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March 4, 2012 3:44:38 PM

Hello,
My name is Angel, and i am having some trouble trying to decide what card is best for my computer. I have a Gateway 6850-51U with an Nvidia 440 1.5GB Card in it already. I would like to know which card would be more suitable between the N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II 2GD5 OC, or the MSI ATI Radeon R6970 LIGHTNING. I understand i need a better Power Supply which i'm working on getting this one from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/130545265656?ssPageName=STRK:ME... I don't know too much about it but it's the only one i can afford right now. Please help me? Thanks. :) 

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March 4, 2012 3:44:38 PM

Hello,
My name is Angel, and i am having some trouble trying to decide what card is best for my computer. I have a Gateway 6850-51U with an Nvidia 440 1.5GB Card in it already. I would like to know which card would be more suitable between the N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II 2GD5 OC, or the MSI ATI Radeon R6970 LIGHTNING. I understand i need a better Power Supply which i'm working on getting this one from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/130545265656?ssPageName=STRK:ME... I don't know too much about it but it's the only one i can afford right now. Please help me? Thanks. :) 
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March 4, 2012 3:58:10 PM

When will you be ordering? Some more of 7000 series cards should come out in March. Also, the GTX 600 series cards are supposed to come out in April. If you can wait, then I'd see how those perform. But to answer your question, the 6970 is better than the 560 Ti. And for that PSU, do you know who manufactured it?
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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 3:59:47 PM

Even overclocked, I don't think the gtx 560 ti is comparable to the 6970. You might be better off spending the same amount of cash on a quality lower powered PSU than that one. I paid $199 on a 1200w and it is at the low end of the quality scale. I can only imagine what kind of headaches you will get from a $55 dollar 1000W PSU.
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a c 143 U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 4:00:48 PM

First off, I wouldn't trust that power supply at all. Spend more on a quality power supply and less on a graphics card if you have to. If the power supply goes, it could take the rest of your (rather nice) system with it.

Figure out your budget for both a graphics card and power supply. Then look for a quality power supply from a manufacturer like Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, or Seasonic. Look for something in the range of 550-750 watts. See how much that costs and then get the best graphics card you can based on what's left of your budget.

-Wolf sends
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March 4, 2012 4:04:55 PM

Thanks for the reply! I had actually won this one last night:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/110834142336?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

But i'm trying to get out of it because i don't think that thing is going to fit in my system. He said it's 8.5 inches long X__X The reason i asked about the Graphics Cards is because i'm hearing fuss over ATI. Though i can see it's better but they say Nvidia is this and that and worth every penny. lol
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March 4, 2012 4:06:17 PM

Yeah... I figured as much about the first Power Supply i showed. I was confident since there were over 100 sales and no complaints on it. x3
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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 4:07:05 PM

you only need about 500watts for a powersupply, if its a good one..check newegg, I'm pretty sure the builder series 5000cx is about the same price as the one posted..but its reliable
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a b U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 4:10:00 PM

For the love of god don't buy that power supply.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
March 4, 2012 4:12:00 PM

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  • Can't decide which Graphics Card to get
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    March 4, 2012 4:15:40 PM

    Whoops, let me read the board because i was reading the wrong one! Sorry about that. It double posted for some reason. X__X
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    March 4, 2012 4:19:54 PM

    LOL Thanks for the save. Okay i won't buy that Power Supply then. I don't know tooo much about the Graphics Cards and how they work. I know you'd ask me to do alot of reading to understand it all. The guy was asking abit more for the ATI than the Nvidia but i just wasn't sure if it was worth it. I'd have to wait just a tad longer to have both, the card and a GOOD Power Supply. I'm still alittle low on the budget to afford em both and if you say the ATI is better then... Well i'll get that then. Also, as for new cards coming out and waiting, i wouldn't know what the price ranges on those would be. lol
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    March 4, 2012 4:21:37 PM

    Angelz said:
    Hello,
    My name is Angel, and i am having some trouble trying to decide what card is best for my computer. I have a Gateway 6850-51U with an Nvidia 440 1.5GB Card in it already. I would like to know which card would be more suitable between the N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II 2GD5 OC, or the MSI ATI Radeon R6970 LIGHTNING. I understand i need a better Power Supply which i'm working on getting this one from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/130545265656?ssPageName=STRK:ME... I don't know too much about it but it's the only one i can afford right now. Please help me? Thanks. :) 


