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June 28, 2011 2:21:02 AM

My current system is:
Amd Phenom x6 1055t
Asus M4A79XTD EVO Motherboard
XFX ATI HD 5850
Western Digital 500gb Hard Drive
Corsair xms3 4gb 1600mhz
BFG 1000w Power Supply
Antec 902 Case

Im going to upgrade soon to:
Intel i5 2500k
H70
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
Corsair White 600T
CORSAIR TX850 V2
ASUS P8Z68-V

The only problem i have is choosing a new graphics card, or keeping the one i have now and getting another hd 5850 for cf. My monitor res is 1600x900 and i need a card to max out all games. My budget is $300.

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June 28, 2011 10:16:08 AM

mmmm the PSU you selected is way over kill for a single GPU system. Get a corsair HX 650 PSU (modular) if you might CF/SLi then keep it, but a 750w Corsair will do just fine with the below GPU's

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

buy a HD 6950 or GTX 560 Ti GPU.

6950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
560Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the 6950 2g's have a chance of flashing the firmware and unlocking it to be a 6970.

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June 28, 2011 11:46:01 AM

The psu i choice the 850TX V2 is ideal for right now, it will be plently enough for future proof and i got the power supply in a combo deal for cheap. But i heard bout the hd 6950 flashing to hd 6970, but i think ill go with a gtx 560 ti instead cause im not that huge of ati or amd anymore because of personal experience. But thank you!
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June 28, 2011 11:54:24 AM

Like jerreddredd said, you can run 2x560s or 2x6950s on a good 750W PSU with some headroom. You'd have to get 2x6970s to fully use that 850W.

I'd pick the Samsung F3 1TB over the Seagate. Seagate has had a ton of issues in the last 2 years with drive failures and other problems. The F3 is arguably the most reliable drive out on the consumer market, and has been proven to be the fastest.

You probably don't need a new card at 1600x900 - the 560Ti and 6950 are really build to excel at 1920x1080 resolutions. I'd look at something lower like the 6850/460 and save the money. Again, you'll probably only need 650W to run that.

Just a note: AMD's 6000 series cards run much better from what I hear (I started building after ATI's driver problems became widespread), and I've never had any problems with my 6950. It pushes amazing framerates though.
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June 28, 2011 12:04:31 PM

No, you really don't need that much power, unless you plan to do SLI/Xfire with high-end cards. Otherwise, get about 600W.
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June 28, 2011 7:17:43 PM

droylock said:
The psu i choice the 850TX V2 is ideal for right now, it will be plently enough for future proof and i got the power supply in a combo deal for cheap. But i heard bout the hd 6950 flashing to hd 6970, but i think ill go with a gtx 560 ti instead cause im not that huge of ati or amd anymore because of personal experience. But thank you!



hey if you got a good deal, then great! mo power is always nice to have.

I'm with you on the nVidia over ATI/AMD GPU. ATI/AMD is slow to update their drivers.

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June 28, 2011 7:46:37 PM

So not to be an a**, but if you really want a good gaming experience and are willing to spend all this money upgrading, why aren't you using a minimum 1920x1080 res monitor? Those became pretty standard about...oh 3-4 years ago?

You can get a very nice LCD 23" 1080p monitor for under $160 these days.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for your original question, your card isn't very outdated, I would keep the PSU you have and get another of the same cards for xfire.
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June 28, 2011 8:50:55 PM

Well im selling my old pc, i was just thinking if i could reuse my graphics card. But i think ill go with a Gtx 560 ti, stick with the TX850 V2 for sli in the future, and the thing about the monitor is im quite happy with the one i have perfect for my desk and good for HD playback. When i have money to spare i will look into getting a 1920x1080 res monitor :p  but thanks for the responses!
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June 28, 2011 8:54:42 PM

Alright, it's your PC...I could never go lower than 1080...low resolution is just a personal thing I can't stand.

The GTX 560 is a good card. I have a GTX 470 right now and it is fantastic, altho hot.

Edit: I think it's one of those things where you don't know what youre missing til you try 1920x1080.
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June 28, 2011 8:58:08 PM

Haha well i look into it (: for sure, once my bonus comes in ill check it out!
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