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Can I run a 6770 450W card on my 430W Thermaltake TR2 PSU

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January 1, 2012 9:05:59 PM

I want to know if I can run a 450w card mainly, the Radeon HD 6770, on my 430w Thermaltake TR2 (Pretty sure it's TR2) If not, I would like to know what the best card for a $100 budget to run Star Wars The Old Republic on medium-high to high settings and allow me to actually PvP.

I have a

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 @ 1.86GHz

RAM: 2x 2G Patriot G series DDR2

MOBO: Intel Corporation DG965WH (LGA 775)

GPU (Current): VW22LHDTV10T (1680x1050@59Hz)
512MB GeForce GT 240 (nVidia)

HDD: 1T Seagate ST31000528AS ATA Device (SATA)

DVD: LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S ATA Device

SOUND: IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

I really want to run the game at a stable rate but I can only get 20 FPS with everything turned all the way down. I need a card that will push me as far as I can for $100. That will also run on my 430W PSU.

Thank you in advance for your help.
a c 92 U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:10:29 PM

you should have no problem playing SWTOR on that.

the 6770 will run with your psu no problem.

you should be able to run on high with more than 30 fps average.
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January 1, 2012 9:17:06 PM

esrever said:
you should have no problem playing SWTOR on that.

the 6770 will run with your psu no problem.

you should be able to run on high with more than 30 fps average.


The current card I have seems to have been some budget card that really isn't working for me at all. I need a new everything but I at least want to play the game at a stable frame rate.
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January 1, 2012 9:21:02 PM

esrever said:
you should have no problem playing SWTOR on that.

the 6770 will run with your psu no problem.

you should be able to run on high with more than 30 fps average.



Would this one work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I have heard bad things about power color and good things about MSI but the powercolor has a 850 clock and the MSI has a 800 clock. So which would be better? This is the MSI, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:32:59 PM

caydnn said:
Would this one work? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I have heard bad things about power color and good things about MSI but the powercolor has a 850 clock and the MSI has a 800 clock. So which would be better? This is the MSI, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My I recommend this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and your CPU is going to be the culprit of the slow downs my I suggest and big overclock or a new CPU all together would be ideal.
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January 1, 2012 9:34:01 PM

Headspin_69 said:
My I recommend this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and your CPU is going to be the culprit of the slow downs my I suggest and big overclock or a new CPU all together would be ideal.


How do I overclock that CPU? I don't think I can with the MOBO I have.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:35:48 PM

the powercolor would be more powerful but msi is a more reliable company.

generally its a very small risk you take going buy a budget brand like powercolor but it is still more risky.

I'd say just buy it as its not like a $300 card, if it was you might be more concerned with the quality.
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:36:24 PM

caydnn said:
How do I overclock that CPU? I don't think I can with the MOBO I have.

Ya you are probably right the mobo will not allow it however that CPU will cause big time slow downs.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:37:01 PM

your cpu would be no problem. my friend plays on high with a 2.0 ghz c2d.
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:38:05 PM

esrever said:
the powercolor would be more powerful but msi is a more reliable company.

generally its a very small risk you take going buy a budget brand like powercolor but it is still more risky.

I'd say just buy it as its not like a $300 card, if it was you might be more concerned with the quality.

How is the powercolor have more power it is the exact same card as the msi OP outlined LOL.
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January 1, 2012 9:40:04 PM

the MSI is 800 the Powercolor is 850 clock, but how much of a difference is that.
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:41:27 PM

esrever said:
your cpu would be no problem. my friend plays on high with a 2.0 ghz c2d.

your friend gets slow downs more than he should because a sub 2.0ghz will never play SWTOR maxed out with decent framerates of course if your consideration of decent FPS is frequent drop below 30fps then ya i guess it is alright sorta.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:42:16 PM

you'd get maybe 1-2 more fps with that I'd think
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:43:22 PM

caydnn said:
the MSI is 800 the Powercolor is 850 clock, but how much of a difference is that.

that will barely equate to anything tangible in all but few select games most it will never matter because 1-2fps is f all.
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January 1, 2012 9:43:54 PM

Headspin_69 said:
your friend gets slow downs more than he should because a sub 2.0ghz will never play SWTOR maxed out with decent framerates of course if your consideration of decent FPS is frequent drop below 30fps then ya i guess it is alright sorta.


I have no money to do a full upgrade, i have this tower and a dell 8200 that no one would want to buy. I barely even have the money for this card. I wish someone had some computer parts laying around I could bum.
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:47:06 PM

MSI = junk -- avoid

Hope your running windows 7 64 here...

450w is plenty if its a branded psu - it is.
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January 1, 2012 9:47:29 PM

anyone want to buy 2 256 sticks of RD ram :p 
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:49:01 PM

caydnn said:
I have no money to do a full upgrade, i have this tower and a dell 8200 that no one would want to buy. I barely even have the money for this card. I wish someone had some computer parts laying around I could bum.

