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    Need help upgrading PC

    Hi there. going to finally purchase BF3 for my PC as the xbox just wasnt cutting it for me so traded it in

    Quick question really is it worth me buying a 560ti or 570 and adding it to this sytem:
    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2191445

    I bought this about 2 years ago and well know a little about computers now but I know there is alot more peope on here that could direct me further than my knowledge.

    Thanks!

    I should also add im on Vista atm but hopfully upgrading to windows 7 soon, given I can get it off a friend
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    I myself have a 260GTX back from 2008 and it runs BF3 good at 1980x1050.

    Anyway, i don't know about the 230GT. It is also only directX10. Most of the new games support directx11. It would be a nice upgrade.

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    The GT 230 is a horrendous GPU for gaming. The i7 920 is however still a very good CPU.

    Chances are a GPU upgrade will require a PSU upgrade as well, it all depends on what PSU you currently have. The easiest way to check, is to open up the case and read the label. Manufacturer and model is important, as is the amp output on the 12V rail(s).

    In either case, the 560 Ti would work great with your CPU and offer great performance in BF3 at or around high settings. I would recommend a 6870 however over the 560 Ti if your primary goal is Battlefield 3. It should cost you a bit less and offer about the same performance.

    General benchmarks: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/290?vs=330

    Battlefield 3:





    However, keep in mind that new GPUs are on the horizon, and we are likely to see the new Radeon 7850 and 7870 cards on the market shortly.

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    Yaah I was looking at the 6870 aswell although keep getting reffered to the 560ti for my price range!

    But have seen this one : http://overclockers.co.uk/showproduc...-252-SP&tool=3 Is this a good one? Saphire?

    the pricing diference it does seem worth it especially if I have to upgrade my PSU aswell. (hope not) Started defraging my system before I posted this and meant to open it up. Taking ages
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    Sapphire is alright. People do tend to have mixed opinions regarding their service and reliability. In my eyes they are far from the best manufacturer, but in the lower/budget region they are decent and somewhat appealing. I'd personally choose something else (preferably from MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte or EVGA), e.g.: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...56&subcat=1866

    Edit: Or this: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...56&subcat=1866

    Though again, new GPUs are on the horizon and the 7850 and 7870 are expected soon.
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    Thanks for the help man. One more question for you though, the power supply. About 500-650W for the 6870? or Whats th minimum?
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    Question regarding the Tom's Hardware charts! Is it possible to see how well a SLI GTX 570 2.5 GB would do?

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