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Is it worth upgrading from Radeon 4870 to Geforce GTX 650ti

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 23, 2013 11:21:35 AM


I would like to know if it's worth, my current system is:
Intel Core 2 Duo 3GHz
2GB RAM (I know have to buy more)
Ati Radeon HD 4870

Geforce 650ti should be more powerful and consume less power, but won't my CPU bottleneck it?

I am planning for occasional gaming.
January 23, 2013 11:24:46 AM

I also like that the 650ti is much smaller (I'm looking at the Gigabyte model).
a b U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 11:31:17 AM

No it really isn't worth the upgrade I would look at a 660 or 7850 1 GB if you need to keep costs down.
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a c 182 U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 11:32:49 AM

You will notice performance as you are upgrading to new gen card.gtx 650ti will be little bottlenecking.what is your max resolution?
January 23, 2013 11:45:02 AM

Thanks for answers. I use my default desktop resolution in modern games which is 1650*1050.
a c 182 U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 11:45:44 AM

You need minimum to get hd 7850 or hd 7870 but that will be heavy bottleneck to your cpu
January 23, 2013 11:53:04 AM

In other words you think I have to buy a whole new pc in order to play modern games on max settings? If that is true then I will stick to gaming on my ps3 lol
a c 182 U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 12:00:34 PM

Ya stick with up more and get new cpu and mobo.
January 23, 2013 12:08:34 PM

With a 650ti, you might have to turn down some settings a little in some areas to achieve smooth game play. Maybe spending a little more and getting the 7850 might be a better idea as you get much more performance while spending just a little more.

Your dual core will still hold up even though games are supporting more threads.
January 23, 2013 12:18:56 PM

Get a cheap XFX HD7850 1GB, you will see the difference..
January 23, 2013 12:32:16 PM

Ok, thanks for answers guys. I will consider buying 7850 then since it really isn't much more expensive than 650ti. From the looks I like the Sapphire and Gigabyte models cos they have large and thus silent fans. Which one you would prefer? I have Gigabyte mobo so I'm thinking going with Gigabyte. XFX are not sold in my country (I'm in eastern europe, latvia).
a c 182 U Graphics card
January 23, 2013 1:09:10 PM

Yes go with gigabyte.They have good quality graphic card.