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Best Graphics card upgrade Price/Performance?


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#1 DjangoEX

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:29 PM

Hey first off I want to say thanks to the community, thanks for helping me with my CPU upgrade. Right now I'm trying to upgrade my GPU next, but first here is my current setup :
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I'm looking for a Graphics card around 80$ that will help me be able to play games like Smite, Tribes Ascend ,and Far cry 3 in 1680x1050 reolutions in 60 fps on the lowest graphics setting because right now I'm getting around 45 avg.Help would be appreciated thanks.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:07 AM

For $80, you basically could get one version up of your current card which is the 6670.

www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102992

Edited by killerx525, 03 January 2013 - 12:29 AM.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

Is there any graphics card that you recommend that can run current games on low with 60 fps that also meet the wattage?
EDIT:Would I be able to run a NVIDIA GTX 460 1Gb on my setup?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:28 AM

You might be just able to run it. How much your getting the 460 for?

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:43 AM

I've seen some around 95.00 but if the performance increase is what I'm looking for I'm willing to sink some extra money into the build.Anyway so I'll be able to run it with no problems?I think i'm cutting it close I'm not sure if anything else takes up more watts.I know the NVIDIA GTX 460 1Gb runs on about 150W and my CPU runs 125W but I'm not sure about everything else.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp Use this, it will give you an idea for the ideal wattage your system needs..
Does your current PSU have the necessary number of power connectors needed by a GTX 460?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

Guess it doesn't because I just searched the forums and someone said I need 2 6 pin connectors and I don't even see 1.If someone could educate me on this or provide a link that explain s how to check to see if your motherboard and PSU is compatibly with a graphic card that would help.I'm not sure how to check to see if I have the right ports and connectors.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:02 PM

To see if the graphics card is compatible with the motherboard, you would first have to look for a PCI-E X16 slot which looks like this and to help you distinguish the other PCI-E slot, have a look at this. Basically nearly all graphics card nowadays uses the interface PCI-E. For the power supply, you would have to look at the required power connectors and recommended power supply wattage from the manufacturer. Some low end cards don't require extra power connectors so you don't have to worry about it whereas some requires 1x 6+2 ; 1x 6 ; 2x 6 ; 2x 6+2 ; 1x 6+2 1x 6 etc to work.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:01 PM

So if my psu doesn't come with any power connecters(I don't see any) would I be able to buy some and hook them up or would I need a brand new psu?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:32 PM

Yes, you can buy this adapter.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

Also one more thing.When I type in the name of the video card I get different versions of it like 256 bit and 192 bit and so on. What are the differences? Does it effect performance?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:14 PM

Which cards were you googling up?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:00 PM

Well for example if I typed in NVIDIA GTX 460 1Gb on newegg I get 3 different versions 2 are 256 bit and one is 192 bit and one is 256 bit but has The letters SE in it.They are all the same price(I know there out of stock) so i'm wondering what the difference is.
EDIT:Don't know why it double posted sorry about that

Edited by DjangoEX, 05 January 2013 - 11:06 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:01 PM

Well for example if I typed in NVIDIA GTX 460 1Gb on newegg I get 3 different versions 2 are 256 bit and one is 192 bit and one is 256 bit but has The letters SE in it.They are all the same price(I know there out of stock) so i'm wondering what the difference is.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:20 AM

They would generally perform nearly identical but in situations where the user is playing at a large resolution with Anti-Aliasing and Anistroscopic Filtering enabled, the card with the smallest memory interface would take a hit in performance whereas the one with the largest memory interface would pull through.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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