Looking for new GPU

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Dec 26-30th
BUDGET RANGE: $0-$150

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: AutoDesk Inventor 2011, Battlefield 3, Skyrim, MW3, HD movie watching! (At least medium settings for games)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ASUS nVIDIA GeForce 210 1GB DDR3, Antec EarthWatts 380W PSU

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: AMD Phenom II x4 3.0GHz (non oc), Biostar mobo with one PCI-E 2.0, 4GB DDR3 Kingston RAM, 24" AOC 1080p 60,000:1 monitor with HDMI (the gpu HAS TO have HDMI port).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: bestbuy and newegg (preferably bestbuy due to a $50 gift card :P)

PARTS PREFERENCES: nVIDIA has always been faithful with me, updating drivers are HORRIBLE though, willing to try anything

OVERCLOCKING: No OC and no SLI/Crossfire

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: nVIDIA drivers are hard to update now-a-days, so willing to go with ATI if drivers are easier to update and I get good performance for the price. Im not much of a graphics freak because I play to pass time and blow off steam. I dont need to run ultra settings for game, just run BF3 on medium (maybe high) at a good enough frame-rate that it dont skip or lag. My current GPU can handle AutoDesk Inventor 2011 (to my needs), Dirt 3 (?), skyrim (med), Mw3 (med) Sims 3 (ultra). I tested BF3 on my system and it lags on low settings. MUST HAVE HDMI PORT! mini-hdmi is considerable (unless comes w/ adapter mini-hdmi to full hdmi)

Thank you!
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  1. Radeon 6850, or gtx 460. But you won't be able to run any of these cards because you have a 380w psu. Get a new psu if possible.
  2. Actually a family member of mine runs a GTX 460 on the Antec Eartwatts Green 380w.

    Regardless of that I would still get a higher end PSU so you have legroom, keeps everything cooler and running better.
  3. i read on a forum (not this one) that the GeForce 4xx series gives people a lot of problems? And yea ill look into a new psu soon aftr the upgrade. i didnt plan this well when i was making my first build
  4. Both GTX 460 and radeon 6850 are a bit over the price range too..any other suggestions? i found a GT 520

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Galaxy+-+GeForce+GT+520+2GB+DDR3+PCI+Express+2.0+Graphics+Card/2964066.p?id=1218367941926&skuId=2964066

    if this would meet what I need?
  5. HD 6790 is the best bet in your price range :D its miles above a GT 520 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+HD-679X-ZRFC+Radeon+HD+6790+Graphic+Card+-+840+MHz+Core+-+1+GB+DDR5+SDRAM+-+PCI+Express+2.1+x16/3930804.p?id=1218443178219&skuId=3930804

    A GT520 wouldn't do any good in BF3, Toms BF3 benchmark roundup says nothing less than a HD 4850 for low settings. The HD4850 has DDR3 and the 6790 has DDR5. Both feature 800 shaders but the DDR5 in th 6790 will help in BF3. I personally just switched out Crossfired 4850s for HD6870 and am happy with the gains. I went from low-med settings, to all high with 4x MSAA. For games a 6790 or a 550 Ti from the green camp would suffice for games on your monitor
  6. Thinking just about gaming, I'd generally say to try and squeeze my budget up $20 for the 6870. I'd be more comfy w/ a nVidia card with anything AutoDesk tho.

    But ya can grab this one for $150 after $20 MIR and it comes wth a free Dirt 3 coupon

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    If at all possible tho, I'd save another $65 and get a 900 Hz 560 Ti

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=560%20Ti%20900Mhz&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

    And yes, recommended min PSU is 500 watts

    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-radeon-hd-6000/hd-6870/Pages/amd-radeon-hd-6870-overview.aspx#3
    Quote:
    500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for AMD CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)


    http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-geforce-gtx-560ti-us.html
    Quote:
    Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 500 W
    Supplementary Power Connectors Two 6-pin


    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. In Guru3D's Game Test suite, the 6870 (434 total fps) toasts the 6790's by 44% (301 fps).

    With the $170 price tag offset by the $20 MIR and the free Dirt 3 game thrown in, I'd grab the 6870 in a heartbeat .... With the 44% performance increase over the 6790 and 38% increase over the GTX 460 (768 MB) GTX, I don't see anything else as offering any real competition. Again, I'd try and justify the extra $65 to move up to the 900MHz 560 Ti "cause I need it for work" :)
  7. MacPCiOSAndroidGuy said:
    i read on a forum (not this one) that the GeForce 4xx series gives people a lot of problems? And yea ill look into a new psu soon aftr the upgrade. i didnt plan this well when i was making my first build


    nVidia fell a bit behind schedule wise and had to rush the 4xx series to market methinks before they were quite ready. The 5xx series from ATI had it all over nVidia from a heat and power standpoint. This situation was reversed however with the 5xx and 6xxx series.
  8. why is it whenever someone lays out a budget, everyone tells them to spend more cash >_< he said his budget was $150 and he would prefer Best Buy as he has a $50 gift card.

    The 6790 and 550Ti are the 2 best cards in the specified price range.
  9. That's a real great avatar that is, i'm jealous. Beautifull ! Know it's off topic but i realy had to say that.
  10. AlienIsGOD said:
    why is it whenever someone lays out a budget, everyone tells them to spend more cash >_< he said his budget was $150 and he would prefer Best Buy as he has a $50 gift card.

    The 6790 and 550Ti are the 2 best cards in the specified price range.


    I appreciate the link! Accept the downfall of best buy is that they dont post much product info >.< but i usually search cards on newegg to check reviews and i did such thing and found bad reviews:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150564

    Searching bestbuy i found this card in the top bought or something like that:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+6770+1GB+DDR5+PCI+Express+2.1+Graphics+Card/2293037.p?id=1218320074686&skuId=2293037

    Its a 6770 w/ DDR5 and costs a tad more if not on-sale, would this work? I need a 500W PSU anyway, I guess this is what i get for rushing into my first build...spending more money. I really appreciate the help though!
  11. a 6850 or 6870 would be teh next step up. 6850s can be had for around $150 on the egg too.
  12. AlienIsGOD said:
    a 6850 or 6870 would be teh next step up. 6850s can be had for around $150 on the egg too.


    wish i would of won $50 cash and not a stupid gift card):
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