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Upgrade from Radeon ATI HD 3600 series with 475 power source.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in a month

BUDGET RANGE: $100.00-$250.00

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo editing, work

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 3600 and Dell 475W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Operating System
MS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP2
CPU
Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67GHz 44 °C
Bloomfield 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 530MHz (7-7-7-20) (Upgrading to 8GB PC3-12800 dual channel DDR3 in next week)
Motherboard
DELL Inc. 0X501H (CPU 1) 30 °C
Graphics
W2253 (1920x1080@60Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series (Dell) 57 °C
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST3500620AS (SATA) 31 °C
Optical Drives
PLDS DVD+-RW DH-16A6S
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Lowest price that ships to Canada

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI or Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a good gaming card that will nrun on 475 PSU and at a budget price. :) Do not have much knowledge on Crossfire cards and installation of them.

Thanks for any help... :)
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  1. 6950 1 GB, there is no better card around the $200-$250 range and it should be ok with a 475W psu.

    But if you want to be extra sure get something a bit cheaper like a 6870/6850 which is excellent value for money and very easy on power draw.
  2. Best answer
    5670 on the low side and nothing more than a 6850. Dropping a 6950 is asking a little much for that oem unit but at least those are better quality than the junk sold at the low end of the price range.

    5670 or a 6850.
  3. There is only one card in the 3600 series, and that's the 3650. Of course, that's about as fast as the cheapo 6450 so yeah time for an upgrade :D. I would say a 6870 would be a good choice, but go with a 6850 if you only have one PCI-E connector

    http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-review/10

    For reference, a single 5870 in my system (with my CPU at stock clocks mind you) pulled just over 400W from the wall with furmark and 3 threads of Prime 95. Such is an unrealistic scenario for every day usage but it is a worst case. Even so, remember that the closer you push your PSU to it's rated wattage the hotter it generally runs and the shorter it's life.
  4. By the way, assuming you have a crossfire board as you should, keep in mind that you can upgrade your PSU latter and get a second 6870 to run in crossfire for some darn good performance ^_^.
  5. Thanks for the help guys. Much appreciated!
  6. Best answer selected by mailman69.
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