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Which budget gaming graphics card to buy?

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January 22, 2012 8:14:41 AM

So i'm thinking of buying a new graphics card to replace my GeForce GT 240. I'm having a hard time deciding between the GTX 550ti and the GTX 460, The GTX 560 is out of the list because its 200$ and a lot more expensive than the two i mentioned. I have a 500W PSU and my motherboard is a Biostar N68S3+. If any of you guys know a better card for the money then please respond :) 
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January 22, 2012 8:33:34 AM

I'd suggest an amd gpu as they are better for sub $200

the 460 is a lot better than the 550 ti tho. The 6870 wich can be had for much less than $200 is more powerful than either by a substantial margin.
January 22, 2012 9:56:48 AM

I'd also suggest an AMD GPU like 6870 it will be best choice. It has more power than GTX560 the card that you can compare to 6870 is GTX560Ti
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January 22, 2012 10:18:22 AM

esrever said:
I'd suggest an amd gpu as they are better for sub $200

the 460 is a lot better than the 550 ti tho. The 6870 wich can be had for much less than $200 is more powerful than either by a substantial margin.


How about the AMD HD 6850?
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January 22, 2012 11:17:08 AM

Lazar_99 said:
How about the AMD HD 6850?


No, I don't recommend you buying the AMD HD 6850, buy the 6870 instead since you will loose more performance than the money you saved, so a 6870 has a better $/performance ratio than the 6850.
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January 22, 2012 11:26:11 AM

6850 is around the same performance as the 1Gb 460 and just below a 6870 the way pricing is at the moment its worth the extra for the 6870 unless you find a bargain on the 6850.
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January 22, 2012 11:32:12 AM

+1 to everything about the 6870, I'm all for it!

Had one myself, loved it!
January 22, 2012 11:35:59 AM

simon12 said:
6850 is around the same performance as the 1Gb 460 and just below a 6870 the way pricing is at the moment its worth the extra for the 6870 unless you find a bargain on the 6850.


I still have a 500W PSU which i'm afraid it will die after 6 months with the 6870. I also have only 2 of those 4pin connectors on my PSU
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January 22, 2012 11:41:49 AM

What power supply do you have? If its a good quality 500W then it will power any of the cards mentioned so far
January 22, 2012 11:44:50 AM

simon12 said:
What power supply do you have? If its a good quality 500W then it will power any of the cards mentioned so far


I have a Xilence 500W PSU
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January 22, 2012 12:00:12 PM

Looking at Xilence PSUs there are a number of models and they seem to be low-medium quality. On the label on it what power rating does it give for the 12V rail or rails? For example this has 2 rails rated at 15A & 16A (Which is low for what they label as a 600W PSU)
January 22, 2012 1:20:38 PM

simon12 said:
Looking at Xilence PSUs there are a number of models and they seem to be low-medium quality. On the label on it what power rating does it give for the 12V rail or rails? For example this has 2 rails rated at 15A & 16A (Which is low for what they label as a 600W PSU)
http://www.technic3d.com/article/pics/330/ge_892.jpg


My model is a XP500.

AC Input |110-240V | 8.5A - 5.5A | 60-50Hz
DC Output |+3.3V | +5V | +12V1 | +12V2 | -12V | +5VSB
| 26.0A | 30.0A | 18.0A | 20.0A| 0,5A | 2.5A

January 22, 2012 3:44:29 PM

simon12 said:
Looking at Xilence PSUs there are a number of models and they seem to be low-medium quality. On the label on it what power rating does it give for the 12V rail or rails? For example this has 2 rails rated at 15A & 16A (Which is low for what they label as a 600W PSU)
http://www.technic3d.com/article/pics/330/ge_892.jpg


I also forgot to ask how much 4pin connectors do i need for the HD 6850 and the GTX 460?
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January 22, 2012 5:36:18 PM

Graphics cards need 6 & or 8 pin connectors not 4 pin im not sure but I thin k the 6850 needs 1 6 pin and the 460 needs 2 6 pin
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