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Aware me on the new graphics cards and why it may be worth it to purchase one.

May 25, 2012
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Let me start off by mentioning that I don't game in anything more than 1080p. I have a nice 50" I game on in my living room so I kinda treat my gaming pc as the HTPC as well. Its the setup I have listed under my avatar.

So far, I seem to be able to maintain atleast 45 fps in Metro 2033 or Crysis Warhead with both games maxxed out and AA set as high as I can. I realize this is because of the resolution I play in compared to some of you crazies lol.

Is there a point in upgrading from my current setup? I dont have any bugs in my setup and my 5850s are at stock clock so there are no issues with heat. Hell, I only have 4gb of ram. I just look around and see all the "all out" gamer setups with multiple flagship cards that are 2 generations later than mine. i can't help but think, whats the point if you don't game past 1080p? Are setups like that for 3 monitor setups?


I dont think the gaming industry is making games that take advantage of video cards from 2 gens ago when played at 1080p, much less the new cards.
Aug 11, 2011
4,335 (1.87/day)
System Name STEAMBOX | GAMECUBE | EQC (Everyday Quad Core)
Processor i5 4590@3.7Ghz |i7 3770K@4Ghz -|- Athlon 5350@2.52Ghz
Motherboard GA-B85N PHOENIX | Asrock Z77E-ITX | Asus AM1I-A
Cooling Stock | Antec Kuhler 620 | Reeven Vanxie
Memory 2x4GB ADATA XPG 1600Mhz | 2x4GB Kingston 1866Mhz -|- 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix@1920Mhz
Video Card(s) RX 480 Nitro | Sapphire RX 480 w/Accelero Mono Plus | HD 8400 @ 720Mhz (IGP)
Storage LiteON 128GB mSATA+3TB Seagate | Seagate 1TBxSamung 64GB SSD (Intel RST) | Kingston v300 240GB
Display(s) Daewoo 49" 1080p | ASUS PA248Q 1920x1200 IPS
Case Corsair 250D | CoolerMaster Elite 110 | Acteck Fiji
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 | Silverstone SFX-450 | 200w mini FLEX PSU
Software Windows 10 64bit
If you're happy with your current performance don't upgrade.


New Member
Mar 23, 2012
1,316 (0.63/day)
Processor i5-2500k @ 4.5
Motherboard Asus Z68 Deluxe
Cooling Noctua NH-D14
Memory 16GB DDR3 1600
Video Card(s) Sapphire 7950 @ 1200/1475 @ 1175v
Display(s) Dell 23" 2ms
Case Carbide 500r
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar DG
You have to understand, this is just a fun hobby for some of us, it has nothing to do with gaming for some as well. Some just like to tinker with computers and benchmarking. Yes, odd, but hey if your rich whatevs.

Personally, when I built my first computer ever this past September it was one of the most fun experiences of my life, the trial and error, the research, the actual building, matching compnenets, finding the best deals. Lot of fun. Some may hate it, I have found a new hobby. Though, being so expensive, when I need my fix, I take apart my PC entirely, dust it out, and re-build it. :rockout:
Mar 6, 2007
678 (0.17/day)
Processor i7 4790k @ 4.8 Ghz
Motherboard ASUS Z97-E/USB 3.1
Cooling Raystorm, D5 Vario, 480 x2 Rads, EK blocks
Memory 16gb G.Skill DDR3 2400mhz
Video Card(s) Nvidia GTX 1080 FE SLI @2k core 8k mem
Storage Crucial M4 256gb, Samsung EVO 250gb, Mushkin Reactor 1TB, Seagate 3TB, WD Red 6TB x2
Display(s) Acer xb270hu 144hz 2560x1440
Case Enthoo Primo
Audio Device(s) HT Omega Claro Halo --> Yamaha Vx375 --> ATHW1000x/Energy 5.1
Power Supply EVGA 1300w G2
Mouse Logitech g400
Keyboard Tesoro Ultimate
Software W7 64 bit
I agree. If your happy with your performance, don't upgrade.

