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Graphics Graphics Card Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by WiryRocketeer, 5 Nov 2012.

  1. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    Planning on upgrading my graphics card at the end of this week and I am going to buy a higher model so it will last me a few years like my 5850 did. Two options I have found are the following:

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2gb-...dr5-gpu-1097mhz-boost-1163mhz-cores-1536-2x-d

    and

    http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-...3072mb-gddr5-5600mhz-memory-mini-dp-x4-dvi-x2

    Which is going to be better? I only have a 1920 x 1080 monitor but who knows, that might change soon. The main thing tempting me towards AMD is the free games but if Nvidia can be justified then I'm happy to hear why.

    Thanks in advance,

    Wiry
     
  2. Blogins

    Blogins Panda have Guns

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    Might want to consider an AMD 7950 or Nvidia 670.
     
  3. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    I was originally considering a 7950 but I don't want to spend that amount of money that might not last longer than 3 years. I'll have a think about it.
     
  4. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    7970 (GHz) or a 670

    I don't think the 680 is worth the premium over the 670.
     
  5. Shirty

    Shirty Time travelling rogue Super Moderator

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    What's your preferred budget? The 7850 article on the home page was an eye-opener for me.
     
  6. TheDodoKiller

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    As Shirty said, the 7850 looks pretty darn good.
     
  7. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    I can really spend anything upto £400 but I honestly don't see the point in me upgrading from a 5850 --> 7850 unless the performance difference is huge.
     
  8. Shirty

    Shirty Time travelling rogue Super Moderator

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    Here's your answer. The performance increase will vary depending on what you play, but if you are looking to double your frame rate then you will indeed be looking at the 79XX or 670.

    Think about Crossfire as an option too.
     
  9. suragh

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    I am currently using the MSI 7970 and it is pretty insane. I was playing Warz/Dayz, Arkham City and BF3 on ultra setting without problems with frame drops or anything. The temperatures remain solidly low on roughly 30-50% load.

    Make sure you download the 12.11 driver instead of the new beta driver from catalyst as there are a few bugs.
     
  10. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    If it wasn't for the single link dvi ports I would've bought it by now.
     
  11. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    680 is a great card wether its worth the price premium over a 670 is questionable.

    7970 ghz edition is also a great card

    Stick to EVGA on Nvidia side ( If you buy the 5 year warranty you get it replaced no questions asked)
    Stick to Saphire or Gigabyte ( Msi has supposeably been editing the Power settings on there cards to get higher overclocks)

    My personal Choice was a 680 EVGA Card x2 but there was no ghz 7970 or a 670 out at that time.
     
  12. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    Right;

    I've heard good stuff about EVGA and their service. So I am very tempted to get this card;

    "EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Cheesecake Signature 2 NVIDIA Graphics Card - 2GB"

    But now my decision is based on whether I get that card or an AMD equivalent WITH the free games!?
     
  13. Shirty

    Shirty Time travelling rogue Super Moderator

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    I have that very card, it's awesome. Damn near silent, frugal with power and huge grunt.

    Also, everyone knows cheesecake is delicious ;)
     
  14. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    Lol! not sure how I managed to type that out...
     
  15. Shirty

    Shirty Time travelling rogue Super Moderator

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    It's a Bit-tech thing - if you type F.T.W. without the dots it'll change it to cheesecake, because cheesecake is the staple diet of Bit.
     
  16. WiryRocketeer

    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    ah I see. ;)
     
  17. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    Good choice. The F T W is an excellent card, and EVGA's warranties and customer service treat you like an adult.
     
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    WiryRocketeer New Member

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    Just one last question. Is it the best card around it's price? I think i'll go nvidia this time thus my reason in picking the 670. I do like the sound of EVGA. Also are the dvi's on the card Dual-Link?
     
  19. rollo

    rollo Well-Known Member

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    says so under connectivity on the buy screen on scan

    so i assume so.
     
  20. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    I think it is the best 670 for the price.

    It'll definitely be Dual-Link - my reference EVGA 670 is, so there's little chance on them skimping on features like on on a higher end model.
     
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