Quantcast

Jump to content

» «
Photo

New Graphics Card

68 replies to this topic
Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#31

Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:12 PM

As I expected, baking it did nothing. Actually seems to have made it worse, so I'm definitely in the market for a new card now.

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#32

Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:37 PM

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 | $290

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC | $270

Best options I could find there. smile.gif

les
  • les

    Kith the batman.

  • The Precinct
  • Joined: 29 Jan 2009

#33

Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:38 PM

Seems to me like you're looking for a card right at the high end of your posted budget, but I'll throw in my two cents anyways. I've got a 2GB 6870, which you should be able to pick up for right around $200. My system very similar to yours, except I have a sandy bridge 2600k @4GHz and only 8GB of ram. I consistently see around 50FPS in BF3 at the highest settings and maximum resolution. All the other games I've tried have similar results. Something to think about, if you're into saving money.

Slamman
  • Slamman

    Smote

  • BUSTED!
  • Joined: 29 Nov 2003
  • United-States

#34

Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:56 PM

ONLY 8GB of Ram he says, I have 4GB, but XP doesn't work well with that

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#35

Posted 02 May 2012 - 12:04 AM

I've been reading lots of rumours about the mid-range 600 series cards being announced next week. I think I'm just going to hold off till them and see what the 660 or the 670 are like.

Stinky12
  • Stinky12

    No title

  • Members
  • Joined: 14 Oct 2010

#36

Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

http://www.tomshardw...-GPU,15506.html

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#37

Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:24 PM

I saw that, but there are lots of other rumours against it. I'll just hold out to next week and see what happens. Might get the 670. Who knows.

Wolf68k
  • Wolf68k

    always howling

  • Members
  • Joined: 12 Mar 2003
  • None
  • Most Knowledgeable [Technology] 2013
    Best Contributor [Technology] 2012

#38

Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:35 PM

Most of the articles I'm seeing are 6 months but there are a few that are saying/thinking 6 weeks.
My suggestion for the time being, and if you can without breaking a sweat, spend $50-100 for a replacement card. Just something to get you going in the mean time. Something that if it is 6 weeks you didn't spend too much that you would be about to get the card then but at same time if it does turn out to be 6 months you're not sitting there saying to your self, "Oh <bleeeeeeeep> I wasted 6 <bleep> weeks of not being about to <bleep> play to find out it'll be another 5-6 <bleep> months before I can get the <bleep> card."

leik oh em jeez!
  • leik oh em jeez!

    The boatman stays with the boat.

  • Members
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

#39

Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:20 PM

Perhaps check craigslist/ebay for a temporary 8800/9800GT? I've seen them sell around $25.

Stinky12
  • Stinky12

    No title

  • Members
  • Joined: 14 Oct 2010

#40

Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:41 PM

Cheapest card on NCIX.
http://www.ncix.ca/p...US&promoid=1387

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#41

Posted 08 May 2012 - 07:44 PM Edited by Ryan, 08 May 2012 - 07:53 PM.

I've decided that since I only have $400 to get me through the summer due to me being unemployed, I'm just going to get a cheap card now to get me back up and running and once I'm back at university and working, I'll then get a better card.

My main requirement is for the card to run BF3 decently and Minecraft (which shouldn't be too much of a challenge) at 1680x1050. Cheapest I've found so far the Sapphire Radeon 6770 for $96 and MSI GTX 550 Ti for $111. Which one would be better? I really want to go cheapest as possible, so if anyone has any other suggestions, let me know.

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#42

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:31 PM

Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 | $ 130

It's much better than the 550ti, and check out this benchmark: BF: Bad Company 2, Highest settings 1680x1050, 8xMSAA, 45FPS.

So expect similar results with BF3 w/o AA I guess.

user posted image

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#43

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:35 PM Edited by Ryan, 08 May 2012 - 08:41 PM.

I noticed the EVGA GTX 560 SE. It's pretty much at the top of my price range, but looks to be much better than the 550 Ti and 6770.

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#44

Posted 08 May 2012 - 08:45 PM

QUOTE (Ryan @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 20:35)
I noticed the EVGA GTX 560 SE. It's pretty much at the top of my price range, but looks to be much better than the 550 Ti and 6770.

