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Need to upgrade my current system. Any suggestions? :)

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Schmidt1285

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Hello guys.

 

I´m looking to upgrade my gaming-pc but i don´t really have that much knowledge regarding hardware so I hope you can help me :)

 

I´m having really low FPS while playing Arma 3 mods...

 

My budget is around 500 dollars. And should i worry about it fitting into my tower slots?

 

If you need more information let me know.

 

This is my current system:

 

Operationg System: Windows 7 Home premium (64 bit)

 

Mainboard: GigaByte Z68AP-D3

 

Processor : Intel® Core™ i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz (4C 3.49GHz/3.7GHz, 3.5GHz IMC, 2x 256kB L2, 6MB L3) 
Socket/Slot : FC LGA1155
 
Memory: (16 GB) 4 X Kingston KHX1600C9D34GX 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800U DDR3-1600 (9-9-9-25 4-34-10-5)
 
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 (512SP 16C 1.54GHz, 768kB L2, 1.5GB 4GHz 384-bit)

Edited by Schmidt1285, 02 September 2014 - 04:11 PM.

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:welcome:   Schmidt1285

 

You have a decent build there so upgrade options will possibly be restricted to a faster video card.

 

Can I ask what type of case you have, brand and model name or number if you can and the same for your PSU and hard drive/s please.


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Hey Phill, thanks for the reply.

 

I found the information you asked for:

 

Case: Coolermaster Silencio (pretty sure it´s the 550)

 

PSU: Corsair GS 800

 

Harddrive: WDC WD20EARS-60MVWB0 (1,8 TB)


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Hello Schmidt1285,

 

The case is mid tower & the MB ATX form factor so you should be all good for space should you opt to upgrade the present video card, your PSU is of good quality, has adequate power and amps on the +12V rail so again all good for upgrading the GTX 580, no need to spend anywhere near $500 on a card, GTX 770 or GTX 760 are worth you checking out.

 

The HDD while it is the SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface should not affect your FPS when gaming unless 1: it is low on free storage space. 2: it is faulty.


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Thank you Phill!

 

I think I´m going to upgrade my graphics card. I have previously looked at a GTX 770 card. I tried searching for a card but I see there´s multiple manufacturers and different version of the card. EVGA, Zodac, ASUS & 2 GB/4GB etc.

 

What would you recommend? This is a link to a danish website, but can you suggest a card from that list? Or maybe another manufacturer that is better? Thank you so much for the help Phill :)

 

http://www.edbpriser...=List&q=gtx 770


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You are most welcome Schmidt1285  :)

 

Unless you plan on running multiple large displays (32" and above) you will only need a 2GB video card and the one here would be my choice, comparisons here

 

NB: The 4GB GTX 760 at the earlier link that I post was only $10 more than the 2GB version and matched it for speed, this was the only reason that I suggested it over the 2GB version which I have myself and it is awesome.


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I almost always run multiple screens.
 

My main screen is a 25 "  HP 2510i, and my secondary is a Sony 32" TV. 

 

I think I found the 760 card you linked to, on the danish website: http://www.edbpriser...q=evga 760 4 gb


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:spoton: that will do nicely  


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If i look at the benchmarks the gtx 580 and the gtx 760 are right next to each other, with very little difference? (4,974 & 4,981) http://www.videocard...h_end_gpus.html

 

Is there basically no difference or are there other aspects that i have missed? 

 

And if a 770 4 GB is a lot better i´ll happily pay a bit more. I found this one: http://www.edbpriser....aspx?q=gtx 770

 

Here´s a comparison of the 2 cards (the 580 is not the exact same as mine, but almost): http://gpuboss.com/g...GeForce-GTX-580

 

Sorry for keeping asking questions ;)


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You can never ask too many questions if you have them to ask  :thumbsup:

 

In answer to your question, it is only that the GTX 580 is older and after a couple of  years use it may be starting to tire, one reason why the GTX 580 is still high up in the benchmarks is the fact that it is 384-bit as opposed to the more commonly 256-bit spec used on most cards, with this in mind it is more appropriate to compare an up to date 384-bit card to the GTX 580, the GTX 780 well surpasses the GTX 580  and is less expensive today than say the ASUS GTX 580 was at $530 way back in 2011, comparison here and TPU GTX 580 review here

 

Also worth mentioning, recently released high end cards are faster and have new improved technology behind them + manufacturers will still be working to improve the supporting software for both AMD and Nvidea based cards, older products of any kind will have very little if any time spent on looking at ways to improve them.


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Now you are talking about a 780 card?
 
Thats about 200 dollars more than the 770 4 gb that i found. Thats a lot i think...

 

And wouldn´t it be overkill to buy a 780 card without upgrading the rest of the computer?


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Sorry but we appear to have crossed wires  ;) 

 

I was not suggesting that you purchase a GTX 780, I was explaining why the older GTX 580 is still placed so high in the benchmarks, the GTX 780 was used to show you a comparison as to how a new equivalent 384-bit card performs and what it costs, you cannot compare a 256-bit video card such as the GTX 760 to a 384-bit video card just as you cannot compare a 128-bit card to a 256-bit card, the GTX 780 costs less today than the ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB did back in 2011 + it is ranked 17 places higher in the benchmarks and that emphasizes how cards and technology have advanced in just a few years.


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Ahh i see ;)

 

I think i´m going for the 770 4GB :)


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Not too keen on the Zotac brand and would pay a bit more for a proven quality brand, for me it would be an Evga card but as it is your cash I would suggest the Gigabyte card here

 

Glad you didn't head off and purchase a GTX 780 btw  :whistling: 


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I´ll go with the Gigabyte card :)

 

And the rest of my computer is capable of getting 100% out of that card?


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