Do you need to upgrade the GPU or do you just want to? It should be handling everything fine.
Case: CM Storm Trooper
Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4
GPU: Gigabyte GTX670 OC
SSD: Samsung 830 128GB
RAM: 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
Case: Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Z77
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770k OC 4,4Ghz @ 1.32v (very bad unit)
GPU: Asus Geforce 670 GTX DCII Overclocked @ 1228Mhz Core Boost, 6960Mhz GDDR5
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 1600Mhz
HDD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB, WD Caviar Black 1TB
PSU: Super Flower Golden King Platinum 650W
Cooling: Phanteks PH-TC14PE
Display: LGW2363D (120Hz Primary), Acer N230HML (Secondary)
Headphones: Razer Megalodon 7.1 Virtual Surround
Controllers: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate, Razer Imperator 4G, Steelseries QcK Heavy+
I bought the i7 because i also play a lot of Battlefield 3 and sometimes stream.
Last edited by Manakuski; 2012-12-29 at 05:43 PM.
MB: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945
RAM: Kingston Red HyperX 8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6770
SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC
HDD: 640GB Western Digital WDC
Case: Diablotek Elite ATX Mid-Tower
Fans: 2x 120mm Blue LED Clear (side); 1x 80mm Black (rear)
PSU: Corsair 600W Blue LED
Optical Drives: CD/DVD Combo Drive
OS: Windows 8 Pro
Mouse: Razer Naga
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa
Monitors: 2x 23" Acer LCD S230HL
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics 2.1
Headset: Turtle Beach X12
* User sadly had to be infracted for oversized pictures. Read the opening post, please!
Last edited by tetrisGOAT; 2012-12-29 at 07:08 PM.
Non-reference simply refers to a model for a card that doesn't use (or use less of) the 'stock' design from AMD/NVIDIA, which includes the cooler, PCB and other circuitry, except for the chip itself. Instead, the vendor will most likely have their own designs for it. So, the Asus DirectCUII you've mentioned would be that, which is great for lower temps and even OC'ing headroom.
As with everything, OC'ing is always optional, it's just that non-ref cards are great for those purposes since they help the card run at much lower temps, so that they're able to withstand stress a bit better. Personally, stock coolers do the job just fine if you're looking to save some money as well, since they're supposed to be priced lower.
What I currently got in Greenland, if I manage to find a buyer for the 6850 I'll cancel the order on the 7850 & buy something along the lines of 7970 with a proper aftermarket cooler.
Cooler Master Test Bench v1.0 "chassis"
AMD FX-4300 (Currently being shipped)
4x4GB 1600MHz Kingston RAM
Gigabyte G970A-UD3 Motherboard
Antec Earthwatts 550w 80+ Platinum
MSI 7850 Power Edition (Basic was out of stock) (Currently being shipped)
Kingston 128GB SSD
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
1TB external HDD for Steam Games
Last edited by CheezusCrust; 2012-12-29 at 10:38 PM.
i5-4670k 4.2GHz | EVGA GTX 980 | 16GB Kingston HyperX | 256GB 840 EVO | Corsair H100i | Noctua IndustialPPC
ASUS PB298Q 4K | 2x QNIX QH2710 | CM Storm Rapid w/ Reds | Steelseries Rival | Schiit Stack w/ Sennheiser HD8
Took some picture after cleaned of dust from my buddy.
MOBO: Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4, 965 BE 3.4GHz (currently @ 3.8GHz)
CPU-COOLING: Cooler master Hyper 212 evo
RAM: 8GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz CL8, 4x2GB
GPU: PowerCooler Radeon HD 6870
CHASSI: Fractal Design Define R2
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 Max Iops 120GB
HDD: 2+1 TB Storage
It's been a while since I last saw a red graphics card PCB
Intel i7 5820K (4.5 GHz) | MSI X99A MPower | 32GB Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz | Gigabyte Windforcex3 HD 7950 | Samsung 951PRO nVME 512GB | Crucial M550 256GB | Crucial MX200 1TB | Western Digital Caviar Black 2000GB | Samson SR 850 | Zalman ZM-Mic1 | Noctua NH-D15 | Fractal Define R5 | Seasonic X850
Former author of the TankSpot.com Protection Paladin guide
Looks for dust, sees none.
It's like when you go to someone's house and it's like immaculately clean and they tell you "Sorry for the mess" knowing they just cleaned the whole place before you came over.
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Last edited by tetrisGOAT; 2012-12-30 at 01:16 PM.
http://i5.minus.com/iT9gBOC94PbmU.jpg NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS
2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook with integrated graphics and 4gb RAM ftw!!
But, soon to be i3-3220 with GTX 660, 8gb RAM, Windows 8 and if I have a few bones left over, I'll throw in a Razer Naga just cuz I deserve it after suffering through 2 expansions with a crummy Macbook
I'll post pictures when I can.
I made the jump over this christmas to Sandy Bridge from S-1156 due to an OS switch. With selling old parts the Upgraded Parts came out to be like $32 something w/ shipping.
CPU: Intel i5 Sandy Bridge 2500K at 4.5GHz (Mild SSDT) Voltage: Stock
CPU Cooler: Noctua D14 Push/Pull
Thermal Compound: Noctua NT-H1
Motherboard: GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 Bios: F12 DDST: F12
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (Dremel Fins to Fit D14)
Case: Corsair 800D
PSU: Corsair HX650
Video Card: MSI OC/PE GTX670
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa
Mouse: Logitech G9x
Speakers: Logitech Z5500 5.1
Monitor: Samsung T260HD
Storage: 2 x Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2 x Seagate 1TB Barracuda 64MB Cache
OS(s): Main = OSX Mountain Lion 10.8.2 Bastard: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (Strictly For Gaming)
Last edited by Harukotosh; 2012-12-30 at 02:05 AM. Reason: spelling