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Best GPU compatible with Corsair 430W PSU ($50-$100 budget)

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October 12, 2011 8:45:45 AM

Here's my system:

* Corsair CMPSU-430CX CX Series 430-watt Power Supply
* Intel Core i5 Processor i5-2500K 3.3GHz 6MB
* MSI H61M-E23 (B3) Intel H61 Micro ATX DDR3 1333 Motherboard
* Crucial 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin PC3-10600 DIMM DDR3

My monitor supports up to 1280x1024 resolution (old sony flat panel). I can't afford to upgrade my monitor at the moment, but I know it's dated. Any new graphics card I purchase must have DVI support.

Right now I'm using integrated intel HD 3000 graphics family. It's actually surprisingly good for what it is, but I want to be able to play modern games without framerate issues. I don't care if I have to play them on lower(est) settings.

The only problem is that I don't have much budget. Basically, I'm looking for a decent upgrade at the lowest possible price point available. Something in the $50-$100 range (if cheaper than that, even better). Does anybody have any suggestions? I want to be able to run any Xbox 360 or PS3 console port (don't mind low settings) without ANY framerate issues. What card do you suggest?

Amazon would be my preferred site to purchase from. I plan to purchase as soon as possible, but definitely would wait a few weeks for the right bargain.

Thank you very much. This community has been successfully guiding my hardware purchase decisions going back to late 90s/early 2000s. Thank you.
October 12, 2011 8:57:03 AM

Well.. you could find a killer card like a Radeon 4890 on eBay for super cheap.. probably even as low as $60-80 if you're lucky.

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October 12, 2011 8:58:38 AM

Here.. check this out:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-4890-1-G...

Here's more to check out:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trkparms=65%253A12%257C...

It's a DX10 only card... but it's still a beast. I actually sold my Radeon 4890 for $70 because I'm looking to upgrade to a GTX 570. I could play BF3 beta on the max settings with full anti-aliasing at 1440x900 and I got close to playable frame rates.

This card can even handle Crysis 2 at lower resolutions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR2ByKY_PKs
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October 12, 2011 9:14:07 AM

I found a HIS ATI Radeon 4890 1GB for sale on craigslist in my area for $80.00, is that one equally as compatible/good?
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October 12, 2011 9:16:14 AM

Also, I'm far from a final decision, so anybody with any more card recommendations ... i'm all ears.
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October 12, 2011 9:19:51 AM

Yep.. sounds good. It's clocked at 850 or 900 Mhz?

To be honest, in that price range I don't think you will find anything comparable.

4890 is the best single gpu radeon card from a few generations back. Only drawback is no DX11.

See if he will take $70 for it.
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October 12, 2011 9:22:32 AM

I will have to ask him what it's clocked at... his ad reads as follows:

TITLE: ATI Radeon 4890 1GB - $80 (Gardena)

For sale is a used HIS ATI Radeon 4890 1GB. Used from May 2009 to June 2011 and in great working condition! Never overclocked or modded.

I upgraded so I'm selling.
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October 12, 2011 9:28:41 AM

BTW: I don't have a lot of room in my case ... I need a card that isn't completely overbearing. I have a NZXT Beta Evo Classic Series ATX Mid Tower steel chassis (Black )
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October 12, 2011 9:30:46 AM

thanks for the link -- that looks really good -- i'm definitely going to see if the craigslist guy will go down to $60ish and bid on this card if nothing better comes along. I really appreciate your help -- how can i leave you reps/credit?
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October 12, 2011 9:39:55 AM

another quick question -- will that card be ok with a 430W power supply?
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October 12, 2011 10:28:07 AM

Hm...no, sorry, forgot about that.

Radeon 4890 requires a 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)

Should be able to get one for about $20-30. Still, I'd look for at least a 600 watt PSU.
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October 12, 2011 10:42:26 AM

I can't afford to upgrade my PSU at the moment, so what do you suggest given the limitations of my power supply?
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October 12, 2011 10:53:05 AM

Well, I thought you said your budget was $50-$100? The Radeon can be bought for close to $60 and a PSU for $20.

I don't really have any other recommendations because I can't think of any other cards that are even close to as good or in your price range. You could find a GTX 460 used for close to $100.

