1. Rezelius's Avatar
    Hi all,

    I'm looking at doing an upgrade to my Graphics card and would appreciate any help/suggestions I can get.
    My current setup is as follows:

    CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (8 CPUs)
    Memory: 16GB 1600MHz
    Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
    Power Supply: 850W

    Is going to the GTX 970 worth the $400? I know there appears to be issue with it only being able to use 3.5 of the 4GB, but I'm not sure that would be an issue. Currently playing: SWTOR, EVE, Star Citizen, StarCraft2, Sins of a Solar Empire and a bunch of steam games if that help at all.

    Would the 980 be worth the extra coin (around $700)?

    I'm also thinking of getting a bigger hard drive for storage of all my games, movies, music etc. and was looking at this guy Here.
    Thoughts?

    Thanks for any help!
    08-03-2015 12:36 PM
  2. Muessig's Avatar
    Personally I would go for the 970 - it seems to be in the sweet spot for performance right now and will have enough power and memory to keep you going for a while.
    08-08-2015 02:04 AM
  3. Angry_Mushroom's Avatar
    Go for the 970. The entire 3.5 gig thing has been vastly overblown. If you are using more than 75% of your memory, chances are your frame rates aren't going to be brilliant regardless. At this point, if you want a full out upgrade, I'd look to the 980ti. It should last you longer, and will probably do your current specs more justice.

    Not sure about the HDD to be completely honest. While a 6TB might hold all your stuff, have you considered any data redundancy? While Western Digital drives are pretty excellent, even they can fail. If you do go this route for a single drive in system, I'd strongly recommend going out and buying an external to backup at least your music/video files.
    08-08-2015 02:52 AM
  4. Rezelius's Avatar
    Thanks for the tips guys. Right now I can't really justify the cost on something like the 980ti so I will probably stick with the 970.

    Any recommendations on Manufacturer? My 670 is an EVGA and I haven't had any issues with it, but there are so many out there.
    EVGA, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSi....

    For the Hard Drive, I had planned on having an external drive for doing backups (as well as some cloud backup for the important stuff).
    Can you recommend anything for running a RAID setup? I have never done anything with RAID so I'm not really familiar with it.

    Thanks again!
    08-10-2015 02:17 PM
  5. Muessig's Avatar
    For graphics card manufacturer I'm using ASUS. My friend swore by EVGA for a while but his card gave up the ghost after a couple of years, so he's on Asus now too.
    08-10-2015 03:32 PM
  6. jizwizard's Avatar
    What res are you running and what type of games?
    08-10-2015 03:45 PM
  7. Muessig's Avatar
    I've got 3 screens. One at 2560x1440, one at 1680x1050 and one at 1920x1080px. I use the 1440p display for gaming. I run FPS's, RPG's and all sorts.
    08-10-2015 03:46 PM
  8. Rezelius's Avatar
    I'm running 1920 x 1080 on my screen and games are SWTOR, EVE, Star Citizen, StarCraft2, Diablo3, Sins of a Solar Empire and others.
    08-10-2015 11:20 PM
  9. cygnus11's Avatar
    08-11-2015 02:16 PM

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