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Best graphics card for 380 watt psu

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June 7, 2011 10:46:29 PM

So I just traded a my call of duty black ops for an Antec Earthwatt 380 watt PSU (its new). I currently have a 200 watt psu and am barely able to run a gt 220 on it.

This is my PC for those who are interested-http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-A6110N-Desktop-Proces...

My friend and I finally decided to get into world of warcraft this summer so I want to get a decent graphics card that can run the game very well (around the $100 range). Maybe Ill try out some other games like the witcher. My screen resolution is 1440x900 also. So what graphics card do you think will do the job for me at 380 watts? Thanks in advance!
June 7, 2011 10:48:36 PM

Also just want to add- I am running the GT220 on my pc right now with a 200 watt psu. Its kind of loud and annoying. Im guessing its my current psu. I would prefer a pretty quiet graphics card.
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June 7, 2011 10:49:54 PM

hey i had one just like that but my hard drive crashed and i put a new hard drive in it and put a 9500 gt in it and it works great
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a c 173 U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:01:27 PM

5750, 5770, or GTS450 are the fastest cards I'd get for that PSU. A 5670 or 6670 might be a better deal for you.
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June 7, 2011 11:21:07 PM

4745454b said:
5750, 5770, or GTS450 are the fastest cards I'd get for that PSU. A 5670 or 6670 might be a better deal for you.


will a 5770 run nice and cool? I dont want my computer to be as loud as it is right now. And will i be able to max out WOW with that?
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June 7, 2011 11:30:56 PM

also keep in mind guys my cpu is sort of old. it is the athlon 4400+. So the best graphics with this cpu as well
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a c 173 U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:32:49 PM

Your CPU will hold you back in the newest WoW way more then the 5770. It is one of the best single plug cards out there however. There are a few other cards like a 6850 and GTX460, but they are oddballs and cost a lot more.
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June 7, 2011 11:44:30 PM

^ what will the cpu affect? the shadows? frames? On low-medium setting with the gt220 im currently getting about 50 frames. Can i expect to get 60+frames on ultra everything?
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a c 173 U Graphics card
June 7, 2011 11:52:26 PM

It will slow everything down. Here is Tom's review of Cata. Notice that on Ultra an AMD quad will max out at 75FPS. Your lowly dual core won't get near this. The 5770 won't be able to do this either. It will provide a bit of a boost, but depending on how much that DC CPU is holding you back you might not see that much improvement at all. Your GPU should be able to handle GPU things like Shadows and AA better, but draw distance will still be an issue.

Edit: Forgot the link. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/990fx-sli-am3,2953-...
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June 8, 2011 12:22:22 AM

4745454b said:
It will slow everything down. Here is Tom's review of Cata. Notice that on Ultra an AMD quad will max out at 75FPS. Your lowly dual core won't get near this. The 5770 won't be able to do this either. It will provide a bit of a boost, but depending on how much that DC CPU is holding you back you might not see that much improvement at all. Your GPU should be able to handle GPU things like Shadows and AA better, but draw distance will still be an issue.

Edit: Forgot the link. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/990fx-sli-am3,2953-...



so would you recommend me to get a 5770 if my cpu will hold me back. WHat graphics card do you think is the best for me considering my requirements and what i have?
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a c 173 U Graphics card
June 8, 2011 12:50:43 AM

5750 or 5770 depending on the prices you find. For awhile there they were both $99 so it made more sense to get the 5770. Yes the DC you have will slow you down, but the 5770 will handle higher levels of AA better. You won't be able to go to uber settings and get 60+, but you'll get more then you do now, and it should be pretty enough.
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