Maybe somebody else could help.
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October 12, 2011 11:20:17 AM

That Radeon will likely close at $80ish shipped ... then you add the PSU (600 W or greater and you're looking at something well over my budget). I have to keep this 430 W PSU ... and I'd like to stay as close to $50 as possible.
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October 12, 2011 11:25:12 AM

Syndicat3 said:
Well, I thought you said your budget was $50-$100? The Radeon can be bought for close to $60 and a PSU for $20.

I don't really have any other recommendations because I can't think of any other cards that are even close to as good or in your price range. You could find a GTX 460 used for close to $100.

Maybe somebody else could help.



A psu for 20 dollar is rubbish, only suiteble for a cigarette lighter.

With shipping and rma, 65 dollar ; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., it will run on 430W.
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October 12, 2011 5:44:17 PM

Thanks for the suggestion rob, does anybody have any other recommendations before I pull the trigger?
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October 12, 2011 7:37:20 PM

GreenDutchAlien said:
A psu for 20 dollar is rubbish, only suiteble for a cigarette lighter.

With shipping and rma, 65 dollar ; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., it will run on 430W.



Radeon 6670 is pretty much a joke card in comparison to the 4890. As long as you're not expecting to upgrade in the future.

http://www.hwcompare.com/10896/radeon-hd-4890-1gb-vs-ra...



You can bid on something cheap like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sapphire-ATI-Radeon-HD-4890-1-G...



...and get a 550-600 watt PSU that will do the job:

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



But I mean, it's your choice. Buy a relatively weak video card that works with your existing PSU or spend a little bit more, closer to $100, and get a beast that will last you a good while. I guess it depends on whether or not you're willing to pay closer to the high end of your budget for superior technology.
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October 12, 2011 8:15:06 PM

Syndicat3 said:
But I mean, it's your choice. Buy a relatively weak video card that works with your existing PSU or spend a little bit more, closer to $100, and get a beast that will last you a good while. I guess it depends on whether or not you're willing to pay closer to the high end of your budget for superior technology.

I would agree. I was about ready to buy the 6770 because it work for my psu. But i went ahead and bought a new psu and went with the 6850. And i've been gaming 1080p pretty happily. :bounce: 
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October 12, 2011 8:41:43 PM

At that resolution a 5670 will be FINE!!
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October 12, 2011 8:50:31 PM

Yeah, I mean, I was maxing out games like Crysis at 1440x900 with natural mod with my 4890... and even BF3 with a few tweaks to make it more playable.

For $100 or less, I personally think buying a second hand card in good condition is your best option, but that's just my opinion.
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October 12, 2011 10:04:59 PM

Syndicat3 said:
Fair enough... I just quickly looked for a PSU but this one looks like it would do the job:

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

$29.99 after MIR


How do you figure that one is better ? Because it's black ? Because it's modular ?
They slapped a couple more sata connectors on it and gave it a 5 year warranty, maybe that's it.
It's specs are exactly the same as the last pos you linked to.
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October 12, 2011 10:13:42 PM

delluser1 said:
How do you figure that one is better ? Because it's black ? Because it's modular ?
They slapped a couple more sata connectors on it and gave it a 5 year warranty, maybe that's it.
It's specs are exactly the same as the last pos you linked to.


What do you think you need to pay for a PSU that will work with a Radeon 4890, since you think you know so much about them?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-...

This one works well even with crossfired Radeon 4890s and it's only $34.99 after MIR, so stfu please and thank you.

I mean, just read the comments and look at the user reviews.
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October 12, 2011 10:44:08 PM

Your PSU is pretty good. Even so while you could go with a 4890 I probably wouldn't. For your budget I say go with a 6750

DIAMOND 6750PE51GSB Radeon HD 6750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you wanted to go with something a little cheaper or a little lower power you could step down to a 6670 but it is significantly slower and it's worth it to spend the extra $10 on the 6750.

HIS H667F1GD Radeon HD 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 12, 2011 10:47:24 PM

Syndicat3 said:
What do you think you need to pay for a PSU that will work with a Radeon 4890, since you think you know so much about them?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-...

