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Recommend a video card for my build. Need something my PSU can handle

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March 12, 2010 6:57:17 AM


Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
Corsair CMPSU-400CX
AMD Phenom x2 555 <-- unlocks but put it back to dual core as I dont need it as of now.
Cooler Master elite 341 case
Cooler Master Hyper 212+
one 2gb module from this kit running at 1.7v http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 64 bit
one extra 120mm fan for the front of case

My idea of budget is under $100, the cheaper the better really. I do most gaming on my consoles, so I would really only want to play games on the pc that are unique to the pc.

Games like the stalker series or cryostasis interest me a bit. Trine, civ 5 that just got announced, maybe even SC2 single player. Not crysis or BC2.

But I would also want to be able to play older games well, like fallout 3 and such.

I've researched a lot on so called budget cards, but frankly FPS charts and 20 page reviews overwhelm me a bit. I dont plan on buying a card for a while, but want to start getting a knowledge base for this stuff so I can shop for deals.

I would also need a video card that my PSU can handle, I dont really plan to overclock, maybe unlock my dual core to 4, but thats about it.

ram is next after video card, going to add at least another 2gb stick
March 12, 2010 7:10:38 AM

right now something like a 8800 gt, or 9800gt or ATI equiv, BUT something WITHOUT aux power connectors, add the aux power connection and go for 550W+ depending on the card
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March 12, 2010 7:29:21 AM

xpsng the GTS cards have a aux power connectors (145W)if the vid card runs low on power it'll blow the memory modules(I found out the hard way with a 400W on a 9800GS card a few years ago), but the GT240 is good
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March 12, 2010 9:49:13 AM

I think the gts 250 is the card that interests me the most
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March 12, 2010 10:58:58 AM

Its the Corsair 400W, you guys need to learn what your talking about. It has a 6pin PCIe plug and around 30A on the 12V rail. It I can power a GTS250 just fine. I'd look for a 4770/5750/4850 myself, but its up to you. An 8800/9800GT will also work fine.

Edited for spelling.
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March 12, 2010 11:14:32 AM

I think its between the 4850 and gts 250 for me.

The 5750 is a bit out of my price range I think

I'll just have to keep an eye out for a deal in the next few months
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March 12, 2010 11:47:21 AM

dont get the 5750 it gives low fps in many games than the GTS250

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March 12, 2010 12:13:46 PM

The Corsair CMPSU-400CX is a very solid unit with 30A on its +12V rail, and one PCIE power connector. It will have no trouble with a HD4850, which is right around $100 now. Other candidates within the budget would be a HD4770 or HD5670, but they do not perform as well.

Edit: GTS250 and HD4850 are on the same tier.
In the "next few months," card availability is likely to change. If you want a HD4850, better get it now.
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