tdubl26 Jan 2, 2013 @ 4:15am
I need some graphics card advice.
Alright I've had enough with my underpowered graphics card and I'm heading out later this morning to get a new one. Basically I need some advice on what I should look for in upgrading to get the best performance out of my CPU without breaking the bank. I've been a console guy since Super Mario and the only PC games I've really played were the command and conquers years ago, civ 4 and just recently civ 5. I'm out of the loop as far as gaming graphics go and not really sure what I'm looking at. I built a system a year ago and I went with the cheapest graphics card I could grab off the shelf cause I figured "who cares?" and now here I am. Go figure. Here's what I have now:

I7 980 not xtreme
PCI-e 2.0 16
X-58 chipset on an MSI 7522 mainboard
12GB RAM
ATI Radeon HD5400 series

If you're wondering I built it for audio recording/production and that's it's job most of the time so, I had no need for graphics and I do 90% of my gaming on consoles. Any advice is appreciated and I'm just looking for something that works flawlessly in my system and would rather stay with AMD since I've never had an issue with my current configuration. I'm setting my limit at around $350 as far as I'm willing to shell out on an upgrade. That's about as high as I'm willing to go and anything over that I think I'll just have to deal with a sub-optimal gaming experience. Thanks for any help.
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The Rock God Jan 2, 2013 @ 6:55am 
GTX 660ti is slightly under $350, GTX 670 slightly over.

Edit:
Well, from Newegg. At a store will vary. Hopefully a good store, and not something like BB.
Last edited by The Rock God; Jan 2, 2013 @ 6:56am
tdubl26 Jan 2, 2013 @ 1:30pm 
Thanks for the input. After checking with a few gaming stores also everybody agreed the 660 was probably the best option. I ended getting the superclocked 660 for 319 and installed it and started up civ 5 to test it out and WOW!. I spent about an hour after loading my save just looking around. It's like a completely different game. All this time I never realized there was so much to look at and that much detail in the game, I'm impressed. It's crazy I've logged over 250 hours on this game and never knew it could look like this.
Cato Heresy Jan 2, 2013 @ 1:38pm 
I too am currently stuck on the ATI Radeon HD5400 on medium-low settings. How I envy you :-)
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The Rock God Jan 2, 2013 @ 3:58pm 
Yeah, this game looks incredible on good hardware. It takes advantage of a ton of DX11 features. At launch, some of those features weren't even in the drivers from nVidia or AMD yet. Most hardware review sites used the game to benchmark DX11 performance for a while, particularly the leader screens (which are brutal). It looks even better in 3D.
tdubl26 Jan 2, 2013 @ 7:18pm 
I don't think I could touch 3D at this point without a coupon for a divorce lawyer..lol. This is sick though, I really want to get some of the games I have on 360 and compare the PC versions cause I have never seen anything even close to this from a console. I was really just unhappy with the lag between turns and having to wait a few seconds for the terrain to show up from black squareds and such. I didn't think the difference would be that drastic from the lower settings to the highest I just thought I would gain more speed in the later rounds I was obviously mistaken, a pleasant surprise though.
morenachos Jan 2, 2013 @ 7:46pm 
I just (31 Dec 2012) installed a GeForce GTX 670. Got it at Fry's for about $340 after a $40 rebate offer. Now, Civ V is really smooth (on Win8, BTW). I highly recommend it.
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