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BEST GRAPHICS CARD FOR A 600 WATT POWER SUPPLY

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February 23, 2010 4:40:04 PM

Hello
Hi. I have a Dual Nvidia GTS 240 (1GB each)system and was thinking of doing a upgrade on this graphics config, and was wondering what should I go with?..Does a single GTX 260 Core 216 have better performance than my current set-up or maybe the 275. Your Thoughts? Thanks
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February 23, 2010 4:49:18 PM

Did those come in a dell? because stock GT 240s arent SLI capable... Considering they are nonstandard dell cards I cant give you any benchmark comparisons...

What is your price range, system specs, screen resolution, and purchase date?

You display a very large range here... a GTX 260 is worth about $165 and a GTX 275 goes for $350...

Personally I would suggest you not go with a Nvidia option--as ATI cards are newer technology right now. Most likely your best bet is to wait a week or two and get an ATI 5830 for $200-250, or to just go ahead and get a 5850 right now for $300.
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Anonymous
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February 23, 2010 4:59:31 PM

Well sort of, I recently bought a Alienware and it came in a Dual GTS 240 1gb setup. Ya I know, most people hate Alienware, but I didnt have the tech savvy or the time to do it myself and I thought it was a good deal. Hers what I know offhand about my system.


Alienware Aurora X58 920 OC to 3.2 gb
620 (320x2) RAID-0 GB harddrive
650w PSU
Nvidia GTS-240 1Gb Graphics
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February 23, 2010 5:00:10 PM

I forgot to note that pretty much any single card would be fine if that's a Dell 600w PSU. The fact that you had 2 cards means they had to put in something decent.
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Anonymous
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February 23, 2010 5:07:30 PM

Ok, Im not real worried about the cost. I just want the best Graphics that I can run with the system I currently have without making a PSU change. Does the 5870 have better performance than the Dual GTS 240s?
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February 23, 2010 5:12:09 PM

Yes, it has much much better performance than your two 240s. Get a 5870, game, be happy.
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Anonymous
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February 23, 2010 5:16:18 PM

Thanks for the info and help guys. This is the best damn tech website I have ever been on. Im glad my friend recommended it.
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February 23, 2010 5:17:04 PM

Most cards above $145ish has better performance than your GTS 240s.

Either a 5850 or 5870 would be many times more powerful. However, unless you are running a few very large monitors I highly doubt you will be able to tell the difference between the two--so I would suggest you save the $100 and go with the 5850.

Toms declares the 5850 "Exceptional 1920x1200 performance, 2560x1600 in most titles" and the 5870 'Good 2560x1600 performance in most games"
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