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Need help deciding which gpu to get with my current configuration

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January 14, 2011 2:06:51 AM

Hey everyone this is my first post on this site and I have done some research on my question but I still cannot find an answer. I just built a new desktop for myself to replace my laptop that is starting to die. The desktop that I built came with a CPU, Power Supply, Case, Motherboard, Hard Drive and DVD Burner as a bundle. I mostly will be using the desktop for playing World of Warcraft Cataclysm. So my question is, "What Graphics Card would be the best for my desktops configuration and for around $150."

Here's what the desktops configuration is:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Motherboard: Biostar MCP6PB M2+
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9850 Quad Core Processor
RAM: Corsair 2x 2048 DDR2
Hard Drive: WD 1 TB
Basic Samsung DVD Writer
Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with 450-Watt Power Supply
I also have an LG 23 inch LCD that has HDMI which puts out 1920x1080.

I would like to get a graphics card that has at least 1gb of VRAM, can handle WoW at Medium settings and also has an HDMI port so that I can use my monitor at full potential. Does anyone have any ideas on what graphics card I should look at that is around the price range of $150? If the graphics card is either NVIDIA or ATI it doesn't matter to me. I will appreciate any form of suggestions. Thanks again.

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a c 1649 U Graphics card
January 14, 2011 2:11:30 AM

HD5770 or a little better GTX460 768MB. probably not a very good PSU so maybe the HD5770 is the safer bet.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2011 4:42:53 AM

Hd5770 is the best bet. If you want higher, get a better PSU. The hd5770 is a good card though.
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a b U Graphics card
January 14, 2011 1:59:59 PM

I would go with the GTX 460 1GB for a few reasons.

1. The WOW Cataclysm review on Tom's a month ago clearly indicated that WOW favors Nvidia video cards

2. The 1GB on the GTX 460 will certainly benefit your 1920x1080 resolution as opposed to the 768-meg version

3. Your power supply should be able to handle it. (you might need a PCI-E power adapter so double check)

4. You might be able to get a GTX 460 1GB for around $150.00

$154.99 after mail-in-rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 15, 2011 2:24:13 AM

I'm not sure if my PSU can handle the 5770.. I'm going to check out the GTX 460. Thanks everyone for replying.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 3:54:12 AM

Go with the 5770.It is the best bang for your buck here.It is fully capable of playing WoW on high settings.Although it is true Blizzard's games favor Nvidia cards,but you simply don't want to chance a gtx460 with your current PSU.It consumes much more power than a 5770.That is why everyone is suggessting the 5770 and not the 460.
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January 15, 2011 5:11:17 AM

Which of the two cards: 5770 and the GTS 450 will fit better on my motherboard?
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 5:14:05 AM

They both require a PCI-E which you have, either would do fine. ;) 
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January 15, 2011 6:03:24 AM

I'm still worried about how crappy the PSU is, I'm doing some research at the moment but since its a Generic PSU its not that easy to find specs.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 6:10:16 AM

drb3rg said:
I'm still worried about how crappy the PSU is, I'm doing some research at the moment but since its a Generic PSU its not that easy to find specs.

If it is so bad that you can not even find something on it, better upgrade. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... There is one that should do it. Good brand too. If you do not like that one, I'll recommend you another.
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January 15, 2011 6:24:20 AM

HostileDonut said:
If it is so bad that you can not even find something on it, better upgrade. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... There is one that should do it. Good brand too. If you do not like that one, I'll recommend you another.


Yeah, I can upgrade my PSU to a name brand, but I would rather spend the money right now on a graphics card. Down the road I can get a better PSU. But since my laptop is starting to crap out.. Overheats without the Laptop cooler, always connected to the power adapter and when I'm playing WoW my FPS gets to be horrible sometimes.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 6:26:24 AM

What is the exact name of the PSU, I will search it. Lets hope it good enough. *crosses fingers*
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January 15, 2011 6:30:28 AM

This is what it says on the side of the PSU:

EXTREME ATX 450W RSY-645

Thanks for helping me out.. especially this late at night.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 6:48:38 AM

drb3rg said:
Here's the case that the PSU comes with.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Did you you buy that case and that power supply from tigerdirect? If you bought that exact one, it does not have a 6-pin PCI-E connector, which mean you can not hook up a GPU that needs a 6-pin like a gts450 or a hd5770. I will try to find a cheap in a few minutes too.
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January 15, 2011 6:52:32 AM

The case and psu came with the mobo and cpu and hd. So if I cannot use either of those gpu's then what would be a gpu that can be used with that psu?
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 6:54:21 AM

So you bought that exact set? Just to be clear, because if you bought another set, it might have a good enough PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 7:24:30 AM

drb3rg said:
Are there any other psu's ATI or NVIDIA that would be an option?

I am not quite sure I understand that, but I will recommend you a PSU. I think that is what you mean. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This sounds good and should power even a hd5770 or a gts450. If you get that, get the hhd5770, why? ........... BECAUSE IT WOULD BE AWESOOOOOOMMMMMMEEEEE!
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January 15, 2011 7:27:24 AM

HostileDonut said:
I am not quite sure I understand that, but I will recommend you a PSU. I think that is what you mean. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This sounds good and should power even a hd5770 or a gts450. If you get that, get the hhd5770, why? ........... BECAUSE IT WOULD BE AWESOOOOOOMMMMMMEEEEE!


I miss typed sorry. I meant are there any other gpu's ATI or NVIDIA that would be an option? Besides the 5670
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 7:29:41 AM

I afraid that the hd5670 is the best from the ones that have no PCI-E 6-pin. That PSU I recommended is pretty cheap though. Man, I wish I could ship you my old 450w PSU. You should really think about the PSU I linked though, if you just saved a bit more, you could have a pretty good machine.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 7:40:48 AM

Well, it's pretty late were I am at, 1:40 A.M., I guess you could actually say it's early. Haha :lol:  Well, I will post another in the morning, Good night. :sleep: 
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January 15, 2011 9:08:28 PM

I'm going to hold off on buying the GPU until next week. At my office I've got a 550w PSU that I might be able to use. I'll check that out and see if using that PSU instead of my 450w one will let me use a better GPU.
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a b U Graphics card
January 15, 2011 9:13:05 PM

A 550w will handle it, unless it is a peice of crap, which I doubt it is that bad. Use the 550w and get the hd5770.
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a b U Graphics card
January 20, 2011 2:03:29 AM

drb3rg said:
I was just about to order this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But, I read some reviews online and found out that it's not that great of a GPU.

Well, unless you put in the 550w you won't get much if any better than that. I would say put in the 550w from the other machine and order a hd5770. Also make sure that it is PCI-E 2.0 not 2.1.
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January 21, 2011 3:23:40 PM

HostileDonut said:
Well, unless you put in the 550w you won't get much if any better than that. I would say put in the 550w from the other machine and order a hd5770. Also make sure that it is PCI-E 2.0 not 2.1.


I have decided to just build a new pc and keep the CPU, HD, and DVD Drive that I have. The biostar motherboard is a piece of garbage, and so is the PSU. The case isn't that great either. Thanks to everyone who helped me out. Much appreciated!
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a b U Graphics card
January 21, 2011 4:48:35 PM

drb3rg said:
I have decided to just build a new pc and keep the CPU, HD, and DVD Drive that I have. The biostar motherboard is a piece of garbage, and so is the PSU. The case isn't that great either. Thanks to everyone who helped me out. Much appreciated!

HEY! YOU HAVE MY MOBO! Well, basically, but yeah, it is.
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February 7, 2011 3:08:02 PM

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a c 332 U Graphics card
February 7, 2011 6:52:50 PM

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