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#1 blarg2

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 09:55 PM

Hey Guys,

I am looking at getting a new video card. I have an old 5870 which has done me great, but it's crossfire partner died, and it's probably time to replace them. I am not looking to spend more then 250. I have an old Phenom II 955 and so I recognize that my 5870 is not my only bottleneck. Any suggestion? I would prefer Nvidia, even if I need to spend a little more. I will probably pick up a second card later down the line as well. 

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 07:00 AM

I would go for a powerful single card solution instead of SLI/Crossfire.  There is a bit of a driver overhead with the multi-GPU technology and both AMD and Nvidia are depreciating it beyond two card solutions.  A GTX 1060 would meet your budgetary requirement and is plenty powerful.  An RX 480 would also work and be slightly less expensive with a slight performance hit.  If you can wait for AMD's Vega line of GPU's, that would be best as they are competitive with Nvidia's GTX 10 series and should be out soon.


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 02:07 PM

GTX 1060 does not support SLI.



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Posted 14 December 2016 - 06:33 PM

I back the RX 480 idea. AMD even recommends using two. I'd get the 8GB variant if you plan to get a 2nd one later though. Sapphire currently makes the best version of the card. 


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 10:06 PM

GTX 1060 does not support SLI.


I think one 1060 is way more powerful than he's got, anything more would be a cpu bottleneck IMO.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 08:38 PM

Thanks I think I'll wait for the new cards, and before I got a second card I would make sure to upgrade Mobo RAM and CPU.

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Posted 18 December 2016 - 10:01 PM

If i were in your situation I would get a 'holdover' GPU like a used 4GB GTX 960 or R9 280x. Something that will not be super bottlenecked by your AMD 955 and you can also use it for a bit with a new rig. Have to be careful getting used cards though but there are plenty of 1060-1070-1080 adopters that are sellng these type cards. If you're looking to build a new rig you can start a thread about it (if you have the budget), or add an addendum to this thread and there are some nice people here that will help you with that. In your specific situation a lot hinges on how long you plan on keeping your current processor/setup, and what resolutions and games you will be playing along with the in-game-quality/FPS you desire. Another thing to keep in mind, if you're mainboard happens to support an FX 8320/8350 you can also do that supplemental upgrade as those processors are very cheap right now with the newer Intel Kaby Lake, and AMD Zen on the way soon. If you happen to have a good motherboard with good power regulation (6.2 or 8.2 power phasing and nice mosfet heatsinks), you can also OC something like an FX 8320 to 4.5 GHZ and with a GTX 960/R9 280x you're in business :)



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Posted 20 December 2016 - 12:45 PM

If i were in your situation I would get a 'holdover' GPU like a used 4GB GTX 960 or R9 280x. Something that will not be super bottlenecked by your AMD 955 and you can also use it for a bit with a new rig. Have to be careful getting used cards though but there are plenty of 1060-1070-1080 adopters that are sellng these type cards. If you're looking to build a new rig you can start a thread about it (if you have the budget), or add an addendum to this thread and there are some nice people here that will help you with that. In your specific situation a lot hinges on how long you plan on keeping your current processor/setup, and what resolutions and games you will be playing along with the in-game-quality/FPS you desire. Another thing to keep in mind, if you're mainboard happens to support an FX 8320/8350 you can also do that supplemental upgrade as those processors are very cheap right now with the newer Intel Kaby Lake, and AMD Zen on the way soon. If you happen to have a good motherboard with good power regulation (6.2 or 8.2 power phasing and nice mosfet heatsinks), you can also OC something like an FX 8320 to 4.5 GHZ and with a GTX 960/R9 280x you're in business :)

 

I agree that the 4GB 960 would be a good hold over card.






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