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April 3, 2013 12:21:20 PM

Hello,


I'm Paul. This is my first post here. I've heard good things about this website so I thought I would give it a go.

I've recently built a budget gaming rig for around $300. Had an almost 15 year old PC that I overhauled. Everything new on the inside, the outside is about the same.

I'm looking at getting a video card soon. I've already had one suggested to me by a friend but I decided to browse Newegg for a better card anyway.

Before I list which cards I have in mind I'd like to put down my system specs first.

It's and AMD only build.
Has an MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 motherboard.
An AMD A10-5800K APU, currently not overclocked (Don't think I will OC it).
8gb of Corsair 1600mhz dual channel RAM.
A Sony 19" 1280x1024 monitor using DVI-D.
And a 430watt Corsair powersupply. A CX430 to be specific.

Right now, It runs games perfect. Medium to high graphics settings at 1280x1024. Anti-aliasing is off and I don't really care about it nor about filtering, Tri-linear is just fine.

The first card that was suggested for me is a GIGABYTE GV-R667D3-2GI Radeon HD 6670 2GB found here http://

The one I would like to get is a HIS iSilence 5 H667PNS1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB for 2 reasons. http://
1) It's silent and my computer is already noisy enough with the 2 120mm fans
2) it matches the inside of my case and motherboard almost perfectly

I know looks aren't important in a budget system, but I don't want it to look like i just slapped a bunch of parts together. I want it look like I put some passion and thought into what I bought.

The major question I have is, how reliable is the HIS card? I live in San Antonio and it can get pretty hot here.

As a second question, will I be losing much performance if I go 1gb less on video RAM. I only plan on doing gaming at 1280x1024. Next time I get a new monitor I'll be building a whole new system.

I do gaming all day.

Also the APU and video card will be running in Dual Graphics mode so I can utilize both of the 800mhz GPUs.

Any other questions, let me know.


Thanks.
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April 4, 2013 4:38:32 AM

Hi!

This card is good. Still I dont know why you need nice card since case is closed... Fans are quiet but you wont hear many other cards. Decibells dont just add up... If you got two 30db fan that wont be 60 or 45 but it will be 30. It will run most game on 1080p just fine (by most I mean crysis 3 and metro 2033 on low only (2 hardest games to run BTW)).
But if I were you I would get 7750/7770. Theyre worth extra money.

Hope it helps!
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April 4, 2013 1:24:21 PM

tadej petric said:
Hi!

This card is good. Still I dont know why you need nice card since case is closed... Fans are quiet but you wont hear many other cards. Decibells dont just add up... If you got two 30db fan that wont be 60 or 45 but it will be 30. It will run most game on 1080p just fine (by most I mean crysis 3 and metro 2033 on low only (2 hardest games to run BTW)).
But if I were you I would get 7750/7770. Theyre worth extra money.

Hope it helps!


Well, I was told I should get a 7000 series card. Although the "Recomended for optimal performance" on the side of the A10 APU box said I should get a HD 6670 or HD 6570. Above it says "Supported Dual Graphics Combinations". Does the 7750 or 7770 support Dual Graphics mode? Guess I'll go find out.

As for the look of the card, I have 2 vents on the side panel, one small hole about 80mm that has a cone that goes over the CPU fan so it can suck in fresh air easier and another about 9cm x 12cm. Can see inside and see the LED fan at the back and motherboard

I don't want it to look like a regular computer, the LEDs have to tell a person that this computer is a little more than average.

My motherboard also only has PCIe 2.0, I won't be able to take advantage of the 3.0 card's bandwidth.


UPDATE
So I did some looking around on google. Found some posts on tomshardware asking the same question, what is the highest video card that can run dual graphics. They all say it's the HD 7670 which is only found in laptops. The 7750 and 7770 will not work. So the only card that will pair up with my iGPU is the HD 6670.

Now if I get an HD 7770, will it outperform the dual graphics of my a10-5800k and the HD 6670? I only have 1 PCIe x16 slot and it's 2.0.

The 2 cards I have selected have a memory clock of 1600mhz and a core clock of 800mhz.