    You shouldn't focus too much on the 2GB memory factor.. What are you using this GPU for anyways? And if you are going to spend that much on a GPU you might want to invest in a stable power supply.. An actual brand would be a nice start, the one you are getting off eBay doesn't even have a name.. Try Antec, Corsair, Thermaltake, PC power & cooling & OCZ..
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    March 4, 2012 4:28:41 PM

    To Kohlhagen:
    Yeah that's kinda scary. Haha. Darn those Third-Parties.. x3. I want to Play Sims 3. I know i can now, but the game keeps lagging on me when i build my house 'too big' plus i can't slide all of it's features to maximum in the options. I'm stuck like... In the middle settings.
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    March 4, 2012 4:33:34 PM

    I mean that's not the ONLY reason why i want to upgrade my card of course, i've looked at the comparison on some sites against a Nvidia 440 GT. I was blown away, i just wanna upgrade to get up there better like everyone else. :p 
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    March 4, 2012 4:55:05 PM

    I also enjoy playing The Sims 3. my rig has an i5 2500K and a AMD Radeon HD6850 and it works very well. i have all the settings at max. only downside is the latest AMD drivers don't work well with edge smoothing in the game, trees and bushes look like big green boxes with leaves cut out. i would still recommend that card or higher, you can always install the previous drivers.

    anyway, that power supply is weak. PC Power and Cooling is a reliable brand for a great price, and it's modular.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    newegg doesn't seem to have any HD6900 cards in stock at this time. but the HD7950 is much better.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    however, the HD6870 should play Sims 3 like butter.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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    March 4, 2012 5:06:32 PM

    So i DON'T need as much power as i thought i did? I thought these cards needed like...500 - 650 and up Watts to run. WOW! That card for 500 is beautiful O__O I've been sitting here looking and looking for a Power Supply but, i can't do anything til April to even make a move on just the Video Card. I'm still glad i came and asked for advice early though.
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    a b U Graphics card
    March 8, 2012 10:58:39 PM

    you didnt just pay $150 + 25 shipping for that did you?
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    March 9, 2012 12:00:19 AM

    Yes. Why? I sent him payment but i haven't heard anything from the seller yet.
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    March 9, 2012 12:06:42 AM

    I bought it cause it was brand new factory sealed and all the others ones were expensive. I thought i did a good buy? I bailed from my last PSU on Ebay because i had people telling me it wasn't good either. It was a Dell 1000 Watt.
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    March 9, 2012 1:28:34 AM

    Oh ahaha. The other person scared me. LOL. I was like OMG i hope i didn't screw up! x3 Well that's good atleast.. I tried and i tried to find other ones out there but they were soo expensive. Maybe i was just looking in teh wrong areas. :p 
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    March 9, 2012 1:29:56 AM

    I have looked at the link. I'm still impressed with the purchase and i also seen a video review on Youtube with this thing along with other watt sizes. The only thing that's kinda bothering me right now, is that guy's feedback i bought it from.
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    March 9, 2012 1:35:26 AM

    Why what did he say?
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    March 9, 2012 1:43:32 AM

    GI_JONES above. The way he asked me that made me think i picked a bad PSU lol.
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    March 9, 2012 1:48:41 AM

    Oh wait, i read that wrong. You're talking about the Seller? Yeah his Feedback is really bad. I didn't look into it til after i already paid for the PSU tonight. He has 2 really bad feedbacks.


    "Seller solicited me for money after I won, then refused to sell after I said no."

    "What a douche, decided not to sell because he wanted more money. COMPLETE IDIOT"
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    March 9, 2012 2:38:47 AM

    Oh, hopefully you have a good experience with him. That's why I try to stay away from ebay (at least the sellers with a bad rep)...
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    March 9, 2012 2:46:45 AM

    lol thank you. Atleast i'm under Ebay protection. : )
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    March 11, 2012 9:28:24 PM

    Hey guys it's me again. Okay, i think i finally decided on a Graphics Card to get, and i think i will go with one someone said above me. It's called a FX-795A-TDBC. A Black Edition but it's a PCI-E 3.0 Card for like 500 dollars. Here's a picture of my Motherboard according to CPU-Z program:


    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j389/Foofyish/Myboa...


    And here's a picture of the graphics card in my computer at the moment from Direct X:


    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j389/Foofyish/cardi...


