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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:06:36 PM

a friend of mine would want to do some gaming on his machine thats new to him.

Specs:
E5500@stock
Asus P5G41T-M LX
Adata 2GB DDR3 1333MHz (generic model)
Hitachi 500GB HDD, sata
Asus DVD writer, sata
Samsung B1930 @ 136x768
generic case and PSU included.

* Don't worry will ask the bloke to get a reliable, branded psu when shelling out on GPU.

whats the highest grade GPU i can drop in this machine without having to worry about a bottleneck on this system? Mind you mates - the guy won't sound to happy to hear of going with a totally new "SB" machine which'd keep him happy for 3~4years.

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thanks for taking the time!

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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:28:38 PM

I wouldn't worry about being bottlenecked and would instead just go with the best value card you can get, the reason being that he'll be CPU bottlenecked no matter what he does. Maybe a 560 (ti?) or a 6870. 7850/70 is he's willing to wait a month.
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:29:33 PM

Lutfij said:
a friend of mine would want to do some gaming on his machine thats new to him.

Specs:
E5500@stock
Asus P5G41T-M LX
Adata 2GB DDR3 1333MHz (generic model)
Hitachi 500GB HDD, sata
Asus DVD writer, sata
Samsung B1930 @ 136x768
generic case and PSU included.

* Don't worry will ask the bloke to get a reliable, branded psu when shelling out on GPU.

whats the highest grade GPU i can drop in this machine without having to worry about a bottleneck on this system? Mind you mates - the guy won't sound to happy to hear of going with a totally new "SB" machine which'd keep him happy for 3~4years.

:sleep: 

thanks for taking the time!


Id say a Nvidia GTX560 or so, others say a AMD 6850 would also be fine on an older C2D build, both will run well on that system without any issues
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:40:43 PM

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is he's willing to wait a month.
honestly, i dunno - but i would actually advise that to everyone here on Tom's - so why should he not go under my wing :D  though i think it'll be a while until we see news of the 7850/7870 + might be pricier than the 68xx cousin...

The GTX560Ti looks like a tasty lil treat! - might ask him to get that or maybe a GTX560Ti core448.

oh yeah what about the PSU req's...550W be good for the entire system and room for more storage drives?

** but i'll suggest the wait (not strongly though)
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:57:47 PM

Lutfij said:
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is he's willing to wait a month.
honestly, i dunno - but i would actually advise that to everyone here on Tom's - so why should he not go under my wing :D  though i think it'll be a while until we see news of the 7850/7870 + might be pricier than the 68xx cousin...

The GTX560Ti looks like a tasty lil treat! - might ask him to get that or maybe a GTX560Ti core448.

oh yeah what about the PSU req's...550W be good for the entire system and room for more storage drives?

** but i'll suggest the wait (not strongly though)


the 560Ti 448 sounds like a raincheck till the others launch for me, though, I've been running a GTX 260 C216 for the last two years between two systems, a Custom Intel C2Q 8200 build & an AMD Athlon II X4 630 based HP Desktop (simplicity to manage & stability over everything else) and as for the PSUs, a 650w would be good for system + any case addons, such as louder & stronger fans (Delta Electronics ftw), and future upgrades.
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 9:36:58 PM

GTX 560Ti - 500W PSU is prescribed by the manufacturer.
GTX 560Ti 448 - 550W PSU is prescribed.

did some reading up on reviews and the power can be reduced - if not OC'ing CPU+GPU.

*450W PSU Would do fine for a GTX 560Ti SOC White edition 1GB.
** mind you this is for those who are also reading this - i would rather suggest the wait than snagging a prev gen card now.

Thanks for the inputs mate's!
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 9:37:47 PM

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February 12, 2012 9:54:14 PM

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