I do believe the igpu in the a10 can be overclocked. I saw an option for it in the EUFI.
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April 4, 2013 2:07:11 PM

offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
Hi!

This card is good. Still I dont know why you need nice card since case is closed... Fans are quiet but you wont hear many other cards. Decibells dont just add up... If you got two 30db fan that wont be 60 or 45 but it will be 30. It will run most game on 1080p just fine (by most I mean crysis 3 and metro 2033 on low only (2 hardest games to run BTW)).
But if I were you I would get 7750/7770. Theyre worth extra money.

Hope it helps!


Well, I was told I should get a 7000 series card. Although the "Recomended for optimal performance" on the side of the A10 APU box said I should get a HD 6670 or HD 6570. Above it says "Supported Dual Graphics Combinations". Does the 7750 or 7770 support Dual Graphics mode? Guess I'll go find out.

As for the look of the card, I have 2 vents on the side panel, one small hole about 80mm that has a cone that goes over the CPU fan so it can suck in fresh air easier and another about 9cm x 12cm. Can see inside and see the LED fan at the back and motherboard

I don't want it to look like a regular computer, the LEDs have to tell a person that this computer is a little more than average.

My motherboard also only has PCIe 2.0, I won't be able to take advantage of the 3.0 card's bandwidth.


UPDATE
So I did some looking around on google. Found some posts on tomshardware asking the same question, what is the highest video card that can run dual graphics. They all say it's the HD 7670 which is only found in laptops. The 7750 and 7770 will not work. So the only card that will pair up with my iGPU is the HD 6670.

Now if I get an HD 7770, will it outperform the dual graphics of my a10-5800k and the HD 6670? I only have 1 PCIe x16 slot and it's 2.0.

The 2 cards I have selected have a memory clock of 1600mhz and a core clock of 800mhz.

I do believe the igpu in the a10 can be overclocked. I saw an option for it in the EUFI.


I heard that 7670 is the max but any of your listed cards will outpreform it (dual GPU).

Looks matter to some people I guess. Were not all the same anyway.

You shouldnt hear your card at all.
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April 4, 2013 7:05:39 PM

tadej petric said:
offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
Hi!

This card is good. Still I dont know why you need nice card since case is closed... Fans are quiet but you wont hear many other cards. Decibells dont just add up... If you got two 30db fan that wont be 60 or 45 but it will be 30. It will run most game on 1080p just fine (by most I mean crysis 3 and metro 2033 on low only (2 hardest games to run BTW)).
But if I were you I would get 7750/7770. Theyre worth extra money.

Hope it helps!


Well, I was told I should get a 7000 series card. Although the "Recomended for optimal performance" on the side of the A10 APU box said I should get a HD 6670 or HD 6570. Above it says "Supported Dual Graphics Combinations". Does the 7750 or 7770 support Dual Graphics mode? Guess I'll go find out.

As for the look of the card, I have 2 vents on the side panel, one small hole about 80mm that has a cone that goes over the CPU fan so it can suck in fresh air easier and another about 9cm x 12cm. Can see inside and see the LED fan at the back and motherboard

I don't want it to look like a regular computer, the LEDs have to tell a person that this computer is a little more than average.

My motherboard also only has PCIe 2.0, I won't be able to take advantage of the 3.0 card's bandwidth.


UPDATE
So I did some looking around on google. Found some posts on tomshardware asking the same question, what is the highest video card that can run dual graphics. They all say it's the HD 7670 which is only found in laptops. The 7750 and 7770 will not work. So the only card that will pair up with my iGPU is the HD 6670.

Now if I get an HD 7770, will it outperform the dual graphics of my a10-5800k and the HD 6670? I only have 1 PCIe x16 slot and it's 2.0.

The 2 cards I have selected have a memory clock of 1600mhz and a core clock of 800mhz.

I do believe the igpu in the a10 can be overclocked. I saw an option for it in the EUFI.


I heard that 7670 is the max but any of your listed cards will outpreform it (dual GPU).

Looks matter to some people I guess. Were not all the same anyway.

You shouldnt hear your card at all.


So I should just say heck to it and get a good HD 7770.

