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January 7, 2011 6:46:11 AM

Hello,my mobo,M4A78-HTPC,4GB RAM,AMD 9550.Want to connect 40'' LED TV for HD movies,FSX and LOMAC game.I need suggestion for a graphic card,which can be used in higher end mobo,in case if i upgrade my mobo[DDR3] after 1 or 2 years.budget max 300$[Rs15000]
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January 7, 2011 7:28:06 AM

1. What resolution?

2. Complete system specs including you PSU and brand.

3. How much would be gaming on it? Most of the time, Occasionally, rarely...??
January 10, 2011 11:47:32 PM

hell_storm2004 said:
1. What resolution?

2. Complete system specs including you PSU and brand.

3. How much would be gaming on it? Most of the time, Occasionally, rarely...??




Hi,

1.Res 1920 x 1200

2.CPU-AMD phenom x4 9550,Mother board-Asus M4A78-HTPC AMD CHIPSET 780G,MEMORY-DDR 2-800, 2 GBX2GB TRANSCEND,CURRENT GPU-NVIDIA GEFORCE 8500 GT,OS WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE 64 BIT,PSU-ICE 300 W[I THINK PSU IN NOT OF GOOD BRAND]

3.Ocasionally i play,my current GPU screen drags while using LOMAC-Fighter A/c game.

Thanks for ur attention,suggest me what is tobe changed.
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January 11, 2011 1:30:31 AM

If you're not looking at upgrading your CPU any time soon, I'd suggest any of the GTX460 options out there - with your resolution I'd go for the 1GB version (not just because of the extra memory...). I think the GTX580/570 would be overkill for your system. The GTX460 stays very cool, has a low profile, has the right price, and it's rather nicely overclockable down the line.
January 11, 2011 3:53:50 AM

Store fellow,suggested HD6870[saphire/asus],which would be better GTX460 or HD6870.It should be useful,if im updrading my system after 1 year.
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January 11, 2011 6:53:50 AM

HD6850 - Check the prices.
Corsair VX450W - 3600 INR.
AMD Phenom X4 955!

This should be your complete upgrade. But the budget would be stretched a lot.

If you cant spare the budget, then just stick to the GPU and PSU. Remember PSU is a must and a priority.

Which city do you live in?
January 11, 2011 7:50:54 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
HD6850 - Check the prices.
Corsair VX450W - 3600 INR.
AMD Phenom X4 955!

This should be your complete upgrade. But the budget would be stretched a lot.

If you cant spare the budget, then just stick to the GPU and PSU. Remember PSU is a must and a priority.

Which city do you live in?



HD6850-Price around RS 12000,HD6870-RS15000,

PSU-tobe checked,ur correct store guy also mentioned GPU[HD6870], PSU[unknown] and casing -cooler master,Around 25000Rs

i have AMD X4 9550 installed.

Im n bengaluru.
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January 11, 2011 8:09:34 AM

baskybalu said:
PSU-tobe checked,ur correct store guy also mentioned GPU[HD6870], PSU[unknown] and casing -cooler master,Around 25000Rs

I absolutely didn't understand what you meant by this!
January 11, 2011 8:40:55 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
I absolutely didn't understand what you meant by this!


Corsair VX450 PSU price to checked in bangalore.Store guy also insisted to change PSU and casing if upgrading to HD6870,but brand of PSU,he dnt mention.Case is cooler master.All together GPU,PSU and casing,he quoted 25000Rs.

Whatever is the suggestion,it should be useful if im upgrading after 1 year.
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January 11, 2011 10:33:46 AM

Get the brand names model numbers, price and every details that you can find from the shop keeper and post it here.
January 11, 2011 4:50:50 PM

OK, just to be clear, are you still only looking for suggestions on a video card or are you now in a position for a comprehensive upgrade? It just seems that people are not addressing your original question... And while that's not a problem, this is the one reason I stopped asking for suggestions on forums (and Tom's is the worst for this) because you ask for a videocard suggestion and all of a sudden people are giving you recommendations for motherboards, processors and RAM. Can you please clarify. Thanks.
January 11, 2011 5:23:09 PM

malmental I know what you mean and yes, of course it crossed my mind, but reading his first post it's clearly stated that he has a set budget ($300) and will be possibly upgrading in 1 to 2 years - it says nothing at all about what we think he should do, rather, clearly asking for advice on a reliable but ready-for-an-upgrade video card option. I don't see how he can build a "modern" system for $300 that would increase the performance benefit over what he has now. So, as you see, I simply asked him if his plans have changed. He already has the optimal system in terms of his current budget, and I don't see anything inherently wrong with his specs. So what if he doesn't have a "showroom" CPU, or a state-of-the-art motherboard? It's clear from his post that he's not looking for top scores in synthetic benchmarks.

