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January 9, 2012 1:59:43 AM

Hello, I'm looking for a graphics card that works with a 300w power supply. I would like a graphics card that can keep a high stable frame rate of ~60 FPS. Graphics aren't important, but I would like to keep the resolution set to my monitors native 1600 x 900. I'll be playing games like Street fighter 4, Star Craft 2, and League of Legends. Before rebates, $75 is my budget, but if could be persuaded to go up to $100.

This is my computer ASUS CM5570-AP002
Specs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.asus.com/Desktop/Entertainment/Essentio_CM55...

This is my motherboard P5QL-VM EPU
Specs:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5QLV...

Power Supply:
Brand: Delta Electronics | Model GPS-300AB C
Sticker says peak 300W, rated 250W. +12V1/10A, +12V2/14A, -12V/0.3A. Total combine current on +12V1 & +12V2 rails are 19 A MAX.

Can you guys help me figure out which graphics cards are compatible with my computer? Like I don't know if a DDR3 or GDDR5 will work with my mother board or PCI-e 2.1 x16.

I've looked these up:
HD 5570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 5670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HD 6570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GeForce 440 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 9, 2012 2:19:02 AM

I know the GT 440 will work just fine with what you have. I have in my other computer a i3 cpu and a GT 430 and I also have a cheap 300w PSU and it works just fine.

Even though you have a 440 it should work just fine. I don't know to much about the Radeon cards. How ever AMD does make better low end cards that blows Nvidia away.

The 6570 requires a 400w or better PSU. Also the 5670 and the 5570. They all require the 400w min. The only one that doesn't is the GT 440. I hope this helps a little and good luck to ya
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January 9, 2012 2:42:16 AM

Did not see that was a full system, though it was a case, my bad

Any info on the power supply it self? how much 12 volt current. It will be rated in Amps
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January 9, 2012 2:58:52 AM

The ddr3 and gddr5 are only for the video card and do not affect the motherboard. If you were to upgrade the power supply then you would have more choices for video cards and if you want to keep a constant 60 fps I would try to get as much video card as possible. Of course you are limited just by the overall build of the computer and there are only two things you can change , the psu and gpu. I f you went further you would end up redoing the whole Pc ( not a bad idea).

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$39.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 430w power supply will open up the choices for video card.

DIAMOND 6670PE32G Radeon HD 6670 2GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$89.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$99.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can go to $110 then you can get these two components , a video card and a psu and have a good perfoming gaming computer capable of getting high fps and maintianing it.
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January 9, 2012 3:33:18 AM

nukemaster said:
Did not see that was a full system, though it was a case, my bad

Any info on the power supply it self? how much 12 volt current. It will be rated in Amps


I found the PSU info and it's looking bad. It's a Delta Electronics, model GPS-300AB C, peak 300W, rated 250W. +12V1/10A, +12V2/14A, -12V/0.3A. It says "total combine current on +12V1 & +12V2 rails are 19 A MAX."
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January 9, 2012 3:52:46 AM

inzone said:
The ddr3 and gddr5 are only for the video card and do not affect the motherboard. If you were to upgrade the power supply then you would have more choices for video cards and if you want to keep a constant 60 fps I would try to get as much video card as possible. Of course you are limited just by the overall build of the computer and there are only two things you can change , the psu and gpu. I f you went further you would end up redoing the whole Pc ( not a bad idea).

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$39.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 430w power supply will open up the choices for video card.

DIAMOND 6670PE32G Radeon HD 6670 2GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$89.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$99.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can go to $110 then you can get these two components , a video card and a psu and have a good perfoming gaming computer capable of getting high fps and maintianing it.


Yes, I think I will have to upgrade my power supply. Thank you for the recommendations. The Asus HD 6670 looks really promising.
Is this power supply also a good brand and model? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 9, 2012 4:10:51 AM

I've been running an Asus Radeon HD 6670 GDDR5 1GB on a stock 300w psu for about 5 months now with zero problems, so I'm sure you can get one without upgrading your psu.
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January 9, 2012 8:21:26 AM

you can consider a hd6670, it uses 75w and thus you need a psu rated 15a min at 12v and yours is 19a and thus will definately work with your psu (if not a 5year or old psu)

and is better than other cards that you have listed and is in your budget
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January 9, 2012 1:43:54 PM

19(228 watts) sounds bad, but with your card(10 watts idle 40 on most games and 60 peak) and cpu(65 is the claim, it doubt it will take that) combo, you will be fine :) 

So long as it gives the 19 amps of goodness(delta is not that bad)

I run a 5770(17 idle/75 games/115 peak) and I5 750(rated 95 hwmon says 109 watts at full load) off a 300 watt(22 amps) and it honestly has trouble pulling 200 from the wall.

I am not saying to get a 5770/6770, but the other cards should be fine
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January 9, 2012 2:03:16 PM

I think that I would stay away from Cooler Master power supplies , they are not known for dependability and I have heard a lot of negative comments about thier power supplies. The Corsair that I listed is the same price after rebate and a much better psu. If you want to go with CM for some reason then at least it is 80+ Bronze rated.
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January 10, 2012 2:32:55 AM

^That Corsair model has a lot of bad reviews of doa or high pitched coil whines. The price is great, but I don't to risk getting a bad egg. But for the time-being, I'll hold off the purchase of a power supply.

Thank you everyone for helping me find the right graphics card. I'll be going with the Asus HD 6670.

One last question, is it a good ideal to disconnect my dvd/cd-rw combo drive to free up some watts (just in case)? I rarely use it.
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January 10, 2012 3:54:53 AM

If you are not using it then it is not drawing any watts , it has to be on in order to use any watts.

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sorry about the Corsair but this is one of the top models and I was trying to find a lower cost psu for you but this one is worth it.
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January 10, 2012 4:03:56 AM

^very nice! I'll bookmark it for a future buy. Thanks inzone for the great card recommendation and thanks again to everyone.
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January 10, 2012 5:14:01 AM

you can think about 6670 or 440 450. It can play LOL starcraftII and WOW fluently~
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January 10, 2012 9:22:19 AM

I would bother with the GT 440, it uses more power than the HD 6670 and also performs worse.
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March 31, 2013 7:02:43 AM

DM186 said:
I know the GT 440 will work just fine with what you have. I have in my other computer a i3 cpu and a GT 430 and I also have a cheap 300w PSU and it works just fine.

Even though you have a 440 it should work just fine. I don't know to much about the Radeon cards. How ever AMD does make better low end cards that blows Nvidia away.

The 6570 requires a 400w or better PSU. Also the 5670 and the 5570. They all require the 400w min. The only one that doesn't is the GT 440. I hope this helps a little and good luck to ya
Can Anyone Help? I Have A 400W PSU With +12v1 10A and +12v2 14A Can I Run The HD 6570?
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