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I need some help deciding which GPU to buy!

Question asked by Pedro from El Salvador | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Dec 6, 2012 5:16 am

Hello to everyone: I need bought a graphic card, i had a 8800GT with 256MB and it was broken. I have around 70€, i find this cards for that price:Gigabyte HD 6670 (65€) - 1GB DDR3 and Asus 8800GS -384MB (50€). The hd 6670 DDR5 goes to 90€ (almost double price) What I should bought with a little money? Ah, with 8800GT i could play to Skyrim at 1920x1080 with low-mid settings, really. Thanks a lot. I have Ubuntu too and i hope can play with Steam for Linux soon.


Hi Pedro,

 

Not only would I vote for you - hopefully you get the joke - but let me help you with this question. If you're currently happy with the 8800 GT's performance @ 1080p with low-mid settings, then any of those video cards is going to give you an improvement.

 

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I would skip the ASUS 8800 GTS 384MB card - as it's old, and only has 384MB of RAM. I would suggest, out of the options provided, the Gigabyte HD 6670. It will have 1GB of RAM, and is a fairly current card. It'll have no issues under Linux and will kick the ass of the card you're running now - by a long shot.

 

Do let us know how you go with the upgrade, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the huge performance difference.

Does RAM have any affect on gaming performance?

Question asked by Wesley from Bahrain | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | RAM Content | Posted: Dec 5, 2012 3:54 am

Hi, does RAM speed affect gaming performance?


Hi Wesley,

 

That's actually a great question, something we hope to cover more in the future in detail. But, yes and no - it also comes down to the rest of the components in your system such as the CPU, and storage.

 

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If we're talking about a decent CPU, such as the Intel Core i5 chip, and let's say a mechanical HDD (not an SSD) - then it might help, but it would be single percentage points. Maybe 1-2% in load times. An SSD would mostly erase any "positive" load times or affects from faster memory for gaming.

 

RAM will help things that are constantly diving in and out of RAM - such as video or photo editing, rendering, etc. For gaming, there's not much of an improvement, and when there is - it's usually not enough to be instantly visible to people.

Which GPU should I get for 1366x768 gaming?

Question asked by Nashat from Bangladesh | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:56 am

I am gonna play games at 1366*768 resolution in 19'' screen.

 

1.MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition

2.GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 550

3.Sapphire Radeon HD 7770

 

I want to play at highest settings. Which one would be good plz suggest ASAP, I'm dying to buy ! tnx in advance.


Hi Nashat,

 

Out of those three GPUs, the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition is definitely the way to go. If we were comparing the GTX 550 against the HD 7770 - then I would've suggested the HD 7770. But the Power Edition GPU from MSI is pretty damn good.

 

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Because of your low resolution (1366x768) you'll find most GPUs will be bottlenecked, so any GPU in this price range should perform quite well. The MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition actually overclocks quite well, and performs at higher resolutions admirably.

 

You can read our review on MSI's GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition here.

Which smartphone should I buy? Sony's Xperia T or the new Google Nexus 4?

Question asked by Severus from Romania | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices Content | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:45 am

Hello again Tweakers,

 

I'm looking into buying a new smartphone this Christmas and I wanted your help in this matter. Basicaly, I'm torn between the Sony Xperia T and the Google Nexus 4. Ussually I buy a flagship phone and keep it for around 3 years. My last 3 phones were Sony, so on one hand I'd continue the legacy, but on the other hand I don't think that the T's dual core is too future proof. I love Sony's design and the camera is better, but the Nexus has Jelly Bean and 2gb of ram. A big minus in the Nexus is the lack of an e pxpansion slot.

 

Both phones are at the same price here and that further makes my decision harder, so I hope you can help me find a resolution in this matter.

 

Thank you for your time!


Hi Severus,

 

This is really quite easy - get yourself the Google Nexus 4. I reviewed the Nexus 4 here and called it the best smartphone in the world right now, as (in my opinion) it really is. It's fast, it's gorgeous, it's feature-packed, and future-proof.

