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Advice on upgrading graphics card


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#1 magendavid

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:59 AM

Hi,

 

I want to upgrade my graphics card to be able to play some new games on an acceptable resolution. I was hoping to get some advice on what graphics card I should get and a new PSU (as my current one only has 300W). 

 

My budget for both is around 150-250, but ideally around 200. I also have to know if the graphics card is not too big for my case. My current one is an AMD Radeon HD 6450.

 

Thanks for the advice! :)

 

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 08:36 AM

Hi, for a budget of $250, you can get a pretty decent upgrade for the graphics card and power supply. The Corsair CX500 is a 500W power supply which can easily power most graphics card on the market and is well built for its price. For the graphics card, the MSI R7870 2GB GHZ Edition is a awesome bang for your buck graphics card that is quite capable of playing the latest games. Also another note i would like to make is both items have rebates, so in total you would be saving a fair amount of money.


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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 24 November 2013 - 02:59 PM

don't forget the nvidia line-up, isn't the gtx 660/560ti on parity with the 7870? the 660s are around the $200 range. the 7870 has a 256 bit memory bus, the nvidia 660s are 192.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660

 

 the cx-500 is definitely a good PSU for the budget-oriented and sports a stiff 38 amps on the +12v.

 

Lately, i have been experiencing several software publishers' indifference to the radeon class cards. simply put, they are coding for nvidia only.


Edited by synergy513, 24 November 2013 - 03:00 PM.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:11 PM

I wouldnt say game publishers are coding for Nvidia as the current new titles that has been released perform well on the AMD graphics card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 25 November 2013 - 10:26 AM

According to this performance summary, the GTX 660's are a little behind the Radeon 7870's.  Generally, most game developers don't code to one manufacturer or another.  DirectX largely makes this pointless, however, some games have been tweaked pre-release to work better with one driver set or another.  Following release, the other card maker does the same tweaking with their drivers.  It's essentially a marketing ploy, AMD or Nvidia offers something to a game developer in exchange for their logo being plastered on the startup screen and a copy of the game early.


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