Oh. Go for that one then, that's quite a deal. smile.gif

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#45

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:31 PM

QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 17:45)
QUOTE (Ryan @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 20:35)
I noticed the EVGA GTX 560 SE. It's pretty much at the top of my price range, but looks to be much better than the 550 Ti and 6770.

Oh. Go for that one then, that's quite a deal. smile.gif

After doing some reading, not gonna go for that 560. Turns out it's a just a branded GTX 555. As one review said, the SE stands for "Suck Edition".

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#46

Posted 08 May 2012 - 09:35 PM

QUOTE (Ryan @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 21:31)
QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 17:45)
QUOTE (Ryan @ Tuesday, May 8 2012, 20:35)
I noticed the EVGA GTX 560 SE. It's pretty much at the top of my price range, but looks to be much better than the 550 Ti and 6770.

Oh. Go for that one then, that's quite a deal. smile.gif

After doing some reading, not gonna go for that 560. Turns out it's a just a branded GTX 555. As one review said, the SE stands for "Suck Edition".

Really? Then go with the 6850, unless you find something better than it.

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#47

Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:58 PM

Found a good deal on a used Asus GTX 560 Ti for $150, which is basically the same price a GTX 550 Ti with tax would have cost me. Trying to get deal worked out with the guy now.

SyphonPayne
  • SyphonPayne

    E FOR EFFORT!!!

  • Members
  • Joined: 08 Aug 2003

#48

Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:12 AM

Sounds like a great deal. You could go with that then SLI if you ever need more power for fairly cheap, or just wait a gen or two and see what the offerings are in the future. Either way the 560 Ti is a HUGE upgrade from the 285.

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#49

Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:16 PM

Doesn't look like I could get a deal done with the guy for the 560. Got an offer from a guy for a 470 for $120 though. How would the 470 handle BF3? It has a hideous blue PCB, but seeing as I'll only be using it for 4 or 5 months, I could survive.

Wolf68k
  • Wolf68k

    always howling

  • Members
  • Joined: 12 Mar 2003
  • None
  • Most Knowledgeable [Technology] 2013
    Best Contributor [Technology] 2012

#50

Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:33 PM

Really?! The color of the PCB is that big of a deal? Who cares.
Sorry but that's like buying a guitar based on how it looks and now how it sounds or how it works for you and your style of playing.

As for the BF3 performance; Guru3D.com used an i7 965 @ 3.7GHz. The 470 on DX11 Ultra settings: 1280x1024 44fps, 1600x1200 34fps, 1920x1080 30fps, 2560x1600 12fps.

leik oh em jeez!
  • leik oh em jeez!

    The boatman stays with the boat.

  • Members
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

#51

Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:54 PM

QUOTE (Wolf68k @ Wednesday, May 9 2012, 10:33)
Really?! The color of the PCB is that big of a deal? Who cares.
Sorry but that's like buying a guitar based on how it looks and now how it sounds or how it works for you and your style of playing.

Or like buying a car with leather seats and wood trim, or painting a car, or putting certain wheels on a car, or massive amounts of chrome if you're from mexico, or buying a certain PC case, furniture, painting your room, or buying a certain monitor, hell, even building a gaming PC to start with. Being a huge Apple fanboy I would expect you to know how big of a role appearance can play in a purchase.

That said, a 470 for $120 sounds like a great deal, I payed $185 for my 480.

Wolf68k
  • Wolf68k

    always howling

  • Members
  • Joined: 12 Mar 2003
  • None
  • Most Knowledgeable [Technology] 2013
    Best Contributor [Technology] 2012

#52

Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:11 PM

As usual you completely missed the point and take one little thing and completely spin it out of context.

leik oh em jeez!
  • leik oh em jeez!

    The boatman stays with the boat.

  • Members
  • Joined: 28 Mar 2007

#53

Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:45 PM Edited by leik oh em jeez!, 09 May 2012 - 06:32 PM.

