a 570 is rated at 220 watts under load , the 7770 at 80. oh no, here goes the new maxwell phenomena again, the gtx 750ti is rated at 60 watts , it is as powerful as a 570 and can be had around 110 gbp. the 7770 or 7790 is quite a bit cheaper though with a slightly weaker data flow but can be done up in a crossfire dual config later on.
the gtx 295 like the one i have is one to avoid unless your are doing 3d rendering like maya or abaqus. if openGL is your target, then you might ponder it. if gaming, frame rates and budget are the target, avoid the gtx 295 and choose the newer mid-range offerings instead.
so, in the end, if pre-owned components are in the mix maybe the newer cards are out of reach. i can't testify to the power demands of the 6950, but the 480, 570 and 295 are definitely too power hungry which may in turn throw in a pricey power supply to the budget. the 650 is a decent card, the ti boost version of it is in hot demand and it is in a budget group that isn't too far out of reach. but there are so many versions of it that range far and wide.
the a-10 cpu/apu is one that i don't know much about. i think they can be used with an r7 series card for a crossfire type boost
the i-3 is a hyperthreaded dual core cpu that is definitely in the mid-range flavor..
the i-5 is a genuine quad core but the 750 generation of it may be so disenfranchised that it would be difficult to get ahold of other compatible components for it.
the c2q 9550 would definitely be a budget friendly chip that is capable, i have the 6600 version of it and it is compatible with ddr2 ram, mine is. it is socket 775 i think which has the full compliment of pre-owned mobos and ram on the open market for cheap probably. that socket series is one of those that ran on forever and ever it seemed like hence the glut of cheap used hardware remnants of it.
so i would vote for the fx-6xxx cpu to go with the ddr3 1333mhz ram and the hd7770 as the best combination on a budget.
next up is the budget mobo homework...
Edited by synergy513, 28 May 2014 - 04:31 AM.