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Can't decide on which graphic card to buy...please help

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May 19, 2012 3:31:28 AM

Hello,
I have been browsing on newegg lately and was planning on which graphic card to buy for this summer :) ...right now i have my eyes on a radeon hd 7750 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

I'm looking at this right now since i have a no name brand psu...its a SilenX iExtrema pro 650w psu so im not sure if its able to handle a graphic card that requires a pci-e connector.

I recently built my first pc a few months ago...

OLD GATEWAY DESKTOP SPECS:
Win Xp Sp3
Pentium D 820 2.8 Ghz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
9800 GT 512 MB RAM (256-bit, green edition)
200 GB WD CAVIAR
SilenX iExtrema pro 650w psu
Gateway GT5068e case(air congestion ftw)

New PC (my first build along with old parts):
Win 7 64-bit
Pentium G620 2.6 Ghz
8 GB DDR3 RAM
9800 GT 512mb (same one from before)
same hdd
same psu
Antec One hundred (running everything with 2 fans that came with case)

I need some insights on buying a new graphics card since I want a decent upgrade from my 9800 gt (916 points on passmark), and I also want to make sure if my no name psu can handle the load of a graphics card that will require a pci-e connector (eyeing on this particular model...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Since its the cheapest gpu with a 256-bit memory interface along with ddr5 mem speed.
Also I game on an AOC 20-inch display on the following resolutions (depending on the game lol): 1600x900, 1366x768, 1280x720, 1024x768.

Thanks
a c 175 U Graphics card
May 19, 2012 4:04:38 AM

7750 :) .
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May 19, 2012 6:26:26 AM

I know you are on a budget, but you should plan for a new power supply in the near future. When that old gateway one dies, it could very well take your whole PC with it. You can get a decent quality new unit for like $30. (Newegg has the Corsair CX430 for $24 after MIR.)

After you do that you can just buy the best GPU you can afford without worrying about draw.
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May 19, 2012 7:16:33 AM

hd 7750 too.:D 

it doesnt need that much power its lower in noise and heat also and it will be an better buy also.:) 
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May 23, 2012 1:28:25 AM

deadlockedworld said:
I know you are on a budget, but you should plan for a new power supply in the near future. When that old gateway one dies, it could very well take your whole PC with it. You can get a decent quality new unit for like $30. (Newegg has the Corsair CX430 for $24 after MIR.)

After you do that you can just buy the best GPU you can afford without worrying about draw.


I already replaced the "old" Gateway its been in the attic for like 6 or 7 months now...im still planning to revive it though when budget allows lol, the pentium D can still be used for something...and I wanted to buy that psu too...but I don't like MIR's...
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May 23, 2012 1:40:18 AM

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7750. best gpu that doesnt need am auxillary pci-e power



Wow..that's a plus since my 9800 gt is a green edition and it doesn't need power from my psu. Although I'm kind off worried about the 128-bit memory bandwidth thing...isn't that going to affect my performance later on...I want to keep a graphics card for at least 2-3 years. And does that card let me play skyrim, mw3 and other upcoming games at least on high-ultra (without AA and other eyecandy extras) with a 720p resolution...currently my 9800 gt actually handled skyrim on high settings with some mods, official patches and tweaks to improve performance w/o sacrificing eye candy, and it also handled crysis although it would get laggy at some points (probably cuz i nver updated the game). And if i was going to get a 7750 would you recommend a single slot or double slot card. I heard double slot cards exhaust heat better than single slots. (P.S. wen i probably buy a graphic card I might buy an SSD too just too see what the jump is like going from a 7200 rpm drive to an SSD, still waiting for the 90 gb's to go on sale again esp. crucial m4)

Tnx again for the replies :hello: 
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May 23, 2012 11:53:21 PM

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The card's bandwitdth won't become a, limiting factor when it uses such a low end GPU, just look at the HD5870 256bit vs. the GTX480 384bit, performance between the 2 cards were less than 10% apart and that was due to the faster 480, not the bandwidth.

and @720p, the card is enough to mac out any game.
I have a client who runs a HD6670 which is 10% slower and he runs BF3 at high @720p


Does this client of yours have a similar setup like mine...pentium g620 dual core 2.6 ghz , 8gb ram, 7200 rpm hdd (im thinking of replacing it since its almost 7 years old but i dont know)?
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May 26, 2012 12:23:36 AM

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almost similar,
his system runs on 4GB of RAM and a Pentium G620 with hyperthreading ( Core i3 ) :hello: 


and I don't your system is 7 years old, more likely to be 7 months old. the Pentium G620 is a Sandy Bridge chip


the system that I was talking about was the one with the pentium D on it (the one on the attic lol), hmmm i3 eh...man I wish I shelled out more money on cpu too...but i promised my folks to keep under at least 300 or 350 dollars. Wish the i5's would drop to like 150 dollars, sigh oh well then. Btw would you recommend an ssd along with the gpu upgrade?
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May 26, 2012 2:17:29 AM

loading a game faster isnt really that important, ssd's have no place in a low budget build

I'd suggest getting a 770 for the same price or little more, or the 6850 which is the best price to performance ratio gfx card
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May 26, 2012 1:02:51 PM

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depends, personally, I wouldn't buy an SSD because I need storage space over speed,
but SSDs could help game load faster :) 


I just thought about it since there were some ssd's on sale lately like the corsair gt something which was 120 gb for 99 bucks...now they have a sandisk one for 99 dollars too...but im waiting for a good sale on an ssd with synchronous memory. I just want this upgrade to be under at least 200 or 180 bucks :bounce:  , that's why I'm waiting for summer vacation to start....that way I can enjoy it too, only 2 more days till school ends anyways :whistle:  .....so 7750 is your best recommendation then, if so what model would you recommend or what brand?
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May 29, 2012 1:10:39 AM

Best answer selected by Jp876.
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May 29, 2012 1:11:14 AM

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Sapphire,
When it comes to AMD/ATI GPUs, always go for Sapphire,
Never had 1 failed in my life.

Unless of course, there are cheaper options


tnx for all the info :bounce: 
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