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#1 ZiggyGod   Aspiring Hero CAGiversary!   389 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

I currently have installed 2 GeForce 9600 GT running SLI. I am looking to upgrade and spend around $120-$175. Does anyone know of any good deals out there?

I saw on craiglist for my area $80 for a EVGA GTX 550 TI 2 Gig is that good?

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#2 Momouchi   Drowning in backlog CAGiversary!   2359 Posts   Joined 6.7 Years Ago   Has been playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

Use Newegg and Amazon to get a feel for the prices of different cards. Upgrading two cards for under even $200 is going to be difficult. When buying off Craigslist, make sure to confirm at the pick up that the card actually works because there will probably be some people selling burnt out cards.

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#3 gepet0   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1056 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:40 PM

I currently have installed 2 GeForce 9600 GT running SLI. I am looking to upgrade and spend around $120-$175. Does anyone know of any good deals out there?

I saw on craiglist for my area $80 for a EVGA GTX 550 TI 2 Gig is that good?

THanks :)



A little over a year ago I got back into pc gaming I off a whim bought a 550 ti. Then I realized the 560ti was better but I was stuck. I spent some more money picking up a another and using them in sli. For me it does the job well. I can play most everything out there but looking back I think it is best to just spend a little extra and buy 1 powerful as current as you can get card out the gate and be set because if your looking to run 2 cards if they are cheap they are probably older cards.

#4 SchmidtA99   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   273 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

Don't forget to make sure your power supply can handle the card or cards.

See what games you want to play. Some games get better framerates on AMD then Nvidia or vica versa.

#5 ZiggyGod   Aspiring Hero CAGiversary!   389 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

Oh my mistake. I am not looking to replace both cards with two more cards. I want to replace both cards with one good card. Ive raised my budget to $200. What do you guys think of these cards?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130841
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130661
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121669
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#6 Wazzup4567   Wazzup CAG? CAGiversary!   401 Posts   Joined 2.5 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:58 PM

Here's a better question: What are you using the graphics card for?

Give some example games.

#7 Wazzup4567   Wazzup CAG? CAGiversary!   401 Posts   Joined 2.5 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:00 PM

Here: What games do you plan on using with the new graphics card?

#8 ZiggyGod   Aspiring Hero CAGiversary!   389 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

Here: What games do you plan on using with the new graphics card?


DMC: Devil May Cry
The Secret World
WoW: Panderia
FarCry 3
Saints Row 3
Indie Games: Shank 2, The Cave, Torchlight 2
Black Ops 1&2
Sleeping Dogs


Thats it.
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#9 ZiggyGod   Aspiring Hero CAGiversary!   389 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

I have about $80 in SC at Best Buy and I was looking at this card. Is it good?
http://www.bestbuy.c...7&skuId=6820043
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#10 oddeye   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   152 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

I have about $80 in SC at Best Buy and I was looking at this card. Is it good?
http://www.bestbuy.c...7&skuId=6820043


In my opinion, it's good enough for those games and almost every other current game out there. I have a 660 ti that's a little better and I get decent performance and I plan on using that card for the next 3-4 years.

#11 Wazzup4567   Wazzup CAG? CAGiversary!   401 Posts   Joined 2.5 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

That card really can eat anything you throw at it.

If you are ready to drop the cash on it, I'd say go for it.

#12 ZiggyGod   Aspiring Hero CAGiversary!   389 Posts   Joined 8.6 Years Ago  

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

In my opinion, it's good enough for those games and almost every other current game out there. I have a 660 ti that's a little better and I get decent performance and I plan on using that card for the next 3-4 years.


That card really can eat anything you throw at it.

If you are ready to drop the cash on it, I'd say go for it.


I cant seem to find the difference between these 2 cards? Can you guys help? Which is better?

http://www.newegg.co....82E16814130826

http://www.bestbuy.c....specifications

One last thing i'm upgrading my CPU next but I currently have a Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33ghz and 8 gigs of ram, even with one of those 2 vid cards will the games I want still run good? Or will my low CPU damper the expierence?
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#13 Wazzup4567   Wazzup CAG? CAGiversary!   401 Posts   Joined 2.5 Years Ago  

Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:33 AM

Your CPU will be a bottleneck for sure.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:15 AM

15% is a major decrease when it comes to electronics, just keep that in mind.

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#15 Dramamine   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   61 Posts   Joined 5.5 Years Ago  

Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

When I upgraded my system just over a year ago, the 6850 HD seemed to be the best bang for the buck. It also has pretty low power requirements, so you probably wouldn't need a new PSU. I can play WoW: MoP, BF3, and Far Cry 3 on a mix of med-high settings with about an average FPS of 45-50.

If your whole computer is weak, you might consider rebuilding and starting with an AMD A8/A10 APU (quad core CPU + GPU combo). Should be able to get good FPS on those games on medium settings, and can add a $80-100 video card later to run in dual mode and get great results. Look them up on Amazon, they are getting great reviews. If you can reuse a lot of your parts, you might be able to get going for under $300.

Both are good choices for a budget gaming PC but still perform well.

Edited by Dramamine, 30 January 2013 - 04:58 PM.


#16 kingfelix   CAG in Training CAG in Training   11 Posts   Joined 2.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:23 AM

i dunno if u cld find one but the best value card out is 7870 club joker card which at stock beats 660gtx and it is an oc power house which can make the card better then 7950 for alot less money and can be used in crossfire with a 7900 series which makes it good if u feel like upgrading in the future in the uk the last time i saw one was going for 180£ but i wld think tht wld be a round 200£ in the state

#17 oddeye   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   152 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:59 PM

I just remembered this. If you happen to buy a nvidia card, keep on one your old video cards in the system and have it run as your physx card in games that support it. Takes the work load off your main video card and gives you some nice visuals.