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September 25, 2011 11:50:26 PM

Hello,

My video card recently burned up and I need some advice on replacing it. I have a ASRock M3A77ODE Amd770 + SB710 chipsets motherboard. I need a medium strength video card, in the range between 200-300$. Thanks for the help.

System Specs:

PSU Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze RT

Mem 2Gx2 GSkill f3-10666cl8d-4gbrm (so that's eight gigs right? )

HD 500G samsung HD502HJ

CPU AMD ATH II X3 450 3.2 G AM3 RT (Although we unlocked the 4th core)

1440x900 gaming resolution

Edit: Added in the parts that are in my rig. I'm clueless as far as hardware goes and I hope these are clear enough to as which specs I have. Thanks again.

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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 12:01:24 AM

LaputanMachine said:
Hello,

My video card recently burned up and I need some advice on replacing it. I have a ASRock M3A77ODE Amd770 + SB710 chipsets motherboard. I need a medium strength video card, in the range between 200-300$. Thanks for the help.

Welcome to the forum,
you need to list all your system specs so that i can help you, and tell me what resolution are you gaming at ?
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 12:03:52 AM

As far as I know the gtx560 is closer to 6870 performance, so it's not a good choice even if it's 2gb.

The 6950 would be my choice
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September 26, 2011 12:20:27 AM

Yea i knew that as well, but i wanted to list an nvidia card in case he'd rather go nvidia

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September 26, 2011 12:31:21 AM

ilysaml said:
Welcome to the forum,
you need to list all your system specs so that i can help you, and tell me what resolution are you gaming at ?


System Specs:

PSU Seasonic S12II 520 Bronze RT

Mem 2Gx2 GSkill f3-10666cl8d-4gbrm (so that's eight gigs right? )

HD 500G samsung HD502HJ

CPU AMD ATH II X3 450 3.2 G AM3 RT (Although we unlocked the 4th core)

1440x900 gaming resolution

These are the specs as far as I know.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 12:39:56 AM

it's 4 gigs not 8
and i wouldn't suggest getting HD 6950 with being at this resolution and with this CPU.
so you'd be really fine with a single HD 6850 or a even a GTX 460.. no need to upgrade to a high-end level GPU as long as you have the "Rana"CPU
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 12:41:19 AM

No, that is 4 gigs.

I think a 6950 would be pushing your PSU a bit too much, I'd reccomend a 6870 at most
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 12:42:24 AM

When unlocked it essentialy becomes a phenom II 955 so it should be fine, the PSU is the limiting factor.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 12:59:27 AM

wiinippongamer said:
When unlocked it essentialy becomes a phenom II 955 so it should be fine, the PSU is the limiting factor.

have you ever heard about the Phenomm II story ? Phenom II X2 were X3 and x4 and the same for X3 they were x4 but 1 or 2 cores were disabled because it didn't succeed in the factory test, so even unlocking cores isn't guarenteed, or necessarily and it's a bad idea as a faulty core might affect the performance of the whole cores.
EDIT: the unlocking process might look successful and the fault core seems to be working but in fact it's not working properly, and keeping it unlocked will cause a bad damage over time due to overvoltage and being unstable.

the CPU will become a phenom II theoretically not physically, so basically the performance of Phenom II x4 955 exceeds the Performance of PII x3 450
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September 26, 2011 1:06:00 AM

wiinippongamer said:
No, that is 4 gigs.

I think a 6950 would be pushing your PSU a bit too much, I'd reccomend a 6870 at most



Just wondering, it says for the 6950 that the minimum power required is 500 watts. Are you sure my PSU can't handle that?
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a c 143 U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 1:12:24 AM

LaputanMachine said:
Just wondering, it says for the 6950 that the minimum power required is 500 watts. Are you sure my PSU can't handle that?

you'r PSU will handle it, the maximum power consumption for HD 6950 is 200W which means you need a 16/17 Amperes in the 12V Rail, and you'r PSU have 40A for the 12V Rail providing 17 for the GPu and the rest for the system and other components.
you should be fine with the PSU as it has a good reviews but you don't need to push the system to limits and put it all y on a full load and risk your PSU
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September 26, 2011 1:27:17 AM

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September 26, 2011 1:27:55 AM

ilysaml said:
you'r PSU will handle it, the maximum power consumption for HD 6950 is 200W which means you need a 16/17 Amperes in the 12V Rail, and you'r PSU have 40A for the 12V Rail providing 17 for the GPu and the rest for the system and other components.
you should be fine with the PSU as it has a good reviews but you don't need to push the system to limits and put it all y on a full load and risk your PSU


Alright, thank you for your time. Going to order the card tommorow.
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a b U Graphics card
September 26, 2011 2:33:18 AM

ilysaml said:
have you ever heard about the Phenomm II story ? Phenom II X2 were X3 and x4 and the same for X3 they were x4 but 1 or 2 cores were disabled because it didn't succeed in the factory test, so even unlocking cores isn't guarenteed, or necessarily and it's a bad idea as a faulty core might affect the performance of the whole cores.
EDIT: the unlocking process might look successful and the fault core seems to be working but in fact it's not working properly, and keeping it unlocked will cause a bad damage over time due to overvoltage and being unstable.

the CPU will become a phenom II theoretically not physically, so basically the performance of Phenom II x4 955 exceeds the Performance of PII x3 450



Taht's what prime95 and lynx testing are for. ;) 
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