Well with the igpu not in use, my cpu temp should be a bit lower and I might be able to sneak some overclocking in.
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April 5, 2013 5:12:47 AM

offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
Hi!

This card is good. Still I dont know why you need nice card since case is closed... Fans are quiet but you wont hear many other cards. Decibells dont just add up... If you got two 30db fan that wont be 60 or 45 but it will be 30. It will run most game on 1080p just fine (by most I mean crysis 3 and metro 2033 on low only (2 hardest games to run BTW)).
But if I were you I would get 7750/7770. Theyre worth extra money.

Hope it helps!


Well, I was told I should get a 7000 series card. Although the "Recomended for optimal performance" on the side of the A10 APU box said I should get a HD 6670 or HD 6570. Above it says "Supported Dual Graphics Combinations". Does the 7750 or 7770 support Dual Graphics mode? Guess I'll go find out.

As for the look of the card, I have 2 vents on the side panel, one small hole about 80mm that has a cone that goes over the CPU fan so it can suck in fresh air easier and another about 9cm x 12cm. Can see inside and see the LED fan at the back and motherboard

I don't want it to look like a regular computer, the LEDs have to tell a person that this computer is a little more than average.

My motherboard also only has PCIe 2.0, I won't be able to take advantage of the 3.0 card's bandwidth.


UPDATE
So I did some looking around on google. Found some posts on tomshardware asking the same question, what is the highest video card that can run dual graphics. They all say it's the HD 7670 which is only found in laptops. The 7750 and 7770 will not work. So the only card that will pair up with my iGPU is the HD 6670.

Now if I get an HD 7770, will it outperform the dual graphics of my a10-5800k and the HD 6670? I only have 1 PCIe x16 slot and it's 2.0.

The 2 cards I have selected have a memory clock of 1600mhz and a core clock of 800mhz.

I do believe the igpu in the a10 can be overclocked. I saw an option for it in the EUFI.


I heard that 7670 is the max but any of your listed cards will outpreform it (dual GPU).

Looks matter to some people I guess. Were not all the same anyway.

You shouldnt hear your card at all.


So I should just say heck to it and get a good HD 7770.

Well with the igpu not in use, my cpu temp should be a bit lower and I might be able to sneak some overclocking in.


Yes, I say go for Gigabyte 7770 or Asus if you got more money.

CPU tems should be lower, you also could use more ram and your graphisc will be better so its win-win-win.
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April 5, 2013 2:16:34 PM

tadej petric said:
offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
Hi!

This card is good. Still I dont know why you need nice card since case is closed... Fans are quiet but you wont hear many other cards. Decibells dont just add up... If you got two 30db fan that wont be 60 or 45 but it will be 30. It will run most game on 1080p just fine (by most I mean crysis 3 and metro 2033 on low only (2 hardest games to run BTW)).
But if I were you I would get 7750/7770. Theyre worth extra money.

Hope it helps!


Well, I was told I should get a 7000 series card. Although the "Recomended for optimal performance" on the side of the A10 APU box said I should get a HD 6670 or HD 6570. Above it says "Supported Dual Graphics Combinations". Does the 7750 or 7770 support Dual Graphics mode? Guess I'll go find out.

As for the look of the card, I have 2 vents on the side panel, one small hole about 80mm that has a cone that goes over the CPU fan so it can suck in fresh air easier and another about 9cm x 12cm. Can see inside and see the LED fan at the back and motherboard

I don't want it to look like a regular computer, the LEDs have to tell a person that this computer is a little more than average.

My motherboard also only has PCIe 2.0, I won't be able to take advantage of the 3.0 card's bandwidth.


UPDATE
So I did some looking around on google. Found some posts on tomshardware asking the same question, what is the highest video card that can run dual graphics. They all say it's the HD 7670 which is only found in laptops. The 7750 and 7770 will not work. So the only card that will pair up with my iGPU is the HD 6670.

Now if I get an HD 7770, will it outperform the dual graphics of my a10-5800k and the HD 6670? I only have 1 PCIe x16 slot and it's 2.0.

The 2 cards I have selected have a memory clock of 1600mhz and a core clock of 800mhz.

I do believe the igpu in the a10 can be overclocked. I saw an option for it in the EUFI.


