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Need new Video card/PSU for Diablo 3

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April 5, 2012 11:16:36 PM

Hello all,

I'd like to seek your advice on purchasing a new video card in order to play Diablo 3. Here is some info about my computer. I went to "can u run it.com" so that is why each bit of info says "minimum" for minimum requirements for the game, and "you have" to show what my computer has. I just copied and pasted the info below:
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CPU
Minimum: Intel Pentium D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+
You Have: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+
PASS

CPU Speed
Minimum: Info
You Have: 2.7 GHz

Bios Name
Minimum: Info
You Have:
Name: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Version: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.17
Click here for the latest BIOS updates.

RAM
Minimum: 1 GB RAM (1.5 GB required for Windows Vista/Windows 7 users)
You Have: 3.0 GB
PASS

OS
Minimum: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7 (Latest Service Packs)
You Have: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (build 6001), 32-bit
PASS Click here for the latest Windows drivers.

Video Card
Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT or ATI Radeon X1950 Pro or better
You Have: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Upgrade Suggested: Unfortunately, your Video Card does not meet this requirement. Click here to see some recommendations. Click here for the latest Video drivers.
Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card
Required You Have
Pixel Shader version 3.0 3.0
Vertex Shader version 3.0 3.0
Dedicated Video RAM 256 MB 128 MB

Free Disk Space
Minimum: 12 GB
You Have: 239.6 GB
PASS
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According to the website's scan, everything with my computer is fine for Diablo 3 except the video card. I don't need anything super fancy, but I would like something fairly decent so I'm not freezing/glitching constantly. The Diablo 3 website recommends at least NVIDIA GeForce 260 or ATI Radeon HD 4870 or better. My power supply is only 220w so I would need a new one of those as well.

Upon my own research I found that EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB Video Card is a good card and fairly cheap at $115, but the power supply unit recommended with it was another $100.

So my questions are:
1. Is my system good enough to handle the video card and PSU I mentioned above?
2. The PSU mentioned above is 600w, while the GTX 550 ti only requires 400w. Can I get a lower watt/cheaper PSU for that card?
3. What video card and power supply unit(that are pretty good) should I get that is compatible with my system. I hoping to spend around $150 or a bit more for both if possible so if you have some suggestions that would work I would be grateful.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

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a b U Graphics card
April 5, 2012 11:32:28 PM

For the PSU, I'd go with a Corsair. Either a CX600 ($70) or a TX650 ($90). They are good bang for the buck.
a c 89 Î Nvidia
a c 251 U Graphics card
April 5, 2012 11:44:33 PM

you crrently have a 220w psu? Do you have a slimline computer? Because if you do you are restricted to certian style power supplies and they don't go up to 600w , the largest slimline psu that I have seen is 400w. For a 550Ti you can run it on a 400w psu or a 500w psu , your choice. A $150 budget is going to be hard to get what you want , you may need to increase it a bit unless you can find some good bargans or rebates.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $10 rebate
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a b U Graphics card
April 5, 2012 11:46:00 PM

I wouldn't go with the 550ti, but if you do, a quality 400w PSU is plenty. You could run a 7970/680 off the CX 600, but I'd recommend going as cheap as you can on the power supply while still having a quality brand and and plenty of power, something like the CX 500:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then you can spend the rest on a real gaming card.
April 6, 2012 2:50:05 AM

^^^ That PSU Cue mentioned is a quality buy.

Graphics card wise:

You can snatch up a 260GTX 216 core for around $80 give or take $10. My XFX Black Edition was $80, pre-overclocked ones will be in your best interest.

A Radeon 4870 will fetch around the same price on ebay, you could even snag a 4870 X2 for around $115 if your lucky, but thats a gamble on quality.

^^^These are a little older but still kickers.

On the newer end for AMD, DX11 end really, You have a few choices worth around $100 which is the 5770 & 6770 (same cards, just rebranded), 6790 & 6850 if you are stretching it.

For Nvidia you have, 550Ti (not recommended unless you can get it for about $100) and the 560 GTX if you are stretching into the 6850 area pricewise.
April 6, 2012 10:47:31 AM

Thank you everyone for the info and replies.

Inzone, I do not have a slimline computer.

After taking your suggestions, links, and looking around a bit more here is what I think I've decided on:

PSU
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$24.99 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$119.00 after rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I know you recommended the cx500 power supply, but this 430 is only $25 (half the price)!
Cuecuemore, why did you say you wouldn't go with the 550ti??
The GTX550ti received a 5/5 rating from 430 reviews on newegg.com so I definitely like that user feedback rating.


