Been searching the forums to see if I could get the answer but I haven't seen it.
My current system (for gaming, Photoshop and various other photo editing progs):
Biostar TA785GE 128M motherboard.
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Ed.
8 GB DDR2 Ram
XFX Radeon HD 5550 1GB Video card
I know it's all outdated but until I can start a casual new build, it does what I need pretty well.
In my games though, I think I am feeling a need to upgrade.
Load times getting into a multi-player game as an example (I know my son's Radeon HD 6870 card seems to do better (quicker)).
In my reading about Radeon HD model numbers:
1st number is the generation of the card (7 being the latest?).
2nd number is the performance level of the card (7,8,9 good for gaming (higher # the better)).
3rd number, if it's not 0, has to do with overclocking but that's all I know.
I am on a budget (Under $100 if I can).
My questions are these:
- Am I correct in how I stated the above ?
- Are the "cheap" 2GB GPUs ($60+ on Amazon) a noticeable improvement over 1GB ?
- Or is it better to get a 1GB card that has a better model number ?
- Does a PCIe 3.0 card run on a PCIe 2.0 system? Just slower?
- I have a 5550...is a 4870 better for gaming even though it's older ?
(in other words is it worth getting an older generation card where the 2nd number is a 9, vs. a newer card where the 2nd number is 7?)
I am more familiar with the AMD Radeon cards which is why I haven't mentioned the Nvidia's.
I saw a post by Killerx525 recommending this, and mentioning no aux power connector.
PowerColor Radeon HD 7750
Might it be a good upgrade for me?
And does that mean it uses the older style power connector my PS probably has? (4 hole instead of 6??)
Thank you very much for any and all help, and advice.
Edited by TNF, 07 September 2012 - 06:48 AM.