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HD 6790 vs GTX 550 Ti

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
February 13, 2012 2:14:53 PM

I need a new video card and I can't decide between these two. I need GPU for playing games in high resolutions (1080p, maybe higher) with highest settings.

My current specs are:
AMD FX-4100
Sapphire Radeon HD 5670
MSI 760GM P23 motherboard
Samsung 2gb HDD
and Corsair 500W PSU.

I live in Serbia and the choice of GPUs is very limited and the price of computer hardware is really high (example AMD FX-4100 is approximately 180$).
The two GPUs I consider to buy are PowerColor Radeon HD 6790 and Leadtek GTX 550 Ti they are both similarly priced at aroun 160 dollars (which is in Serbia very cheap for these models which prices may go up to even 220 dollars). I have also considered ordering something from EU, UK or even US but the price with shipping would be almost the same unless I have it mailed by someone.

Should I wait for new Nvidia cards to come out because the prices of older models will drop or should I buy one of these GPUs? There are couple of more options. EVGA superclocked GTX 550 Ti(200$) and PowerColor HD 6850(220$). Maybe even some older models in crossfire with mobo and PSU upgrade but that would take much more time for me to obtain enough money.

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February 13, 2012 2:55:04 PM

If you plan to have only one video card, I'd go with the 6790 per the following review:

If you plan to have more than one, I'd go with the SLI option (550 ti) over the crossfire just due to driver issues with crossfire.
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February 13, 2012 3:00:46 PM

I forgot to mention that PowerColor HD 6790 consumes less energy then other HD 6790s because it has only one six-pin connector instead of two.
February 13, 2012 3:45:57 PM

You cannot find HIS in Serbia. Some of the brands are Sapphire, PowerColor, EVGA, Gainward (very rarely), Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS (also very rarely), and VTX3D and Leadtek. Sucks, I know.
February 13, 2012 3:51:56 PM

MSI is better than HIS anyways.
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February 13, 2012 3:55:17 PM

Ok neither of those will max out 1080 much less higher and the FX4100 is just about the worst CPU to get right now it will hold back whatever video card you get.

February 14, 2012 12:43:18 PM

Best answer selected by Zeljko96.
a c 271 U Graphics card
February 14, 2012 12:48:44 PM

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