I really want a 690 or a 7990 (if we ever get one) since I can't get 120 frames in some games, especially bf3 on ultra. I play on all low with fxaa to maintain 120 frames, but its just my preference and I'm sure people won't understand why. But there is no way in hell I'm paying a grand for graphics....
Jun 12, 2007
4,815 (1.25/day)
Wangas, New Zealand
System Name Darth Obsidious
Processor Intel i5 2500K
Motherboard ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212+ in Push Pull
Memory 2X4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600
Video Card(s) ASUS R9 270x TOP
Storage 128GB Samsung 830 SSD, 1TB WD Black, 2TB WD Green
Display(s) LG IPS234V-PN
Case Corsair Obsidian 650D
Audio Device(s) Infrasonic Quartet
Power Supply Corsair HX650w
Software Windows 7 64bit and Windows XP Home
Benchmark Scores 2cm mark on bench with a razor blade.
Some people just like to have the greatest and the latest hardware to not feel inferior to the rest of the system specs and benchtests on TPU.

Currently the gaming industry is most likely not making games which hammer he performance of the latest systems for the most part and it is a good thing.

Not everyone wants to keep on upgrading to play the latest games at ultra with enjoyable frames.
Nov 26, 2004
4,377 (0.92/day)
Canuck in Norway
System Name Hellbox 3.0(same case new guts)
Processor i7 4790K
Motherboard Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1
Cooling TT Kandalf L.C.S.(Water/Air)AC Cuplex Kryos CPU Block/Noctua
Memory 2x8GB Corsair Vengance Pro 2400
Video Card(s) Sapphire Tri-X Fury (Unlocked to Fury X)
Storage WD Caviar Black SATA 3 1TB x2 RAID 0 2xSamsung 850 Evo 500GB RAID 0 1TB WD Blue
Display(s) ASUS MG279Q 1440 IPS 144Hz FreeSync
Case TT Kandalf L.C.S.
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster ZX/Logitech Z906 5.1
Power Supply Seasonic X-1050W 80+ Gold
Mouse G502 Proteus Spectrum
Keyboard G19s
Software Win 10 Pro x64
As the saying goes "If it ain't broke..."


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Jul 9, 2006
3,287 (0.79/day)
Halifax, Canada
Processor Q6600 G0 @ 3.2Ghz
Motherboard Asus p5k-Premium/Black Pearl
Cooling Luna Block, 240mm rad
Memory Patriot Extreme PC2-6400 2x2GB
Video Card(s) Saphire 5850 1GB
Storage 60GB SSD + 2x500GB/1TB/2TB
Display(s) Samsung 226BW and 50" Panasonic S2
Case Silverstone TJ-09
Audio Device(s) X-fi Prelude
Power Supply Enermax Galaxy Dxx 850watt
Software Windows7 32Bit
Benchmark Scores Super Pi 1M 14.333
I have almost the same HW as you, Q6600 4GB 5850. I finally installed my water-block for my gpu but thats only because I've had it laying around for so long and did a water change/cleaning.

Really a 5850 is a great card. I dont think in your case you need to upgrade quite yet. If you do maybe you can do crossfire?

Edit: If your feeling an urge to upgrade, try getting an SSD on sale somewhere for your OS and a game or 2


I play games
Apr 1, 2010
1,854 (0.66/day)
System Name X6 | Lyndon-ROG
Processor Intel Core i7-8700k | Intel Core i7 6700HQ
Motherboard Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 5 | Asus ROG-GL552VX
Cooling Deepcool Captain 240EX
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LED | 8 GB
Video Card(s) NVIDIA GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB
Storage SSDs: 500GB, HDDs: 2TB, 2TB, 3TB | SSD: 250GB, HDD: 1TB
Display(s) BenQ XL2411 1080p@144Hz, 32" HDTV, 19" Monitor | 15.6"1080p
Case Cougar Panzer Max
Audio Device(s) Corsair Gaming H1500 7.1 | ROCCAT Kave 5.1 | Edifier M3200
Power Supply EVGA 750GQ
Mouse Razer Deathadder Chroma | Logitech G302 | Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 5
Keyboard Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Red
Software Windows 10
That rig is still great, remember most PC games nowadays are just shitty console ports, and your specs is much better than any consoles.

If you encounter performance issues, just drop the reso to 720p and you could still play smoothly.

Unless Xbox 720 or PS4, or any PC exclusive worth upgrading for come out(like Crysis was in 2007), Do not upgrade

From what Ive read you;re pretty satisfied, so do not upgrade yet, maybe upgrade your drive to SSD like Chewy said, or getting quality accessories like gaming keyboards and mice.