This one works well even with crossfired Radeon 4890s and it's only $34.99 after MIR, so stfu please and thank you.

I mean, just read the comments and look at the user reviews.

What I know about power supplies has nothing to do with it, it's all about what you apparently don't know.
God I love noobs.
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October 12, 2011 10:51:59 PM

delluser1 said:
What I know about power supplies has nothing to do with it, it's all about what you apparently don't know.
God I love noobs.



The PSU I posted above works well with the Radeon 4890. You're just trolling or something. :ange: 
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October 12, 2011 10:55:16 PM

That PSU can handle a HD 6850 with ease.

I recommend the HD 6770 as it's the best GPU in OP's budget.

@ Syndicate, why don't you go read the reviews, someone who has a HD 4870X2 couldn't even get into games as it immediately shut down due to inability to supply power. Take your own advice.
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October 12, 2011 10:57:33 PM

yummerzzz said:


@ Syndicate, why don't you go read the reviews, someone who has a HD 4870X2 couldn't even get into games as it immediately shut down due to inability to supply power. Take your own advice.



Yeah I saw that but that could have been something else like a CPU issue. One other guy mentions he has no problem running them in crossfire.

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October 12, 2011 11:02:21 PM

CPU issue?

Failing to be able to play 3D games (which btw, means the GPU's go into load, drawing more power) but working fine with a single card.

That, my friend, is what we call a PSU issue.
Either recommend good PSU's, which I highly doubt you know the criteria of which to do so, or don't recommend PSU's at all.
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October 12, 2011 11:03:45 PM

yummerzzz said:
That PSU can handle a HD 6850 with ease.

I recommend the HD 6770 as it's the best GPU in OP's budget.

@ Syndicate, why don't you go read the reviews, someone who has a HD 4870X2 couldn't even get into games as it immediately shut down due to inability to supply power. Take your own advice.


I was about to post 6770 at 94$ or galaxy soc 450 at 99$ both on newegg. But then I checked the corsair cx 430 specs. This psu cannot handle such powerful cards especially when it has only 28 A at 12V1. 6770 surely needs 40A and possible 500watt. 450 dunno how many A needs but it needs same watts.
Both source:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-tes... 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 94$
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gts-450-review-ro... 450 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99$
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October 12, 2011 11:08:46 PM

yummerzzz said:
CPU issue?

Failing to be able to play 3D games (which btw, means the GPU's go into load, drawing more power) but working fine with a single card.

That, my friend, is what we call a PSU issue.
Either recommend good PSU's, which I highly doubt you know the criteria of which to do so, or don't recommend PSU's at all.



Right.. but he could have done something like overclock his CPU which could also cause a game to crash and have nothing to do with the video card.

If one guy says he can run two Radeon 4890s with it and the other says he can't run 1 4870x2, I guess you have to pick one of them to believe.
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October 12, 2011 11:13:35 PM

I have an older monitor that only supports up to 1280x1024. I simply want a graphic card as close to $50ish as possible that will allow me to play modern games at 60 FPS -- even if I have to have everything on low settings.

The real "kicker" here is budget. I only want to push $100 if it's absolutely necessary.

Any advice on a really nice low end card that can play PS3 & Xbox 360 ports (consoles are far behind current pc hardware) within the constraints of my system (430w PSU, 1280x1024, i5-2500k, 4gb ram, etc.)?

The HD 3000 intel graphics family is pretty nice integrated graphics (what I have now) ... so whatever card you recommend would have to be an upgrade from that.

Thanks again for the immense feedback. Its been very educational.
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October 12, 2011 11:18:54 PM

Memnarchon said:
I was about to post 6770 at 94$ or galaxy soc 450 at 99$ both on newegg. But then I checked the corsair cx 430 specs. This psu cannot handle such powerful cards especially when it has only 28 A at 12V1. 6770 surely needs 40A and possible 500watt. 450 dunno how many A needs but it needs same watts.
Both source:
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-tes... 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 94$
http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gts-450-review-ro... 450 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 99$


40 Amps?
That's hardly possible considering :

"Single GPU 5770

System in IDLE = 228 Watts
System with GPU in FULL Stress = 321 Watts
Difference (GPU load) = 93 Watt
Dual GPU 5770

System in IDLE = 249 Watts (= 21W added over single GPU)
System with GPU in FULL Stress = 423Watts
Difference (GPU load) = 174 Watt"

These recommended PSU specs are outrageous, I'm not sure why though.
The recommendations that Newegg sue are the one's on the box, these apply to crappy generic PSU's (Such as the ones Syndicat3 posted) and not high quality one.

