Need advice about GPU

12
Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

Geonde

Senior Member

11-11-2012

I'm looking for a new graphics card to replace my old one, as I'm currently using a Nvidia GeForce GTX 295. I have a budget of about $400-700. What is the best possible card I can get for my money?


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

Levigasm

Member

Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

IS130d109c04756628c7529

Senior Member

11-12-2012

Well first of all, the obvious questions. How many watts is your power supply? For a gtx 680, you'll probably need at least a 600w psu. Also, what's your cpu? Will it bottleneck a high end card?


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

TheFieldMarshal

Senior Member

11-12-2012

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/5592454629#3

Fracture is right. Unless you're running the Newer 2nd/3rd gen I-series, or the new FX(Pile driver) your CPU will bottleneck a high end GPU. That being said the single BEST GPU atm is an HD 7970. Currently with the 12.11 beta drivers it is about 10% ahead of the GTX 680, and it has AMAZING overclocking headroom due to low clocks but WIDE bandwidth.
HD 7970(350-420)>gtx 680(450-400)>HD 7950(260-320)=GTX 670(350-400)
The GTX 680 only requires a 500w PSU. The 6xx series is a lower draw less heat line up. The GTX 670 runs very cool and can run on a 400-450W 80+ bronze PSU. However the HD 7950/70 I'd recommend a 550W 80+ Bronze PSU.

I recommend AMD atm because at stock speeds they are faster and overclock like a dream, however if you MUST go Nvidia go with a GTX 670. It overclocks better than a GTX 680 runs cool/quiet.

Reason why AMD OC's better is this
HD 7970
384Bit
3GB Ram
925 core(can OC to 1200 easily)
1375 Memory clock
5.5GBPS

GTX 680
2GB 256Bit
1058 core clock
6.0GBPS

The Radeons are underclocked AND they have a much wider bandwidth to take advantage of OCing.


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

Postal Twinkie

Wrenchman

11-12-2012

What are the rest of your hardware specs? What resolution do you play at? These are the two important factors into what you want.

Additionally, FieldMarshal is correct in AMD currently being the better solution. You can easily find the 7970 sub $400 right now, which is just another huge plus to why AMD is the route of choice.


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

CinemaShow74

Senior Member

11-12-2012

I perfer the 680.
I have gone the AMD route before because they were cheaper. After 2 DOA's, and bad driver support for a few games, I gave up. They were 2-6850's, a 6870, a 7850 and a 7950. 3 Different brands.

I suggest with whatever you decide, make sure your the games you like to play runs good with little complaints. Just because its cheaper, doesn't mean its the best. Even if its faster.

Like what postal said, what are your hardware specs and do you want to run 1, 2 or 3 monitors?


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

poe tay toes

Senior Member

11-12-2012

i have the 680 as well, really liking it so far


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

Geonde

Senior Member

11-12-2012

I apologize for the delayed response, I made this thread then fell asleep.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Postal Twinkie View Post
What are the rest of your hardware specs? What resolution do you play at? These are the two important factors into what you want.

Additionally, FieldMarshal is correct in AMD currently being the better solution. You can easily find the 7970 sub $400 right now, which is just another huge plus to why AMD is the route of choice.

CPU - Intel i7 @ 3.20ghz
Ram - 6.0GB
Windows 7 64bit
HD - 1tb. Not sure of the rotation speed.
GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 295
I play at 1920x1080 resolution.

I'm not sure what my power supply's wattage is, I will look inside the case to check in a moment. Will update when I find it and log back in. EDIT: I can absolutely not find the wattage of my power supply. Looked at everything about it, googled the product number, nothing. Though, it is a retail computer and after researching it, it should be a 550 watt.


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

Postal Twinkie

Wrenchman

11-12-2012

Quote:
Originally Posted by Geonde View Post
I apologize for the delayed response, I made this thread then fell asleep.




CPU - Intel i7 @ 3.20ghz
Ram - 6.0GB
Windows 7 64bit
HD - 1tb. Not sure of the rotation speed.
GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 295
I play at 1920x1080 resolution.

I'm not sure what my power supply's wattage is, I will look inside the case to check in a moment. Will update when I find it and log back in. EDIT: I can absolutely not find the wattage of my power supply. Looked at everything about it, googled the product number, nothing. Though, it is a retail computer and after researching it, it should be a 550 watt.
Rattling around in my brain I believe the GTX 295 uses a 6-pin PCI-E as well as an 8-pin PCI-E for power. It also has fairly high power requirements, borderline to what the 7970 and 680 sit at.

So, with that being said, I would still go for the 7970 in your price range. It out performs the 680 and is cheaper, actually down close to what some GTX 670s cost. Although at your resolution a 7950 would work just fine as well.

So, ~$300 you have the 7950 and ~$400 you have the 7970. Each would suit your needs just fine.


Comment below rating threshold, click here to show it.

TheFieldMarshal

Senior Member

11-12-2012

Quote:
Originally Posted by Postal Twinkie View Post
Rattling around in my brain I believe the GTX 295 uses a 6-pin PCI-E as well as an 8-pin PCI-E for power. It also has fairly high power requirements, borderline to what the 7970 and 680 sit at.

So, with that being said, I would still go for the 7970 in your price range. It out performs the 680 and is cheaper, actually down close to what some GTX 670s cost. Although at your resolution a 7950 would work just fine as well.

So, ~$300 you have the 7950 and ~$400 you have the 7970. Each would suit your needs just fine.
I am going to double check, but I am pretty sure the GTX 295 pulls FAR more power than the GTX 680 and alot more than the HD 7970. GTX 680 can easily run on a 500W PSU where the HD 7970 should be 550W(for overclocking headroom).


12