Again, I just want to be able to run Diablo 3 well. I won't be playing other games. I should have no problems running it with my system and the PSU and Video card I've mentioned above, correct?

Please add further comments/suggestions as I want to get quality items that will run Diablo 3 well(doesn't have to be amazing).

I greatly appreciate everyone's time and suggestions.
a b U Graphics card
April 6, 2012 11:16:13 AM

^^ The 550Ti is not recommended because the HD6770 gives similar performance for ~$15 less and the HD6790 gives more performance for the same money.
April 6, 2012 2:42:19 PM

So is this what you had in mind?

XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 after rebate
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I also saw:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX6790 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$105 after rebate
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Again, I'm not very knowledgeable about computers. I see the HD 6770 or 6790 in there, but for all the other numbers listed such as "1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready", I don't really know what those mean or what I should look for.

Also, are there better brands? XFX, Powercolor, HIS, etc.? I want to get quality items that will last and have fewer problems.

Thanks
April 6, 2012 6:15:53 PM

Would a 450w Antec PSU be powerful enough run a 6850 as an upgrade from a 4850?

Sorry to chip in here ;) 
a b Î Nvidia
a c 290 U Graphics card
April 6, 2012 6:30:43 PM

It would be enough.
a c 89 Î Nvidia
a c 251 U Graphics card
April 6, 2012 7:01:49 PM

As far as power supplies go XFX , Antec , Corsair and SeaSonic are the top quality brands.
For AMD video cards it's XFX , Saphire and HIS and for Nvidia it's EVGA and MSI.
April 7, 2012 1:42:17 AM

Well, here's what I'm thinking now:

newegg.com has an ASUS Radeon HD 6850 for $120 after rebates and stuff which seems pretty cheap.

I like the 430 watt PSU for only $25 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-139-...

I have a couple other questions though.
On the AMD website they state system requirements for the 6850 are:
# PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
# 500 Watt or greater power supply recommended

1. I have a PCI Express lane in my PC, but how do I know if it is X16? What does that mean?
2. They recommend 500 watt or greater, but another review I saw recommended 450. Would that 430watt I mentioned above be enough for the 6850?

Thanks
a c 89 Î Nvidia
a c 251 U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 3:00:45 AM

The motherboard that you have only has one x16 slot and that means it has 16 lanes of bandwidth , if you had two full length x16 slots then you most likely would have 8 lanes each. As for the power supply it basicly comes down to how many amps are on the +12v rail and not just the watts. That's why you could ryn the card on a 430w psu if it had enough amps on the +12v rail. I know that because of your small budget you really want to get the 430w psu but it won't do you any good if it doesn't power the card.
April 7, 2012 3:38:20 AM

Well, I might just go for something that requires less power like the radeon 5770. I don't mind if my card isn't amazing. It just didn't seem like that much more money for a better card, but the better card needs a better psu so it IS more money.

That cx430 psu has a funny PCIe connector I noticed also. If I would get the 5770, it needs a 75W 6 pin PCIe connector from the psu, but that 430 psu has a 6+2 PCIe connector. So it has 8 pins?? Would that even be able to connect to the 5770? Since it says "6+2" does that mean it can connect to 6 pins or 8 pins? Seems weird.

If it can't connect then maybe I'll need a different psu anyway, and in that case I could get a better one that could handle a better card.

Thanks again for the replies and info!
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 4:20:15 AM

jd_1326 said:
So is this what you had in mind?

XFX HD-677X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 after rebate
------------------------------------------------
I also saw:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor AX6790 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6790 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$105 after rebate
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Again, I'm not very knowledgeable about computers. I see the HD 6770 or 6790 in there, but for all the other numbers listed such as "1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready", I don't really know what those mean or what I should look for.

Also, are there better brands? XFX, Powercolor, HIS, etc.? I want to get quality items that will last and have fewer problems.

Thanks


You can get an HD7750 for about $116 after shipping, which would use less power than any other card you've mentioned. Plus, you'd get equal or better performance compared to an HD5770/6770 or 6790....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 7, 2012 12:31:12 PM

Thanks all for the help!

After a couple days spending hours looking through reviews based on your suggestions I finally decided to go with the Geforce GTX 550 ti since it has low power requirements and exceptional user reviews. That allowed me to get the Corsair 430 PSU for $25.

Thanks again for all the suggestions!
a b Î Nvidia
a c 290 U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 1:17:03 PM

Glad you got it figured!
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