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December 11, 2010 1:41:04 AM

Given my system (below) what do you think is the best graphics card I can upgrade to? It's a new build and I just got a cheap card (9.99 after rebate) to get me started, but I would like something better in the next few months.

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
Intel Core i5-760
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
GIGABYTE GV-R455HM-512I Radeon HD 4550 Supporting up to 512MB(128MB 64-bit GDDR3 onboard)
SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive
Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 80 PLUS Certified
Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Here is the description of the PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 1:52:03 AM

Will you be gaming and if so at what resolution?
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December 11, 2010 2:05:27 AM

price range? you'd need a 80plus bigger watt psu that with higher 12v current output as well because 430w is seem to be small for modern standard.

this might be suitable for most of graphic card these day: Quattro 1200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



try to solve the power first before we start talking about graphic card...

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December 11, 2010 2:18:03 AM

Price range is not an issue. I just want to know the best possible GPU given that PSU and system.


To answer the other questions
I will be getting ~23" LED Monitor so I guess resolution would be 1920 x 1080.
Gaming is not a priority, but I wouldn't mind trying it out on one.
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December 11, 2010 2:20:37 AM

cheesesubs said:
price range? you'd need a 80plus bigger watt psu that with higher 12v current output as well because 430w is seem to be small for modern standard.

this might be suitable for most of graphic card these day: Quattro 1200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



try to solve the power first before we start talking about graphic card...



I just looked at that PSU.. that looks hardcore - more than I would ever need. I think maybe you misunderstood me. I'm not looking for the best possible card out there and trying to configure my system for that, I jsut want to know what will be the best fit for my system as is.
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December 11, 2010 2:22:30 AM

jasper05 said:
Price range is not an issue. I just want to know the best possible GPU given that PSU and system.


To answer the other questions
I will be getting ~23" LED Monitor so I guess resolution would be 1920 x 1080.
Gaming is not a priority, but I wouldn't mind trying it out on one.



hmm i was gona say a 6870 but, i do not think that the PSU is gona cut it.

Maybe a 5770 ?? :bounce:  :bounce: 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i think u should be able to play all of the games...
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December 11, 2010 2:27:58 AM

jasper05 said:
I just looked at that PSU.. that looks hardcore - more than I would ever need. I think maybe you misunderstood me. I'm not looking for the best possible card out there and trying to configure my system for that, I jsut want to know what will be the best fit for my system as is.


that "Basiq BP430" is just terrific for any kind of discrete card these day....unless you're talk about non-6pin solution like some crappy 4670/4650/5670/5570/gt 240/gt430/9500gt/8600gt and other shitty gpu that don't require 6 pin connection..but you haven't give us more detail about the performance demand.

i'm pretty sure that psu can't even handle a 55nm 9800gt green edition because of poor 12v rating and weak amp current output. not to mention further...
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December 11, 2010 2:29:52 AM

If you aren't planning to upgrade in the very short term i.e < 2weeks, I wouldn't be posting for advice yet.

In 'the next few months' a lot may/will change in terms of pricing and availability.

Given the rest of your system is very nice, that power supply will really limit your GPU options and anything it can run safely at the moment (like the 5670) will badly bottleneck your system @ 1920 x 1080.

Come back when your ready to upgrade and start looking for a PSU / GPU combo to really squeeze all the goodness out of the rest of your system.

(Also lol @ the Quattro 1200w response - ridiculous)
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December 11, 2010 2:34:36 AM

Nerdbox87 said:
If you aren't planning to upgrade in the very short term i.e < 2weeks, I wouldn't be posting for advice yet.

In 'the next few months' a lot may/will change in terms of pricing and availability.

Given the rest of your system is very nice, that power supply will really limit your GPU options and anything it can run safely at the moment (like the 5670) will badly bottleneck your system @ 1920 x 1080.

Come back when your ready to upgrade and start looking for a PSU / GPU combo to really squeeze all the goodness out of the rest of your system.

