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Best Graphics card for my PSU? Upgrading from GT 520

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November 24, 2011 5:25:07 PM

Hello, i'm having a bit of trouble choosing a GPU.
I don't want to upgrade my PSU just yet so please no suggestions for that. :non: 

My current GPU is the GT 520 :pfff:  , even though it may be a bad card, I can play Skyrim on High settings and I can max out MW2 also :ange:  .

Quick run down of Specs:

Intel i5 2310 @2.90 Ghz OC'd @ 3.2Ghz
8gb Kingston (4x2) DRR3 1333 Mhz
Nvidia GT 520

My Computer runs at a cool 40c under max and 32c regular.

This is my PSU: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35077

CoolerMaster 500w :heink: 

+3.3v - 22a
+5.0v - 25a
+12v1 - 18a
+12v2 - 18a
-12v - 0.5a
+5Vsb - 2.5a

**It only has one free 6-pin connector** :o 

Here is my motherboard: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32602 :kaola: 

It's a Quad CrossFirex board;
I prefer Nvidia cards, but if it's a Radeon HD card i'm fine with that.

I'm looking for a card where I can play Skyrim on Ultra or Higher settings (than I already have).


Thanks :D 
a c 141 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 5:51:22 PM

not the best power supply but it still considered as decent one. what is your initial budget and gaming resolution?
a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 5:55:23 PM

If you're into Nvidia cards, consider the 560 Ti. It's about 8 times as powerful as your current card and uses about 14 amps of power so it should work with your PSU (just have it on a separate +12V rail from the other devices). On the AMD front, consider a the HD 6870, a card that's 13 times as powerful as your current card and uses 12 1/2 amps of power. Since I don't know what your budget is, I'm otherwise assuming the PSU is the only limit.
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a c 141 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 6:04:18 PM

^ since when 6870 is more faster than GTX560 Ti?
November 24, 2011 6:04:19 PM

renz496 said:
not the best power supply but it still considered as decent one. what is your initial budget and gaming resolution?

My budget is around $100-130 (maybe $150 if I push it)
I was looking at this card : http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33945
Will this work? Remember i only have 1 6-pin connector.


My resoultion is 1360x768, i don;t plan on upgrading monitors since I don't really see a difference (I sit like 3 ft in front of my computer screen :p  )

Is the GTS 450 any good?

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a c 141 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 6:08:53 PM
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if you only have 1 6-pin power connector for your psu you can use 4-pin to 6-pin molex. your power supply should be fine handling cards like 6870 or GTX560 Ti. btw the card you link above should be perfect match with your resolution
November 24, 2011 6:14:17 PM

renz496 said:
if you only have 1 6-pin power connector for your psu you can use 4-pin to 6-pin molex. your power supply should be fine handling cards like 6870 or GTX560 Ti. btw the card you link above should be perfect match with your resolution



Thanks! Though, my PSU has 2 6-pin connectors, 1 is being used by the CPU and the other free.
Is the Hd 6770 any good? Do you think I can run Skyrim on high or Ultra?
November 24, 2011 6:14:25 PM

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a c 141 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 6:22:28 PM

samueljerri said:
Thanks! Though, my PSU has 2 6-pin connectors, 1 is being used by the CPU and the other free.
Is the Hd 6770 any good? Do you think I can run Skyrim on high or Ultra?


weird. i only know cpu uisng 4 pin or 8 pin power connector. i think you can run the game on ultra with acceptable performance based on toms hardware review of skyrim. to be exact the game are more dependent on cpu than gpu. you can check the review here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/skyrim-performance-...

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