Please Recommend a Graphics Card

Hello TH Community,

I"m very new to the PC modding/upgrading community as I have always been console gamer since the 80's. I recently got a Dell XPS 8300 for xmas/bday. My specs to my knowledge is I have a i7-2600 3.40GHz, 6GB DDR3 Memory, and a AMD Radeon 6450 1GB. I want to be able to give PC gaming a legitimate chance to I want a decent/great GPU. I was hoping to pick one up hopefully by end of next month. I have purchased a Corsair GS600 watt PSU over the weekend. My price range would prob be $175-250 with the possibility to maybe shoot for $325ish if the performance upgrade would be significant. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am totally lost in this process.

Oh BTW i have a HP LED 23 inch monitor so I will probably wanna play on the highest possible resolution.
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  1. Some games you'd be playing? Based on that it'll be easy to give you something that would satisfy your needs.

    Also the company you prefer (Ati or Nvidia)
  2. 6950 or 560ti.
  3. I will prob try BF3, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3(when it comes out), SWTOR possibly but i mainly play shooter/action/ some RPGs.

    I have no preference to either AMD or Nvidia as long as it will fit in my stock XPS case.
  4. the following are possible-
    gtx560, 560ti, 570 (barely)
    6870,6950

    The 6950 2gb is the best card for bf3 (I think)

    My personal recommendation would be to get a 560ti, and later when you feel the need, sli, I know its much better to fetch a 580, but its hard to collect all that cash together while sitting without a card, your choice!

    The 560ti and 6950 in single gpu configurations exchange blows in benchmarks. The 6870 in crossfire scores more than a 560ti in sli (Atleast from where I've seen).
  5. So my best bet is to get a 560ti or 580?

    Will my case allow for 2 GPU's for SLI?
  6. You mean will your board allow it? answer is no.
  7. for BF3 you'd atleast want a 6950 or a 560ti, and check if your motherboard has got sli capability, if the board has sli capability, then your chassis automatically allows it.
    I assume you have a P67/Z68 motherboard paired with that processor.

    But if you go single GPU then get a 6950 2gb version, its found very easily.
  8. I think first you change your PSU to 550W power PSU[http://www.corsair.com/power-supply-units.html],
    because you have AMD Radeon HD 6450 ,it's a good card for gaming.
    But definitely change your psu it give the power to your GPU.
    I think this is not a good time for GPU upgrade .Wait for AMD 7 series/NVIDIA 6 series graphics card hit the market[1st qtr 2012].
    ;)
  9. amd955be5670 said:
    for BF3 you'd atleast want a 6950 or a 560ti, and check if your motherboard has got sli capability, if the board has sli capability, then your chassis automatically allows it.
    I assume you have a P67/Z68 motherboard paired with that processor.

    But if you go single GPU then get a 6950 2gb version, its found very easily.

    :non: :non:

    Minimum requirements for Battlefield 3

    Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
    RAM: 2GB
    Graphic card: DirectX 10 or 11 compatible Nvidia or AMD ATI card, ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher.
    Graphics card memory: 512 MB
    Sound card: DirectX compatibl sound card
    Hard drive: 15 GB for disc version or 10 GB for digital version
  10. @subrata4web i picked up a 600watt Corsair Gaming Series PSU over the weekend. Now im just looking for a GPU that can give me great performance and will not be outdated anytime soon for a decent price.
  11. GS600 is nice, go ahead and you have a headroom until GTX 570 there :).

    If you can't wait, go with in the $250 budget http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127604

    If you surely can push to $325, you can't find any card on that budget. A GTX 570 would be over $335

    However if you can save more money later and wait for Radeon 7950 which I saw on wikipedia will be priced $400, It is very good. It's maybe readily available on March, but then I am not sure. But they will I think give you much better performance than GTX 570 or HD 6950.
  12. go for the powercolor 2gb one it will give u a better performance in low price and can play all mordern games like mw3,bf3.:).and you can also get one gtx 560 ti hawk but its more costy then the hd 6950 and give almost same perfomance.:).in my thoughts just buy an hd 6950 2gb overclock it,unlock more shader units.:)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131393#top$239.99.
  13. Agree with sunnk, if you are trying to unlock something go with the 6950 2GB. If you don't want stay with the 6950 1GB :).
  14. @refillable , dont think i will be unlocking the GPU as my technical savvyness is low when it comes to computers
  15. amd955be5670 said:
    The 560ti and 6950 in single gpu configurations exchange blows in benchmarks. The 6870 in crossfire scores more than a 560ti in sli (Atleast from where I've seen).


    I don't know what you've seen but Guru3D at least has a different story to tell. The 560 Ti and 6950 compete closely in a single card configuration but in SLI / CF, the 560 Ti crushes. In both cases, the factory OC'd cards w/ the bigger coolers and beefier VRM's are the ones to buy as there's very little price premium for these extras.

    Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite, COD-MW, Bad Company 2, Dirt 2, Far Cry 2, Metro 2033, Dawn of Discovery, Crysis Warhead. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:

    $ 240.00 6950 Frozr OC (484/759) $ 0.50 - $ 0.63
    $ 215.00 560 Ti - 900 Mhz (495/862) $ 0.43 - $ 0.50

    As can be seen above, the 11 fps lead in a single card config is almost statistically insignificant (495 to 484), but in SLI, the 560 has a 103 fps lead (862 to 759) over its counterpart in CF.

    For the "reference cards", the story isn't much different but it's hard to make a case for buying those while the others are around at such a small price premium. Here the 6950 has a 24 fps edge in a single card config but loses when paired by 41 fps.

    $ 220.00 6950 (479/751) $ 0.46 - $ 0.59
    $ 205.00 560 Ti (455/792) $ 0.45 - $ 0.52
  16. So the recommendations are kinda split....

    560ti or 6950? or wait til prices go down and grab a 570?
  17. ThaiBoy said:
    @refillable , dont think i will be unlocking the GPU as my technical savvyness is low when it comes to computers


    so learn mate it will help u in future and we all are also learning here that is what the side is for.:)
  18. otherwise the recommendation between is that the gtx 560ti 1gb will oc better then the hd 6950 1gb but the 2gb hd 6950 will be better then the gtx 560 ti and u should overclock and unlock shaders if u dont know how to unlock shaders then open a new thread all toms hardwares member will help you.:)

    between those two 560ti or 6950 the hd 6950 2gb power color will be better with an cheaper price and higher performace and what i said before that this card can overclock and unlock shaders believe me just go for it.
  19. I don't think the 2GB VRAM will any help to boost the performance in single 1080p, not talking about QHD/WQXGA/Dual Monitor Though, but I am assuming you have one 1080p monitor (23 inch there). And the card I suggest you has better cooler than the sunnk suggested, so yeah, you got the Idea mate... If you are not going to unlock/overclock, I'd definitely go with 6950 1GB... Unless if you want to learn how to unlock as sunnk said :).
  20. So which GTX 560 ti models and 6950 models does everyone recommend? maybe top 3?
  21. Msi Twinfrozr iii 6950 pe, Msi Hawk 560ti (hawk=twin frozr iii) Asus Direct CU II 6950/650ti
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