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Windows 7: Need a good upgrade from my current video: Suggestions & Opinions?

05 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
Need a good upgrade from my current video: Suggestions & Opinions?

Hey guys, long time no post.

To get straight down to the point, I'm looking at video card upgrades. I just bought a Zotac GeForce GT630 thinking it's specs looked great for the price tag, but it turns out it's no better then the one I had previously. I actually saw a drop in performance on my Windows Experience Rating over my previous card which was about 2 years old and had 25% the video memory of the new one.

I've been browsing and with all the manufacturers and models, it's impossible for my to tell what's actually good anymore.

My budget is obviously gonna be to save as much money as possible, but I know I'm not gonna get anything remotely good for less then $100-$150.

I do a lot of gaming and photo processing, so I need something that's got good all around performance.

What can you guys recommend, and what are you using on your rigs? I'll post links to everything I've been looking into as I go along..

EDIT: I have read the pinned topic, I'm looking for opinions more then facts in this case. Positive experience goes further in my opinion. I've had several great cards that had terrible drivers and had tons of issues.

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05 Apr 2013   #2
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Win 7 Ultimate x64

Big question is how much are you looking to spend?
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05 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Big question is how much are you looking to spend?
I mentioned up above anywhere between $100-150 but I can flex my budget around if there's a substantially better card with a minimal price difference.

Mainly trying to keep under $200. I've considered waiting a few months and spending a few hundred more on something that will last a while, but it's aggravating to have a really capable computer that's so limited graphically.
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05 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

Check cards based on the nVidia 650ti Boost. (It's much more powerful than the 650ti.)

Or, if $20 matters to you, a Radeon HD 7790.
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10 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Thanks for the suggestions guys! I stopped by the store and got a Gigabyte Nvidia 650TI and so far I'm really happy with it. I am seeing some other issues pop up, but I can't pin point that just yet so I don't know if it's video related.

As far as performance goes though, It's the best pretty great. Thanks again!
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