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Help choosing new graphics card

Hi all,

I'm considering purchasing a new graphics card in the near future that will allow me to play some of the newer games on medium - very high quality, and was looking for some experienced opinions on what I should be looking for.

I'm currently using:

Graphics: AMD Radeon 3870x2
Processor: AMD Phenom 9500 quad core @ 2.2GHz
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Power Supply: 700W

I'm looking for a new card in the $100-$250 price range after tax, and am also wondering if I'll need to make any additional upgrades to get the best out of a new graphics card, I.E more ram, better processor, more power?

Any help is greatly appreciated! :D
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  1. I'd suggest HD 7850 - it's the most powerful card that fits your budget. It will be a nice upgrade from your HD 3870x2.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405

    CPU upgrade would be nice, if you can afford it. Your current CPU may limit the graphics card on very CPU intensive games, but should be fine on the most.
  2. What is the brand and model of that PSU?
  3. It must be a decent unit - HD 3870x2 is pretty power hungry. If it runs that card, it will run HD 7850 without ANY problems at all.
  4. Edited My OP, my PSU is a Rocketfish RF-700-WPS. Sorry for the confusion :/
    The HD 7850 Looks great, but I was trying to stay under $250 after tax (and shippng if I can't find it locally)..

    In case I can dish out the extra cash, I only have a PCIE 2.0 slot, will this work with a PCIE 3.0 card?
  5. None of modern graphic cards can make ful use of PCIe 2.0 let alone PCIe 3.0. And yes a PCIe 3.0 GPU will work on a PCIe 2.0 slot without restrictions.
  6. Since you did not tell us where you were from, I automatically assumed USA because you gave the price in dollars. If you could tell me your geographical location, I might be able to recommend you a card that will fit your budget ;).
  7. I'll say I'm in Ontario, no more than that as I don't want to violate the terms of use on my first day here :p
  8. Best answer
    That's Canada! I guess your budget is in Canadian dollars?

    This one is just over $250 CAD with shipping:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473

    If you can't really go above $250, I'd suggest going with this card instead then:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    It's not much slower than HD 7850, around 8%. It won't disappoint you, it has very nice cooler and overclocking capabilities. I have similar model (just different company) myself, and I can say it's a very nice card.
  9. Wow thanks Sunius! The MSI looks like it would do perfectly!

    One last question though: I've heard that NVIDIA Video cards don't get along very well with AMD processors, do you think this will be an issue for me?
  10. amd phenom quad core @ 2.2.......... what one ? what's your monitor/res ? motherboard ? what opsys ?............. 32 or 64bit ?
  11. I don't know where you heard it but it isn't true. It will work wonders ;).

    @Swifty_morgan: It's probably Phenom 9550. Though I am not sure how operating system matters for upgrading the graphics card.
  12. It's my guess that it's one of the old phenoms too...... weanted to hear it from him.

    .... which means ( OP ) that the 7850 will be next to useless unless you do some major hardware upgrades to go along with the card.

    if not a lesser card ( 550ti or similar ).... would be the tops I would put in that system.

    and no to the question about nvidia/amd........ that's fan boy ism.
  13. I wouldn't say it'd be useless. It would be a nice upgrade that will last him longer than his processor. And when he eventually decides he wants to upgrade his CPU - his graphics card won't be totally useless.
  14. All I can say is avoid buying AMD trash graphic cards IF you are a true gamer, Nvidia is the best choice for gamers :D I bet you won't get disappointed.
    stick to Nvidia graphics, they rock your games.


    My suggestion to you:
    Customer Choice Award Winner :
    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
    Price: $134.99

    :D
  15. My processor is an AMD Phenom 9500, as for the motherboard I tried to use Everest to figure out what the model was, but it came up blank :/

    I'm still leaning towards the MSI N560GTX or the HIS 7850(This will require some saving haha). From what I've read they seem to have better cooling, and my system already runs fairly warm
  16. MSI GTX 560 Ti has excellent cooling.
  17. sarah_diamond said:
    All I can say is avoid buying AMD trash graphic cards IF you are a true gamer, Nvidia is the best choice for gamers :D I bet you won't get disappointed.
    stick to Nvidia graphics, they rock your games.


    My suggestion to you:
    Customer Choice Award Winner :
    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
    Price: $134.99

    :D



    Perhaps you've had some personal issues with AMD cards, but by no means are AMD cards any worse for gaming than nVidia.
  18. sarah_diamond said:
    All I can say is avoid buying AMD trash graphic cards IF you are a true gamer, Nvidia is the best choice for gamers :D I bet you won't get disappointed.
    stick to Nvidia graphics, they rock your games.
    :D


    you have entered the domain of ADULT computer hardware enthusiasts. If you can't control yourself find another site to type trash on and stop wasting everyone's time.
  19. I thank you all for your input :), but I think I've decided to go with the MSI N560GTX. It seems to best fit my budget while still giving me a phenomenal performance boost.

    Special thanks to Sunius for his excellent suggestions!

    Next up will be a new processor and MOBO. I'll porbably start a new thread on that sometime in the near future haha :)
  20. Best answer selected by Pyrophyte.
  21. Glad I helped you make your mind :).
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