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#1 Aug 06 2010 at 5:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey Guys-
I have a relatively new computer that I built and I've been getting terrible scores on the benchmark (1300 tops!) and I was thinking that I could use a better graphics card, but i just wanted to make sure that was it. Also, if anyone had any suggestions of a graphics card in the $150-200 price range, that would make my day. Thanks guys!

CPU: Intel i5 750 OC'd at @ 3.2 Ghz (quad core)
MB: ASRock H55DE3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX
RAM: 4GB (2GBx2)DDR3 1600
HDD: 1.5TB (7200rpm)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2
OS: Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
#2 Aug 06 2010 at 6:01 PM Rating: Good
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Definitely a new GFX card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125317&cm_re=5830-_-14-125-317-_-Product

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333

Does not have to be brand specific, it's the spec you're looking @.

Do not be deceived by the GTX 460 there are 2 kinds. One has 768MB onboard, one has 1GB Onboard. I have heard the 768MB versions are fairly inferior [I'm sure others can back me up on this]

I'm not sure how tech savvy you are, but 3.2 is the turbo boost max of that particular processor. I'm fairly sure it'll do more than that . . just. . ya know. . in passing :D

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 8:03pm by seneleron
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#3 Aug 06 2010 at 6:01 PM Rating: Decent
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Saynes wrote:
Hey Guys-
I have a relatively new computer that I built and I've been getting terrible scores on the benchmark (1300 tops!) and I was thinking that I could use a better graphics card, but i just wanted to make sure that was it. Also, if anyone had any suggestions of a graphics card in the $150-200 price range, that would make my day. Thanks guys!

CPU: Intel i5 750 OC'd at @ 3.2 Ghz (quad core)
MB: ASRock H55DE3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI ATX
RAM: 4GB (2GBx2)DDR3 1600
HDD: 1.5TB (7200rpm)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2
OS: Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)


GPU 100% is holding you back. The i750s can hit up to 4400 on high and 6000 on low. I like the new GTX 460 or 5830.


Here are some links:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121391

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127491

Also I like to check this sheet as it has a bunch of different CPU/GPU combos and their scores:
http://www.bluegartr.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94743



seneleron wrote:
Do not be deceived by the GTX 460 there are 2 kinds. One has 768MB onboard, one has 1GB Onboard. I have heard the 768MB versions are fairly inferior [I'm sure others can back me up on this]


Yes this is very true, only get the 1GB version, the 768MB do not perform nearly as well.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 8:05pm by burtonsnow
#4 Aug 06 2010 at 6:32 PM Rating: Good
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Gonna agree with everything said here, since I'm here too late to be the first to say it.

- Everything else looks fine except the GPU
- 460 or better -or- 5770 or better. Definitely at least a 1 GB.

Edited, Aug 6th 2010 8:33pm by Mikhalia
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#5 Aug 07 2010 at 1:26 AM Rating: Decent
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From what I've read in professional reviews, the 768Mb and 1Gb versions of the GTX 460 are only slightly different. The difference is quite negligible, imo.

But from what I've heard other people say, the 1Gb version starts to make a difference if you're playing on super high resolutions (read: 3 monitor set up). Unless you're doing something crazy like that, you won't notice a difference between the two versions just by eyeballing them.

I'm about to leave home any minute now to go buy my parts. The only 1Gb version of the GTX 460 available where I live is the one from Palit. And the factory overclocked one is arguably the fastest factory setting GTX 460 on the market right now. The draw back is that it runs pretty **** hot (79 degrees on stress tests).

What I'm going to be buying is the EVGA 768Mb factory overclocked version. When you overclock both these cards further to what you can with stock voltage, the performances are very close.

However, the EVGA runs WAY cooler (60ish degrees on full load). Therefore, there is more room for overvolting, and thus more room for further overclocking. Ultimately, the EVGA 768Mb could very well outperform the Palit 1Gb. And it's quite a bit cheaper, too.

I'll be getting my parts today. Gonna take a few days for the thermal paste to cure before I can really start pushing everything. We'll see how it goes.

Edited, Aug 7th 2010 2:32am by Threx
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Update:

Blargh, I ended up getting the Palit 1G. The EVGA was actually not available. False advertising*%#*^)#$*(#$@&*$#!%$
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#7 Aug 07 2010 at 3:03 PM Rating: Good
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I actually missed it the first time around. . you got a 32 bit version of windows with 4 gig of ram?

I was under the impression that, while windows vista/7 was able to SEE 4 gig, it could only access 3.2 Gig?

I actually need someone to verify this for me, as it's been so long since I've been on a 32 bit platform [or had less than 8 gig ram] that I can't quite recall exactly anymore O.o
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#8 Aug 07 2010 at 6:28 PM Rating: Good
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seneleron wrote:
I actually missed it the first time around. . you got a 32 bit version of windows with 4 gig of ram?

I was under the impression that, while windows vista/7 was able to SEE 4 gig, it could only access 3.2 Gig?

I actually need someone to verify this for me, as it's been so long since I've been on a 32 bit platform [or had less than 8 gig ram] that I can't quite recall exactly anymore O.o


I thought it was like 3.5, but it's somewhere in the threeish range.
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How much ram will be available to you depends on how much your system uses. From the 4G you install, your system will use a portion of that, and you will have the remainder. As to how much, it varies by system. You may have 3.2, a bit more, or a bit less. There's no fixed number, I believe.
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