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January 31, 2011 9:30:30 PM

Hello everyone. This is my first post and have a question about a new graphics card. I bought an ASUS CM1630-06 from Best Buy with and AMD II X2 220 and putting in 8 GB of DDR3 running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit with ATI 3000 HD GPU on board. I have an BFG 8800GT OC tha is a couple years old and I am recently upgrading the power supply to a 500 watt Antec Earthwatts PSU. It has been a while since I have been in the gaming aspect of computers and was wondering if there is a better or comparable card to the 8800GT OC that runs the same or better and is still around $150 or less?

I am just debating on stepping up into something else with a mid size stock case and the 500 Watt PSU preferably that had HDMI and is a step forward in technology that still works with PCI express 2.0 and will work with the 64 bit O.S. I am curious also if it would be best to go ATI since that is also the chip set. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2011 10:08:06 PM

What resolution monitor are you running? Something like a Radeon 5770 seems like a good possibility. Keep in mind that your CPU is a little underpowered and so if you go with a REALLY high-end card you may not get as much of a boost as you would expect. A Radeon 5770 is definitely a good option though.
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January 31, 2011 10:11:06 PM

I was running the 8800 GT OC with an AMD Athlon X2 5200+ in my other system. The II X2 is rated at 2.8 ghz. As for the resolution I'm not sure. I am playing on a 22 inch Westinghouse Wide screen. I,m definitely not going with something huge due to my 500 watt PSU.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
January 31, 2011 10:16:51 PM

500w Earthwatts Antec PSU is actually very good, I wouldn't undersell it too much.

Anyway what are your needs? What kind of games do you play? What resolution do you set them at what you play? More importantly what is the native resolution of your montior. I know you said you didn't know, so please look into it.
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a b U Graphics card
January 31, 2011 10:22:33 PM

The X2 at 2.8GHz could still be a bottleneck, but nothing to get all bothered about unless you demand absolute best performance.

Try to find out the resolution of your monitor. You should be able to find this out through the Windows control panel. Your 500W PSU will run a Radeon 5770 without a problem, it could probably run a bigger card if you wanted. A Radeon 5770 is still my recommendation, although a Radeon 6870 is another possibility if you want more power. You should just take a look at those options and make a decision about which is best for your budget and needs.

There are also several Nvidia cards that are priced similarly and perform similarly, but since you seemed to want an ATI card those are my recommendations.
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January 31, 2011 10:25:07 PM

Im not really playing anything right now. Just getting back into it. It's been so long since I have actually played a PC game and was just curious since the days of the 8 and 9 series Nvidia cards what is out that is equal or a little better and under the $150 price range that the 500 watt PSu can run easily. In the end I kind of want to be able to play most games and watch Blu Ray movies on my 42in 1080P TV.
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February 1, 2011 12:13:32 AM

Also don't know if the D 500 PSU has a 75 watt 6pinn pci e connector.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 12:20:02 AM

It should have at least one, but obviously you should check what power connectors your PSU supports before ordering a video card.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 2:11:37 AM

Radeon 5770s require one 6 pin connector and the card is rated at ~110W. With 75W IIRC being supplied by the PCIe slot the 6-pin connector shouldn't be under much load. So that PSU should be fine with a single 5770.
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February 1, 2011 7:51:38 AM

Now its a matter of manufacturer and who usually has the best cards. Also what is a card right below the 5770 that's just a smidge lower?
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February 1, 2011 11:41:31 AM

The XFX cards seems to have decent amount of reviews along with the MSI. I didn't know if there is a brand that stands out.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 6:54:47 PM

I don't have a lot of advice in terms of which brand, but that XFX card seems good. If you want something slightly cheaper you could go with a 5750 or 5570, but you would be sacrificing lots of performance. For example, the 5770 has 800 Cores, while the 5570 has half that number. So I would advise sticking with the 5770.
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February 1, 2011 7:59:31 PM

Will do. Thanks guys for all the help. I am a member of another site and they never answer anyone's questions. It might as well not even be a forum.
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a b U Graphics card
February 1, 2011 8:05:44 PM

No problem. There are a lot of helpful people here on the forums so feel free to ask around if you have any more questions.
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February 1, 2011 9:32:38 PM

Thanks again. It has been a while since I messed with a PC. I got this new system and Windows 7 from XP and I love it. Now its just time to soop it up. I ordered 4 more gb of Corsair 1333, the 500 watt Antec eartwatts PSU and just ordered the XFX 5770 and I am pumped to put all this together.
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