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Aily
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:17 pm    Post subject: Hunting for a new Vid Card Reply with quote

As much as I know about computers I've been kind of out of the loop and just looking for second opinions. Upgrading from a 9800 GT I'm looking at this one here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130652 - GTX 550 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5.

This is what my current card is doing:


So from the stats it should be a huge increase and from the reviews people are playing WoW, SWToR, BF3, etc. on maxed out settings at 90+ FPS.

Seems like a great deal. Thoughts?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well im using.. more to follow




you might want to check out..

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

or and one of my favorite sites for computer info

www.pcper.com

also as far as video card for nvidia i would stick with evga (at this point and time) they still seem to be the best.

just for fun LOL


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Aily
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See even that would be a huge difference to me
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

according to this my 460 out performs the 550

http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-gtx-550ti/performance
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you might consider this ofer the 550.. its only 20$ more

http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-01G-P3-1460-KR/dp/B0050I1PHO/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_2

this one is 175$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=555323&CatId=3669

make sure you compare specs.. cheaper sometimes means less performance..
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the rest of the stats of that 560 would beat having double the ram in the 550? These fine specifics are what I don't know, lol.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dbl the ram can be a good thing.. but the 550ti if i recall correctly(could be thinking of a different model) wasnt really tuned for gaming thats why the 460 beats in performance..

i would go with the 560 unless you can afford a 560 with more than 1g of ran
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd always look at the GTX version of any Nvidia card. They have a longer shelf life in performace then spending down for the same GPU. The 470GTX I have does plenty good in anything I play including BF3 and running muntiple instances of EQ2. If your looking for a rock solid brand? go with EVGA. I have only had 1 card of theirs fail on me after 4 years of use and they replaced it within 5 days with a 2 generation higher card due the lifetime war.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah that's basically exactly what I'm looking at Pasa, the EVGA GTX 550 Ti. I'm considering the one Gkar linked too. I'm just surprised that if the 550 Ti isn't configured for gaming, that all these people reviewing saying they're playing wow/swtor/bf3 on max settings at 90+ fps.

The next evga one is a gtx 560 with 2gb of ram. I'm kind of torn but I'm pretty much in the realm of "anything is better than a 9800 GT"

I'll need a better power supply no matter the choice so that's something that's kind of adding to it as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, long time no see.

Aily - the 550 ti is a bad choice. Either get a 6850 or a 6870 if you're looking to spend 120-150ish (6870 would be better if you can swing it).

If you're looking to spend a bit more, a 560Ti or a 6950 are good bets. I snagged a 6950 last week for $219 and was able to unlock the disabled shaders so I essentially have a 6970 for $100 less.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet

and holy crap hi

Only just submitted my taxes, + Feb is going to be a 3 paycheck time period wherein I'm payed on the 2nd for regular bills. Get a "not toward anything paycheck" on the 16th, and then the rent paycheck the 1st of march. I'm thinking I can bump up to the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130623

Now it says in feedback it takes 2 pci express power cords so looking at power supplies I see them saying 2x6pin or 2x6+2 pin, or 1x6pin + 1x6+2pin. It's been too long since I looked into this stuff, will any of the above work?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

power supplys.. always tricky.. i hate recomending..

i have a thermaltake 750 i paid 180$ at best buy, its 1 year old now and so far no problem.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&cm_sp=Cat_Power_Supplies-_-Spotlight-_-17-139-021

if you can get afford a modular design its the way to go.. mine is modular and makes the inside alot cleaner.. course it helps to have a case that has cable management http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139007

i love my case.. its bigger than most but i like it
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah the start of this computer is a generic wal-mart HP i threw a 9800 GT into.. so.. yeah. I do have my altec super lanboy case sitting just on the table yonder I could get it into but i think it opens the opposite way this one does.

I did look at some modular I just wanted to make sure the pci express power cords weren't going to be an issue between x6pin or x6+2pin
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would google around a bit to see what power is needed per different power estimater gadgets.

Right now running my 470 and i7 970 im using 180 watts / 9.5A idle.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well either way I need to upgrade the P/S solely for the pci-express power plugs as I'm pretty sure this one does not have it, but I could always double check. Ty on the suggestions.
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