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February 18, 2013 2:00:05 PM

Hi, everyone here. :hello:  :hello: 
I've just joined the forum today. Also adding that I'm new to this - "Rig Upgrading".
I've been a Senior Member at XDA-Developers (Android Community), so you can expect to follow the Forum Rules from me :ange:  .
My dad has agreed to spend 300 $ on upgrading my rig. Well, I'd be able to raise the budget to 500 - 600 $ :whistle:  .
I like using the machine only for playing high-end games.

According to this post, I'm listing the info as follows:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before April 2013

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [GTA IV, Crysis, FPS, NFS]; Surfing Net, Watching HD Movies, Listening to Music.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: nVidia 8400 GS 1 GB, 'Well, I'm planning to get a new power supply to whose budget is excluded from the minimum one. I don't think I'm having PSU of more than 400 W.'

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (Click them to view details)

  • Display - Samsung Sync Master B2030

  • CPU - Intel i5 650 @ 3.20 GHz (Socket 1156 LGA)

  • Board - Intel DH55TC

  • RAM - 4 GB DDR3

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Flipkart , India

    OVERCLOCKING - Maybe - I'm reading about it!

    MONITOR RESOLUTION - 1600 x 900 (Native)

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS - I've tried to gather the most info I could. I've also read about bottle-necking, well, not much.

    My doubts are as follows:

  • Shall I need to upgrade my CPU too?

  • Or shall I go for a lower budget GPU?

  • Is 750 Watt enough? (I've chosen this Cooler Master GX 750 Watts PSU)

  • Is my 4 GB RAM enough?

  • Any recommendations or suggestion please? :cry:  :cry: 


    I'm currently considering this combo:


    Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 With Boost 3 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    and

    Cooler Master GX 750 Watts PSU
    February 18, 2013 2:35:54 PM

    Paras Lehana said:
    Hi, everyone here. :hello:  :hello: 
    I've just joined the forum today. Also adding that I'm new to this - "Rig Upgrading".
    I've been a Senior Member at XDA-Developers (Android Community), so you can expect to follow the Forum Rules from me :ange:  .
    My dad has agreed to spend 300 $ on upgrading my rig. Well, I'd be able to raise the budget to 500 - 600 $ :whistle:  .
    I like using the machine only for playing high-end games.

    According to this post, I'm listing the info as follows:

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before April 2013

    USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming [GTA IV, Crysis, FPS, NFS]; Surfing Net, Watching HD Movies, Listening to Music.

    CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: nVidia 8400 GS 1 GB, 'Well, I'm planning to get a new power supply to whose budget is excluded from the minimum one. I don't think I'm having PSU of more than 400 W.'

    OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (Click them to view details)

  • Display - Samsung Sync Master B2030

  • CPU - Intel i5 650 @ 3.20 GHz (Socket 1156 LGA)

  • Board - Intel DH55TC

  • RAM - 4 GB DDR3

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Flipkart , India

    OVERCLOCKING - Maybe - I'm reading about it!

    MONITOR RESOLUTION - 1600 x 1200 (Native)

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS - I've tried to gather the most info I could. I've also read about bottle-necking, well, not much.

    My doubts are as follows:

  • Shall I need to upgrade my CPU too?

  • Or shall I go for a lower budget GPU?

  • Is 750 Watt enough? (I've chosen this Cooler Master GX 750 Watts PSU)

  • Is my 4 GB RAM enough?

  • Any recommendations or suggestion please? :cry:  :cry: 


    I'm currently considering this combo:


    Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 With Boost 3 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    and

    Cooler Master GX 750 Watts PSU


  • I would go for a HD 7870 LE (LE is the key!) AWESOME card... I'm not kidding... It will give you HD 7950 performance (GTX 670ish), it can be overclocked easly and you safe some money for a MOBO+CPU+RAM upgrade later (which you are starting to need) :D 
    Have fun :) 
    HD 7870 LE went to the market not long ago, silent, not many people know about it but it is just a hell of a card!
    (Cooler Master PSU tend not to be the best... Go corsair... Antec... Seasonic or something like that)
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    February 18, 2013 2:53:44 PM

    AirSKiller said:
    I would go for a HD 7870 LE (LE is the key!) AWESOME card... I'm not kidding... It will give you HD 7950 performance (GTX 670ish), it can be overclocked easly and you safe some money for a MOBO+CPU+RAM upgrade later (which you are starting to need) :D 
    Have fun :) 
    HD 7870 LE went to the market not long ago, silent, not many people know about it but it is just a hell of a card!
    (Cooler Master PSU tend not to be the best... Go corsair... Antec... Seasonic or something like that)


    Appreciated :bounce:  :love: 

    I've had seen reviews on LE but couldn't find it on Flipkart.
    They only have these 7870's: (Click to view)

    Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Sapphire AMD HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 Flex Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Gigabyte AMD GV-R7870OC-2GD 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

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    If I go for HD 7950, what are your recommendations for upgrading so that I won't bottleneck anything (whatever you call it :kaola:  ) ?