OK the good news for you is SWTOR is a real easy game on the CPU front so may I suggest to you to just get the cheapest 6770 you can find and overclock it and you should be alright for smooth framerates even if you might have to turn down or off AA/AF but it will be playable for sure with the 6770.
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January 1, 2012 9:49:18 PM

Who wants to donate their old system to me =S I am disabled so PC is my window to the world =/
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:51:27 PM

apache_lives said:
MSI = junk -- avoid

Hope your running windows 7 64 here...

450w is plenty if its a branded psu - it is.

MSI is not junk and were are you coming from farting out your mouth dumb unsubstantiated claims about a great company like MSI wears your LINKS to back up you empty claims LOL.
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January 1, 2012 9:52:56 PM

Why hope I am running windows 7 64? I run it in 32. I tried 64 and I didn't seem to run it well.
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January 1, 2012 9:53:52 PM

Headspin_69 said:
OK the good news for you is SWTOR is a real easy game on the CPU front so may I suggest to you to just get the cheapest 6770 you can find and overclock it and you should be alright for smooth framerates even if you might have to turn down or off AA/AF but it will be playable for sure with the 6770.


So this card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 9:57:11 PM


Yes that's a good card but just chill for a min I will try and find something for you that is as good or better for cheaper or the same price because you are on a budget. Are you in US or Can ?
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January 1, 2012 10:02:13 PM

Headspin_69 said:
Yes that's a good card but just chill for a min I will try and find something for you that is as good or better for cheaper or the same price because you are on a budget. Are you in US or Can ?


US sir.
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 10:04:57 PM


Get this card instead and overclock it easily to same speed as 6770 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and here is a video showing its great performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1eejB27m-0
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 10:08:31 PM

caydnn said:
US sir.

here is a great how to Video guide for Overclocking the Radeon HD 6750 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_cihbq_faE I used to run the same card and it is excellent for the amount of money it plays maxed out 60fps L4D and MW2 @ 720p no problem so SWTOR will play just great on it.
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January 1, 2012 10:11:59 PM

Headspin_69 said:
here is a great how to Video guide for Overclocking the Radeon HD 6750 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_cihbq_faE I used to run the same card and it is excellent for the amount of money it plays maxed out 60fps L4D and MW2 @ 720p no problem so SWTOR will play just great on it.


Also, that card has DDR3 would that cause it to perform slower than the 6770 with GDDR5?
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 10:15:21 PM

caydnn said:
Also, that card has DDR3 would that cause it to perform slower than the 6770 with GDDR5?

At this level the DDR3 is not going to make a difference that you will see over DDR5 it will not be a negative experience in any way or form.
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January 1, 2012 10:19:22 PM

Headspin_69 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This one is GDDR5 but it will cost you $10 more if that is worth it to you then go for it.


I guess what I mean is, is it worth saving 17 dollars to go with the 6750 rather than just getting the 6770?
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 10:21:47 PM

caydnn said:
I guess what I mean is, is it worth saving 17 dollars to go with the 6750 rather than just getting the 6770?

only you can answer that how broke are you me I would save the money and Overclock the 6750 and enjoy great performance did you read some of the reviews on the 6750 ?
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January 1, 2012 10:25:56 PM

Headspin_69 said:
only you can answer that how broke are you me I would save the money and Overclock the 6750 and enjoy great performance did you read some of the reviews on the 6750 ?


I'm just worried about messing it up or having to upgrade again sooner. But if those two things aren't issues then I wouldn't mind saving the $17
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 10:28:18 PM

caydnn said:
I'm just worried about messing it up or having to upgrade again sooner. But if those two things aren't issues then I wouldn't mind saving the $17

It will run just fine and remember it has a manufacture backed warranty so your covered anyway and what is you resolution ?
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January 1, 2012 10:32:35 PM

Headspin_69 said:
It will run just fine and remember it has a manufacture backed warranty so your covered anyway and what is you resolution ?


1680x1050

So there is really no reason to get the GDDR5 over the DDR3 6750?
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a b U Graphics card
January 1, 2012 10:36:03 PM

caydnn said:
1680x1050

So there is really no reason to get the GDDR5 over the DDR3 6750?

The GDDR5 is mostly just for energy efficiency and marketing it will not = more frames ect the GPU is still the same GPU whether it has DDR3 or DDR5
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January 1, 2012 10:37:43 PM

Headspin_69 said:
The GDDR5 is mostly just for energy efficiency and marketing it will not = more frames ect the GPU is still the same GPU whether it has DDR3 or DDR5


Thank you sir I will be getting the 6750 HIS DDR3. I will follow the OC instructions and hopefully finally get to PvP in SWTOR.
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January 1, 2012 10:38:04 PM

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