GPU Suggestions and Compatibility

Hi all,

I am a newcomer to the forums. I have a bad feeling my GPU is dying so I am looking to replace it this week. I wanted to see what the community suggested. I have read a lot of the threads here but I am concerned with compatibility issues.

Here is my spec:

1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGIBOX
2. Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
3. Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0 AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
4. G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (8GB)
5. Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I assembled the computer a couple of years ago so I am concerned that anything I buy now might not be compatible with the above.

I am looking to spend anywhere between 150-200$.

Thanks!!
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  1. What is the power supply , it is an important part because the video cards have minimum requirements on the psu.
  2. Woops, I should have highlighted it in the OP. I have a 500w Earthwatts PSU that was integrated into the case.
  3. ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $249.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $229.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

    ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $244.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $224.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121424

    EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1567-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $249.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651

    MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    $239.99 and a $15 rebate makes it $224.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127594

    SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $259.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102954

    HIS IceQ X H695QN1G2M Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    $249.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161388

    XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    $254.99 and a $30 rebate makes it $224.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150524

    These cards are all on the same level performance wise and they are a little over your budget but they are the cards you should be looking at.
  4. This is great! Thank you for all of the suggestions. Do you have any preference over Nvidia vs. Radeon? Should my PSU be able to handle these cards safely?
  5. I have always used Nvidia so that is my preferance but as I said the cards are on the same level but I would choose the 560Ti over the 6950 and the cards do require a minimum 500w psu to be in the computer so you should be ok.
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