Thinking of getting this card but I wont be purchasing it for a few weeks until i get some money saved up or until i think of a better card, budget is around £200, i could spend more on a better card but my CPU may bottleneck or PSU not support the 8pin for the 6970. Wondering on peoples opinions, good card? worth the money? better card for the money?
Also Im taking in to consideration the release of new cards soon.
AMD ATHLON X3 450
ALIPINE 650W PSU
I want pretty good gaming results and be able to play some games in high detail, CPU is not the best but this was the first PC i built and i thought it was a good CPU at the time but now i see i should have spent a little more on a phenom x6 or so.
Crap PSU : unknown manufacturer, probably low +12V rail rating (can't even find it on google lol), only has 1x pci-e power connector (5870 needs 2) and probably can't take the load of any decently powerful GPU.
Well that should be enough for a 5870. Just make sure some adapters are supplied with the card as the PSU only has 1 power connector and the cards needs 2. I really hope it doesn't blow up under load and kills your motherboard though.
Any 500W unit from Corsair, Antec or Seasonic will be plenty for a 5870. Some other brands are fine too but I just stated the 3 I trust the most. Do you already have the 5870? Because a 6870 (slightly less powerful than a 5870) can be had new for 140$ after MIR and would be a good fit for your CPU.
That PSU would be able to power any of the 6000 or 7000 series cards. Since your CPU is not that great I wouldn't bother going for anything better than a 7850 (which is supposed to cost 220$). I still think a 6870 would be better suited for you, though.