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Looking to upgrade an ATI FireGL V5600 - need some help please

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March 23, 2012 6:51:18 PM

Evening all

as the title says I am looking to upgrade/replace my ATI FireGL V5600 GPU , I currently use it just for general home P.C use and MMO gaming (including the upcoming release of Diablo 3)

I know its not a gaming card however I acquired it free of charge a few years ago and was more than good enough at the time.

I have seen :

http://www.ebuyer.com/265343-sapphire-hd-6570-2gb-ddr3-dvi-vga-hdmi-pci-e-graphics-card-11191-02-20g

and:

http://www.ebuyer.com/290511-xfx-hd-6670-1gb-ddr3-dvi-vga-hdmi-pci-e-graphics-card-hd-667x-zhf2

I was wondering if anyone had some useful advice, I am an I.T consultant which specialises in Enterprise level SAN's and Virtual server infrastructures and am slightly embarrassed that I have never ever purchased a gaming GPU !


as you can tell I don't want to spend much really, if I am barking up the wrong tree please let me know !

Thanks in advance



a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2012 7:05:22 PM

ok, we need some info.
-resolution
-desired quality (high,med,.low,etc)
-budget
-psu
-mobo
-case
-cpu

the 6670 is a low end card. it will play mmos and diablo but only at med-low.
March 23, 2012 7:21:25 PM

ok,

Budget is £50 -£60 at a push

Edit * 1920x1080

Desired quality is basically better than the current firegl card - which runs WoW pretty well, approx 30-40 fps in a city/battleground and 50 - 60 fps while questing, its just getting old now and noisy and struggles with SWTOR (as does most things to be fair!)

its a dell optiplex 960 mini tower with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 @ 2.93Ghz 8gb Ram.

thanks again
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a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2012 7:52:30 PM

a 6670 should be significantly better than that firegl card.
I wouldn't go with a 6570 for gaming, it's 1920x1080 performance would be lacking, though still better than your old one.

The 6670 you linked should be fine.
March 23, 2012 8:14:31 PM

thanks very much for the advice slicedtoad, one last thing , what about:

Nvidia


would this be a slight improvement over the 6670?

thanks again
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2012 3:38:38 AM

a gt440 with gddr5 memory could be considered slightly better. That one has gddr3, so no, it's worse.

I just found this.
That's one of the best deals i've seen on uk/Europe sites.

The 6670 is a rebranded 5670 with gddr3 memory. The 5670 is discontinued but you can still find some here and there.
That one has a full 1gb of gddr5 and will perform better than any of the others linked. If you don't mind ebay it's your best bet.

edit: also, is yours a 305W or 255W psu? that optiplex seems to come either way.
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