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I currently only use my PC everyday office and browsing with a little gaming. Gaming consists mainly of Counterstrike GO and TF2 and a few older games. I am planning on buying a 144hz monitor and I would like to achieve 144fps or higher. Currently in CSGO in certain situations it struggles to keep a constant 128fps (even at 800x600). When looking at task manager the processor is barely using 5-10% and I have also includes -threads 4 in the launch options. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance for the help and if I need to provide more information just let me know.


My current setup is:

AMD x4 965BE 3.4ghz
4GB ram DDR3 @ 1333 ( will double check since conflicting information online related to mobo specs).
Nvidia GTS 450
128GB Samsung SSD
Windows 7

My current motherboard specs (now quite antique motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157168 (reports DDR3 1600mhz max)
http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/A785GMH128M/ (says DDR2 1066mhz max).

The ram that is installed is G.Skill DDR3 1600mhz.
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A GTX 560Ti would be a solid upgrade from a 450. Its a last gen card so you might be able to find one fairly cheap online. If you're willing to spend more money however, a GTX 660 or a 660Ti would be a very nice upgrade.

My reasoning: A pair of 450s is slightly faster than a single 470. A single 470 is is also slightly less powerful than a a 560Ti. Assuming perfect SLI scaling with a pair of 450s, the 560Ti should be AT LEAST as fast as. Therefore, you're looking at at least 100% (double) increase in framerates from a single 450. If you step it up to 660 or a 660Ti, you can see where its headed.
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I would go with a 660 Ti Boost card instead, just my .02 cents
    
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Thanks for the recommendation. I am not partial to Nvidia or AMD. What do you think about a 7850? Would you still stick with the nvidia cards that you recommended? I am going to try to keep the cost as low as possible without sacrificing too much.
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a 660 or 660 Ti will be a nice upgrade for your system...btw What kind of PSU did you have? And What are resolution did you playing at?
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Thanks for the recommendation. I am not partial to Nvidia or AMD. What do you think about a 7850? Would you still stick with the nvidia cards that you recommended? I am going to try to keep the cost as low as possible without sacrificing too much.

The GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB is roughly equivalent to the 7850 2GB at stock speeds.

The least expensive GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB from a reputable* brand is Gigabyte's GV-N65TBOC-2GD BOOST, which is $175.

The least expensive Radeon 7850 2GB from a reputable** brand is Sapphire's 100355OCL, which is $189 after $15 MIR.

If you want to move up to a GTX 660 (~10% faster than the GTX 650 Ti BOOST), the least expensive model from a reputable* brand is Gigabyte's GV-N660OC-2GD, which is $188 after $20 MIR.

* for NVIDIA cards: ASUS, EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI (in no particular order)
** for AMD cards: ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, and Sapphire (in no particular order)
Edited by svenge - 4/18/13 at 11:04am
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I have a 630W PSU 80plus certified but it will most likely need to be replaced soon (bought back in 2009!!). My gaming resolution is 1024x768 (75Hz) currently. I may play at 1920x1080 in the future but most likely I will stick with 4:3 ratio. I have a 24" monitor 1920x1080.
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After doing a little research I am leaning more towards the 650Ti BOOST since it is cheaper, uses less power, and it is quieter than the rest of the cards. (correct me if I am wrong). The main thing I see is the memory interface of 192-bit in the 650Ti vs. 256-bit in the 7850. Again thanks for the help.
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7850's are a decent price to performance ratio right now, and I think they come with Bioshock: Infinite, Tomb Raider, and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon as a part of the AMD Deal.
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After doing a little research I am leaning more towards the 650Ti BOOST since it is cheaper, uses less power, and it is quieter than the rest of the cards. (correct me if I am wrong). The main thing I see is the memory interface of 192-bit in the 650Ti vs. 256-bit in the 7850. Again thanks for the help.

The 7850 uses slightly less power, and the noise level for both the 7850 and 650 Ti-B is dependent on which manufacturer/model you pick. Gigabyte's WindForce 2x models (like the 650 Ti-B model that I listed earlier) tend to be pretty quiet, though.

The price for the 650 Ti BOOST is indisputably lower than the 7850, and since it performs at slightly above parity with the 7850 it's probably your best bet. The bus width differential (192-bit vs 256-bit) doesn't really factor in too much with mid-range $170-$200 cards like these.
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