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Advice on upgrading from nVidia geforce gtx 550 ti to 670 or 680. Budget range is $300-$450 Looking for best deal.

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April 9, 2013 4:11:55 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few weeks, probably this weekend.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, games like Crysis, Metro, The Witcher 2, etc.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 01G-P3-1556-KR, Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core i7-2600, ASUS P8H67-M Pro REV3 Motherboard, 8gb DDR3 RAM, will be put in a NZXT Phantom 410.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Tigerdirect, newegg, amazon.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for the best nVidia GeForce GTX 670 or if it would be worth it, a 680 for the price.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want better than reference model if possible. I have looked at the cheap galaxy and the evga ftw models and I have seen noise complaints, heating issues, etc. What is my best option if I am trying to stay under $400? I want the best deal I can get.

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April 9, 2013 8:10:36 PM

I would definitely go with a 670, the 680 is just a rip off. You should also look at the 7970 though.
April 9, 2013 8:17:24 PM

Do you have advice on a manufacturer/model? I've looked at the 7970 but I'm not a fan of amd drivers.
April 9, 2013 8:42:57 PM

Supposedly, you can just overclock the GTX670 a little and get the performance of a GTX680.
a b ) Power supply
April 9, 2013 11:18:48 PM

Checking Newegg, you're kind of out of luck with GTX 680's at $450. If you really wanted to go that way, you can get the MSI GTX 680 Twin Frozr or Gigabyte Windforce for $440-$450 after rebates.

But really, you can shoot the moon at that price range and go for the very best GTX 670 without losing out on any noticeable performance. Again looking at Newegg, the top choices are going to be:

- MSI PE/OC for $380
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Asus DirectCU OC for $410 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- EVGA Signature 2 FTW+ for $420
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Galaxy GC for $380 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Gigabyte OC for $380 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If I were picking from that list, I would go for the MSI Power Edition OC with the Twin Frozr IV cooler. The Asus would be a consideration, but it's too expensive. In terms of performance, the MSI Twin Frozr IV cooler will maintain the lowest temperatures, which in turn will enable higher, more consistently maintained Turbo Boosts for overall higher performance. It comes with all custom "Military Grade" components, a high factory overclock, and quiet fans that spin backward for a few seconds at boot to clean out the dust. How cool is that?
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/msi-geforce-gtx-67...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...
April 10, 2013 12:23:30 AM

Wow thanks a lot Matto, that is exactly the kind of help I was looking for. I will seriously consider the msi pe, sounds awesome. If anyone else has more recommendations or agrees, keep em coming.
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