    Thanks!!
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    February 18, 2013 3:15:07 PM

    Paras Lehana said:
    Appreciated :bounce:  :love: 

    I've had seen reviews on LE but couldn't find it on Flipkart.
    They only have these 7870's: (Click to view)

    Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Sapphire AMD HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 Flex Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Gigabyte AMD GV-R7870OC-2GD 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Search Results

    If I go for HD 7950, what are your recommendations for upgrading so that I won't bottleneck anything (whatever you call it :kaola:  ) ?

    Thanks!!


    They would have to be LE version... LE versions are actually HD 7950 just a tiny tiny tiny bit cut back costing something like 70$ less! That's why they are awesome...

    Well... You CPU is kinda getting old... I would upgrade the graphics card and your PSU now (Corsair AX750i? If you have the money... They are awesome...), then by June (when Intel Haswell come out) buy a new CPU+MOBO+RAM (i5-4570k I expect)
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    February 18, 2013 3:28:01 PM

    AirSKiller said:
    They would have to be LE version... LE versions are actually HD 7950 just a tiny tiny tiny bit cut back costing something like 70$ less! That's why they are awesome...

    Well... You CPU is kinda getting old... I would upgrade the graphics card and your PSU now (Corsair AX750i? If you have the money... They are awesome...), then by June (when Intel Haswell come out) buy a new CPU+MOBO+RAM (i5-4570k I expect)


    Okay, Done!! I'd go for 7870 but can you confirm me the version - HDMI/OC or FLEX?
    I think flex is good for multiple screen gaming only.

    So, would I be needing 750 W or anything like 600-700 would do?

    AX750 is discontinued on flipkart? Can you suggest me the best one from here? I'll buy that :sol: 
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    February 18, 2013 3:38:35 PM

    Paras Lehana said:
    Okay, Done!! I'd go for 7870 but can you confirm me the version - HDMI/OC or FLEX?
    I think flex is good for multiple screen gaming only.

    So, would I be needing 750 W or anything like 600-700 would do?

    AX750 is discontinued on flipkart? Can you suggest me the best one from here? I'll buy that :sol: 


    I find this one to be better :)  --> Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card;

    You don't need 750W, even for 2 HD 7870 you only need 600W (even less)

    This one is very very good
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    February 18, 2013 4:36:41 PM

    His monitor is 1600x900...anything more than a 7850 is overkill for that resolution.
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    February 18, 2013 4:40:35 PM

    quilciri said:
    His monitor is 1600x900...anything more than a 7850 is overkill for that resolution.


    Quote:
    Last one, shan't I upgrade my display?


    That's why I asked this.
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    February 18, 2013 5:18:30 PM

    Paras Lehana said:
    Quote:
    Last one, shan't I upgrade my display?


    That's why I asked this.


    I think corsair hx 650 will be better. n why r u buying from online. if u buy directly from store u will get it at lower price.
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    February 18, 2013 5:21:26 PM

    nsesh said:
    I think corsair hx 650 will be better. n why r u buying from online.


    Isn't the HX650 a Seasonic rebranded...? Pretty sure it is... So... same think
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    February 18, 2013 5:22:53 PM

    GTX660. pocket the rest of the money.
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    February 18, 2013 5:32:22 PM

    nsesh said:
    I think corsair hx 650 will be better. n why r u buying from online. if u buy directly from store u will get it at lower price.


    I don't think I'd get them cheaper from the stores here. Well, I'll ask for the rates.
    Flipkart's services and products are the best plus having reasonable prices!!


    swifty_morgan said:
    GTX660. pocket the rest of the money.


    HD 7870 is way better than it, I assume, no? :ouch: 
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    February 18, 2013 5:40:27 PM

    no, in the benchmarks I've seen they trade blows with 1 or 2 fps, but when they separate it's the 660 by 10fps or more. but he's gaming at 1600resolution so it doesn't matter.
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    February 18, 2013 5:47:06 PM

    swifty_morgan said:
    no, in the benchmarks I've seen they trade blows with 1 or 2 fps, but when they separate it's the 660 by 10fps or more. but he's gaming at 1600resolution so it doesn't matter.


