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Help choosing graphs card for my q6600

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May 9, 2011 8:02:33 PM

Hello.
I have a q6600 2,4GHz, 4GB DDR2 800MHz, MB asus P5b, graphs card: 7950gx2. I want to change my video card because I believe it's the thing holding me back most.
I use 1600*1050 monitor 23inch.

I don't know wich of the following cards to choose:
GTX460 768MB ~ 130€
HD5850 1GB (sapphire extreme)~ 130€
HD6850 ~ 130€
I'm not confortable overclocking my q6600 because it is in stock cooling and I don't think I'm wasting money buying coolers...

also, My PSU is 550w and only has one 6 pin connector but I believe the cards bring 4pin->6pin adapters...



Can anyone help me?
May 9, 2011 8:12:22 PM

also, My PSU is 550w and only has one 6 pin connector but I believe the cards bring 4pin->6pin adapters...
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May 9, 2011 8:59:57 PM

I would recommend getting the 6850 since your psu only has one 6-pin connector. You don't want to mess around with adapters. The 460 1GB is a good competitor for the 6850, but you are looking at the 768MB so I'd say pass.

If you had a PSU for it I'd say go for the 5850. It's a bit more powerful than the 6850.
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May 9, 2011 10:58:19 PM

Aren't those adapters safe to use? They come included with the card...
550w PSU should be enough power for the system with any of the cards, right?
I am considering the 5850 but actually it needs 2 * 6pin connectors... If I knew it was safe, I'd go that way...
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May 9, 2011 11:22:39 PM

The 5850 is faster than the 6850. 550 w should be enough, but is it a name brand PSU? Some lower end power supplies may not function well near their limits.
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May 10, 2011 3:40:48 AM

the 5850 is the best of those cards. I would seriously consider overclocking the cpu if i were you. You can get it to 2.8 ghz quite easily on stock cooler and stock voltage. many people get it to 3ghz stable without voltage increase. I would give the heatsink and fan a good clean with compressed air and possibly re-seat the heatsink with good thermal paste. I think an aftermarket cooler would be a good investment and is worth doing IMO. you can get that cpu to 3.4 ghz with a good cooler and some voltage increase without too much effort which would put it near the performance of newer equally clocked Phenom X4's. The core 2 quad is still a very capable cpu.
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