Use a website like this, to find the full power draw : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296

Also, I'm running my system, which you can see in my sig, with a much more power hungry GPU, and max draw is around 345 watts, and my PSU has 34 Amps on the +12V rail, which equals around 408 watts of pure power.

@ Syndicat3 : He stated it worked with a single GPU but not with dual, thus proving your point wrong.
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October 12, 2011 11:21:34 PM

crabapple said:

within the constraints of my system (430w PSU, 1280x1024, i5-2500k, 4gb ram, etc.)?

As previously stated, you could run a 6850 with that psu, your only " constraint " is your budget.
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October 12, 2011 11:28:22 PM

delluser1 said:
As previously stated, you could run a 6850 with that psu, your only " constraint " is your budget.


I can run that, but is it recommended? And if so, what variation of the 6850 would you suggest?
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October 12, 2011 11:31:54 PM

yummerzzz said:
40 Amps?
That's hardly possible considering :

"Single GPU 5770

System in IDLE = 228 Watts
System with GPU in FULL Stress = 321 Watts
Difference (GPU load) = 93 Watt
Dual GPU 5770

System in IDLE = 249 Watts (= 21W added over single GPU)
System with GPU in FULL Stress = 423Watts
Difference (GPU load) = 174 Watt"

These recommended PSU specs are outrageous, I'm not sure why though.
The recommendations that Newegg sue are the one's on the box, these apply to crappy generic PSU's (Such as the ones Syndicat3 posted) and not high quality one.

Use a website like this, to find the full power draw : http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/296

Also, I'm running my system, which you can see in my sig, with a much more power hungry GPU, and max draw is around 345 watts, and my PSU has 34 Amps on the +12V rail, which equals around 408 watts of pure power.

@ Syndicat3 : He stated it worked with a single GPU but not with dual, thus proving your point wrong.


Well both sites guru3d and anandtech say the same thing about power consumption. On the other hand guru 3d also suggest psus instead of showing only charts...
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October 12, 2011 11:35:49 PM

Yes, and since when did 262 watts = 40Amps?

262 Watts is ~22 Amps, add a couple for headroom, and you need around 25 Amps to run it comfortably.
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October 12, 2011 11:54:44 PM

yummerzzz said:
Yes, and since when did 262 watts = 40Amps?

262 Watts is ~22 Amps, add a couple for headroom, and you need around 25 Amps to run it comfortably.


I was running too a GTX275 on a psu that shouldnt run, but this is a chance that I took. I cant ask others to do the same. Also AMD too does NOT suggest corsair cx 430 for 6770.

■450 Watt or greater power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for AMD CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode). http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...

These are just recommanded it may run on others ofc too...
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October 13, 2011 12:11:36 AM

That's a good PSU with 28A on the 12v rail, not some generic POS, a 6770 will work fine.
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a b U Graphics card
October 13, 2011 12:13:06 AM

I never said they recommended it.

I said the power supply rating was recommend for Generic PSU's.
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October 13, 2011 12:26:09 AM

Actually yes, it is about Generic PSU's
Clearly, my PSU which is 450W,made by XFX, OEM is Seasonic, with two 6pin PCI-E connectors, is not the same as this : http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0040EJRJ2/ref=asc_df_B0040E...

Is it?

It does not matter what the label says, or even what GPU recommends, a 380W Antec AE380D(?) will easily power it.

You would know this if you knew the basics of a power supply.
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October 13, 2011 12:30:36 AM

I have a channel well made psu, i already knew a lot before tom's made the article about who is who...
But this is different. As I said before I cant tell someone to be a test subject of an "x" psu cause I had a similar "y" psu on a "b" card while the other use "a" card.
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