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Upgrading 9500GT, £100-130 Budget

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June 23, 2012 7:19:30 PM

Looking for help with buying a GPU worthy upgrade for my system...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - Dirt 2, GTA 4, Diablo 3, Metro 2033, Minecraft and others. Watching movies

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia 9500GT 512Mb, OCZ 600W ModXStream

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel i5 760, Asus P7P55D Evo, 4GB RAM (not sure of make).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.co.uk Aria.co.uk Scan.co.uk (Anywhere in the UK really)

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cannot decide between GTX 460, GTX 550Ti, AMD 6850 or the 6870. Hopefully will crossfire in the near future when my budget allows.

Any help would be great :D 
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 23, 2012 7:36:56 PM

Your processor is going to cause a slight bottleneck anything at a 6870 and above at stock settings.I suggest O.C.ing if you can.

I would suggest going for the 6870.It's within your budget and within your PSU.But as I said you should O.C. to lessen the bottleneck.
a c 198 U Graphics card
June 23, 2012 8:02:02 PM

The 6870 would be a perfect choice. It would work well with your power supply.
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June 23, 2012 8:29:04 PM

Thanks for the replies guys.

Any idea which 6870 I should go for? I was thinking this one;

XFX HD 6870 DD cooling 1Gb AMD VGA Card Eyefinity Ready


If I overclocked the processor, how much would it bottleneck 2 of these in crossfire?

How do they perform in a multiple monitor setup?

June 23, 2012 8:34:08 PM

If one would be slightly bottlenecked by your processor, then FORGET about two.
June 23, 2012 8:58:50 PM

So throw the idea of going crossfire/sli out the window till I upgrade my system then?

Would there be much of a difference between buying the 6870 and buying a 460 and using my current card for physX?
a c 214 U Graphics card
June 23, 2012 11:02:27 PM

Yea you would have to be at around 4.2ghz to not cause a bottleneck with a 6870 crossfire.I have a 6870 crossfire so if you have any questions about it I can answer them for you.

The DoubleD card from XFX is a good choice but I would rather go with MSI or ASUS.The only thing that would sway me towards the XFX card is if they are offering unlimited warranty.But in the end they all offer pretty good temps.

PhysX is pretty much useless because only a handful of games support it.

As for the upgrade in general if you have the money I would suggest going for a 7850.It's a lot more "futureproof" than a 6870.
June 23, 2012 11:15:34 PM

I'd also say go with the 6870. It's an excellent card for it's price. Also it comes in 2GB versions which is important if you are considering Crossfire. 2x 1GB does not make 2 GB in Crossfire/SLI. Same amount of textures need to be stored on each card, so if you think you will require higher res in the future (bigger / more screens), you should take that into consideration.
June 24, 2012 2:51:19 AM

I just attempted my first overclock and that didn't go too well, so I don't know about getting to 4.2ghz. Will make a thread about that in the right section.

I'm not too fussed about unlimited warranties as I plan on upgrading my whole system within a year, so I'm just after something to be able to play games on in the meantime.

I can pick up the 6870 1GB for ~£120, the 6870 2GB for ~£160 or the 7850 for £200. Is the 7850 worth the extra £80 in my current system? I know it will be when I upgrade the whole thing, but that's not for a while yet.



a c 214 U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 4:56:17 PM

I was just kidding.Their's no way you can get to 4.2ghz with a i5-760 without watercooling.Just get a simple aftermarket heatsink.It's pretty easy to get to 4ghz on the i5-760's with little effort but anything past that requires some really extreme methods.Something like this would work...

Hyper 212 EVO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Well if that's the case then just go with the 1GB 6870.No sense in buying the 7850 now if you may not use it when you upgrade.Just a waste of money then.
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