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Graphics Card Upgrade, recommendations?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 6, 2011 3:33:02 PM

Hi all!

I'm looking for a new graphics card for my system. I have looked at a few cards but my experience is limited, so I registered in hope that some of you more computer savvy people could help me in suggesting a few options.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week / Budget £150 (around $200)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, I would like to be able to play ArmA II with reasonable settings.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT (1024 mb) / 450W PSU (no 6 pin connectors)


GA-M61PME-S2P S-Series Gigabyte Motherboard
AMD Athlon X4 620 (2.6GHz)Processor
4GB DDR 2 Memory


PARTS PREFERENCES: None in particular.

OVERCLOCKING: No overclocking.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would prefer a card with stock cooling but I'm open to suggestions.
July 6, 2011 6:38:42 PM

benski said:
Can you get the brand and model # of the PSU or the amp ratings? Without knowing the specs I wouldn't recommend anything better than a 5770 for a 450w power supply.

This one is a pretty good deal:

Looks like an alright card. One concern, I'm sure this one requires the 6 pin PCIe connector? Or would I be wrong?

Sure. I tried finding the model/manufacturer but its proving difficult.

+3.3v - 28.0A
+5V - 32.0A
+12V - 24.0A
-12V - 0.6A
+5VSB - 2.0A

Think this is what you were after? :) 
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July 6, 2011 9:04:27 PM

Looks like a pretty low grade PSU, but the 5770 should be fine. The card will require a 6 pin power connector, usually the cards come 4 pin molex to 6 pin adapter, I don't see one pictured with that card though.

That one has the adapter and is even cheaper, as long as you have an extra 4 pin molex connector on your PSU you will be fine
a c 106 U Graphics card
July 6, 2011 9:42:20 PM

If you're really worried about the power then get a 5670 or 6670. A 5770/6770 should be fine though with a molex adapter assuming you have two free molex connectors.
July 6, 2011 11:09:14 PM

Thanks to both of you for helping me out and thanks for the card suggestion Benski.

I will give the 5770 a shot and see how it runs, if I have any trouble I might just upgrade the PSU too. Always hurting the wallet :( 
July 6, 2011 11:54:17 PM

I got a GTX 460 with a crap 460W PSU. Its been running for almost a year now without any problems.