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April 9, 2012 3:03:28 AM

Hello everyone!

I'm new both to these forums and to computer hardware in general, so your help is greatly appreciated!

I'm looking to upgrade to the EVGA Geforce GTX 550 Ti . It seems like a good buy for a budget of $200 and from what I've seen, it'll handle Battlefield 3 at ultra settings at minimum 40 fps. Now I have two questions.

First, can I get away with not upgrading my 350w PSU? This is my computer specs. It's got a Core 2 Quad clocked at 2.66 ghz and 6 gb ram. It was purchased about 4 years ago at a Circuit City, before I was into hardware and before they went out of business! I've read that the GTX 550 won't go above using 180 w, which leaves room for the rest of the computer, but with a power hungry core 2 quad, hard drive, and DVD-rom, I'm wondering if I should just upgrade my PSU while I'm upgrading my graphics.

Second, is there a better option for a budget of $200 (Not including PSU)? I've looked around, and this seems to fit my needs of cost, and able to run BF3 on high settings. The 9500 GS was good back in the day, but it's starting to age... :\ In fact, I was surprised it even ran BF3. I'm assuming it's thanks to the quad core.

Thanks for any help you can give, and if you need more info I'm happy to give it!

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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 5:38:45 AM

Yes there is surely much better card than the 550 ti on the sub-$200 graphics card, the best one is probably the 6870 or a bit more than $200, you can get the 560 Ti for a $30 more, or well right on to the budget with rebate. For PSU, a 600W is recommended for a 560 ti, 6870 needs 500W, 550 ti needs 450W
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April 9, 2012 6:15:00 AM

No, 600W is overkill for a 550ti. Nvidia recommends a 400W PSU, so you will still want to upgrade. Something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... will keep all your components happily powered.

HOWEVER, I would strongly recommend you spend an extra $10 and get an HD 6850 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) it is around 40% faster if I remember correctly, and consumes only 10W more power, so the above PSU will also work with this one.
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April 9, 2012 8:51:51 AM

Interesting inputs, I'll definitely get a new PSU. But as for graphics, would this be a better buy for $150? EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked. I've looked at a few benchmarks and it seems it performs better than the Radeon 6850. More input appreciated!
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April 9, 2012 9:06:48 AM

ClassicTheMedic said:


it'll handle Battlefield 3 at ultra settings at minimum 40 fps. Now I have


believe me that card cannot and will not run bf3 at ultra at 1080p and give an avg of 40 fps.

what resolution are you gaming at ?
And i will suggest you to go with atleast gtx 560.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 9:40:45 AM

ClassicTheMedic said:
Interesting inputs, I'll definitely get a new PSU. But as for graphics, would this be a better buy for $150? EVGA GTX 460 Superclocked. I've looked at a few benchmarks and it seems it performs better than the Radeon 6850. More input appreciated!

The 6850 is on par with the 460, but since the 460 is SOC'd, the 460 will beat the 6850. But in my opinion there is no point of paying more for an overclocked card, because overclocking a graphic card is very easy. The only difference between 460 and 6850 is probably power consumption, where 460 consumes more power. But anyway, both 6870 and 560 ti performs better than both 6850 and 460.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 4:02:19 AM

I don't know much about this card, but I doubt that it's faster than 560 ti. But as far as I know this card is a slower version of the original 560 non-ti with some cores disabled, which means they should be slower than 560 non-ti, but cheaper (which is true). But I don't recommend this because you need 2 PCI-E power connector, and 6850 only needs one, so the 560 SE will consume more power and 6850 should be faster generally :) .
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April 10, 2012 6:26:57 AM

A GTX 560 should be on par with a HD 6870. The 'Ti' being on par with a HD 6950.
The SE seems to have 192 bit bandwidth, whereas the regular one has a 256 bit.
EVGA's SOC'd is around $160 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note, that it does require 2X6 pin pcie power connectors.
For around $50.
Corsair CX600W V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It exceeds your budget about $10, though.
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April 13, 2012 2:12:43 AM

Any more things I need to know before I make my final decisions? My plan is to go with 6817139028 ]this power supply, as suggested by the above post, but the final decision on which card is still up in the air.
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April 13, 2012 3:52:11 AM

The EVGA GTX560Ti SOC is what I recommend. The one that I linked for $160.
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EVGA's SOC'd is around $160 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130661
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