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Video Card Upgrade and PSU Support

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March 1, 2012 4:49:20 PM

Good afternoon. I'm looking into upgrading my graphics card but need to determine the best option for the money and make sure my psu can handle it effectively.

Current System Setup:

Gigabyte GA-X58A-U3DR
Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.8GHz (default setting by bios)
Corsair XMS3 12GB CL 8-8-8-24 DDR3-1600 @ DDR3-1066
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 HSF
Sapphire RadeOn HD 4870 Vapor X 1GB PCI-E Graphics Card
WD 750GB Caviar Black (2; Internal)
WD 1TB Caviar Black (2; Internal)
WD 1TB Caviar Black (2; External eSATA)
WD 2TB Caviar Black (3; External eSATA)
Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card
LG 10x SATA BluRay Burner
Corsair TX 750Watt PSU
Antec Performance Plus 1080 File Server Full Tower Case (2003 model)
Verizon FIOS 50Mb Internet Connection

PSU Power Specs:

AC INPUT 90-264V ~ 10A 50/60Hz
DC OUTPUT +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5Vsb
MAX LOAD 24A 28A 60A 0.8A 3A
MAX COMBINED WATTAGE 180W 720W 9.6W 15W
TOTAL POWER: 750W

http://www.corsair.com/tx750w.html

I want to get the most bang for the buck for $200 for a newer directx 11 graphics card. I'm not interested in over clocking my system or going with any type of sli or crossfire setup. Will my psu be sufficient for a modern single card solution? I've been looking at the following models which are under consideration, but some being hard to find:

RadeOn HD 6950
RadeOn HD 6970
RadeOn HD 7950

GeForce GTX 560 Ti
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core
GeForce GTX 570 Ti

The HD 6990 and 7970 are just a bit too pricey for my budget and may require a beefier psu. The same goes for the GTX 580 and 590.

The things I do on my system are general use as well as more intense functions such as bluray playback, heavy file management use working with large files, iso's, mkv's, zip and rar archives as well as gaming.

The last games I played were StarCraft II, Need For Speed: The Run and COD: Modern Warfare 3, among other titles. I want it to be, not future proof exactly, but something that I will get several years of solid game play out of before having to do another upgrade. I've had my current card since August 2009, so about 2.5 years.

I am aware that I may need to stretch my budget to $225 or $250 but would rather not. If I need a more powerful psu, than my budget will be bust and I'll just have to suck it up and replace both. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!


-- MaSoP

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March 1, 2012 5:17:59 PM

The 7950 is perfect. its the best out of everything you listed, then the 6970 and the GTX 570 are about neck and neck. People may argue one is better than the other. then the GTX 560 ti 448 core and the 6950 are about neck and neck. the GTX 560 ti (and SLI with another one) can be done on a TX 750 watt power supply. Trust me check my Specs in my signature. I and doing it now
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March 1, 2012 5:25:10 PM

Your PSU is a decent 750W unit and a good 750W PSU is good enough for almost any dual GPU solution and is more than enough for any single GPU (including the 580 & 7970).

If you want a card in the $200 ish range you can't go wrong with a 560ti. It will handle almost everything maxed out (including all the games you listed) at 1080p just fine. It's one of the best values available right now.

That said, I'm a bit confused by your post since you say you have a $200 budget but then almost all the cards you list are well over $200. Of the cards you listed, the 7950 is the one that will be the most "future proof" for the next couple years, but it's twice as expensive as a 560ti.
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March 2, 2012 12:04:07 AM

BigMack70 said:
Your PSU is a decent 750W unit and a good 750W PSU is good enough for almost any dual GPU solution and is more than enough for any single GPU (including the 580 & 7970).

If you want a card in the $200 ish range you can't go wrong with a 560ti. It will handle almost everything maxed out (including all the games you listed) at 1080p just fine. It's one of the best values available right now.

That said, I'm a bit confused by your post since you say you have a $200 budget but then almost all the cards you list are well over $200. Of the cards you listed, the 7950 is the one that will be the most "future proof" for the next couple years, but it's twice as expensive as a 560ti.


I know, I was originally looking for a $200 budget like I was when I got my 4870 for under $200, but that isn't realistic with todays options. It's more like $250-$350ish, or a bit more for the higher models. I know the top models are in the $500 and up range. The bummer is I have a $100 gift card but can't use it through newegg, as they only allow one form of payment per transaction. That is likely where I'd buy the card, unless microcenter had a good model for a comp price. Thanks for the replies!

-- MaSoP
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March 12, 2012 4:49:20 PM

BigMack70 said:
Your PSU is a decent 750W unit and a good 750W PSU is good enough for almost any dual GPU solution and is more than enough for any single GPU (including the 580 & 7970).

If you want a card in the $200 ish range you can't go wrong with a 560ti. It will handle almost everything maxed out (including all the games you listed) at 1080p just fine. It's one of the best values available right now.

That said, I'm a bit confused by your post since you say you have a $200 budget but then almost all the cards you list are well over $200. Of the cards you listed, the 7950 is the one that will be the most "future proof" for the next couple years, but it's twice as expensive as a 560ti.


In regards to the screen resolution used, my 19" widescreen lcd only does 1440x900, so that is the maximum res I'd be using with any game. Now if I upgraded my monitor, I'd go for one with 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 native res. I've read 1920x1200 (16:10) is better for games than 1920x1080 (16:9). Is that right? It's a bit off topic, but only a bit. Thanks.

-- MaSoP
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