 

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Google's Nexus-branded devices are always the first to receive the latest iterations of the Android OS - another huge benefit of owning the Nexus 4. I understand you'd like to continue owning a Sony device, continuing your legacy of owning Sony smartphones - but as you said, it's only a dual-core smartphone, where the Nexus 4 sports a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.

 

Yes, they're both the same price, but the Nexus 4 is heavily subsidized in terms of its price - it's like a $800 smartphone, for just $349.

I have the new Samsung S23A750D, 120Hz-capable monitor and now need a new GPU, suggestions?

Question asked by Daniel from Spain | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:34 am

I just bought a new monitor (Samsung S23A750D) and I want to upgrade my graphic card.

 

Current config:

  • Samsung S23A750D
  • AsRock Z77 Extreme4
  • Intel I5 2500k @4,5Ghz
  • 16GB of DDR3 1600Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws CL9
  • Palit GTX 470
  • CoolerMaster GX 750w

 

What card should i get? (cost ~650$)


Hi Daniel,

 

The 120Hz monitors are great for gaming - so first off, nice choice! I have the 27-inch model from Samsung and absolutely love it. Since your new monitor is capable of 1920x1080 and 120Hz, if you want to hit that 120 frames per second for the monitor to look silky smooth in games, you're going to need a decent GPU.

 

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For a $650 budget - you have enough to play around with to achieve that - so I would recommend something from NVIDIA. For $529.99 from NewEgg, you could get yourself's MSI GeForce GTX 680 Twin Frozr card, which features 4GB of RAM and an awesome custom cooler.

 

Alternatively, since your motherboard supports SLI and your PSU is beefy enough - you could go for two-way SLI GeForce GTX 670s. NewEgg sells Galaxy-branded GeForce GTX 670s for $359ea - just over $700. This would give you plenty of power to reach 120fps in most games, and would beat the single GeForce GTX 680 in terms of performance.

 

The last alternative, is to grab the GTX 680 and down the track grab another one for SLI action.

 

Edit: Some people have wondered why I haven't recommended an AMD Radeon-based GPU - well, that is definitely an option so I'll add that in here now. NewEgg sell some of the HIS- and Sapphire-branded Radeon HD 7970s for just $379.99. You could also two-way CrossFire them up for some extreme performance.

 

The reason why I recommended NVIDIA here is because I've (personally) had a better run with them with 120Hz monitors. I will be running some more tests and providing some walkthroughs of this in the near future, so keep checking back to see how we go!

I want to upgrade my AMD-based system, what should I get?

Question asked by Nicholas from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs Content | Posted: Nov 27, 2012 6:15 am

I'm looking for my next upgrade.

 

I have the following currently:

 

Yamakasi qHD monitor.

AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.3Ghz.

32GBs of DDR3-1333MHz G.Skill Ripjawz.

M4N98TD EVO (with the built in GPU turned onfor PhysX.)

EVGA GTX 670 @ Stock everything.

Samsung 830 for OS.

Some WD Blues for storage.

 

Where do I go from here? I don't really play that many 3D game as I used to, Skyrim is pretty much the only real 3D game I play anymore. I ask because I always feel the need for more power. I understand that anything from Intel will be better, but I haven't had any Intel desktop products since the Pentium 3 days. Should I wait for whatever is coming out from AMD or jump ship while I can?

 

P.S. - I'm a bang-for-your-buck kind of guy.


Hi Nicholas,

 

First off - I'd keep your RAM, GPU and storage. The two things you can spend the money on would be the motherboard and CPU.

 

I'd suggest upgrading to the Intel Core i7 3770K and a third-party HSF, something like the Corsair H80 cooler, or the H100 if you feel a bit hardcore and want to push the CPU to 5GHz with some overclocking. If you want to save some money here, you could grab the Core i5 3570K which is just $219.99 - compared to the $299.99 cost of the Core i7 3770K.

 

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Motherboard wise, you would be best grabbing something that is SLI-capable, in case you want to throw in another EVGA GeForce GTX 670 for some awesome SLI performance. You could go with something like the ASRock Z77 Extreme 9 motherboard - which is quite feature-packed but has a great price on it.

