Which of these cards would be a better choice?

im wondering what card to get what which one of these would be the best but also take price considered.


http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=037784

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=039129

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=039826


there are some better deals on that site for cards like gtx 470/460 and 6790 but they are sold out and my PSU couldnt handle those anyways.

but if anyone has any other suggestion on cards for around like 80-120$

I want the card for gaming and would like it to be able to run BF3 at high settings.

THx

specs: i3-2120 , 4gig ddr3 ram, intel dh61ww motherboard.
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  1. Well the 6770 would be the best but what is your PSU brand and how many watts is it? You can't buy from newegg? Don't get the 550 ti. It is a weak card as far as preformance and you won't be able play BF3 on med and for sure not on high.

    I have two of the 550's and they are OC'd and In SLI and still not good enough to do BF3. But I think you are going to need a 6870 or a 6850 to do any good on BF3. But don't qoute me on that I am just going what I have read.
  2. no doubt, gtx 550ti is better option and can able to run to bf3 on high.
  3. my PSu is Antec Vp450 watt.
  4. DM186 said:
    Well the 6770 would be the best but what is your PSU brand and how many watts is it? You can't buy from newegg? Don't get the 550 ti. It is a weak card as far as preformance and you won't be able play BF3 on med and for sure not on high.

    I have two of the 550's and they are OC'd and In SLI and still not good enough to do BF3. But I think you are going to need a 6870 or a 6850 to do any good on BF3. But don't qoute me on that I am just going what I have read.



    are you sure about BF3?i heard a 6770 and a 550ti could do high settings as long as the resloutions were not really high. i just want to do 1600x900 and i could even settle for less than that. so your Sli 550s cant play BF3 on high settings?
  5. I did say don't quote me on the AMD cards. I was told on another thread that the 6870 was a better card to play BF3 on. But I don't know for sure about the 6770. I have not read anything about the 6770 or how it plays on BF3.

    Now about my cards I have never tried to play on a lower res. On 1920 x 1080 med to low is all I can muster out of them. FPS are low 20 to 25 and after a few hours a little laging.

    The 550's are the weakest cards for the Nvidia side. There bench marks show that they use a lot of power and there not in my opinion a card you would want to play BF3, Skyrim, etc on.

    Now you are probley right on the res. In any case I would get the 6770 before I get the 550. If I had know back when I put this rig together I wouldn't have these two cards at all. I do wish you the best of luck.
  6. On that site this is what you want;

    http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_836&item_id=032907

    Better than every card mentioned at stock plus it OCs a huge amount and has great cooling.

    Edit: NVM unless you happen to be near that one store that has it. I would recommend you use a different site and grab this;

    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=66291&vpn=H685QNT1GD&manufacture=HIS&promoid=1012
  7. jyjjy said:
    On that site this is what you want;

    http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_836&item_id=032907

    Better than every card mentioned at stock plus it OCs a huge amount and has great cooling.



    ya i mentioned the 460, i noticed it and it seemed almost to good to be true.
    ive been looking at canada computers for awhile now about buying a card and when they have deals like that they usually get vey few in and i doubt this one would be different, its currently sold out at every location and you cant buy it online either.

    but if it did come in i would buy it, do you think my power supply would work?

    this is my psu: http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_442&item_id=036731
  8. Yeah, I noticed that. Check out my edit to the last post.

    Your PSU ain't great but 360w on the +12v isn't terrible. It should handle the cards we are talking about.
  9. that 6850 is a really good deal, im thinkin maby that but it would really suck if it didnt work with my PSU anyone here know for sure if it would work? and my computer doesnt have any extra fans would that be a problem with a card like that?
  10. The HD6850 is very low power for its performance(and by extension low heat) and should work fine on your PSU. It's a good version of the card with nice cooling as well.
  11. DM186 said:


    Thanks, ya i thought the 550ti was better then the 6770 but they seem really close and they got some for sale at the computer place near me for like 100 bucks. if my PSU could run the 6850 that might be the best choice its only a bit more but i dont really wanna take a chance unless its fur sure gonna work.
  12. The HD6850 actually uses less power than the GTX 550 Ti despite the higher performance. Your CPU and the HD6850 combined should max out around 175w leaving nearly 200w for the rest of the system which is several times more than what would actually be needed. There's no need to worry about the PSU.
  13. ^+1
    Your PSU is a nice one unlike a lot of PSU's some are not good. They look good but are not. If a PSU shows peak power those are the ones to stay away from. Here is a power usage chart for the 550 and 6850. They are both on there.

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3936/palit_geforce_gtx_550_ti_1gb_sonic_video_card_in_sli_review/index18.html

    Constant power are the ones to have but go for the brand names like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, and XFX etc. Here is a list of good to bad PSU's Tier 1 = best, Tier 5 = worst.
    Use these as tools to help.

    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    Here is a PSU Calculator it will show you if you can run the 6850 on your PSU. One thing to remember is these calculators are good but not 100% on the money. They are about 25% over the amount of watts they show.

    http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

    The thing you have to remember is how many amps are on the 12v rail. How may amps to run the 6850 on a full load. So the 6850 on full load require's 175w. You will be ok since you have a nice PSU. I hope these links will help you.
  14. thanks everyone for the help, i just bought a MSI 6770 md1gd5 ( http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=726760&CatId=7005)

    Was 114$without tax but had a instant rebate instead of mail in which was nice and i read a couple reviews saying it was good. What you guys think?

    oh and i was thinking about the 6850 like you guys were saying but my monitor res is only 1600x900 and i heard that the 6770 would work well with that. and the price was better and i didnt have to order it.
  15. Well I am happy for you. I do think you got the card you feel was the best for your needs and I am sure you will get all the fun of playing the games. I feel it is a better card than a 550 and it should play BF3 on high.

    Your PSU is more than enough for your new card. So why are you on here you should be playing right now? lol and the best of luck to ya.
  16. thx agin for the help!, and i havent installed the psu or the card yet i just got them both today and im not the best person to mess with a computer i can put in a video card or ram but im not really sure on the PSU, it is hard to do? i was thinkin of waitin for someelse to do it i know a few people who can do it for me.
  17. No it is very easy there are 4 screws from the back of your case that undo. But if you don't know or can't remember where the wires go. This is what you do. Have both PSU's side by side the old one still pluged in to the rest of your PC.

    Take one wire with a conneter on it and undo it then on the new PSU find the same one and plug it in where the old one was. Before you know you are done. If not here is a link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPIXAtNGGCw&feature=endscreen&NR=1

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxaVBsXEiok&feature=endscreen&NR=1
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