And by the way, what he has right now is fantastic for HTPC functionality, and yes, it even surpasses the recommended system for LOMAC!
January 12, 2011 5:37:33 AM

Hi,thanks for all ur comments,as omni said,im just looking for GPU only and required PSU [all350$].No more upgrade now.But both should be useful in future.

GTX 460-xfx13250/ MSI 11750/ASUS12800 /Zotac 11800/Galaxy 10400
HD6850-xfx12800/MSI 11000/Asus 11200/Sapphire11600 /Power 11700
HD6870-xfx15400 /MSI 11000/Sapphire 15500/Power 14400

These are the prices in Indian rupee,advice me with best option.Another fact is by answering ur query,i learned many things on building up PC.thanks for making me learner.

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January 12, 2011 6:11:24 AM

1. Which monitor do you have? That determines your GPU.
2. Your GPU determines your PSU.
3. Then we can move ahead.

Answer the 1st question first.
January 12, 2011 7:36:28 AM

im using Sony LED TV 40'' Model HX800,no monitor.
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January 12, 2011 8:08:36 AM

HD6870 should do you good. Along with that you should be looking at Corsair VX450W.

That would get the budget into the 18600 INR.

No need to convert currencies, they don't always add up.
January 12, 2011 9:16:29 AM

HD 6870 which brand?
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January 12, 2011 9:46:15 AM

Since you are India... I would suggest that you either go for MSI or Sapphire. Don't go for Asus/XFX as their after sales service is pretty damn pathetic!
January 12, 2011 4:02:34 PM

I still recommend a GTX460, hands down, it's the best value (meaning, performance to cost ratio). Yes, I own one, but this is not why I am recommending it to you. The reason I think it fits the bill for you is, firstly, the price, it can't be beat for what you're getting. Under load, the GTX460 hits about 66C (but I don't ever go over 55C) after 1 hour of 3dMark Batch Size test, vs the HD6870 which hits 82C, performance wise, well, that's hard to guess given your set-up, but I'd say it would be around similar outcome, so, why not go with the least expensive option?

Don't forget, the GTX460 can also do CUDA (may be a benefit to you if you take advantage of it, as I do for my HTPC functions). It's great in games, and awesome for HD movies.

Other than that, it's really all about personal taste and brand loyalty. I don't really care what I own as long as it has the right value for my needs. In this case, the 460 did if for me hands down. I seriously have no complaints. Great drivers, great product and that's what matters. The HD6870 is a good product too, though.
January 13, 2011 4:47:32 AM

what is EVGA GTX 460 FTW? i was reading the compasirons of HD 6850 vs HD6870 vs GTX 460, GTX 460 seems tobe better option,value for money.But i never in to over clocking.Nvidia also has 3D,options.Since i have sony 3D TV,it maybe usefull now or when im upgrading my system after some time,at that time i think i should go for dual GPU slot motherboard.Will this GTX 460 stand for next 2 years.

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January 13, 2011 4:46:11 PM
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The EVGA GTX460 FTW is just a factory overclocked model edition of the standard GTX460. You may not be into overclocking (yet), but, the GTX460 can overclock so well, and so easily that it's a no-brainer to do it. It can easily increase real-time performance. If you don't want to overclock yourself (even though it's so so easy), and the price is right, then go ahead and get a factory overclocked edition.

As for the 460's staying power, well, that's hard to guess but you'll still probably be able to find it on the market, albeit probably won't be too practical. Don't make any decision today for the benefit of something you may or may not even do two years from now. Get something of great value today, and enjoy it.
January 14, 2011 4:11:11 AM

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January 14, 2011 6:57:43 AM

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