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Best Graphics card for a 250w Bestec PSU?

I currently have an HP system that I plan to upgrade withing a couple of months, for the mean time I want to get the best bang for my buck.

What cards are recommended?


I say a 5570 but everyone says its not enough power.


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  1. What's the purpose of the PC? I use a Geforce 210 on a multimedia/digital audio workstation.
  2. Gaming, but I mostly play Source Engine based games, the most demanding will be Bad Company 2, and I wont play that much.
  3. do you think you can fit one of these in your case?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6764506&CatId=1826

    and i ran an x1300 video card on my dell which had a 240w power supply. it ran perfect. although i never played games on it. but i did watch a lot of video across multiple tabs. lol
  4. computernugget said:
    do you think you can fit one of these in your case?

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6764506&CatId=1826

    and i ran an x1300 video card on my dell which had a 240w power supply. it ran perfect. although i never played games on it. but i did watch a lot of video across multiple tabs. lol



    I'm not sure why you are recommending the GT 220 if you are talking about the Radeon X1300.

    Anyway, the GT 220 is weaker than the HD 5550, so it would be logical that it is also slower than the HD 5570. The GT 220 also uses a little more power than the HD 5570 under typical gaming conditions. See following review for benchmarks and power consumption.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_5550/1.html
  5. So 5570 is a no go?
  6. Lower res and low details with no AA should help keep the framerates up with a 5570 or 220.

    Left4Dead runs decently like this with a 5570:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5570,2552-9.html
  7. AMD recommends at least a 400 watt PSU for a 5570. So you would be asking for trouble with only a 250 watt.
  8. 400 is outrageous for a 5570.
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    ^ agreed, the 5570 only uses like 18w by itself. Either way, it would be in the OP's best interest to remove that bestec psu and get something better as it will only blow up later down the track possibly taking out other components with it.
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  12. well im just mentioning that i had a video card in a computer with a weak powersupply. and the gt220 was the cheapest thing i saw when i posted.

    and yeah bestec power supplies are ultra weak sauce, if they fail they will take the motherboard with it. something like a raidmax or rosewill powersupply should be better than the bestec.
  13. computernugget said:
    well im just mentioning that i had a video card in a computer with a weak powersupply. and the gt220 was the cheapest thing i saw when i posted.

    and yeah bestec power supplies are ultra weak sauce, if they fail they will take the motherboard with it. something like a raidmax or rosewill powersupply should be better than the bestec.
    Saying that raidmax or Rosewill is better than a bestec is kind of like saying bottled water is wetter than tap water. I would recommend something from Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, PCP&C, or Enermax. Don't cheap out on the power supply! It's the only component that if it fails, can take out EVERY other component in your PC.
  14. ^+1, radimax is on the same par as bestec. rosewill is ever so slightly better, but still bad.
  15. sure the raidmax psu arent as efficient as the corsair, and what not but at least the raidmax psu's have a resistor that will help prevent your motherboard from fry if it does fail unlike the bestec. (well at least the raidmax psu's ive taken apart [yes really dangerous i know] had the resistor)

    of course antec does make really good psu's that are also pretty cheap.

    and i prefer the filtered tap water from my fridge better than bottled water. irrelevant i know.
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