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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by BlackAzrael, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Black Mesa New Member

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    The C2Q CPU is fine so long as you put a max OC on it so if you don't have a good aftermarket CPU cooler I suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. You already have enough ram for now so just OC you're CPU if you havent already and spend you're money towards a good GPU and you're budget will be good for a nice card like 7870, 660ti, or 7950.

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    This is good advise. Buy a nice universal cooler, one that can fit many different sockets and is something you can take with you to a new system.
     
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    I have only ever OCed one thing and it's the GPU i'm using right now, never did that with a CPU, not sure if it's really safe but in a way it's not like i think i'm gonna keep the rig i have right now for a lot longer. (although i'd probably sell it after buying a new one).

    As for cooler i already have a Zalman one that looks similar to the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ at first glance. I'm not sure if it's universal since i don't even remember the model haha.

    But yeah i guess OCing the CPU would be a good alternative in the meanwhile.
     
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    from 2.833Ghz to 4Ghz = 41% increase in clock speed. Which of course won't be 41% increase in performance but will be a significant lift in FPS or increasing eye candy....Something to think about.
     
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    Would that be safe to overclock it that much? I could be wrong, but it seems like quite a lot of overclocking to me. But then again, i don't have much experience with overclocking stuff so.
     
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    It's something to shoot for. May not be possible, every thing oc's different, even the same type chip from the same lot will have different tolerances. I would be very surprised if you couldn't hit at least 3.6Ghz (with proper air cooling)

    If you take a look at our 3dmark threads you will see many Q9xxx pushing 4ghz and some over.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110105&highlight=3dmark+vantage

    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=135908

    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=110050&highlight=3dmark+vantage
     
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    Hence the Hyper 212+ LOL
     
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    My advice would be to benchmark your system the way it is now...then spend a day learning how to oc your cpu...rebench after oc...should feel like a new rig at this point...
    If you are going to upgrade the gpu then save for a 7970 or look for one second hand...good luck...
     
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    Update your system specs in the User CP

    Your system is toped out but its still good. Overclock it

    Buy a new GPU if you game and an SSD it will kick but

    Dont worry about the DDR2 its fine. But you didn't mention how much as long as you have 4 Gb your good.

    Buy a Nvidia 670 or 7950 and start saving for a new MB, CPU and ram
     
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    Wondering myself whats the best card for maxing 1080p? Like full eye candy ultra max AA etc? Probably GTX 670 for most games? Maybe get away with a HD 7950? Or would even a GTX 660Ti do?

    EDIT: Should mention that im in the UK. Just seen this Gainward GTX 670 for cheaper than some HD 7950's. Is this a good card/value?
     
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    I think 7870 or 660Ti would suffice
     
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    Is this GTX 660TI good? It's the cheapest I could see, but seems to have good reviews.
     
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    Don't run you're CPU @ 4Ghz that's too much for an old C2Q cpu but I think you should be able to achieve around 3.5Ghz safe.
     
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    Alright then, well i was contemplating between those 3 cards basically: 7850, 7870 and 660Ti.

    Because the 7900 series (at least the 7950 and 7970) are way too expensive for me.

    Considering my budget is probably between 200$-300$, which do you think would be best?

    And would a SSD actually increase gaming performance?
     
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    No but your maps load a hell of a lot faster

    There are 7950 for under $300 at NE
     
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    What do you mean by maps exactly?

    And just as a clarification, i'm not in the US, i live in Canada so yeah.
     
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    What games do you play? FPS games have maps you run around in. The area and graphics for the game
     
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    Oh! Well i play all sorts of games, a few examples of games i have are: Metro 2033, Crysis 1&2, Diablo 3, Torchlight 2 (soon!), Saints Row 3, Starcraft 2, Second Life, Path of Exile Beta, Dead Space 2, Left 4 Dead 1&2, Aliens vs Predator, etc.

    Another question also, is there a real difference in power between the 660Ti and 670? Because there is quite the difference in price at least.
     
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    When he says "maps" that means the "levels" so remove the word maps and put levels in it's place just mean the levels load faster. That being said if I were you I would spend the money on a GPU not an SSD as an SSD is a useless investment and wast of money for if you want to play games with fast frame rates and nice image quality spend the money where it counts which is the GPU. What kind of games do you play ? at any rate I think this 7850 http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=72478&vpn=R7850 PE2GD5/OC&manufacture=MSI/MicroStar will make you happy as it is silent powerful and only takes a single 6pin power connector.
     
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    Im not sure the diff in the 660Ti and 670 but here in the US the graphic cards are pretty much priced accordingly per performance. Its a very tough market and the competition is fierce. Im not sure about Canada though but you could check some of the reviews on Newegg
     
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    Hmm well was just wondering cause im not sure if the 50~70$ price difference is really worth it.

    EDIT: By the way, is there a difference when a card is OC Edition?
     
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    You have a UD3P motherboard and a Q9550 and you haven't overclocked it yet? If you don't feel like spending money on full upgrade get a good cooler and just clock the dog snot out of the Q9550.

    Yes means the card is overclocked from the factory. So itll perform a bit better then a normal non-oc version.
     
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    Hmm alright but i mean if i OC an OC edition card, will it go higher than if i would oc a normal card?

    And yes i guess i will try to OC by reading the guide first, dont want to make my CPU fry or something lol.
     
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    If you play the Sims and have a lot of expansions and custom content, SSD would really help with the load times.
     

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