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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:23 pm 
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I am looking into some video cards. I want an upgrade from my GeForce GTS 250 1GB DDR3.

I am looking at getting the ASUS Radeon HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 or the XFX Radeon HD 6670 2GB DDR3.

I have a 500 Watt Power Supply.... I know it may not be enough. Please give constructive criticism and ideas. Thanks


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Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: p6777c
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 830 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8184MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11


----Current Display----

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTS 250
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Display Memory: 4071 MB
Dedicated Memory: 487 MB
Shared Memory: 3583 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: HP 2511 Series Wide LCD Monitor
Monitor Model: HP 2511
Monitor Id: HWP293C
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----Power Supply----

Antec EarthWatts

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 Post subject: Re: Video Card Upgrade
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:34 pm 
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Emerica, it's best to let us know your other system specs.
Main Board, CPU, etc.

Like I mentioned on TS, definitely a bigger PS would help.

Also, sounds like you may have an older system.

Here's a descent card for around $200

ATI Radeon HD6950 2 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/2x Mini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R6950 TWIN FROZR II/OC

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DisplayPort-R ... B004MPR1WO
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:08 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:58 pm 
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HD 6670 is not a upgrade at all what are you looking to spend ?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:06 am 
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yeah unfortunately that card is not gonna do alot. Whats your max budget?
XFX Radeon HD 6850 would be a better option if your budget can stretch or the 7770 which is a little cheaper again, but not quite as good. Or the gtx 550 ti from Nvidia which is in between both the above....

Have a look here for a rough idea on performance benchmarks and price points.
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:09 am 
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I would say the 560 TI or the 6870 nothing lower then that to play bf3 and upcoming new games
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I am willing to spend $200.00 US downward.

Found:
PNY - GeForce GTX 550Ti 1GB GDDR5 for $149.99

NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 for $199.99

XFX - Ultra Overclock Edition Radeon HD 7770 1GB DDR5 PCI Express 3.0 for $179.99

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Asus - Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 for $190.65
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Get the 560 TI if you got the nvidia route for that line. My brother has one and it's nice.
I think the TI is unlocked and you can clock it a bit.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:12 am 
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The 6870 is the best of the bunch there but for a slightly cheaper option go for the 550 Ti. All cards can be clocked (core and mem) using MSI afterburner. However if you get an MSI card you'll also be able to clock the voltages etc. checkout the different card manufactures as they all offer different things like factory OC, better cooling, longer guarentee, more power etc.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:20 pm 
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why would you go for a crap card like the 550 TI witch is ranking 60 on that list when you can get the 6870 rank 25 for $169.99 or the 560 ti at just over 200$ witch is rank 22. The 550 ti is a low end card you would be lucky to play bf3 on low settings at 1900x1024. even the 7850 is under $200.

I would stay away from nvidia unless you are buying there high end cards like the GTX 680 or 690


also the Radeon HD 7770 is a low end card just like the 550 ti
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:45 pm 
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I picked up the Radeon HD 7770 for $130.00 I will let you guys know how it works when it arrives.
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Its working great.

Performance and quality have gone up. Not a big fan of the Catalyst Control Center for Radeon but its alright I guess.

An example of improvement : I was running BF3 with the standard low settings with an average 35-40 FPS before, now i run with the standard high settings with a average 45-55 FPS.

I am satisfied with the $130.00 i spent for it.
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Emerica954 wrote:
Its working great.

Performance and quality have gone up. Not a big fan of the Catalyst Control Center for Radeon but its alright I guess.

An example of improvement : I was running BF3 with the standard low settings with an average 35-40 FPS before, now i run with the standard high settings with a average 45-55 FPS.

I am satisfied with the $130.00 i spent for it.


Good to hear mate. Glad it worked out.
Going from nvidia to amd is quite a change but youll get used to it. If not done already get the latest drivers from www.guru3d.com and check out afterburner @ http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm (MSI card not required)


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