 

ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 is only $299.99 on NewEgg - but is capable of overclocking that Core i7 3770K to some extreme clocks, will support your current 32GB of RAM, and sports 4-way SLI and CrossFire support - giving your GPU upgrade paths some huge legs.

 

I use this board in my system here at my AU-based TweakTown lab, and it is a truly awesome motherboard. I use the Core i7 3770K and Corsair H100 and have my CPU sitting at 5GHz without an issue - best of all, this combo will cost you under $1000 and will give you an absolutely huge injection of performance over your current AMD-based setup.

What's the best GPU I can buy for under $200 that can play most games at decent settings?

Question asked by Ronald from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards Content | Posted: Nov 23, 2012 5:10 am

What's a GPU (costs under $200) that can play any games on the market at decently high settings?


Hi Ronald,

 

For just over $200, you could get yourself a GeForce GTX 660 - which should play games at medium-high settings without a problem. You'd most likely get lower frame rates at a higher resolution such as 1920x1080, but if you reduced down to 1280x720 (still higher than consoles) and get decent (30-60fps) if you mix the details right.

 

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For the same price ($209.99) - you could get Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC, which comes with a free copy of Far Cry 3, can't complain about that! That would play games at the same kind of frame rate.

 

On top of the GPU, your CPU will come into play - especially in newer games like Battlefield 3. Battlefield 3 with a high-end GPU, even the GTX 670, and a mid-range GPU, such as Intel's Q6600 from a few years ago, really does stink. Sub 30-40fps, and skips in the frame rate. A better CPU, even a newer Core i3 or i5 runs it much, much better.

I want to possibly upgrade to SLI'd MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK GPUs, which PSU should I buy?

Question asked by Nicholas from Indonesia | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU Content | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 6:11 am

Hi TweakTown !

 

I've MSI GTX 560-Ti Hawk, i want to change it to MSI GTX 660 Hawk or maybe SLI my GTX 560-Ti Hawk. And then if i want to SLI GTX 560-Ti Hawk what PSU should i choose ?


Hi Nicholas!

 

Well, I would recommend getting two of the MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti HAWK cards, that's for sure - two of those in SLI will rip up any game out right now and run them without a problem.

 

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Power Supply wise, you could future-proof yourself and purchase something like the HX850 from Corsair, which would handle two GTX 670s if you were to upgrade in the future. You could probably get away with Corsair's HX650, too, if your budget can't stretch for the HX850.

 

Hope this helps!

Is Corsair's TX850 PSU enough to drive EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked GPUs in SLI?

Question asked by Wesley from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Cases, Cooling & PSU Content | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 2:47 am

Will a Corsair TX850 power supply be able to power dual EVGA GeForce GTX670 Superclocked cards? CPU is an Intel Core i7-2600K running stock voltage settings.


Hi Wesley,

 

Your Corsair TX850 is more than enough PSU to power your two EVGA GeForce GTX 670 Superclocked GPUs in SLI. The GTX 600 Series from NVIDIA is one of their most power-efficient designs, and the Corsair brand is very powerful.

 

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Both of the GPUs would barely push over 250W per card, even under extreme load - and the rest of your system should be fine, even with the overclocked Core i7 2600K. If you were to be talking about tri-SLI, then you might run into some troubles with the PSU - but two-way SLI will be absolutely fine.

 

That's a nice system you have there, with those EVGA cards!

Will the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition work on my ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard?

Question asked by Elliot from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards Content | Posted: Nov 21, 2012 5:37 am

Would the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition be compatible with the ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard? Please answer, I cant find this anywhere.


Hi Elliot,

 

You'll be glad to know that the MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti Power Edition will work on your ASUS P8H61-MX motherboard. Your motherboard has a PCI-Express x16 slot, which will house the Power Edition GPU quite nicely.

 

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It'll mainly come down to your power supply unit (PSU), whether it has enough power to properly power your GPU - but the GTX 660 Ti PE doesn't chew through that much power anyway, so you should be fine. I hope this has helped you!

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