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Windows 7: Upgrading GPU "How do i know what to buy"

15 Apr 2014   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

umm.. no, just google it.. or read this.

a sample from Tech radar

All benchmarks were run on the high settings at 1920x1080, (except when otherwise noted) with 4X FXAA enabled. Our test bed consisted of an Intel Core i7-2700K at stock speeds on a Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 board with 8GB of DDR3/1600 RAM, a 128GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD drive, and a 750W Cooler Master power supply.
DirectX 11 gaming performance: Frames per second: higher is better
Sleeping Dogs:

750 Ti: 50.1
R7 260X: 47.7
Radeon HD 7790: 47.6
650 Ti 1GB: 42.0
750 Ti Overclocked to 1169MHz: 52.6
Tomb Raider (2013):

TressFX disabled
750 Ti: 65.9
R7 260X: 59.8
Radeon HD 7790: 60.4
650 Ti 1GB: 57.2
750 Ti Overclocked to 1169MHz: 68.7
Metro Last Light:

Settings used: SSAA Enabled, PhysX Disabled
750 Ti: 22
R7 260X: 18.46
Radeon HD 7790: 18.75
650 Ti 1GB: 16.43
750 Ti Overclocked to 1169MHz: 23
Batman: Arkham Origins:

Settings used: MSAA 4X, Geometry DX11 Enhanced, Dynamic Shadows DX11 Enhanced, D.O.F. DX11 Enhanced, PhysX Disabled
750 Ti: 59
R7 260X: N/A
Radeon HD 7790: N/A
650 Ti 1GB: 53
750 Ti Overclocked to 1169MHz: 61"

As you can see it comfortably maxes out all the games at 1080p unless stated otherwise..
And only an idiot would buy a 780ti for gaming at 1080p..

So back to my point the 750ti CAN max out most games at 1080p! Obviously some games have Ultra settings, so you can claim not all the games are maxed out, and some games will be too taxing on the highest settings, especially demanding games such as BF4 which would even stress a 760 to max it out.

But someone on a budget or with a lesser powered GPU a 750ti is perfect, especially if playing at 1080p or less.

Im so impressed with the performance of a 100 card, im buying one to use in my racing sim pc as its more than capable of bashing out the frame rates in racing games.

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15 Apr 2014   #32

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

High isn't maxing out though is it? Ultra is maxing out, and I wouldn't call 22fps on Crysis 3 'comfortable' either. I notice it's compared to lower end cards too, as that's the end of the market that it belongs in. I never mentioned a 780ti either, so I'm not sure if the idiot comment was aimed at me. I'll presume not.

Either way, the 750ti is not going to offer similar performance to a 770 or 780. Even on a single 1080p monitor.
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15 Apr 2014   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

Not all games have an ultra setting as stated, some do some dont.

But the key point is most people buy cards well past their needs, a 770 or 780 isnt intended for 1080p gaming, and is overkill. Ok people could claim those with 122hz need that for 1080p gaming, but at 60hz its wasted, if your GPU is getting 100~ fps on a 60hz monitor then the latter 40 are just over rendered and can cause tearing, thats where v sync comes in.. but again its effectively limiting the added frames the gpu is producing because its basically too powerful.

Also the OP has an AMD athalon processor, something that would be a bottle neck even to a 750ti.. and probably would struggle in the more CPU intensive games such as crysis and BF4, so even a 780 would get less than desirable frame rates.
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15 Apr 2014   #34

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

I understand all of that, I simply said a 750ti won't offer comparable performance to a 770 or 780 (which it doesn't) and won't max out all games at 1080p (which it doesn't).

I also wouldn't recommend a 780 to the OP either, and I think a 750 would be perfect for his needs given the current set up he has.
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15 Apr 2014   #35

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Well i purchased my card.
Got the Powercolor 7850 duel fan 2gig card
600w corsair psu.

Right now the powercolor card is 139 and 109 with 30 dollar rebate mailed in. Sadly i paid 169 for mine and 18 for return plan for a year.

Never installed a gpu or pcu before so this is going to be a test run.
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15 Apr 2014   #36
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevSaint View Post
Never installed a gpu or pcu before so this is going to be a test run.
It's not hard. Take your time and don't force anything. Read the directions.
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15 Apr 2014   #37

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Make sure to uninstall your existing card through Windows before you remove it.
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15 Apr 2014   #38

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Just wana say thanks to everyone who tried to help me with my setup. Ill post back with update.
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