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HD 6850 to GTX 670

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February 27, 2013 1:49:37 PM

Hi Guys and Girls,

I wanted to ask a question in regards to upgrading my HD6850 to GTX 670. I have found some forums also kind of asking the same question but could not really find the answer to my own. So I hope you guys can help.

I want to upgrade My HD6850 to GTX 670 but Im not sure if my system will bottleneck the performance? I dont really want to upgrade the CPU as of yet but inevitably will do so soon when I have the cash. I just want to upgrade the card for now and leave everything else as it is. Also can you guys please point out which type of gtx 670 to get? e.g brand etc. Im going to be playing on 1680x1050 monitor and would like to play games such as Crysis 3 (at least on high or more), Bf3, borderlands 2 maxed out with physix etc with fps atleast on 60 or over 30+. Also if you guys have other GPU's in mind then please advise.

Here are my specs below-:

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache CPU


- Coolermaster silent 80plus Certified Efficiency PSU - i think its 400w i have'nt really checked


- 8GB Dual Channel G-Skill RIPJAW DDR3 1600MHz


- AMD ATi Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card


- Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 880G CrossfireX Motheboard


- Samsung F3 1000GB 7200rpm SATA II Hard Drive


- Samsung DVD±RW with LightScribe

Thanks guys

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a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 1:56:59 PM

That processor should be ok for now, but what you should really worry about is the PSU you have. I would not put a $300+ card on that PSU. A good quality 500W+ PSU only cost about $60.

But to answer your question, EVGA makes nice cards and they have really good customer support.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 1:58:55 PM

For 1680x1050 gaming I would go with a 7870 2GB Radeon instead of the 670. A 670 really needs a faster processor and higher gaming resolution to really shine. A 7870 is very capable and cheaper than the 670.
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February 27, 2013 2:05:08 PM

larrym said:
That processor should be ok for now, but what you should really worry about is the PSU you have. I would not put a $300+ card on that PSU. A good quality 500W+ PSU only cost about $60.

But to answer your question, EVGA makes nice cards and they have really good customer support.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the quick reply.

I have found another 670 but it is 4gb what is the difference? And can you point out a link to a PSU preferably coolmaster?

thanks
February 27, 2013 2:06:24 PM

redeemer said:
For 1680x1050 gaming I would go with a 7870 2GB Radeon instead of the 670. A 670 really needs a faster processor and higher gaming resolution to really shine. A 7870 is very capable and cheaper than the 670.

Thanks dude for replying.

With this card will i need to upgrade my PSU? and also will this card be good enough for the games i want to play?
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 2:08:09 PM

n7ad-sli said:
Thanks for the quick reply.

I have found another 670 but it is 4gb what is the difference? And can you point out a link to a PSU preferably coolmaster?

thanks


The 4gb version has two more gigs of vram. It is better. If you can swing the cost, go for it. It is overkill right now, but it will help in the future if you upgrade your CPU and add monitors. If no plan to add more monitors, well, then save money and just get the 2 gig version..up to you.

Here is a list of PSU's..please try to avoid CM PSU's..we get a lot of issues with them on here.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
February 27, 2013 2:11:20 PM

larrym said:
The 4gb version has two more gigs of vram. It is better. If you can swing the cost, go for it. It is overkill right now, but it will help in the future if you upgrade your CPU and add monitors. If no plan to add more monitors, well, then save money and just get the 2 gig version..up to you.

Here is a list of PSU's..please try to avoid CM PSU's..we get a lot of issues with them on here.

http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Ok I will have a look now but which do you recommend on tier 1 im not really sure whats best as I am kind of new to this? Also what kind of issues do CM's have?

Thanks
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 2:14:46 PM

A PSU powers everything in your pc. If it goes, it can take everything with it. CM PSU's are not very reliable according to many people on here. I have never used one so I can't say either way, but A LOT of people have had issues such as early deaths with them. Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, and Antec are highly recommended around here. I use XFX and Corsair myself and love them. Here is one example..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 27, 2013 2:20:22 PM

larrym said:
A PSU powers everything in your pc. If it goes, it can take everything with it. CM PSU's are not very reliable according to many people on here. I have never used one so I can't say either way, but A LOT of people have had issues such as early deaths with them. Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, and Antec are highly recommended around here. I use XFX and Corsair myself and love them. Here is one example..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok thanks for this also how can i check the psu watts of the current one that i have now? But to be honest I might get Corsair, i've heard good things about them.
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 2:24:20 PM

There should be a sticker on the side of the PSU that gives all the specs of it.

Here is a decent Corsair psu. It's not made by Seasonic (excellent maker of PSU's) but it's a quality low budget one with two PCI-e power cables. I used this in one of my builds and it is still going strong powering two gtx 660's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 27, 2013 2:33:01 PM

larrym said:
A PSU powers everything in your pc. If it goes, it can take everything with it. CM PSU's are not very reliable according to many people on here. I have never used one so I can't say either way, but A LOT of people have had issues such as early deaths with them. Seasonic, XFX, Corsair, and Antec are highly recommended around here. I use XFX and Corsair myself and love them. Here is one example..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have found a PSU, its a corsair and its cheap what do you think? Will this be ok for an upgrade an be enough for my current specs and with the gtx 670?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 2:37:38 PM

Yes, it will be OK, that is a very nice PSU. But it is way overkill for what you have now. It does leave a lot of room for more cards and overclocking. You definitely will not be under powered. I guess you don't have a strict budget :)  If you ever want to know how much wattage you will need for your components, you can check it here..

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...
February 27, 2013 2:37:51 PM

larrym said:
There should be a sticker on the side of the PSU that gives all the specs of it.

Here is a decent Corsair psu. It's not made by Seasonic (excellent maker of PSU's) but it's a quality low budget one with two PCI-e power cables. I used this in one of my builds and it is still going strong powering two gtx 660's.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for this this one, it looks decent and cheap i might get this but do you think the one I posted would be better? and i just checked the Seasonic ones abit pricey ;) 
February 27, 2013 2:38:56 PM

larrym said:
Yes, it will be OK, that is a very nice PSU. But it is way overkill for what you have now. It does leave a lot of room for more cards and overclocking. You definitely will not be under powered. I guess you don't have a strict budget :)  If you ever want to know how much wattage you will need for your components, you can check it here..

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.js...

lol you reply to quick but thanks alot man you really helped me out on this
a b U Graphics card
February 27, 2013 2:42:38 PM

n7ad-sli said:
lol you reply to quick but thanks alot man you really helped me out on this


No problem.. glad I could help.
February 27, 2013 2:48:24 PM

larrym said:
No problem.. glad I could help.

Im just going to get the corsair 850 and will get the gtx 670. To behonest Ive been saving up for some time for a card because firstly I couldnt decide in the first instance on what to get and did not want to be dissapointed so I think il be happy with this and will have a better path for upgrading later in the future :sol:  . But Thank you again I really apreciated it. :bounce: 
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