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What GPU to get? Jumping ship from consoles

#11TropicMoon10Posted 4/8/2014 3:27:54 AM(edited)
Jonsbax posted...
AMD quad-cores (assuming they're adequate) seem to be ranging between 50-100


Sub-100 euros isn't worth it. Look up the FX-6300 - I believe it's 110 bucks in your region. Spend the rest of the cash on a nice GPU.
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#12romsnbombsPosted 4/8/2014 6:06:28 AM
Get an intel board and i5 instead.

Keep the GT 420 for now, but run all your games at 800x600. Then upgrade the GPU when you can afford it.

The reason I say this, the GT 420 is not a good GPU, but when the GPU is bad, you can always lower the resolution and settings. With a bad CPU, like you have, there's not really much you can do about those bad minimum frame rates and stuttering that it causes.

I would rather have i5 and GT 420, than athlon II x3 and GTX 780
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#13NathanisDrakePosted 4/8/2014 6:10:20 AM
Replace your old CPU with the i7 4770k and get the GTX 780 Ti.

Go all out, mang.
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#14MaxCHEATER64Posted 4/8/2014 10:05:41 AM
NathanisDrake posted...
Replace your old CPU with the i7 4770k and get the GTX 780 Ti.

Go all out, mang.


Replace the i7-4770K with the i7-4960X and get a second 780 Ti.
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#15DarkZV2BetaPosted 4/8/2014 10:17:29 AM
TropicMoon10 posted...
Jonsbax posted...
AMD quad-cores (assuming they're adequate) seem to be ranging between 50-100


Sub-100 euros isn't worth it. Look up the FX-6300 - I believe it's 110 bucks in your region. Spend the rest of the cash on a nice GPU.


Assuming it even works in whatever board that Athlon is in. Considering it's 4 years old, though, and has an Athlon II X3? Probably not.
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#16Jonsbax(Topic Creator)Posted 4/8/2014 10:55:10 AM
DarkZV2Beta posted...
TropicMoon10 posted...
Jonsbax posted...
AMD quad-cores (assuming they're adequate) seem to be ranging between 50-100


Sub-100 euros isn't worth it. Look up the FX-6300 - I believe it's 110 bucks in your region. Spend the rest of the cash on a nice GPU.


Assuming it even works in whatever board that Athlon is in. Considering it's 4 years old, though, and has an Athlon II X3? Probably not.


My mother board is Aspire M3400, and the guide says it supports AM3 6-core Thuban CPU (140W), which I think means it would work if I've understood correctly what I've read online?

Damn, I should've known this wouldn't be that simple. I guess I'll have to wait till summer when I'm not as distracted with everything, but for now my idea is to get
-GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti
-CPU: FX-6300

How's that sound? I guess to give a simple clarification for what I'm going for, I'd like to play games on settings comparable or preferably slightly higher than on my PS3.
#17PhilOnDezPosted 4/8/2014 11:04:02 AM
If I were in your spot I'd grab a 750ti, 760, 270, or 270x (plus a PSU if you need it) with your current budget and save up for an i5 down the line (4570, or maybe the 4670k if you play more intensive games that would benefit from an overclock). If your mobo is compatible an FX6300 might be worth grabbing now but that's unlikely.
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#18JockoPosted 4/8/2014 4:33:10 PM
These are the three scenarios you can choose from:

1. The best performance but most expensive option.
DarkZV2Beta posted...
There's no point getting a $400 GPU with that CPU, but if you want to get a 770 now, and then upgrade your CPU/board to a i5 or i7 down the line, go for it.


You'll also probably want to get a new case and you'll almost definately need a newer and better power supply.


2. Next best performance and not quite as expensive.
- GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti
- CPU: FX-6300
- Motherboard: Any AM3+ motherboard

Yes you'll have to get a new motherboard since your current one will not support an FX-6300 because it's an only an AM3 motherboard.


3. Lowest performance and cheapest option.

GeForce GTX 750 Ti


Personally I would recommend option 3 and just get the 750 Ti. Coming from a crummy GeForce 420 you'll be thrilled with the performance boost. If you're playing console ports like Witcher, Bioshock and Tomb Raider then you're CPU won't hurt you too much. If you're saying, "I guess to give a simple clarification for what I'm going for, I'd like to play games on settings comparable or preferably slightly higher than on my PS3." then this option fits exactly what you're going for.
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#19ClouddxPosted 4/8/2014 4:46:50 PM
I would just get a 750ti if I were you, it's cheap and will provide an amazing performance boost from the card you're currently using.

A 750ti will also play games better than any console.
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#20DarkZV2BetaPosted 4/8/2014 7:06:23 PM
Jonsbax posted...
DarkZV2Beta posted...
TropicMoon10 posted...
Jonsbax posted...
AMD quad-cores (assuming they're adequate) seem to be ranging between 50-100


Sub-100 euros isn't worth it. Look up the FX-6300 - I believe it's 110 bucks in your region. Spend the rest of the cash on a nice GPU.


Assuming it even works in whatever board that Athlon is in. Considering it's 4 years old, though, and has an Athlon II X3? Probably not.


My mother board is Aspire M3400, and the guide says it supports AM3 6-core Thuban CPU (140W), which I think means it would work if I've understood correctly what I've read online?

Damn, I should've known this wouldn't be that simple. I guess I'll have to wait till summer when I'm not as distracted with everything, but for now my idea is to get
-GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti
-CPU: FX-6300

How's that sound? I guess to give a simple clarification for what I'm going for, I'd like to play games on settings comparable or preferably slightly higher than on my PS3.


If you're just looking to compete with your PS3, just grab a 750. Those old consoles are really low end. 750Ti will blow it away, even with that old junker CPU you've got.
Thuban is not Bulldozer. You could get a Phenom II X6 Thuban or X4 Zosma, but not a FX 6 core Bulldozer or Piledriver.
Old Thuban CPUs are really overpriced. Often more than they retailed for.

That said, I don't think your computer can actually fit a video card. You'd need a single slot, possibly low-profile card, and you wouldn't get enough airflow for it without replacing the case.
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