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Which graphics card should I buy?

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February 20, 2011 6:30:27 AM

My PC specs are:
MOBO: Intel DQ965GF
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 1.86GHz
RAM: 2GB DDR2 667MHz
PSU: 350W

I'm between Asus GT240 512 GDDR3, Palit GT440 1GB GDDR5 and Sapphire HD5770 1GB GDDR5.
By far 5770 is the best one but in order to get the 5770 I'll have to buy a new PSU. On the other hand the GT240 and GT440 don't require more power. Is it worth getting the 5770? My main purpose will be gaming. What's the difference between the three cards? Can you give an example of a game which I won't be able to play decently in any of them?

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a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2011 12:58:36 PM

For gaming I wouldn't recommend anything less than a 5770/GTS450.

If your 350w is a quality brand, you could probably get away with it up to a GTS450. I wouldn't buy any cards with DDR3 and 512mb isn't enough for today's games (or yesterdays)

No matter which one you choose, your going to have to overclock your cpu. 1.86ghz just isn't fast enough to keep up with even a low end graphics card like GTS450.
February 21, 2011 10:35:55 AM

geekapproved said:
For gaming I wouldn't recommend anything less than a 5770/GTS450.

If your 350w is a quality brand, you could probably get away with it up to a GTS450. I wouldn't buy any cards with DDR3 and 512mb isn't enough for today's games (or yesterdays)

No matter which one you choose, your going to have to overclock your cpu. 1.86ghz just isn't fast enough to keep up with even a low end graphics card like GTS450.


How can I be sure if my PSU will support my card. How about a 5670? Even with a 5670 I would be happy if I don't have to change my PSU.

Overclocking my CPU cannot be done because unfortunately my motherboard is Intel and doesn't support overclocking. The only reason I need a new graphics card is for gaming but I'm not that demanding because otherwise I would need a whole new PC.
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February 21, 2011 10:41:46 AM

Well i think that you should go with hd 5750.it should run on that supply.i personally do.i have a a4zone 350w with 20amps and card runs damn good.it has horsepower and has dx11,that you would like.if you want extreme performance then go with hd 6850.but if you dont wanna upgrade psu then hd 5750 is way to go.
February 21, 2011 10:59:08 AM

mrjericho1991 said:
i have a a4zone 350w with 20amps.


What does it mean when you say 20amps? How do find the amps for my PSU? I already saw the sticker on the PSU and it says:

|--------------------------------------------------------------|
| +3.3V | +5V | +12V | -5V | -12V | +5Vsb |
|-----------|--------|----------|-------|---------|------------|
| 28A | 30A | 18A | 0.3A | 0.8A | 2.0A |
|--------------------|----------|-----------------|------------|
| 200W | 216W | 10W | 10W |
|-------------------------------|------------------------------|
| 330W | 20W |
|--------------------------------------------------------------|

Also my PSU is 3-4 years old.

Hope that's clear enough :) 
a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 11:00:42 AM

i would play it safe and get a 5670, anything better would probably be bottlenecked by the CPU anyways.
February 21, 2011 11:34:40 AM

@Derbixrace 5670 is my favorite right now but still is it a safe choice? If I could confirm that 5670 will run with no problems then it would be my choice.
a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2011 12:13:38 PM

i dont see why the 5670 wouldnt run, have seen guys with worse PSU running 5670 with no problems.
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