    Let me know if it's OK to get the card i am planning on getting. Thanks.. : )
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    March 11, 2012 9:29:42 PM

    Oh yeah, and my motherboard only has 1 PCI-E Slot. So i could never put 2 Cards in it. Not that i would really want to anyway. lol
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    March 11, 2012 9:42:38 PM

    Angelz said:
    Hey guys it's me again. Okay, i think i finally decided on a Graphics Card to get, and i think i will go with one someone said above me. It's called a FX-795A-TDBC. A Black Edition but it's a PCI-E 3.0 Card for like 500 dollars. Here's a picture of my Motherboard according to CPU-Z program:


    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j389/Foofyish/Myboa...


    And here's a picture of the graphics card in my computer at the moment from Direct X:


    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j389/Foofyish/cardi...


    Let me know if it's OK to get the card i am planning on getting. Thanks.. : )
    Is this the card?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    But yeah that card will work. Good luck :) 
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    March 11, 2012 9:46:06 PM

    Yay! I'm glad to hear that it will run :)  And it's measurements won't be a problem either. That's the one ^_^ Thanks for letting me know. Oh.. I wanted to also ask: There won't be any decrease on the performance will there? Since my board's slot isn't a PCI E 3.0. I got 8 GB of memory and my processor is 3.4 quad core i7 or something like that. x3
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    March 11, 2012 9:49:43 PM

    Angelz said:
    Yay! I'm glad to hear that it will run :)  And it's measurements won't be a problem either. That's the one ^_^ Thanks for letting me know. Oh.. I wanted to also ask: There won't be any decrease on the performance will there? Since my board's slot isn't a PCI E 3.0. I got 8 GB of memory and my processor is 3.4 quad core i7 or something like that. x3
    Well you won't be able to use the full potential of the card, but I doubt you'd notice the difference. You're looking at maybe a 2-5% decrease at most. But if you're asking if it will bottleneck your system, oh god no you're system is perfectly fine!
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    March 11, 2012 9:57:02 PM

    Oh thank goodness for that! Thanks for your help. :)  I really appreciate it. This is excellent news to me. I'm trying to get the card by the next week or so since my new Ultra X4 1050w Power Supply is on it's way and will be here by Wednesday. :) 
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    March 11, 2012 10:09:10 PM

    Angelz said:
    Oh thank goodness for that! Thanks for your help. :)  I really appreciate it. This is excellent news to me. I'm trying to get the card by the next week or so since my new Ultra X4 1050w Power Supply is on it's way and will be here by Wednesday. :) 
    No problem glad to help! Good luck and enjoy your new parts!
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    March 11, 2012 10:11:22 PM

    Thank you. : )
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    March 23, 2012 1:43:03 AM

    Hey Guys i'm back again. :)  I got everything together now. Just got the XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation. It looks great and all, but i'm worried about something. Is this thing suppose to clime over 60 C? when i launched Sims 3 it did that and when i took the case door off, it got hot O___O
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    March 23, 2012 2:00:10 AM

    Angelz said:
    Hey Guys i'm back again. :)  I got everything together now. Just got the XFX R7950 Black Edition Double Dissipation. It looks great and all, but i'm worried about something. Is this thing suppose to clime over 60 C? when i launched Sims 3 it did that and when i took the case door off, it got hot O___O
    yeah on this review, the card went up to a max of 62c. So yeah you're ok :) 
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    March 23, 2012 2:04:43 AM

    Hey nice to see you again. :) 

    I am seeing 65 - 68 now but it seems to go high during load time (On the menu and when loading up) when just playing it goes down to 60-58..
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    March 23, 2012 2:09:24 AM

    I wish i had a way to install a fan to bring fresh air into the Rig. I don't have any way sadly. I have that FX 6850-51U case. lol
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    March 23, 2012 2:26:39 AM

    http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Top-Motor-DY128025SM-DF1208SM-80...$(KGrHqZ,!jQE68-o)i!1BO6FD0Uu9Q~~60_12.JPG


    I have this little guy. It's a 80 x 25mm that does 2600RPM. Is it okay to have it blow air at the card from where the card's board is? Maybe have it blow air towards the back to exit. I'm just scared i dunno. lol
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    March 23, 2012 2:48:26 AM

    Not much of a difference there. It's only kicking like 2 C off.
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    March 23, 2012 3:29:35 AM

    Angelz said:
    Not much of a difference there. It's only kicking like 2 C off.
    2c is better than nothing. What you could do is screw some holes in the mesh of your case (if I'm seeing it correctly) and have some dual 120s or something there. It depends on the size of the mesh though. Just a suggestion...
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