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    Hey guys,

    I have been reading through your forums for quite some time but I just never posted anything before.
    There is some great info here.

    And I just have one question. I'm planing on upgrading my Video Card but I'm not sure if it's compatible with my system. I'm going to list all my parts so if anyone could take a look at it and tell me if this card will work on my system that would be great!

    Here is the card that I plan on getting:
    http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-S...nvidia+gtx+970

    I was also looking at:
    SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100361-2SR Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com

    Between those two which one would you recommend or if there are any other better options that you could recommend in the same price range up to $350?

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    Heck yeah you're compatible. If I was going to spend that cash, I would just go with the 970. On the other hand, if you want to save some cash with roughly the same performance, go with an r9 290 over the 290x. There's hardly any difference but the cost of the first is around $250 with all the November sales. I do think the 970 will be a slightly better performer overall since there are quite a few popular game titles that favor Nvidia.

    Other factors that can come into play are, the AMD cards are going to draw way more power than the Nvidia one, but the Nvidia might struggle more at ultra high resolutions than the AMD ones. Only really a factor at 4k but if you have 1080p monitors, Nvidia all the way.

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    Hey Josh,

    Thanks for help and advice!

    Do you think I should be replacing any of the other parts from my list or am I good for next 6-12 months. I did build this computer in 2011 so everything is getting to outdated state if its not already there, hehe. Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    Honestly, I don't see any bottlenecks that would hinder your performance. Sure, you're getting a bit dated but the i7s have only improved incrementally with each new gen and overclocking usually bridges those gaps pretty well. If your thermals were keeping you from being able to get 4.2/4.4 ghz out of your CPU, I would consider upgrading the cooler to an AIO like the h100i or glacer 240l, but even then, the stock clocks should run any of those cards just fine.

    I would wait til 2016 to consider serious upgrades. AMD should be releasing their high end CPUs and SHOULD be competitive with Intel. (Fingers Crossed) At that point, pricing will be much more competitive and upgrades will be much more meaningful than they are right now. (Also, DDR4 might be a tad more affordable.)

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    Good stuff and good info there, thanks. My CPU is still running stock, so I think I might read up on overclocking and try to do it. I have always been scared of messing something up.

    I'm still gonna be picking up that Graphics Card but I'm just gonna wait till Black Friday/Cyber Monday maybe some deals will pop up, you never know.

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    I will second what Joshjaks stated - no compatibility issues whatsoever, and the GTX 970 is a much better choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deyo View Post
    Good stuff and good info there, thanks. My CPU is still running stock, so I think I might read up on overclocking and try to do it. I have always been scared of messing something up.

    I'm still gonna be picking up that Graphics Card but I'm just gonna wait till Black Friday/Cyber Monday maybe some deals will pop up, you never know.
    If you need some OC help, you can always just ask us guys here. Usually, as long as you just mess with multipliers, the worst case scenario is a crash or two until you get stable. It's when you start trying to push voltage really high that's when you really risk burning something out. Don't get me wrong, there is always some risk involved in overclocking but it isn't that bad if you play it safe and have some help.

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    If I were you, i'd go with the GTX970, its a much better choice in terms of performance to $ ratio, plus its the most current generation GPU.
    The 970 uses also less power and produces less heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciarlatano View Post
    I will second what Joshjaks stated - no compatibility issues whatsoever, and the GTX 970 is a much better choice.
    Thanks bud! Yeah it seems like everyone here is leaning more towards GTX 970 in this case.

    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    If you need some OC help, you can always just ask us guys here. Usually, as long as you just mess with multipliers, the worst case scenario is a crash or two until you get stable. It's when you start trying to push voltage really high that's when you really risk burning something out. Don't get me wrong, there is always some risk involved in overclocking but it isn't that bad if you play it safe and have some help.
    I will keep that in mind, I'll mess around with it and see what happens. But yeah I will post here in the forums for sure if I mess something up, or maybe I won't if I burn my place down.


    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    If I were you, i'd go with the GTX970, its a much better choice in terms of performance to $ ratio, plus its the most current generation GPU.
    The 970 uses also less power and produces less heat.
    Yup, I'm just going to wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to see if I can get them any cheaper, if they even do go on sale.
    I wanted to get advice from pro's in advance and not wait for the last day before I actually buy it. Thanks for help!

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    Hi Deyo Welcome to Pureoc
    When you get a chance go into the User CP up top and list all your specs it will make it that much easier
    for us to help you in the future plus you wont have to list them in a tread again if your having issues.
    Some really good advice already posted so all I will add is other then the advice on 970 video card I personally
    would wait till after the end of the year to upgrade but again thats up to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    Hi Deyo Welcome to Pureoc
    When you get a chance go into the User CP up top and list all your specs it will make it that much easier
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    Some really good advice already posted so all I will add is other then the advice on 970 video card I personally
    would wait till after the end of the year to upgrade but again thats up to you.
    Got it! I updated everything, didn't have a chance to do it this morning at work. Are video cards cheaper at the beginning of the year?

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    The new stuff coming out next year will usually drop prices on the old
    I like you will be looking for deals as well with my system getting old, although
    come black friday I meaning me wont pass up a really good deal on a video card like the 970

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    Hey guys,

    I was looking more at different GTX 970 and I came down to these two:

    EVGA:
    EVGA 04G-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 ACX 2.0 PCI Express 3.0 - Newegg.com

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    GIGABYTE GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready G-SYNC Support Video Card - Newegg.com
    - I did read your review for this card and it looks like you guys gave it high grades.

    Gigabyte also has the same one just $20 cheaper, maybe because it's not overclocked?
    GIGABYTE GV-N970WF3OC-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready G-SYNC Support Video Card - Newegg.com

    Between EVGA and Gigabyte what are their pluses and minuses? Maybe go with a different brad than those two (MSI, PNY, Zotac)? Windforce cooling on Gigabyte cards is that like a big plus compared to cooling systems on EVGA cards?

    I know back in 2011 when I was buying EVGA GTX580, EVGA had a really good warranty, I don't know if that's still true.

    One other thing...from reading online about 970 seems like a lot of people are complaining about coil whine. Is that something that I should be concerned about or is it just related to one specific brand?

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    Personally, I like the Gigabyte Gaming 970, the G1 model. The extra boost from the factory is nice and that card tested really well not only with us, but on multiple sites.
    I also have used many Gigabyte Cards in the past and have nothing but good results, I had the Gigabyte models for the GTX670, AMD 7950, AMD R9 270X, and also the R9 290x and all work great.

    I had my GTX670s in TRI SLI also, But you also can't go wrong with EVGA.
    Right now I have 2x EVGA GTX 780 and 2x EVGA GTX 780 Classifieds.
    EVGA also has a very good warranty like it has in the past.

    The brands I would stay away from right now are PNY, Zotac, and XFX.

    MSI and ASUS are also good brands to look at if you want more options.

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    Default Re: Is the new Graphics Card compatible with my system?

    Cool, sounds like Gigabyte is a good choice then. Thanks!

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