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Help me upgrade my GPU and PSU (again)

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May 18, 2012 4:10:23 PM

About two years ago, I posted this thread looking for some upgrade advice: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283082-33-bucks

Everyone was very helpful and I've been running the following rig for the past two years:

HP p6310f which has a AMD 630 anthlon II x4(2.8 ghz), 6 gigs ram ddr3, 1 terrabyte HD.

I got a GTS 250 and a BFG 450watt PSU to actually make the system play games. It worked very well until I got BF3, which I'm playing on pretty middling settings. I also bought a 27" Samsung LED monitor. Now I want to upgrade.

Here is some criteria:

I'm looking to spend between $200-300 for both the GPU and if I need a new PSU, that as well. I'm not someone who needs super ULTRA settings, but obviously if I can get there on my budget I'd be happy to make it happen.

I've read that the AMD 6870 is a good buy at around the $160 range. I also was intrigued by the 7850 at around the $260. I imagine the 7850 is better, but how significant of an upgrade would this be compared to the 6870? Also, what PSU should I get with these?

Please make any other recommendations you can think of. Thanks guys.

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a c 1308 U Graphics card
May 18, 2012 4:19:18 PM

The HD7850 probably will work with your PSU!
a b U Graphics card
May 18, 2012 4:20:41 PM

7850 is a bit faster than a 6950.

You will not need to upgrade your psu. However you may need to overclock your cpu to keep up.
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a b U Graphics card
May 18, 2012 4:40:30 PM

Even though you can't overclock your CPU, the HD 7850 is worth it. Perfect for 1080p gaming on high/ultra.
May 18, 2012 4:49:13 PM

The AMD 7850 is going to be better than the 6950 but it will need a power input somewhere along the lines of a 4pin/6pin connector, i would recomend upgrading the PSU to around 750w modular PSU because then you can remove the the unwanted connectors.

A decent PSU would be a Seasonic X-750 its got a Gold certified also its 100% modular and has black sleeved cables to improve strength

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151087

hope this helped
May 18, 2012 5:44:15 PM

If you can find a decent power supply for $50. Amazon has the EVGA GTX 570 DS on Sale for $250 after rebate. The GTX 570 should be better than the 7850.
a c 175 U Graphics card
May 18, 2012 5:52:06 PM

A HD7850 will be roughly equivalent to a GTX570, but use a LOT less power. I'm not sure I'd rely on that old BFG 450W PSU to power it though. Here's a 520W modular Seasonic that is only $60 right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... although there's shipping costs too; make it $66, which is still a good deal.
If getting this PSU limits you to the HD6870, that's still a big jump over what you have.
a b U Graphics card
May 18, 2012 9:56:52 PM

The 7850 uses 106w, about 50w less than my 5850, that psu will be just fine.

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