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degausserr
01-25-2011, 05:49 AM
All I do as far as gaming is concerned is World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Black OPS, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

My computer's specs:
i5 2500k (not overclocked)
4 GB G. Skill RAM
2 HD - 1 320GB and the other's a 500GB.
650W Corsair PSU.

First should I even bother upgrading? I'm a couple 'gens' behind, thus the question. Second, given a $300 budget, what should be my best option given my current PSU?

divine_skills
01-25-2011, 06:02 AM
HD6950 or GTX 570. Dunno what they cost over there but here they are around 300-350€

xMaggostx
01-25-2011, 06:07 AM
All I do as far as gaming is concerned is World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Black OPS, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

My computer's specs:
i5 2500k (not overclocked)
4 GB G. Skill RAM
2 HD - 1 320GB and the other's a 500GB.
650W Corsair PSU.

First should I even bother upgrading? I'm a couple 'gens' behind, thus the question. Second, given a $300 budget, what should be my best option given my current PSU?

I am upgrading my current 4890 to an 6950 2Gb, i am just waiting for amazon.

skoops
01-25-2011, 06:11 AM
If your not having any FPS issues when you play your games then i see no reason to upgrade at this point as the 4890 is still a excellent card.

However if your having performance issues and want to experience the extra glitter you get with DX 11 then you could always go for one of these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500167

Phayze1337
01-25-2011, 06:12 AM
xMaggotsx, I would have waited a few weeks, AMD is slashing prices of 6800 and 6900 series cards when Nvidia releases the GTX 560. This also means you can go with the GTX 560 once you see how it performs.

With that said OP. you're going to have to go with a 6970 or a GTX 570 to see major performance increases. Or a 6870 Crossfire. If the new AMD price cuts are in your budget getting a 6900 crossfire would be pretty enticing, with the availability of Eyefinity in the future.

Do not get either of the cards Skoops linked, the 470 is a garbage card. It has all the problems that the 5 series fixed. Noisy fan, ridiculous temperatures, mediocre overclockability, the 570 is $50 more and destroys it into the ground. The 6870 is quite weak, being the 700 series card of the 6xxx generation. Going with a low end performance card on a 2500K is ridiculously stupid.

Between the two top (excluding the undisputed champion 580) GTX 570 over 6970, imo. They are back and forth in benchmarks but the gtx 570 overclocks like a beast, runs cool and quiet with the new vapor chamber, and you get nvidias reliability and EVGA step up/warranty if you choose evga. If you want to wait you could probably get ridiculous performance running 560's in SLI when they hit the market, Nvidia is putting them sub 300, so you can probably pick them up on release day for $250 each. Thats my recommendation. 5950's crossfire would be a pretty cheap alternative assuming your board supports a SLI and crossfire (would need a new psu). Wait and see when the 560 comes out and you might be able to score some sick deals with either ATI or Nvidia! Go crossfire/SLI if you like, or buy a cheaper single slot powerhouse.

xMaggostx
01-25-2011, 06:21 AM
xMaggotsx, I would have waited a few weeks, AMD is slashing prices of 6800 and 6900 series cards when Nvidia releases the GTX 560. This also means you can go with the GTX 560 once you see how it performs.

Dude, i always avoid any nVidia GPU because they are very expensive for me! plus i never had any problem with ATI/AMD since i use them.

Phayze1337
01-25-2011, 06:24 AM
As i said, AMD is slashing prices to compete with Nvidia's new 500 series sub 300 price point card. You could have saved $80 by waiting and doing some research, all i'm saying

cructo
01-25-2011, 06:27 AM
What resolution do you play?

wuliheron
01-25-2011, 06:32 AM
All I do as far as gaming is concerned is World of Warcraft, Call of Duty: Black OPS, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

My computer's specs:
i5 2500k (not overclocked)
4 GB G. Skill RAM
2 HD - 1 320GB and the other's a 500GB.
650W Corsair PSU.

First should I even bother upgrading? I'm a couple 'gens' behind, thus the question. Second, given a $300 budget, what should be my best option given my current PSU?


No, don't bother upgrading your gpu. Your system is excellent for playing those games and pretty good with any game on the market. Wait another year or until you get a game that struggles with what you've got. If you must spend the money, think about an SSD or new monitor or whatever.

Phayze1337
01-25-2011, 06:42 AM
I wouldn't say excellent. Especially with 1080p and where AA is involved. It can play them well, sure. Some people want performance and they will spend the money.

degausserr
01-25-2011, 06:51 AM
Wow, I completely forgot about my resolution - my apologies. I'm currently playing at 1680 x 1050, and I don't plan on changing that any time soon.

And it's not that there are any real performance issues or anything, I just thought it's somewhat outdated and not that good of a card anymore.
With the information posted above, I think that if I don't end up getting the 570, I'll end up waiting for the new wave of cards, whenever that may be.

Hotbeef!
01-25-2011, 10:44 AM
Go for the new GTX 560.

roxim5
01-25-2011, 10:52 AM
If you are not noticing lag or low performance, there is no need to upgrade your card. The 4890 is a strong card, and it should still perform admirably, especially at 1680x1050.

So, until you start seeing your games lagging from turning up the settings, you really don't need to upgrade quite yet.