Need Help Picking a Graphics Card

Hi, I need advice on what graphics card would be good for me. I want a card for high settings in newer games for around 100-200 dollars and it would be nice if it lasted at mid-high range for a few years. I was looking at the gtx 460 and the HD 5770, but not sure if my psu will support it.


Comp Specs (will be most likely upgrade cpu/motherboard next year):
-AMD Athlon II X2 245
-Mainboard- MSI K9N6PGM2-V2
-WD Cavalier Green 500gb Hard Drive
-4GB Ram
-600watt PSU- http://www.buyxg.com/store/item.aspx?key=PS-126-106
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  1. Your PSU is a lie, it was apparently designed by people who cant do math which scares me. On the load table under the 12V rails it says

    470W (31A)

    31A @ 12V is 372W, 470W is ~39A, im not sure which one is right but i would assume the lower number to be safe, in which case the 5770 is about as high as you should go.
  2. But doesn't the gtx460 only need 450watts and at least 21A. Would the gtx460 be better than the 5770?

  3. Add in about 60W for your CPU and you are at your 12V limit for that PSU, for a PSU made by a company that can do basic math i wouldnt risk bringing it close to max load.
  4. what psu would you recommend? (keep in mind that I probably will want to upgrade my processor to an i5/i7 next year)
  5. Some of the advice you have been given appears to be inaccurate.

    The Tom's chart showing 307W for a single GTX 460 under full graphics load is reporting the TOTAL system wattage drawn AT THE WALL. At 90% efficiency, the actual wattage THAT psu actually used to drive the whole computer was ~275W.

    So if you believe your psu can deliver close to the numbers it tries to report on its label, you would be fine.

    OTOH, a $26 600W psu with at least one math error on its label is something to be skeptical about :)

    Here's a powerful enough psu for $40 after MIR:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012&cm_re=ocz_stealthxstream-_-17-341-012-_-Product]

    that got a pretty good review from a respected source:

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/OCZ-StealthXStream-500-W-Power-Supply-Review/798/9]

    If When you read the review you will find other recommendations you may want to check out.
  6. since i looking at getting an i5 next year what kind of psu should I get?
  7. Actually, those load tables are only GPU load in that review, they do not have the CPU at max load which is why i was adding the extra 60W to account for the CPU.

    If you are going to be upgrading to an i5 with a higher end GPU then pick yourself up a good 500-550W unit with about ~40A on the 12V rail, that way you wont need to worry about upgrading it unless you decide to move onto a dual GPU setup. Something like the Antec TP-550, Seasonic S12II 520W, or Corsair 550VX are good choices.
  8. Thats a good pick, its a nice deal right now with the promo code.
  9. does it matter that it has three 12v rails instead of one when installing it
  10. Not at all, its cables are set up in such a way that you really dont need to worry about manually balancing it yourself.
  11. Yeah, the EA650 is a good choice and a good deal.
  12. Would this be an even better option since it will leave options open in the future?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171053&Tpk=RS750-ACAAE3-US
  13. No, I would take an Antec 650w over a Cooler Master 750w any day.
    I would just order it before the promo code expires today.
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