    Confused Now. :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 

    Gigabyte 660 is for 300 $ only while Sapphire HD 7870 is 40 $ more.
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    February 18, 2013 6:03:35 PM

    7870 ghz is better than 660ti.
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    February 18, 2013 6:05:00 PM

    sorry to OP for the spam but had flood warning in PM box........... GTX660 is not $300. the ti might be but not the 660. look at your private messages.

    again, sorry OP.
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    February 18, 2013 6:19:43 PM

    swifty_morgan said:
    sorry to OP for the spam but had flood. warning in PM box........... GTX660 is not $300. the ti might be but not the 660. look at your private messages.

    again, sorry OP.


    Dude, not getting you!!

    I've checked every possible store here in india - It's for 300 $.
    Ti is for 450 - 480 $
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    February 18, 2013 6:37:12 PM

    how am i supposed to know where you're from?
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    February 18, 2013 6:58:24 PM

    swifty_morgan said:
    how am i supposed to know where you're from?


    I'd mentioned my preferred online store location in case you missed it...
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    February 18, 2013 7:13:58 PM

    Paras Lehana said:
    Quote:
    Last one, shan't I upgrade my display?


    That's why I asked this.


    That's entirely up to you, not us. A higher resolution display will necessitate a more expensive graphics solution to achieve he same performance.
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    February 20, 2013 8:45:43 AM

    Paras Lehana said:
    Appreciated :bounce:  :love: 

    I've had seen reviews on LE but couldn't find it on Flipkart.
    They only have these 7870's: (Click to view)

    Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7870 HDMI OC Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Sapphire AMD HD 7870 2GB GDDR5 Flex Edition 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Gigabyte AMD GV-R7870OC-2GD 2 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

    Search Results

    If I go for HD 7950, what are your recommendations for upgrading so that I won't bottleneck anything (whatever you call it :kaola:  ) ?

    Thanks!!


    What is Flipkart?
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    March 5, 2013 4:58:42 PM

    quilciri said:
    His monitor is 1600x900...anything more than a 7850 is overkill for that resolution.


    Why do so many people use the work overkill?Try maxing out crysis 3 even at that res with a 7850 and its not happening.You would have problems running it at medium/high even.
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    March 6, 2013 8:23:02 AM

    smeezekitty said:
    I would go with the 7870 and this PSU:
    http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-vs550-550-watt-psu/p/it...

    That one's discontinued :( 

    smeezekitty said:
    Or this seems to have better reviews but more money http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-cmpsu-600guk-600-watts-...


    Thanks!! :) 

    But about this one - http://www.flipkart.com/seasonic-s12ii-620-watts-psu/p/....

    I'm getting 20 Watts of more power for about $ 2 !!

    Well, I've added your selection to my wishlist.

    For the 7870, can you please assist me with this post of mine?

    Paras Lehana said:
    Well, I'm gonna buy the HD 7870 Tahiti LE soon but I can't assure the correct version on Flipkart.
    The recommendation you'd given is - http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-hd-7870-hdmi-o...

    And the specs of the Tahiti LE are here - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

    Now, can someone please confirm me the version of the former?



    Thanks. :) 


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    March 6, 2013 4:38:24 PM

    Quote:


    But about this one - http://www.flipkart.com/seasonic-s12ii-620-watts-psu/p/....

    I'm getting 20 Watts of more power for about $ 2 !!

    Well, I've added your selection to my wishlist.

    Does not look bad. I do not know about the quality of seasonic.
    Quote:


    For the 7870, can you please assist me with this post of mine?


    That appears to be factory OC but not the LE version. Not a bad card but not quite as fast.
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    March 6, 2013 5:24:25 PM

    smeezekitty said:
    I did some searching and that card is the same as the LE. I think you should be happy with its performance.


    thanks. :)  :)  :)  :) 


    It's the LE!

    Sapphire calls it XT!! :p 
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    March 9, 2013 11:22:55 AM

    Paras Lehana said:
    thanks. :)  :)  :)  :) 

    Go in for either the 7870 LE or the Gigabyte version of the 660 Ti. I can't access Flipkart from my country. :( 

    Or if you have some extra $, go in for the 7950. Get at least 620 watts of power on the PSU.

    Have the Catalyst drivers installed correctly.




    It's the LE!

    Sapphire calls it XT!! :p 
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