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April 2, 2012 1:10:16 PM

Hi everyone, i want some help about the card selection. So tell me which one is better for me.
ati hd 6790 GB ati hd 6850 GB gtx 550ti GB
Here is my system specs,
-Core 2 quad q6600 2.4 Ghz
-will install mobo p5g41t - M LX
-will install DDR 3 4gb
-will install cooler master gx550w
actually i am upgrading a bit so thats why i have wrote will install

Help me plz. I was unable to find sli or crossfire mobo thats why i wanna upgrade once and good. I was short on budget or otherwise would have upgraded my processor too

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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 1:19:27 PM

6850 hands down.
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a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 1:23:56 PM

The 6850 is the best ranked on Tom's GPU ranking.
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 1:36:52 PM

but why are you upgrading the mobo as well? Or does the old one not have pcie slot?
that old socket wont let you upgrade the cpu later on to anything modern, you would have to change the mobo yet again...
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April 2, 2012 1:50:22 PM

chesteracorgi said:
The 6850 is the best ranked on Tom's GPU ranking.

are you sure about 6850, i mean doesnt 1 gb 2 gb makes any difference?
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April 2, 2012 1:57:45 PM

Kari said:
but why are you upgrading the mobo as well? Or does the old one not have pcie slot?
that old socket wont let you upgrade the cpu later on to anything modern, you would have to change the mobo yet again...

does have a slot i got intel dg33fb but my friend told me that changing the board might also help improve the performance
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April 2, 2012 2:00:06 PM

I also got a question regarding mobo which i choose to have but didnt found, its Intel BOXDP45SG LGA 775. doesnt it supports quad q6600. i read it on new egg. plz tell me
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a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:00:18 PM

You should just get a new card and don't waste your money on old motherboard.
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April 2, 2012 2:00:30 PM

gtx550ti is 2gb
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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:09:39 PM

the asus P5G41T-M LX supports DDR3 memory whereas the intel board doesn't. you would see an improvement with RAM going twice the speed.
and it supports Q6600s
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5G41...

i hope your not spending much money on it though . .
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:20:50 PM

but going from ddr2 to ddr3 wont give any noticeable real world performance increase... total waste of money imo
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:24:22 PM

rahiarain said:
gtx550ti is 2gb

ok, you'll only need 2 gigs of vram when running at really high resolutions (or messed up games like gtaIV maxed), but at that point the 550ti wouldn't have enough oomph to run the games smoothly anyways... So at these performance levels it doesn't really matter if you have 1 gig card vs 2gb, both will perform the same.
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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:26:38 PM

so your saying there is no difference between ddr2 800 to ddr3 1333?
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:28:34 PM

Anonymous said:
so your saying there is no difference between ddr2 800 to ddr3 1333?

probably like 1-3%
of course benchmarking softwares will show increased bandwidht etc but that doesnt really transfer to real world performance..
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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:39:30 PM

quite bogarting the bong and pass it

more like 5% in gaming, OK depending on timings. however its not wasted when he upgrades to a better system

btw, i love when people say "real world performance" it means they have an opinion but can't prove it :lol: 
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:41:41 PM

lost me there. :?

while he can re-use the ram,the mobo will be wasted...
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:43:21 PM

Anonymous said:

btw, i love when people say "real world performance" it means they have an opinion but can't prove it :lol: 

it means exactly what it says. :non: 
even doubling the memory bandwidht isn't going to help anything if the app isnt starved for it to begin with
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a c 117 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:51:25 PM

a little higher than 1% :) 

i was waiting to post that same article . . :lol: 

but you are correct, it really isn't cost effective to get another motherboard and RAM.
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 2:52:47 PM

Anonymous said:
a little higher than 1% :) 

fits well within the 1-3% margin :p 
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April 2, 2012 2:53:24 PM

i read it on the newegg intel dp45sg supports ddr3, is that a lie ?
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April 2, 2012 3:00:32 PM

and what about the core 2 quad q 6600 ? i have read that as it(mobo) has fsb 1600/1333 and core2 quad has fsb 1066 it is not supported
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April 2, 2012 3:22:42 PM

so what do you suggest about the board ? i should have it is it worthwhile or asus P5G41T-M LX ? and the card ati 6850 correct ?
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 5:41:03 PM

I would keep the old mobo and ram, and just get the 6850 and the psu
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April 2, 2012 6:58:59 PM

Kari said:
I would keep the old mobo and ram, and just get the 6850 and the psu

dont you think that changing my mobo will help to improve performance?
i will also be able to use the crossfire
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a c 89 U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 7:04:57 PM

if you think getting 1-3% more performance is worth like $100 then sure, its your money. :p 
I would rather save that towards the cpu+mobo upgrade down the road...

also if you are going to do crossfire with 6850 you really should buy both cards really soon because hd6000 series will enter 'end of life'-status right about now since the hd7000 series has already launched. So you wont be able to find one in the shops easily after a while...
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a b U Graphics card
April 2, 2012 7:08:58 PM

I would not bother upgrading the motherboard unless you upgrade the CPU as well as its not going to help performance very much for the money, unless you want it to overclock and even then only if its cheap.
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April 2, 2012 7:13:12 PM

Alright, thanks for the help everybody
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April 2, 2012 7:16:37 PM

Best answer selected by rahiarain.
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