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January 10, 2013 7:42:17 PM

Hi

im thinking of upgrading my gpu i have a gt 9500 but its overheating and low and stuff bought 2 yrs ago now is the time to upgrade my budget is 300 $ more or less i want he best gpu for it

my specs

intel i5 760

4gb ram

mobo intel dh55tc

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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 7:46:13 PM

Well your options are either the GTX 660 Ti or AMD 7950. The 7950 will give you overall slightly higher FPS but at the cost of some frame latency and less features (nvida has things like adaptive sync, physx and so on). What resolution do you play at, anything over 1080p and the 7950 will start to pull away a bit more?
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January 10, 2013 7:47:26 PM

well
1366 x 768
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 7:50:47 PM

Err well you might be better off just getting a gtx 660 or AMD 7870 for around $200-$230, and even then those will be overkill for that resolution. Gtx 660 being the one I would get, due to the fact they perform and cost almost the same but nvidia has more features.
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January 10, 2013 7:51:18 PM

its mainly gaming and video editing ,i want it to be usable for gaming in the three next years
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a c 134 U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 7:54:19 PM

Okay may I ask what games you are into playing? For you graphic wise I would look towards a 660Ti with your given budget. I would say that beyond that you may want to overclock a little bit to stretch your CPU power to the higher end cards but a 660Ti would more then likely fit your solution like a glove. Also, If I may suggest it may be of value to invest in a 8GB ram kit. I've pulled a link for the cards that would fit your budget and the best options within it.

Nvidia 650Ti,660, 660Ti, and with AMD the 7850, 7870
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=118,114,113...

Something like this
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $317.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 16:51 EST-0500)
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January 10, 2013 7:56:41 PM

well i play all the new released game bf3 black ops 2 and i hope the new gpu will run these at ultra with good fps
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January 10, 2013 7:58:01 PM

hmm cant i buy a 4gb ram and install it with my old one i have two ram slots left
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 7:58:03 PM

at 1368x768 the GTX 660 is all you need to run games maxed out.
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January 10, 2013 7:59:35 PM

and my main issu is verheating mu current 9500 overheats when used it reaches 108 c -117
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a c 134 U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:01:54 PM

malikron7 said:
hmm cant i buy a 4gb ram and install it with my old one i have two ram slots left



You can as long as they are using the same voltage, and you may have to set the timings so they match and don't conflict. I prefer buying ram in a pair to avoid issues.

As long as you weren't someone who cared about AA+AF I would say a 660Ti would fit the ticket the 7870 would as well but 660Ti is comparable to the 7950 http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...

It's really up to you the 660Ti is like a card on the edge of being high end and the 7870 much the same but more on the mid range of cards. You may be able to find some 7950's in your range but they may not be the best quality of card. And your card is quite hot yea I would replace it as well.

But before I go to far into this thread what power supply are you currently using to power your system.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:03:07 PM

The MSI TF cards stay really cool.
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January 10, 2013 8:03:56 PM

the 700 series release is soon should i wait for it or go for the 660
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:10:27 PM

The 700 release is still months away and they normally release the high end 780 first.. so it will be even longer till the mid range cards come out. I say get the GTX 660 unless you don't mind waiting half a year for the new cards/price drops.
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January 10, 2013 8:12:39 PM

well look like im going with the 660 thank you all for this great support
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January 10, 2013 8:13:39 PM

For $300 you can get a 660 Ti or if you can find a deal on a 3GB 7950 you should get one of those. Not the GTX 660 (Non-Ti).
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:16:04 PM

mf2385 said:
For $300 you can get a 660 Ti or if you can find a deal on a 3GB 7950 you should get one of those. Not the GTX 660 (Non-Ti).

He is playing at 1368x768 res... anything over 660 is going to be wasted money. Sure he can spend an extra $80-$100 but he won't see any gain from it.
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January 10, 2013 8:17:52 PM

wait which one the gtx or the ti ?
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:21:08 PM

malikron7 said:
wait which one the gtx or the ti ?


Get the GTX 660 (non ti) you won't see a difference in the two at your resolution and it will save you ~$80.
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January 10, 2013 8:34:56 PM

Derza10 said:
He is playing at 1368x768 res... anything over 660 is going to be wasted money. Sure he can spend an extra $80-$100 but he won't see any gain from it.


That is a far assessment. I was feeling mid range would suit him best something in the 660 Ti or non Ti range. The two common resolutions I see now are 1680x1050 and 1920x1080/1200 so chances are he may come to a point where he will want to replace his monitor. Both are excellent cards the 660 and the Ti version. With the Ti rivaling the 7950 it shows that it has power of a higher end card that is why I feel its justified over the 660 but my opinion is different.
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a b U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:41:31 PM

Sure, but if he has no plans to do that upgrade he is just throwing his money away... and the GTX 660 will function just fine at 1080p, maybe the best solution would be to get a GTX 660 and a 1080p monitor but his budget would need to be pushed closer to $350.
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a c 134 U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 8:44:41 PM

Right I would go at it like this upgrade wise memory>GPU>monitor. As long as hes not to focused on maxing his games I'd say you are right.
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a c 134 U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 9:01:36 PM

The article it outdated the Ti and the non Ti have seen improvements since this September release the latest drivers came out in the middle of December. Also, it depends on the games he is playing there is never a flat percentage increase it varies between game to game card wise. I don't like percents they are very misleading.
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a c 134 U Graphics card
January 10, 2013 9:18:22 PM

Wowzers that is nicely priced!
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January 10, 2013 10:30:43 PM

Oh ok playing at that low res then yes, get a GTX 660.
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