(Also lol @ the Quattro 1200w response - ridiculous)



Bottleneck in what way? Would the bottleneck effect visual performance? Performance of the system?
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December 11, 2010 2:37:54 AM

Nerdbox87 said:


(Also lol @ the Quattro 1200w response - ridiculous)


that's not called "ridiculous" son, it's called "enthusiast"& "hardcore". plus it's capable to handle card like asus ares in quadfire and egva's gtx 580 super overclock in 3 way sli mode, even the upcoming gtx 590 quad sli or 6990 quadfire effortlessly. that is the life!

jasper05 said:
Bottleneck in what way? Would the bottleneck effect visual performance? Performance of the system?


any card that's below 5770 cannot handle 1080p resolution in both gaming and video. plus 5670 is a garbage card to me
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December 11, 2010 2:40:00 AM

It's called not reading my specs lol. Did you see my motherboard?
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December 11, 2010 2:42:48 AM

jasper05 said:
It's called not reading my specs lol. Did you see my motherboard?



i mean up to you boss. Get the 5770 and u will be ok for 2+ years, after that u can upgrade to something nice..
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December 11, 2010 2:44:45 AM

jasper05 said:
It's called not reading my specs lol. Did you see my motherboard?


single slot pcie x16.....i would take gtx 580 if i were you....

but the best bet is still to improve your psu first then we can provide you the solution. that 430w is too weak for any decent gpu to run plus you're already had i5 750 and massive amount of ram and hard drive/optical drive setup so it is not enough.

soltex123 said:
i mean up to you boss. Get the 5770 and u will be ok for 2+ years, after that u can upgrade to something nice..



i dont think that psu can handle 5770 when he already had a i5 750 and other massive setup already....
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 2:55:39 AM

You are being trolled. They usually keep that stuff in check around here and I'm sure cheesesubs will be gone before long but for the moment just ignore him.
Your power supply isn't the most powerful but it is a quality brand with 360w on the +12v rails and there are a lot of worthwhile cards out there that it can handle.
For now though you really need to decide if you want a card for gaming or a card for general purpose usage(web, video, ect.) A very good card for almost anything but gaming will cost you $50-75 at most and even the card you already have is probably entirely sufficient for your purposes.
For gaming at 1080p it really depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you want a gaming card that will do well at that resolution and work with your current power supply then an HD6850(around $200) would be a good choice but it is a total waste of money if you aren't actually going to be playing any games.
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December 11, 2010 3:08:22 AM

jyjjy said:
For now though you really need to decide if you want a card for gaming or a card for general purpose usage(web, video, ect.) A very good card for almost anything but gaming will cost you $50-75 at most and even the card you already have is probably entirely sufficient for your purposes..


What would you recommend for the above?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 3:19:31 AM

jasper05 said:
What would you recommend for the above?

Well honestly if you won't be gaming the HD4550 is pretty decent as long as you don't need some recent high end features like 3D Bluray acceleration or the latest audio standards for connecting your PC to a decent receiver. I would use it for a while then decide if you really need anything better unless you know you want to be using this as a serious home theater PC.
If you do want something better the most you should consider is probably the HD5670. It is a bit of overkill really but it is an alright gaming card for low resolutions so if you want to try to get into gaming you can just set the resolution down to 1440x900 and give em a go. Using the native resolution is ideal but if you are unsure of whether you really want to blow the cash for a good high resolution gaming card at this point it is a good compromise.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 11, 2010 3:26:31 AM

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a c 273 U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 8:43:41 AM

cheesesubs said:
price range? you'd need a 80plus bigger watt psu that with higher 12v current output as well because 430w is seem to be small for modern standard.

this might be suitable for most of graphic card these day: Quattro 1200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



try to solve the power first before we start talking about graphic card...

Recommending 1200w 270 dollar PSU's would make sense if the OP was to be running quad GTX480's but I don't see that being mentioned and a 430w PSU would be OK for a GTX450/460.
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