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[Graphics Cards] Upgrading 5670, sub-200 budget, 430W PSU

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September 1, 2011 5:50:03 AM

Here's my rig:

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 3.2 GHz
Current GPU: Radeon HD 5670 1GB
PSU: Antec Basiq 430W
RAM: I'm not entirely sure on the specifics, but it's 3 2GB RAM sticks.

I don't really have the money at the moment to get both a new PSU and a video card (about 160), so I was wondering what's the best card for my setup? It's a store-bought rig that I've been upgrading over the last year or so, so it's got a generic DVD-RW drive, and usually about 4 USB devices running.

The card I'm currently looking at is the 6850. The 5770 is my backup if that doesn't work out, but I've read it's not -that- substantial of an upgrade over the 5670. Any advice?

P.S.: If you have any NVIDIA cards, I'm open to either ATI or NVIDIA.
September 1, 2011 6:29:07 AM

The Basiq, although not as good of a quality as the Antec EA / Neo Eco/ HCG or Corsair CX series, can still hold its own and give out its rated power.

Max i'm comfortable putting into that is a GTX 560 Ti or a HD 6870.

Ill say a HD 6870 or a GTX 560 if you really want a substantial upgrade but a 6850 or a gtx550 ti / gtx 460 1gb is also fine choices.
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September 1, 2011 6:40:07 AM

You think I could get away with a 6870, eh? I don't plan on overclocking, anyways, so maybe.
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September 1, 2011 7:08:20 AM

Your PSU has 384w on the +12v rail. The HD6870 stays under 150w during normal usage and your CPU's TDP is 125w. Not ideal but your PSU should handle it.
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September 1, 2011 7:11:22 AM

The 6870 is a bit on the high side of how much I'm willing to spend (175 for the Sapphire one) - is there a really big difference between 6850 and 6870?
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September 1, 2011 7:32:06 AM

The HD6870 is close to 20% faster.
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September 1, 2011 7:36:08 AM

Alright, that'll probably be it then. My last question, then, is which version of that (Sapphire, XFX, etc.) is the best bang for my buck (I'd PREFER not to go over 175, if I can avoid it).

Thanks again for all the help, jy and lilo

EDIT: I forgot to mention something: This is for a gaming setup at 1600x900 resolution.
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September 1, 2011 8:08:08 AM

That was the one I was looking at, actually. Thanks for all the help, guys!
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September 1, 2011 8:16:35 AM

Yeah, the Sapphire card should be fine.
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