I'd like to thank a lot of people here who helped me build my first system, and AMD PII X6 1055T with Asus m5A99x motherboard. I have an Anted 650 Watts 650-D PSU ( earthwatts). 8Gb G skill ripjawsX seried RAM...etc.
I bought Sapphire HD 6770 for GPU, but I'd like to replace it with a better one? Sapphire HD 6850. Any thought if this is a good move? or should I stick with the current card.
The computer will be used mainly for photo editing and some games. I was interested to try Dirt3 game? I am totally new to games, so not sure if the 6770 or 6850 would handle this game?
I excluded the Sapphire HD 6790 for power consumption and the 6870 is above my budget.
Any help , suggestions, or comments would be highly appreciated.
While it is faster, I'm not sure the 6850 has enough extra power to make it worth spending the $$$. Usually you are suggested to upgrade quite a bit so that it feels worth it. This means you should probably upgrade to the 6870 or 6950 at least.
So it seems the HD 6870 would be a better choice as suggested by you guys. Would my PSU (Antec EA-650 Green Earthwatts 650W) handle the 6870 fine? The Antec has two PCEe 2.0 cables, so I am not sure if the GPU requires i or two connections.
The 12 V rail on the Antec EA-650 mentions on the box that it handles 54 Amps. Is this sufficient for the 6870?
just hold on to the 5770 till you can afford a better gpu, it should run dirt 3 ok. a 6850 is an upgrade, but if it were me, id want to go a bit further to a 6870 or 6950 to make it a more noticeable upgrade.
Right. Because you don't want to spend $150 for a 6850 just to move a couple of sliders up.
Spent, used 5770 can go for around $80 if he's lucky. Counting shipping, his take home will be around $70. That means he's still spending $80ish (could be less if he's lucky) for not much more performance. Only he knows if its worth it.