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Hey Guys,

Recently upgrade mobo/RAM/CPU and noticed quite a large boost in games. This obviosuly pointed to my previous CPU (C2D e6550) bottlenecking my GTX 460.

After the upgrade, I am now wondering if the GPU is a bottleneck, and perhaps a new GPU would give me a fairly cheap path to more gaming goodness!

I am looking at either a 7950 3GB - http://www.skycomp.com.au/item/HIS-ATI-HD-7950-PCIE-3-0--3GB-384-bit-GDDR5--800-5000MHZ--DL-DVI--HDMI--2x-Mini-DP--DX11-1--Fan.aspx

or the GTX660 ti - http://www.skycomp.com.au/item/Leadtek-GTX-660-TI-PCI-E-3-0-2GB-192-bit-DDR5--Base--915-Boost--980-6008-MHz--2x-DVI--HDMI--DP--Fan.aspx

From my quick bit of research, either would be great, depending on the game.

With the above in mind, can anyone recommend a GFX card? Feel free to recommend different cards to the ones above, they are just my starting point. I'd like to keep price below $350 if possible, and the card MUST NOT be overkill when paired with my particular CPU - i.e. if a GTX670 would be held back by my CPU, please don't recommend it, looking for bang for buck.

One last thing I am looking at is the 7950 game bundle, which gives me Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite as an added extra to the card - I'll be honest that is very tempting! Link here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_366692642_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000859341&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0YK1J4VD7K1SH2EY3Q7A&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1421804822&pf_rd_i=193870011

I just have to hope amazon will deliver to Australia!

Anyway, enough of my rambling, I'll leave it to the experts to recommend me a nice card that will run harmoniously with the other components in my rig! smile.gif

Cheers,

Glen.
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I would Highly recommend a 7950 boost.

I just recently got the Sapphire 7950 boost with dual X cooler. I have the card at 1200 core and it never goes above 70 C. *Note* I was initially worried about the stock boost voltage being locked at 1.25 V. While the card is locked at this voltage at load, the core and VRM temps are still phenomenol and this voltage allows very easy OCing.

Should be a decent balance with your i5.

Good Luck!
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post #3 of 18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

Save 60 or so bucks and get within 1-2% of a stock 7970 or 7950 boost. They overclock very well and are arguably the best price/performance chip on the market.

Just noticed the game bundle on Amazon. Makes the decision a little harder if your into those games. Bioshock comes with either though and thats the only one Im looking forward too.
Edited by Hatfieco - 2/16/13 at 10:27pm
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I almost bought that card. Definitely a good value. But it wont touch an OCd 7950 boost...
 
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The boost is 60 more before shipping though. It is a bit more powerful but not worth the extra money IMO. The jump from a 460 to a 7870 xt or 7950 boost is going to be huge either way.
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post #7 of 18
Really just a matter of whats more important, a few extra FPS or ~50$. That I will leave up to the OP.

Personally, I opted to spend the extra 50$ for the performance and the extra VRAM. Either card will be an exceptional upgrade
 
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OP get the sapphire HD 7950 950 mhz edition from the same site.

http://www.skycomp.com.au/item/Sapphire-ATI-HD-7950-OC-Edition-V2-PCI-E-3-0--3GB-384-bit-GDDR5--950-5000-Mhz--DVI--HDMI--2x-Mini-DP.aspx
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1157&lid=1&pid=1551&leg=0

uses a reference HD 7970 PCB with 8 + 6 pin. good dual x cooler. much better than the reference cooler card you picked. performance on par with GTX 670 / HD 7970(925 mhz) . comes with 2 free games. you should be able to get the game bundle from australian shops as the never settle reloaded HD 7900 promotion is a worldwide one.

http://www.amd.com/us/press-releases/Pages/amd-kick-starts-2013feb04.aspx

here is the sapphire HD 7950 950 mhz edition with model no 11196-10-40G.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1281711/hd7950-revised-with-reference-hd7970-pcb-club

your core i5 can easily handle a overclocked HD 7950. thumb.gif
Edited by raghu78 - 2/16/13 at 10:50pm
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post #9 of 18
save yourself a bit of money:
PowerColor Radeon HD7870 2GB Myst Edition $229.00

PowerColor PCS+ HD 7870 Myst Edition Review
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PowerColor has put together this card and priced it aggressively enough to put it right in between the GTX 660, HD 7950, and GTX 660Ti with the hope that it out performs the higher priced GTX 660Ti. Something it does in several of the game tests. Performance wise PowerColor's HD 7870 Myst Edition delivers excellent gaming performance in all of the tests at a resolution of 1920x1080 finishing ahead of the GTX 660 in all but one test.
POWERCOLOR PCS+ HD 7870 MYST EDITION (TAHITI LE) 2GB REVIEW
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In our testing the HD 7870 MYST fell right between the HD 7950 than the HD 7870 in terms of performance. Certain games had different results, but either way you are looking about a 10% performance gap between Tahiti LE and the HD 7850 and HD 7950. The only expectations were games that required high levels of memory bandwidth and when gaming at high resolutions. This is due to the MYST utilizing the Pitcairn memory architecture as opposed to that of the Tahiti GPU, which in turn reduced performance when gaming at extreme settings. At 1920x1080 though the performance was excellent across the board and even demanding games such as Battlefield 3 and Crysis 2 ran around 60FPS, well beyond the point where micro-stutter could be an issue.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 MYST Edition Review
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If you are in the market for a card capable of delivering a great game play experience at 1920x1080 resolutions, then look no further than the PowerColor HD 7870 MYST as it provides near Radeon HD 7950 level performance for Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition pricing.
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post #10 of 18
I would recommend a 7850 2GB for a i5-2320. A locked i5 or an i3/Pentium should never go higher than a 7850, or else you get CPU bottleneck. The 7850 2GB goes for USD$200 nowadays and will guaranteed go to 925MHz+ core and 5.1GHz memory. With some lucky silicon, I've seen people go to 1.2GHz/7GHz and get stock 7950 performance.
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