This is my first post here, but seeing the number of gurus here I am sure my query will be answered here. So I've been meaning to spend a little on a graphics card I went over some of the threads here and am still sorta confused. To make it easier for y'all to answer the question I am sticking to the template here.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next month BUDGET RANGE: USD $100 +_ $20
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming ( skyrim at this point). Also some other games at varying levels
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Intel Graphics HD @ 1366 X 768 with medium graphics (and large view distances for actors) and very playable ( as in you really can’t tell that I am not using a dedicated graphics card). PSU 350 W (i’d rather not upgrade that just yet)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core i7 2600 3.4 Ghz Quad Core, 16 GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 RAM, MSI H67MA-E35
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Prefer it to be from Amazon but any other online retailer would be good too if i get a better price
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences - quality and price trump everything else.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe Don’t know if I will indulge in it at this point same with SLI OR CROSSFIRE
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Using a 42 inch Panasonic Plasma as my display so 1920 X 1080 would be preferred
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: At this point I am planning on going through the entire Elder Scrolls series and some other games ( May be) as long as I can run Elder Scrolls V at highest settings I’d be happy.
Does your psu have an external 6 pin pci-express connector? If so I think a 6770 could work, otherwise you'd have to go with a 6670. You really should get a decent PSU + 6870 though, because 6870 >>>>> 6770.
Nvidia cards need more power for similar performance if I remember correctly, that's why I'm only considering AMD. 30A on the +12V rail is enough for a 6770, but I can't guarantee your PSU won't blow up within a week since it isn't from a quality brand. The 6770 should come with a molex to pci-express power connector (never used one of those so I can't guarantee it works correctly). If you ever get a new monitor and start playing on a res like 1080p, the 6770 will struggle big time. A decent PSU + 6870 would give you peace of mind and be more future proof (around 200$ total investment). Hope that helps and good luck
Thanks Youngster I may just have to shelve it for the time being then. I am already gaming on a 42 inch HD plasma, might as well wait a bit. Skyrim gives me about 25-30 fps with medium settings (textures and viewing distance on high) which i can live with and is perfectly playable. Frankly I am surprised that this is the onboard card thats giving me this performance.
May be when deals get better i may get a better PSU and a better card.
Skyrim is a very CPU dependent game and your i7 is pretty much as good as it gets, that's why it's working. If you ever wish to play a GPU dependent game like BF3, your integrated graphics won't cut it.
Delta is fine as far as brands go but that doesn't change the 228w rating on your +12v rails which is simply quite low. You either need to replace it or stick with a card like the HD6670 that I originally recommended.