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Which Graphics card for my system?

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August 26, 2010 3:15:43 PM

My specs:
PSU: Corsair CX400 - 400w
Motherboard: Asus P5KPL-AM
CPU: Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0Ghz
RAM: OCZ Platinum 2 x 2Gb DDR2 800Mhz
HDD: 250Gb WD 7200rpm
OS: WinXP 32-bit, Win 7 32-bit, Win 7 64-Bit

I want to play with high details at 1360 x 768 or 720p on my TV.
I don't want an overkill card just one that can handle the job well, after all 720p should need less speed.
And also I'd like to spend as little as possible as I'm on a tight budget.

Contenders:
HD 5770: I'd really like to get this card but it is a bit expensive, £130 for 1Gb version (worth it?)
HD 5750: Only £20 less than the 5770.
HD 5670: £70 for 512, £90 for 1gb

GTX 260: Not sure if this will run on my PSU, might be cutting it close. £80-90 used.
GTS 250: Nvidia cards seem to run hotter and use more power but are cheaper on ebay (around £60 used)
HD 4850: £50-60 on ebay, but I heard it runs hot and eats a lot of power.

Thanks!

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a c 218 U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 3:31:35 PM

To run the 4850/260 GTX, you would definitely need to upgrade your PSU.

Both the 5770 and 5750 are the most capable of the choices here, the 5670 isn't bad either. What are you using now?

What is your desired budget?

I would recommend the 5770 if you can afford it, with the 5750 as the next choice.

Good luck!
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 3:39:41 PM

HD5770 for me! That's the max your PSU can handle!
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August 26, 2010 3:53:54 PM

Thanks for you input first, but I forgot to mention that the PSU is actually pretty capable of putting out 500w as it has 30Amps on the 12v rail, it also has a spare 4 pin that can be converted to a 6 pin for cards that need 2 6 pins.

I do like the 5770 very much as it is fast and efficient and uses very little power, but isn't it quite a bit more than what I actually need?

I don't have an actual number for the budget but I'd just like to get a temporary card that can just about handle the resolution and details.

August 26, 2010 3:58:54 PM

i suggest...get a gtx 460 the 768 mb model...it's with 30 $ more expensive that a hd 5770(in my country)and performs much beter on dx 11 that a hd 5830 and with physx you can't go wrong...that power supply should be able to run it if you have 15A on the 12V rail...but i recommand getting a new power supply
HD 5770 and hd 58xx cards are not even close in dx 11 performance comparing with nvidia gtx 460 and gtx 470
but...this is your pc ...and you decide what you want to buy
with ATi you will regret over time...
i was a great Ati fan but when the fermi came out...i changed my opinion
a b U Graphics card
August 26, 2010 4:16:17 PM

kevster2009 said:
Thanks for you input first, but I forgot to mention that the PSU is actually pretty capable of putting out 500w as it has 30Amps on the 12v rail, it also has a spare 4 pin that can be converted to a 6 pin for cards that need 2 6 pins.

It definitely can but it is not recommended to run a PSU overload all the time. If its for occasional stress then it would handle it. Otherwise even a Corsair would go boom!

But as i see it, the GTX 460 1GB consumes around 300W on load. So i guess that would also fit the CX400W.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/graphics/review/2010/07/1...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2010/07/12/nv...

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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