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Worth it? Video Card Upgrade


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#1 Tybudd

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:33 PM

I currently run an nvidia geforce 9800gtx+ 512mb




and Looking at a great deal to upgrade to a

GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB




Would that be considered a huge upgrade or not that much?

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:58 PM

I actually just upgraded to that card myself, it is an excellent card!

I am able to run everything @ 60fps on max settings Crysis 2, Skyrim, WoW, you name it, it does it.

I am not sure on the 9800GTX+ capabilities, but I do know the card is a bit dated in comparison to a 550TI. You would probably see a tremendous performance increase.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:10 AM

I agree with xXAlphaXx. I think it's worth to upgrade it.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:29 AM

For the same price range, the 7770 is approximately 11% faster then the 550TI.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:49 AM

For the same price range, the 7770 is approximately 11% faster then the 550TI.


True but that would mean changing to an AMD system

I actually just upgraded to that card myself, it is an excellent card!

I am able to run everything @ 60fps on max settings Crysis 2, Skyrim, WoW, you name it, it does it.

I am not sure on the 9800GTX+ capabilities, but I do know the card is a bit dated in comparison to a 550TI. You would probably see a tremendous performance increase.


Alpha do you play wow at max visual settings with this card?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:25 PM

No you don't have to change to a AMD system to use AMD graphics card.

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 06:50 PM

No you don't have to change to a AMD system to use AMD graphics card.

Really? I normally hadn't followed AMD cards for that reason, the 7770 card, is comparable to what type of geforce card?






Edit:

http://www.hwcompare.com/11894/geforce-gtx-550-ti-vs-radeon-hd-7770/



Seems that the 7770 doesn't compare, 550 seems low with the Texel rate, but its even lower than my gtx9800+, so I'm not sure how important texel rate is overall

Edited by Tybudd, 19 September 2012 - 07:12 PM.


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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:01 PM

OK, after some research, the card that seems like it would have the best performance for my budget would be the Radeon HD 7870.





My question is, would it be compatible with my MSI P7N 750i SLI mobo?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3975889&CatId=3495

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:01 PM

OK, after some research, the card that seems like it would have the best performance for my budget would be the Radeon HD 7870.





My question is, would it be compatible with my MSI P7N 750i SLI mobo?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3975889&CatId=3495

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 06:19 AM

Of course it is compatible, the card uses PCI-Express X16 and the motherboard has that slot. The only thing you cannot do with an AMD card on that motherboard is using more than one in a Crossfire setup. This is due to the (Rather terrible) nForce motherboard chipset which is limited to Nvidia.

You can still use an AMD card with no issues. I have a XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 and like it quite a bit.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:52 AM


No you don't have to change to a AMD system to use AMD graphics card.

Really? I normally hadn't followed AMD cards for that reason, the 7770 card, is comparable to what type of geforce card?






Edit:

http://www.hwcompare.com/11894/geforce-gtx-550-ti-vs-radeon-hd-7770/



Seems that the 7770 doesn't compare, 550 seems low with the Texel rate, but its even lower than my gtx9800+, so I'm not sure how important texel rate is overall

I wouldn't really rely on HWCompare to see which card is faster.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:28 PM

Mr. Michael, if you wouldn't mind link me to where you'd normally do your card comparison's, normally I'd use Tom'shardware, but since my current card is like 4/5 generations back I can't compare them with last generations or today's since there aren't any benchmarks with them together.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 08:36 PM

I use TechPowerUp's comparision. Here is a performance comparison with the Radeon 7870.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:56 AM

DJ's suggesting is what i usually use since it generally shows last generation card in the comparison.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:43 PM

I use TechPowerUp's comparision. Here is a performance comparison with the Radeon 7870.




Wow, that is a huge 51% differential over the 550ti, thanks!!




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