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Life story inc - About two months ago I was going to replace my entire rig with an ivy bridge build but a friend of mine randomly offered me his old 560 so I decided to just buy a cooler to OC my cpu and also got a case and psu to hold off upgrading for another year or so. I'll be using the case next year when I do a full upgrade but now my friends asked me for his 560 back and I thought about buying it from him, but decided I'd rather buy something new instead. Stuck with my 9800 gt for now. frown.gif

I'm looking for something that won't be bottlenecked too harshly. I'll only end up using this for the next year and will probably sell it afterwards. Playing at 1080p, I don't play any of the more demanding games, currently only playing GW2, L4D2, WoW MoP maybe, DayZ, Dark Souls, will probably get that new Resident Evil game, you get the point. I'm able to run these pretty smoothly at mid settings with stock q6600 and 9800gt so just wanting to try and max them out for that eye candy. I don't think I could go higher than a 7870/660 non-ti without bottlenecking becoming a real issue, nor do I want to spend that much, and the 7770 looks a little gimp, can't find any benchmarks on the 650 but since it's priced the same I'm assuming it performs at 7770 levels.

TLDR: So I guess the cards I'm looking at are the 660 non-ti, 7850, and 7870, maybe the 7770/650. Idk so many options, so many benchmarks to look at, what would you do?
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post #2 of 39
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what would you do?

Buy one. If it is any help I might get a 7850 for my q9550. Also if you get fast card you can always re use it when you build a system, that's what i did with this one (see below). when i built this one i got another 4850 for half the price i paid for my first one and am running crossfire.
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Get the 660. Even the non-Ti version will be a HUGE boost compared to your current 9800GT. Since you only plan on using it for a year (although it's going to last a lot longer) you can easily resell the card since it will still be fairly "new". Definitely will hold a higher resell value than a 560 or even a 460, but they still sell.

Another option is that you can later upgrade to using dual 660s if you plan on getting one of these now. Two of these cards will yield some pretty beastly performance.
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What's the overall budget you want to spend?
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post #5 of 39
GTx 460 would be a good match. its gonna slightly bottle neck. but i should be a decent match.
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post #6 of 39
I think just about anything will be better than the aging 9800GT.

Have to though about a temporary Used HD 4870? Those things a pretty good and are usually cheap and chips. Or perhaps a new HD 7850? As for your CPU I'd say it will be alright.
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post #7 of 39
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GTx 460 would be a good match. its gonna slightly bottle neck. but i should be a decent match.

My coworker had a q6600 and gtx 465 and had no bottlenecks, but anyways I'd honestly just grab a used gtx 560 for $110-$130 and that should last you till your next upgrade.
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post #8 of 39
Some oc for the cpu and pair it with a 7850, I think that'd be pretty good.
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Thanks for the responses, just to clarify why I don't plan on using it for too long. I'm going to be saving up over the next year or so to go out all water cooling with whatever's all the rage around this time next year (i7 haswell, gtx 780, hd 8970? woah those look weird) along with one of the 27'' 1440p/1600p monitors. Going to be moving around that time too and I have a thirst for water cooling a proper enthusiast build, so it just ends up being a good time for a full rig upgrade. My current system will go to a family member at that point, with the 9800 gt. And then selling whatever card I buy to make back some of the money. I just want to max or close to max the games I'm playing until then.

I want to avoid used cards because I just cba buying from someone online, and it'll be easier to resell a current gen card. Looks like I can get a Sapphire HD 7850 OC for 189.99 after a price match, hmm.

edit: I do plan to OC the cpu as much as I can, aiming for the fabled 4.0, but I should be able to get at least 3.8 considering it's a SLACR with a modern cooler. I'd be happy with the common 3.6 though. Just have to go through the trouble of learning how to actually overclock... lol.
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post #10 of 39
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Looks like I can get a Sapphire HD 7850 OC for 189.99 after a price match, hmm. edit: I do plan to OC the cpu as much as I can, aiming for the fabled 4.0, but I should be able to get at least 3.8 considering it's a SLACR with a modern cooler. I'd be happy with the common 3.6 though. Just have to go through the trouble of learning how to actually overclock... lol.

HD 7850 is a good option. powerful enough for today's games at good settings. the sapphire card has a good cooler .
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