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Single Slot - Galaxy Razor GTX 460 vs PowerColor HD 6850

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August 16, 2011 3:08:24 PM

Hello,

I am currently looking to cap off the upgrades on my Dell E521.
Current Specs:
AMD Dual Windsor Core 6000+ (3.0GHz)
2GB of G.Skill 240-Pin 800MHz DDR2
Dell 0ct103 Motherboard
BFG 550W PSU
Galaxy Geforce 9500GT

With that rig, I can play Battlefield Bad Company 2 on medium-low settings with a 1280x768 resolution (that may not be the actual resolution, I am away from my PC currently). I am hoping that updating my GPU will last me through the Fall and Winter, where in January I plan to build my first custom. (May need some expertise down the road for that as well). So which is better for Gaming? That Razor GTX 460 or the PowerColor 6850? Price does not matter to me at this moment, I have about 300 dollars to spend and I am required by my Mobo and case to only find a single slot card. My friend tells me Nvidia is great because of PhysX and other 3D features, but it seems the ATI card has more power, so I am looking for more opinions, expertise and knowledge.

The games I play most are Battlefield Bad Company 2, Left 4 Dead 2 and I commonly hook up my PC to my television to watch football games online, like through veetle or channelsurfing. I am also hoping this GPU upgrade will allow me to play upcoming titles like, Red Orchestra 2 and Battlefield 3, smoothly.
Another plan I have is that when I have the money in January to build a new rig, is dual up on which ever card I purchase and utilize SLI or Crossfire.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated and my email is wired to my phone, so I will be prompt with my replies. Thank you all and I love this site. I have visited it for years and learned so much here.
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August 28, 2011 1:09:35 PM

I say go for the 6850. Their video decoding software is better than Nvidia's and it's more powerful for gaming. AMD's card supports HD3D (I think that was what it was called) that also supports 3D but not too many games support it right now. I have the Intel varient of that PC the E520 and I was wondering how you could SLI with that board, mine only has one PCI-E x16 slot?
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a b U Graphics card
August 28, 2011 2:56:40 PM

I agree - go with the HD 6850. This review shows the performance differences, but not that with your slower CPU and memory you should not expect as good of performance as the review shows on the test system:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...

Also I recommend getting a better brand than either of those you list. See this web page about video card brands:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/brands.html

I recommend this XFX HD 6850 with a lifetime warranty and price of $130 after rebate - its less expensive than PowerCooler, has the longer warranty, and is a better brand:

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

I assume you have already verified that you have the two slots open that are required for an HD 6850.
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a b U Graphics card
August 28, 2011 3:01:13 PM

I have the almost the same system the OP does. It's a BTX case so you're really limited to single slot designs or dual slot coolers sith single slot backplates. I think Powercolor's a good brand they make a lot of niche products for those who need them.
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August 29, 2011 5:20:23 PM

@mister g
Thank you for your input! I started this thread awhile ago and almost forgot about it. About the SLI / Crossfire, the 0ct103 board only has the one x16 slot, I was considering buying 2 of the 6850s for when I build my first custom.

Another note: I recently received Windows 7 Home Premium 64, so I purchased the Powercolor 6850 and 2 more GB of the G.Skill. I know the results from my rig wont match those from the benchmarks, I am hoping to just be able play at medium settings with no AA or Sync.
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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 7:08:03 PM

Get a CPU upgrade, a single core CPU like your Athlon would be the bottleneck of your entire system, besides AMD CPUs are cheap, I spent ~$200 for my Core 2 Q6700 eight months back. I was looking for post about the Powercolor card and came across this one so decided to answer it.
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August 29, 2011 7:39:21 PM

Oh, the windsor core 6000+ is a dual core. I would really like a Phenom X4 or something of that nature, stupid dell motherboards. I certainly learned my lesson.

Here are some results on how it runs with my Dell rig.

Mobo: Dell 0ct103
RAM: 4GB G.Skill 800Mhz (2-Dual Channel Kits)
CPU: AMD x64 Dual-Core Windsor 6000+ @ 3.0Ghz
GFX: PowerColor 6850 (Slim)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64

With FRAPS and Battlefield Bad Company 2 running on Medium settings, FPS Max is about 56, Average is 49.86.
Left 4 Dead 2 on Max'd Out setting is a stable 75fps

If you have any questions for me, feel free to msg me.

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a b U Graphics card
August 29, 2011 8:01:20 PM

I wonder if Intel boards are compatable with the E521 since all it is is an AMD version of the E520. If so and you feel up to it you could replace the board with and Intel one and be able to upgrade ta a Q6700 like me.
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August 29, 2011 8:03:50 PM

Best answer selected by dejayXYX.
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August 29, 2011 8:06:19 PM

Hmm. I never thought of that.. wow, that would probably be a very cheap and effective upgrade. I would really like to know the answer to that!
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August 29, 2011 8:29:01 PM

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