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January 11, 2013 3:55:04 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the closer the better) BUDGET RANGE: about $340

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming Playing Starcraft 2, Dota 2 and League of Legends Mainly occasionally GW2 and Skyrim

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: my GPU is so outdated its not even worth mentioning, PSU 700W (new)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: MOBO: ASRock G31M-S
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8200
RAM: 4gb (not sure what brand)
Planning to eventually get newer components when i have the $$$

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Centrecom, Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: Any Reliable brand/Card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: whats SLI and whats Crossfire...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 i may be getting a new monitor soon with higher RES

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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 3:58:16 AM

Please tell your whole specs and your power supply and your max resolution.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:05:33 AM

alleriaq said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the closer the better) BUDGET RANGE: about $340

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming Playing Starcraft 2, Dota 2 and League of Legends Mainly occasionally GW2 and Skyrim

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: my GPU is so outdated its not even worth mentioning, PSU 700W (new)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: MOBO: ASRock G31M-S
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8200
RAM: 4gb (not sure what brand)
Planning to eventually get newer components when i have the $$$

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Centrecom, Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: Any Reliable brand/Card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: whats SLI and whats Crossfire...

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 i may be getting a new monitor soon with higher RES


PSu brand and next possible res. for new monitor would be great.
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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:05:37 AM

In amd side you can get hd 7950 and in nvidia gtx 660ti.Both card will maxout any games you throw for next 3 years at that resolution.
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January 11, 2013 4:08:18 AM

pit_1209 said:
PSu brand and next possible res. for new monitor would be great.

Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 700W
and 1920x1080 hopefully
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:11:53 AM

Sli and Crossfire are multi-gpu setups, I mean 2 or more cards interconnected.
Requires an AMD CrossFire™ Ready motherboard, an AMD CrossFire™ Bridge Interconnect (for each additional graphics card) and may require a specialized power supply.
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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:12:28 AM

Your psu is enough for both cards.you are good to go.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:13:20 AM

alleriaq said:
Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 700W
and 1920x1080 hopefully


Check the one in the link I already posted, I think that a hd 7950 is more suitable than the gtx 660 ti.
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January 11, 2013 4:14:09 AM

i looked on centrecom and there are like 3 or 4 different GPU's with the same name for both HD7950 and 660Ti what is the difference?
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January 11, 2013 4:19:40 AM

another newbie question is there any software i will have to install? or can i just place it in?
and will the GPU fit propperly?
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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:20:31 AM

Yes hd 7950 is better than gtx 660ti.They both performs at very close to each other.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:23:03 AM

alleriaq said:
another newbie question is there any software i will have to install? or can i just place it in?
and will the GPU fit propperly?

You will need the drivers beforehand but you can download the last version or just installed the one in the cd that comes with the card, about if it fits I need to know which is your case if that´s possible.
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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:26:48 AM

Download latest driver from website as thd driver which comes with cd is sometimes old.
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January 11, 2013 4:26:55 AM

:bounce: 
pit_1209 said:
You will need the drivers beforehand but you can download the last version or just installed the one in the cd that comes with the card, about if it fits I need to know which is your case if that´s possible.

my case doesnt display the name anywhere :p  is there a way to find out?
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:31:20 AM

alleriaq said:
:bounce: 
my case doesnt display the name anywhere :p  is there a way to find out?


How much free space you got inside your case with your build, is everything very tigth or there´s plenty of it.
Can you take photos?
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January 11, 2013 4:45:40 AM

pit_1209 said:
How much free space you got inside your case with your build, is everything very tigth or there´s plenty of it.
Can you take photos?

it should fit length wise but im not sure about width
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:53:44 AM

is a double slot card so if there´s nothing blocking the next slot there won´t be a problem. My concerned was about the length.
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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 4:56:59 AM

You will have no problem to fit gpu.you are good to go.
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January 11, 2013 5:01:21 AM

okay thanks a heap guys :) 
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 5:03:34 AM

alleriaq said:
okay thanks a heap guys :) 


Just try to get nothing between the flow of the card´s fan and good luck. :) 
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 5:16:58 AM

pit_1209 said:
Check the one in the link I already posted, I think that a hd 7950 is more suitable than the gtx 660 ti.


I'm going to disagree here not because of the techreport that shows that the 660Ti can be stronger then the 7950.
http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...

But because he is a old socket 775 chip that is at least 4-5 years old. August 2008 is when they released. He needs a more mid range card a 7950 isn't a mid range card and even the 660Ti may throw him a curve ball. I would be looking at a 7850 or a gtx660 non ti and start looking towards Haswell or Skylake. I'm referring to CPU architecture I would say that you would need to look towards the next 2 gens as points of where upgrading would yield the biggest return when looking at graphic cards.
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January 11, 2013 5:27:05 AM

i will eventually upgrade the CPU though is it bad for the GPU if the CPU is outdated? or is it just not going to use the GPU to its full potential?
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 5:29:00 AM

What you end up with is a car going 100 miles an hour with no brakes it will hit a wall eventually. Basically what you end up with is a bottleneck something that holds you back because of your CPU's deficiency which is why I suggested something middle line because the higher end cards will need more CPU power to really boast there power.
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January 11, 2013 5:33:51 AM

how much would a CPU be? (one that would be suitable)
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 5:39:30 AM

Well i5's normally hover around 200-230 for the unlocked ones. And the lowest I've seen for the lower ones being around 170-180. The unlocked ones being more powerful of course. And you need to factor in motherboard cost I would say in the ballpark of 130 dollars plus ram 40 dollars for 8 gigs of memory. So given the higher cost of CPU 230 it comes to around 400 dollars for a system overhaul at the moment. Keep in mind this being in the states it costs a lot for components down under I hear you would also want a power supply so closer towards 500 I suppose then.
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January 11, 2013 5:47:33 AM

isnt a 700W psu enough?
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 5:50:24 AM

It should be yes I would say you would be fine with that so you could subtract that which power supply do you currently have?
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January 11, 2013 6:10:06 AM

Thermaltake TR2 Bronze 700W
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a c 180 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 6:13:48 AM

More than enough.
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January 11, 2013 6:55:53 AM

IF I were you I would start saving for a whole new PC. An i5 with a z77 mobo, 7970 8 gigs of ram dont need a new gpu or a new case. All together about 750 and that should game for a long while. and youre half way there!
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 6:57:39 AM

You need to keep in mind that he lives in Australia and things are mad expensive down there. I would upgrade as well yes but when hes ready hes ready I would upgrade within the next year and a half with the current setup he has.
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January 11, 2013 8:00:04 AM

im planning to get the GPU now and upgrade the rest of the parts later since my gpu is pretty much had it. its extremely loud.
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a c 133 U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 8:01:50 AM

Of course which may be due to heat a lot of modern graphic cards have sensors that will turn up the fan speed as the temps rise. You could use something like afterburner to monitor this and to change speeds of the fan.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2013 3:02:47 PM

alleriaq said:
im planning to get the GPU now and upgrade the rest of the parts later since my gpu is pretty much had it. its extremely loud.


Rigth now your cpu will be a bottleneck but as you have stated earlier you will upgrade all of your build later so I didn´t complaint and the best part to upgrade in the first place is the gpu if you got a good PSu.
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