I need to get one of these cards but i am aware that they are not too great on the games today. Should I just get the 6770 for now ($100) and in a year or two go higher. Or, spend $170 and get the 6870 and be good for a couple years??? Main point- is it worth the extra $70 now to get the 6870?
Well first off that is a nice store bought PC. As I have found out those platforms don't make very good gaming rigs. But they will do just a little tweeking. Both the 6870 6770 requir a min of a 450w PSU.
Both the cards use less wattage then the AMD min requirement is stated but if you have to up grade then you need to look at brands like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, and XFX PSU's
You don't want to buy a cheap PSU. That would cause you problems down the road. Here are two PSU's to look at. I hope this helps
well thanks a bunch ! I do enjoy this computer and bought it because of things like this. When I need to upgrade something I can. Like I said before though I am going to buy the psu from a store only because I'm not a huge fan of buying online and will try to avoid it when I can. I appreciate your help and believe I am going to go with the 6870.
Much up grading and not being able to do a lot of up grading do the small cases. No HP are nice systems. I went through 2 dells and a HP before I built one. I kept burning up cards or ram. I still have all my rigs but the I built so far has been the best, Knock on wood.
That is what I ment by that statement. Nothing directed to you. When I check out your HP on line I said it is a nice PC and It is a very nice PC better than my last dell.
Edit: You don't want to buy the cooler master PSU Look at the brands I posted. The PSU is the most inportant part of a PC. With out it you have nothing. So you should invest in a better PSU.
Don't do like I did My PSU is no good and I have to monitor eveything all the time because it will burn up just don't know when.
I'm going to have to say that when it comes to requirements, AMD doesn't do a very good job. Either way you will still need a new PSU, and as DM said, do NOT go cheap on the power supply.
Actually contrary to DM, my HP runs fine (for now) with an upgraded card. Given it is older and I dont have one of their newer models. The thing about the HP cases is that despite them putting slots for expansion for the user to put stuff in, they do not give proper airflow nor do they give the proper power supply for the job. That is why I have upgraded the PSU and GPU in mine, and it runs most games fine, except for BFBC2.
I have one of those CoolerMaster Elite power supplies, and it is a piece of crap from what I have heard. Luckily its serving as a cheap replacement and does not have to power that much stuff.
Either of the power supplies DM posted are going to be the best you could possibly get for the price and reliability. Either of those will power either of the GPUs.