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Best graphic card for my E7400

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November 30, 2010 5:50:23 AM

My current configuration is as below:

Intel Core2Duo E7400 @ 2.8Ghz
4GB DDR2 Dual Channel RAM
Gigabyte EP45-UD3L Motherboard
1 x 640GB WD SATA HDD
1 x 1.5TB WD SATA HDD
1 x 2TB WD SATA HDD
1 x DVDWriter SATA
Sapphire HD4830 512MB DDR3 Graphic Card
Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 500W Power supply

I'm playing game with 1920x1080 resolution. I plan to upgrade my graphic card, which graphic card can I upgrade to without causing bottleneck to my current configuration. I plan either go for HD5850 or HD6870.

Please help.

Thanks.

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a c 171 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 6:26:23 AM

yes, either of those would be fine for that resolution with that cpu. a GTX460 would be a nvidia alternative.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 30, 2010 6:36:54 AM

Your processor is still alright but overclocking it would be a very good idea. It can get much higher than the reference speed. Even on the stock cooler something in the 3.3-3.5ghz should be easy to accomplish and help on the more processor intensive games. Your motherboard should be good for overclocking as well.
This is a nice deal on an HD5850 btw;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 1, 2010 6:09:58 AM

I'm very confused now on which one to buy... some say the max graphic card for my configuration is 6850 instead of 6870.

Help!!!
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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 6:17:53 AM

For your PSU, i would choose HD6850/HD5850 or GTX460.
Just like jyjjy said above, your cpu is still fine, but OC it a little bit (3.0GHz or more) to make it faster...
I know you has 500W, but higher card than 5850/6850 will draw higher power, you will better with HD5850/6850. :) 
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December 1, 2010 6:27:03 AM

wa1 said:
For your PSU, i would choose HD6850/HD5850 or GTX460.
Just like jyjjy said above, your cpu is still fine, but OC it a little bit (3.0GHz or more) to make it faster...
I know you has 500W, but higher card than 5850/6850 will draw higher power, you will better with HD5850/6850. :) 


I do plan to upgrade my PSU where necessary. Now my choice become 5850, 6850 & 6870. Which one is the most appropriate ? Thanks.
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December 1, 2010 6:38:13 AM

6870 nuff said.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 7:06:51 AM

^i would have to agree,6870
Just make sure that you have enough amps on the 12/v rail to run the card,i think it was somwhere between 32-40 but, i'm sure about that.
You will be cutting it close will all those extra things your computer has to power, but luckily you have a quality PSU.

Measured power consumption - 6870

Advertised TDP = 150W
System in IDLE = 173W
System Wattage with GPU in FULL Stress = 295W
Difference (GPU load) = 122 W
Add average IDLE wattage ~ 19W
Subjective measured GPU power consumption = ~ 141 Watts
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 8:21:30 PM

purple stank said:
You will be cutting it close will all those extra things your computer has to power, but luckily you have a quality PSU.

I don't know where you got the idea that his PSU is quality but it definitely is not. The unit doesn't even have active PFC. Despite being listed as 500w the max power output is actually rated at 430w with 360w(supposedly) on the +12v rails.
I definitely would avoid the GTX 470 on that PSU. The HD6870 and GTX 460 might be alright but personally I'd stick with something a bit lower power like the HD6850 or HD5850 like wa1 suggested. It's not really a big deal though IMO. The performance difference between the GTX 460 and GTX 470 at reference speeds is roughly 20% and the performance of all three AMD/ATI cards we are discussing falls between those so it's not something to worry about too much.
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December 1, 2010 10:16:36 PM

Does it mean if I have better PSU, its safe for me to go for HD6870 plus a bit of OC for my CPU?

If I upgrade to PSU with true power 520/550W would that be enough to drive the HD6870 with other hardware that I have? Or should I go for 600W true power?

Thanks.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
December 1, 2010 10:34:59 PM

I'm sorry, i always thought that Cooler Master was a quality reliable PSU brand.
My mistake
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December 2, 2010 12:06:09 AM

Seasonic S12II 520W or Cooler Master Real Power Pro 550W enough to drive the 6870?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 12:16:12 AM

Both of them is enough to run a single HD6870.
But from 2 options above I would choose Seasonic, their PSU is more reliable than CoolerMaster.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 12:28:09 AM

purple stank said:
I'm sorry, i always thought that Cooler Master was a quality reliable PSU brand.
My mistake

They have some decent units but most of their low end stuff is quite sketchy.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 2, 2010 12:40:26 AM

rjongks said:
Seasonic S12II 520W or Cooler Master Real Power Pro 550W enough to drive the 6870?

That Seasonic is very nice. You can read a review of it here;
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
It should be fine even for a highly OCed GTX 470.
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December 3, 2010 1:18:37 AM

So guys... 6850 or 6870?

In my place 6850 & 6870 price difference around 19%. Is 6870 worth the 19% price difference over 6850?

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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 3, 2010 1:59:30 AM

HD6870. It will good for longer term, you can still use that card on your next PC...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 3, 2010 3:21:50 AM

The price difference you are quoting is a few percent more than the performance difference. If you take overclocking into account it narrows up some. Whether the HD6870 is worth the extra money is something only you can decide.
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December 9, 2010 11:29:35 PM

Best answer selected by rjongks.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 8:39:07 AM

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