Gaming GPU Upgrade for i7 3770 (Cheapest, bottleneck 'proof' card.)

As it says in the title, I am looking for a GPU that can run most games (TF2, Black Ops 2, Battle Field 3) on high - higher settings. I want to get myself a GTX 780 but don't have the money to do so right now. THIS CPU + GPU MUST NOT BOTTLENECK MY SYSTEM.


Approximate Purchase date will be when I have the money to buy the card.

I am looking for a GPU that can run most games (TF2, Black Ops 2, Battle Field 3) on high or higher settings.

My PSU is 300 watts but will be upgraded if needed. I currently run an overclocked nVidia GeForce 630 Kepler (2GB s)

My motherboard is a Foxconn 2ADA (thank you, CPU-Z) and it sports 16 GBs of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (The max for the 2 dimms :/) and an i7 3770 (non-K.) An in-depth description of my PC- just Google HP Pavillion p6-2412a. I use stock cooling - will also be upgraded if needed). I also need to be able to use the graphics card for a 1920x1080 display.

It doesn't really matter - as long as it is in Perth, Australia. I would like to get the parts from Australia - if needed ship them in from somewhere around the world.

I know AMD makes good cards - but I would like to stick with nVidia for now. I have used them all my life and wouldn't switch unless I had to.

Yeah, I would probably be doing some small overclocks - just to squeeze a bit more performance out of the card.I don't enjoy pushing limits towards frying my card.

I use an 1920x1080 resolution monitor with a DVI port. I can buy a converter if needed (I have a DVI because where I got my screen from they never told me on the box or in person it had no HDMI....)

Like I said before, this card has to be able to run Battle Field 3 and most other games on high or higher on a single 1080p monitor with a smooth and preferably high FPS around 60, the refresh rate of my monitor is fine - a bit lower is fine as well.) This GPU can not bottleneck - or be bottle necked in my system.


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  1. Get GTX 770.
    780 is 15% faster and is not worth the money.

    See, now you have three choices -

    1) GTX 780 - $700
    2) GTX 770 - $400
    3) GTX 770 x 2 SLI - $800

    In my opinion, if you are going to invest $700 into 1 GTX 780, invest $100 more in two GTX 770s and use them in SLI.
    You will see about 50% higher FPS than a single GTX 780 easily hitting 60+ FPS on Maximum settings on any game except Crysis 3, in which you will get 50+ steady FPS.

    If you don't want to spend that much in a GTX 780, go for a single GTX 770. It is factory superclocked GTX 680 and is really a very popular card. Much better value for money than GTX 780.

    You are going to need at least 650W PSU for those cards and 800W for 2 x GTX 770.

    No your CPU won't bottleneck in either of the configurations. Its really one of the fastest CPUs out there.
  2. luckiest charm said:
    Get GTX 770.
    780 is 15% faster and is not worth the money.

    See, now you have three choices -

    1) GTX 780 - $700
    2) GTX 770 - $400
    3) GTX 770 x 2 SLI - $800

    In my opinion, if you are going to invest $700 into 1 GTX 780, invest $100 more in two GTX 770s and use them in SLI.
    You will see about 50% higher FPS than a single GTX 780 easily hitting 60+ FPS on Maximum settings on any game except Crysis 3, in which you will get 50+ steady FPS.

    If you don't want to spend that much in a GTX 780, go for a single GTX 770. It is factory superclocked GTX 680 and is really a very popular card. Much better value for money than GTX 780.

    You are going to need at least 650W PSU for those cards and 800W for 2 x GTX 770.

    No your CPU won't bottleneck in either of the configurations. Its really one of the fastest CPUs out there.


    Okay, thanks. i think I will go for the SLI of 770. I will get the upgraded PSU as well. Thanks for the advice!
  3. Anytime mate. :)
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