I heard that 7670 is the max but any of your listed cards will outpreform it (dual GPU).

Looks matter to some people I guess. Were not all the same anyway.

You shouldnt hear your card at all.


So I should just say heck to it and get a good HD 7770.

Well with the igpu not in use, my cpu temp should be a bit lower and I might be able to sneak some overclocking in.


Yes, I say go for Gigabyte 7770 or Asus if you got more money.

CPU tems should be lower, you also could use more ram and your graphisc will be better so its win-win-win.


I haven't had any problems with ram. while gaming I'll only be using about 6gb.
With a dedicated video card that ram usage should go down right?

Also, can you explain how a 1ghz GPU beats two 800mhz GPUs.
I know some games don't support crossfire or dual graphics, but for the ones that do wouldn't the two 800mhz be a better choice?
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April 6, 2013 1:11:23 AM

offroadguy56 said:


I haven't had any problems with ram. while gaming I'll only be using about 6gb.
With a dedicated video card that ram usage should go down right?

Also, can you explain how a 1ghz GPU beats two 800mhz GPUs.
I know some games don't support crossfire or dual graphics, but for the ones that do wouldn't the two 800mhz be a better choice?


No, ram usage doesnt go down. But available ram goes up.

1.)Microsutering. Makes your frames look slower, but theyre high.
2.)Adding. In this case 1+1 is not two and 800+800 is not 1600.
3.)Clock rate. Is not all about clock rate.
4.)Cooling. Having two cards incrases heat rapidly (iGPU counts too)
5.)Troubles. Driver troubles, not supporting games and programs.
6.)one vs. two. You really cant compare two weaker GPUs against one strong.

Hope it helps!
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April 6, 2013 2:08:42 PM

tadej petric said:
offroadguy56 said:


I haven't had any problems with ram. while gaming I'll only be using about 6gb.
With a dedicated video card that ram usage should go down right?

Also, can you explain how a 1ghz GPU beats two 800mhz GPUs.
I know some games don't support crossfire or dual graphics, but for the ones that do wouldn't the two 800mhz be a better choice?


No, ram usage doesnt go down. But available ram goes up.

1.)Microsutering. Makes your frames look slower, but theyre high.
2.)Adding. In this case 1+1 is not two and 800+800 is not 1600.
3.)Clock rate. Is not all about clock rate.
4.)Cooling. Having two cards incrases heat rapidly (iGPU counts too)
5.)Troubles. Driver troubles, not supporting games and programs.
6.)one vs. two. You really cant compare two weaker GPUs against one strong.

Hope it helps!


Thanks for the useful information.

I learned something yet again.
Can't wait for more of these FM2 socket APUs. Maybe soon they'll have dual graphics support for HD 7000 cards.

If there's a admin who sees this. The replies are ridiculously long.
When someone clicks to reply to someone there should be an option like "Reply with/without quote".
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April 7, 2013 1:14:55 AM

offroadguy56 said:
tadej petric said:
offroadguy56 said:


I haven't had any problems with ram. while gaming I'll only be using about 6gb.
With a dedicated video card that ram usage should go down right?

Also, can you explain how a 1ghz GPU beats two 800mhz GPUs.
I know some games don't support crossfire or dual graphics, but for the ones that do wouldn't the two 800mhz be a better choice?


No, ram usage doesnt go down. But available ram goes up.

1.)Microsutering. Makes your frames look slower, but theyre high.
2.)Adding. In this case 1+1 is not two and 800+800 is not 1600.
3.)Clock rate. Is not all about clock rate.
4.)Cooling. Having two cards incrases heat rapidly (iGPU counts too)
5.)Troubles. Driver troubles, not supporting games and programs.
6.)one vs. two. You really cant compare two weaker GPUs against one strong.

Hope it helps!


Thanks for the useful information.

I learned something yet again.
Can't wait for more of these FM2 socket APUs. Maybe soon they'll have dual graphics support for HD 7000 cards.

If there's a admin who sees this. The replies are ridiculously long.
When someone clicks to reply to someone there should be an option like "Reply with/without quote".


Anytime!

I just delet part of the text :) 

Thanks for the solution :) 
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