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Skit112

join:2001-08-06
Hoboken, NJ
reply to Krisnatharok

Re: Buying a new video card (advise needed)

said by Krisnatharok:

Get a 7870 (or a 7950 if you can afford it). An obsolete card is not going to be a big enough upgrade to run Crysis 3.

Hell, the game makes my 7970 choke.

Really? My 680 FTW+ runs Crysis 3 on highest settings smooth as can be.


Krisnatharok
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At what resolution?



Skit112

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Damn you're fast... My monitor is 22" I'll have to check. I know the desktop is 1680x1050 I know the game is the highest res I can play it on this monitor.

I built the new puter last weekend and it's rockin. Thanks for your suggestions.



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That's 1.76 million pixels. 2560x1440 is 3.69 million pixels.

I also run a secondary monitor at 1680x1050, so there is a bit more load on my GPU (mostly from the mainscreen--running a secondary monitory detracts very little from FPS in a game).
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Skit112

join:2001-08-06
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Well that explains it. What size monitors are you running?



Krisnatharok
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A 20" and a 27".



Skit112

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27" man that's a bit of real-estate. I may go with a 24" at some point but the 22" works for now.



Skit112

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Crysis 3 running at 1680x1050 I get between 45 and 60 FPS.



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That's fantastic, and sounds about right. Is that with all the DX11 goodies cranked to ultra?



Skit112

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said by Krisnatharok:

That's fantastic, and sounds about right. Is that with all the DX11 goodies cranked to ultra?

Yes it is. Man that game looks fantastic.


Shivek

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Ended up getting the GTX 560 1 GB OC'ed to 560 Ti speeds for $110 with a year of warranty still left. Good deal?



Gordo74
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Monroeville, PA

said by Shivek :

Ended up getting the GTX 560 1 GB OC'ed to 560 Ti speeds for $110 with a year of warranty still left. Good deal?

Eh. The 560, even at 560 Ti speeds, is a gimped card. It is worse than the 6870 and 5870 for sure.


Shivek

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HD 6870 was costing me $140 (warranty was over too) plus I read several benchmarks and comparisons and loads of other stuff. It proved that the HD 6870 and the GTX 560 are fairly similar. HD 6870 is only like slightly better. Plus I was aching for an NVIDIA card due to the PhysX features. Here's a benchmark comparing the GTX 560 (stock speed) and HD 6870... you will see how similar those 2 cards actually are:

»www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=543



Gordo74
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From what I see, it's about a 10% increase, and PhysX does nothing for games nowadays. A gimmick at best.

But if you're happy with it, good call



Shivek

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Actually, I just realized it's the 560 Ti OC. BTW, PhysX might be a gimmick but it does add some nice effects to the games that support it.



Shivek

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Someone is offering me his perfectly new unopened HD 6950 2 GB for a direct swap for my GTX 560 Ti. The guy hates ATI and its driver nonsense but I couldn't care less about the driver issues. Take it or leave it?



Krisnatharok
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The cards are practically identical, with the 6950 edging out on paper (and twice as much VRAM is a big bonus). »www.hwcompare.com/8888/geforce-g···950-2gb/

I like where AMD is sitting right now. Keep in mind I have wavered across the aisle and have gone from a Radeon 4870, to a GTX 460, to a GTX 570, to a GTX 580, to a Radeon 7970.

I have no problem with "driver issues" right now--but YMMV (the auto-downclocking issues during the AMD 5000 series are past). My GTX 580 froze up all the time on DX11 stuff, but the 7970 has been flawless. Again, and I cannot stress this enough--YMMV.

tl;dr the cards are identical, take his 6950 and enjoy twice as much vram.
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Shivek

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Thanks for the reply. I'll swap it out since the 6950 is brand new. I'll definitely miss PhysX though! Love the cool effects it adds to certain games.



Shivek

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There's another twist in the saga, guys. Another guy with a SPARKLE GTX 570 1.28 GB (newly bought as well) is offering me a swap with 560 Ti, but I need to pay him an extra $20 as part of the deal.

I'm stuck in a dilemma. Help me out guys. Should I go for the HIS HD 6950 2 GB or the SPARKLE GTX 570 1.28 GB. Please help me make this decision within a day, guys. Thanks again!



Krisnatharok
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said by Shivek :

Thanks for the reply. I'll swap it out since the 6950 is brand new. I'll definitely miss PhysX though! Love the cool effects it adds to certain games.

I honestly did not notice not having PhysX...
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Shivek

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HIS HD 6950 2 GB vs. SPARKLE GTX 570 1.25 GB? What's the better card in terms of gaming performance and which vendor is better? Are HIS and SPARKLE (never heard before) good vendors? Thanks.



Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to Shivek

You can see here

»www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gam···7-7.html

that Tom's puts the 570 in a higher performance tier than the 6950.

I have never heard of HIS. I have at least heard of Sparkle.

I assume you're hung up on that 2GB vs 1.25GB thing and I wouldn't be if I were you.



Krisnatharok
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reply to Shivek

Go for the 570.



Shivek

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Thanks for the advice, guys. I'll get the Sparkle GTX 570 tomorrow for $20, lol. I'll let you guys know how it performs. Here's a pic of how the card looks. Let's hope it fits in my case!



Shivek

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Ended up getting the Gigabyte GTX 580 1.5 GB for $20.



Couldn't be happier. Runs all games on high settings.



Gordo74
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said by Shivek :

Ended up getting the Gigabyte GTX 580 1.5 GB for $20.

Couldn't be happier. Runs all games on high settings.

How did you end up with that?


Shivek

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A guy needed to get rid of it as he just bought GTX 680 and turns out he knew I was looking for a new card as I had posted a "Buying used nvidia card, etc." He contacted me and we struck a deal. The card still has a year left on warranty. It was a steal to say the least and this card has made me splash the cash and go for a new system altogether.

Any advice guys? I'm thinking of getting i3 3220 and a good LGA 1155 motherboard. Then in the future I can upgrade to i7. What do you guys think? Is i3 better than my current E8400?



Ghastlyone
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Who the hell sells a used 580 for only $20.00?



Krisnatharok
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said by Shivek :

Any advice guys? I'm thinking of getting i3 3220 and a good LGA 1155 motherboard. Then in the future I can upgrade to i7. What do you guys think? Is i3 better than my current E8400?

With the 580, just go for a quad-core and eliminate any CPU bottleneck present under the dual core i3. Any i5 will work--3450, 3550, 3570, or 3570K.
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said by Ghastlyone:

Who the hell sells a used 580 for only $20.00?

That's gotta be a typo or a buddy price.
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