerates, I would suggest finding a good deal on a 7850/7870. However, I don't know if your AMD Phenom x3 would bottleneck those GPUs or not so that is something to look into.
a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2013 1:23:19 PM

gtx 660 is a good choice. will let you game on high for 2 years and another 2 years on medium at 1080p
January 1, 2013 3:02:48 PM

Theredmagus said:
You seem to be in an interesting position. You have a monitor with a high native resolution but an outdated CPU, GPU, and possibly PSU. One other thing I have to mention is if you're using the windows 7 32-bit OS you are limiting your 8 GB of ram to only 3. If your purchase of Windows 7 came with the 64-bit version you should upgrade to take advantage of all of your ram.

If you only want to spend between 100-200 USD and you want to play Battlefield 3 with good settings and framerates, I would suggest finding a good deal on a 7850/7870. However, I don't know if your AMD Phenom x3 would bottleneck those GPUs or not so that is something to look into.




I made the bad mistake of buying the 32 bit OS. I really don't know why I did. Maybe because that is all I have ever run. I have been thinking of taking that key and putting it on my laptop that currently has 64 bit vista. Then maybe buying a new OEM copy of windows 7 64 bit.

Should I go with ATi being my cpu is ati or does that really matter much ? I generally go nvidea for some reason but really don't care as long as it plays well.
January 2, 2013 2:02:31 AM

isufan said:
I made the bad mistake of buying the 32 bit OS. I really don't know why I did. Maybe because that is all I have ever run. I have been thinking of taking that key and putting it on my laptop that currently has 64 bit vista. Then maybe buying a new OEM copy of windows 7 64 bit.

Should I go with ATi being my cpu is ati or does that really matter much ? I generally go nvidea for some reason but really don't care as long as it plays well.


No, you don't need to go with an AMD GPU because your CPU is AMD. Both AMD and Nvidia make great graphics cards.
January 4, 2013 2:59:09 AM

Well I finally got windows 7 installed. I am now looking at upgrading my RAM to another 8 gig to give me a full 12 gig total.

Then video card time. Thank you all for your help it is greatly appreciated. :bounce: 
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