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February 7, 2013 2:10:47 PM

I recently build a new system, for fun ya know. I'm just having a little trouble deciding on a graphics card. I'm looking at the ASUS 7870 GHZ edition. My question is, is this graphics card going to be just too much for my system? Is there any point in me getting one that nice or will it just be far above the rest of my system, and if it will be that much better... Does anyone have a suggestion for a good gpu for my build. I'm sorry if this should have been posted somewhere else, I'm new to the forums and still don't quite get how they all work. Any help will be appreciated! :D 

I didn't get my signature set right to show the full specs so here they are:

Antec 300 Illusion
AMD Phenom IIx4 965 BE @4.2ghz
ASUS M5A99X-EVO
2 x 2gb Curcial Ballistix Sport Tracer DDR3 1333 (O.C. to 1600)
Raidmax Hybrid 2 RX-530ss 530w v2.2
2 x GTS 240 (SLI)
WD BLue 500gb 7200RPM SATA 6 hdd

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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 2:45:44 PM

Buy the Radeon 7870 XT or Nvidia GTX 660 Ti...
Choose the cards depending on the games you play...

GTX 660 performs better in BF3, Max payne and Assassins Creed while 7870XT performs better in Deus Ex, Hitman and Dirt...
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 2:50:34 PM

The 7870 will suit your system just fine. But if you don't play games the hd7870 is just a waste of money. You can get a HD7770 for $110.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 2:51:49 PM

before upgrading video I would suggest replacing the power supply as Raidmax is not a reliable brand

since your cpu is overclocked 7870 will work well...you can go up to 7900 series but you will need a better power supply. do you really need the best graphics? its entirely up to you as games can be played on minimum or maximum settings its just how much are you willing to spend for the eyecandy in games

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/78...

"500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with four 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology."
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February 7, 2013 10:20:50 PM

I do play games. Mostly the Dragon Age games, the Mass Effect games, DCUO, EQ, LoL and the Arkham games. I can play them all on max settings now, but can't enable any of the physX 11 features because of the older cards, and I'd like to get my average and minimum FPS up. In Arkham city I easily get the max 60 FPS but my min is usually around 24 and my average at 44, and that's with everything I can turn on on, highest res and extreme detail.
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February 7, 2013 10:22:13 PM

alvine said:
before upgrading video I would suggest replacing the power supply as Raidmax is not a reliable brand

since your cpu is overclocked 7870 will work well...you can go up to 7900 series but you will need a better power supply. do you really need the best graphics? its entirely up to you as games can be played on minimum or maximum settings its just how much are you willing to spend for the eyecandy in games

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/78...

"500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with four 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology."


I do intend to upgrade the psu, especially if I decide to go crossfire, but I kind of want to get the gpu first. They're just more fun to get in the mail for some reason.
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February 7, 2013 10:28:07 PM

I'm also pretty sure the 7870 XTs are too long for my case. The ASUS 7870 ghz edition will barely fit, it's one of the few I could find that would. I guess that should have been mentioned in the original post. Anything longer than 10.5" is too long.
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a b U Graphics card
February 8, 2013 9:15:06 AM

If you want short cards, go for the Zotac GTX 660 or GTX 660 Ti... They will fit in any case... And actually for the games you play, the GTX 660/660Ti would be better...

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/647?vs=548

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/660?vs=548
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February 8, 2013 12:50:36 PM

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