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January 4, 2012 5:42:14 AM

Hi,

I am upgrading my graphics card, but confused which one will suit my machine configuration.
My budget is $200-$250.

Current Graphics Card: nvidia Quadro 1700 512 MB

System is Dell Precision T3400
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0 GHz
Motherboard: Dell (Intel X38 Chipset)
RAM: 2 x 1GB 667MHz.
Power Supply: Dell 375Watt.

If needed, I will change power supply also.
Please suggest graphics cards which will suit my system. Also if any other component (like RAM) needs to be changed for this, please mention.
a c 214 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 4, 2012 6:58:51 AM

Is this new GPU for work or gaming?
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January 4, 2012 7:16:49 AM

purple stank said:
Is this new GPU for work or gaming?


I will be using new card for gaming...
January 4, 2012 8:00:49 AM

Also, please let me know if I am buying 6960 (2GB) GPU, then will my Core 2 Duo Processor (E8400 3.0 GHz) Or my RAM (667 MHz) will be bottleneck for this card.
a c 214 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 4, 2012 9:56:31 AM

It depends which games you play.More CPU demanding games will limit how well the 6950 can perform.
a c 143 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 4, 2012 10:27:57 PM

rog02 said:
Also, please let me know if I am buying 6960 (2GB) GPU, then will my Core 2 Duo Processor (E8400 3.0 GHz) Or my RAM (667 MHz) will be bottleneck for this card.

Depends on your gaming resolution also, what's the max resolution of your monitor? A 6950 might be too much for your system if you have a low resolution monitor.
Also, you gotta tell us if you're obsessed with gaming at high quality and max setting or you just want to see a game smooth with a fast motion?
Anyway, the Dell precision is a workstation machine upgradable to up to a Core 2 Extreme, you can find a used one on ebay but it would be expensive.
Also, if you're considering the HD 6950, you must have at least a Quality 450W PSU with 2 PCIE 6 pins power connectors, your machine comes with either a 375W or 525W PSU. Make sure you have that 525W PSU or you'll have to upgrade your PSU.
January 5, 2012 4:07:45 PM

ilysaml said:
Depends on your gaming resolution also, what's the max resolution of your monitor? A 6950 might be too much for your system if you have a low resolution monitor.
Also, you gotta tell us if you're obsessed with gaming at high quality and max setting or you just want to see a game smooth with a fast motion?
Anyway, the Dell precision is a workstation machine upgradable to up to a Core 2 Extreme, you can find a used one on ebay but it would be expensive.
Also, if you're considering the HD 6950, you must have at least a Quality 450W PSU with 2 PCIE 6 pins power connectors, your machine comes with either a 375W or 525W PSU. Make sure you have that 525W PSU or you'll have to upgrade your PSU.


My current monitor is Dell 17" with max res. 1280 x 1024. But planning for new one with Full HD resolution when I will have enough $.

Till now I havent played games at max settings due to old graphics gard, but definitely I want to play at max possible settings (and also by considering machine support)

a c 92 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 5, 2012 5:09:30 PM

don't bother with 2gb even if you get an HD monitor its not going to help.
January 5, 2012 5:56:10 PM

yup dont bother for 2gb . just buy the best one and yes do upgrade ur Display for gaming ,,, ur PC wd work fine but i sujest u to get a DDR3 Mobo with DDR3 ram(not much costly) and come down a litle in GPU, reslts will b much greater in this case u will see,,, enjoy
a c 214 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 5, 2012 5:58:50 PM

At that resolution a 6850 would be fine.But if you are planning to upgrade your monitor then the 6950 would be more futureproof.
a c 143 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 5, 2012 6:25:16 PM

And I say don't bother getting a high end GPU, a HD 6770/90 is perfect at such a resolution and save your money when you upgrade your whole system to a new CPU, new Monitor, More RAM with DDR3 technology and finally you can pick whatever card you like.
January 6, 2012 3:34:00 AM

ilysaml said:
And I say don't bother getting a high end GPU, a HD 6770/90 is perfect at such a resolution and save your money when you upgrade your whole system to a new CPU, new Monitor, More RAM with DDR3 technology and finally you can pick whatever card you like.


I thought if I buy 6950, in the future while upgrading my machine I will need other parts only :) 
I agree what you said that if I go with lower GPU, then I can save more for my upgrades.