And as usual you have to make some asshat remark claiming your words had some different, deeper, unintelligible point behind them that I somehow missed rather than admitting that you just hadn't looked at it that way or refrained from posting all together. So, since you want to start this douchebag game of grasping at straws trying to point out how the other could possibly be wrong, if by "Really?! The color of the PCB is that big of a deal? Who cares. Sorry but that's like buying a guitar based on how it looks and now how it sounds or how it works for you and your style of playing." you some how meant something other than appearance should be of the smallest concern, then what exactly did you mean?
That "one little thing" was half of your post, but now that I have explained to you why it does matter, you're going to downplay that part of your post like it was only a small part. And I'm not spinning anything out of context. I'm taking your exact words and assuming that the point you were trying to explain with them was the only one possible.

I mean really, the only point of your last post was to say "I didn't mean what you thought I meant, and I'm not going to tell you what I did mean because frankly I'm not quite sure myself. So to change the subject AWAY from me having no idea what the f*ck I'm talking about, I'll just accuse you of taking something out of context."
Way to f*cking go man, you make us all so proud with your your well thought out posts.
And then you go cry to daddy because you lost an argument that YOU started. Again, way to go. You REALLY proved your nonexistent point yet again.

Sorry Ryan, I know you don't want to see this.

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#54

Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:43 PM

@ Ryan: I say wait a little bit, look for other offers. Hopefully you'll find another 560ti. If not, then the 470 is the one to get. icon14.gif

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#55

Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:55 PM

A guy on another forum showed me this. Seems to be the best deal, so I think I'll go for it. Should hold me over for a few months till I can get a 660 or a 670.

http://www.newegg.ca...N82E16814130690

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#56

Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:09 PM

What a deal that one is. This topic alone has a couple of them I would haven't even expected. icon14.gif

If this is surely your choice, then watch out from the temps. The card (and most of the 400 series) tend to overheat easily.

Ryan
  • Ryan

    Ginga Ninja

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 10 Apr 2006
  • Canada
  • Best Forum Ledby 2011
    Best Forum Ledby 2010
    GTANet Contribution Award
    GTANet Helpfulness Award

#57

Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:25 PM

QUOTE (PrometheusX @ Wednesday, May 9 2012, 18:09)
If this is surely your choice, then watch out from the temps. The card (and most of the 400 series) tend to overheat easily.

The 400 series cards run hot, but they're not that bad. It's really only the 480 you have to watch out for overheating, and as long as you have a well ventilated case you'd be fine.

Wolf68k
  • Wolf68k

    always howling

  • Members
  • Joined: 12 Mar 2003
  • None
  • Most Knowledgeable [Technology] 2013
    Best Contributor [Technology] 2012

#58

Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:34 PM

I got a GTS450 when my first 560Ti had to be RMA'ed for a replacement. Played a lot of BFBC2 with it and run eVGA's OCScanner on to stress it, never over heated or got any hotter than the 560Ti does while stressed. Admittedly I think it also helped that I use eVGA Precision (v2.0.3) to control the fan speed, does a better than the letting the card do it itself.

SyphonPayne
  • SyphonPayne

    E FOR EFFORT!!!

  • Members
  • Joined: 08 Aug 2003

#59

Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:15 AM

As was previously stated it wasn't the entire 400 series that was hot and power hungry, it was mostly the 480. The 460 was more efficient than the 470/480 but the 470 wasn't near as bad as the 480. My 460 actually ran cooler than my 560 Ti but that's because the 560 Ti has a less aggressive fan controller (runs slower, quieter.) The 560 Ti only uses 10 more watts than the 460 yet outperforms the 470 which draws 40 more watts than the 560 Ti.

I would go for the $120 470 over the $100 GTX 460 SE any day of the week. Even with the blue pcb. The 470 is slightly slower, hotter, more power hungry than the 560 Ti but it does have extra VRAM. If those are your only two options I'd go 470 for sure. If you can find an affordable 560 Ti it would be a bit better though.

Prometheus
  • Prometheus

  • Moderator
  • Joined: 18 Apr 2011
  • None

#60

Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:26 AM

I thought that the 460/70/80 had the overheating problems. Thanks for clarifying everyone.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users