Ok, so if I go with 6770/90, will I be able to play most of games with max settings and 1280 x 1024 resolution.
a c 92 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 6, 2012 3:57:22 AM

I'd say get the 6850 and be more future proof. It has very good performance and the price difference between those card does make it worth it imo.

you can max games with a 6770 at that resolution but a 6850 would allow you to get good performance even if you do upgrade your monitor, which should be your upgrade.
January 6, 2012 7:01:27 AM

esrever said:
I'd say get the 6850 and be more future proof. It has very good performance and the price difference between those card does make it worth it imo.

you can max games with a 6770 at that resolution but a 6850 would allow you to get good performance even if you do upgrade your monitor, which should be your upgrade.



I checked comparison between 6770 and 6850. Think its good spending $50 more and be more futureproof with having 6850. So almost finalized for Sapphire HD 6850. :bounce: 

My current power supply is 375W. So definitely I'll need one. But how much will I need. I am not going to CrossFire. So how much HD6850 will add to power consumption?
a c 92 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 6, 2012 7:33:06 AM

you can use your current on if it is a quality one but if its not you'd be good with a 350 watt or higher corsair or Antec psu. I'd suggest finding one thats about 400 watts if you aren't looking for more than you need.

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

if you want to OC you might want a bit more headroom but I think that'll be enough.

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

a 500 watt one if you want to be really safe.
a c 143 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 6, 2012 10:48:48 AM

@esrever
Dell PSUs are not bad quality ones, and he has a Dell workstation machine it differs from the home user and entertainment category, check your facts.

And the BIOS in Prebuilt machines is locked so it won't allow overclocking, if you mean overclocking the GPU it won't need that much and it's not worthy with the HD 6850.

@OP, 375W is fine for the whole system with the HD 6850, totay system power with the GPU in ull stress doesn't exceed 290W, a new PSU also is welcomed as long as you'll benefit from it in the new upgrade, but make sure you get at least a 700/750W quality branded one in case you went for a high end GPUs in CF/SLI.
January 6, 2012 11:46:37 AM

look trust me if you want a good graphics card and want to play games at high ,buy 4 gb 1600mhz ram... youre gonna need it i would deffinatly upgrade my psu if i was u.

but wait for the new 7000 series to come out it wil come out next month and it will support directx 11.1 which goes with windows 8
January 6, 2012 12:10:41 PM

ilysaml said:
@esrever
Dell PSUs are not bad quality ones, and he has a Dell workstation machine it differs from the home user and entertainment category, check your facts.

And the BIOS in Prebuilt machines is locked so it won't allow overclocking, if you mean overclocking the GPU it won't need that much and it's not worthy with the HD 6850.

@OP, 375W is fine for the whole system with the HD 6850, totay system power with the GPU in ull stress doesn't exceed 290W, a new PSU also is welcomed as long as you'll benefit from it in the new upgrade, but make sure you get at least a 700/750W quality branded one in case you went for a high end GPUs in CF/SLI.


You are right, bios in my machine is locked so no question of overclocking.

With this 375w PSU, there is one 6 pin connector (which shows 75W output in user manual) and it is not connected to any part right now. Also 6850 requires 1 x 6 pin connector (75W).

So if I connect 6850 to this PSU, are there any chances to go something wrong like power shortage (not sure whether it will happen or not). In worst case, if it happens, can it damage any of my hardware?
a c 143 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
January 6, 2012 2:35:12 PM

Power shortage ? :D  maybe you mean a sufficient power juice for your card.
The PCIE 6 pin power connector provides 75W and the PCIE 2.0 X16 lane provides 75W and the max TDP of the HD 6850 is 127-130W.

I know well Dell machines, i work with them in my Company starting from the Optiplex to the Poweredge series. And i know that your PSU has a PCIE 6 pin power connector.

You're good to go. And since the price of the HD 6850 is close to the HD 6790, pick up the HD 6850.
January 6, 2012 3:25:50 PM

ilysaml said:
Power shortage ? :D  maybe you mean a sufficient power juice for your card.
The PCIE 6 pin power connector provides 75W and the PCIE 2.0 X16 lane provides 75W and the max TDP of the HD 6850 is 127-130W.

I know well Dell machines, i work with them in my Company starting from the Optiplex to the Poweredge series. And i know that your PSU has a PCIE 6 pin power connector.

You're good to go. And since the price of the HD 6850 is close to the HD 6790, pick up the HD 6850.


May be I used wrong term :D  .
So I will buy HD 6850. Thank you very much guys.
ilysaml and esrever both of you did lot of help
January 9, 2012 8:15:09 AM

I bought HD6850 two days back. It is perfectly running with my 375W PSU.
Thank you TomsHardware.
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