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HIS/AMD HD 6870 IceQ VD EVGA GTX 560 Need opinion.

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a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 9:00:23 AM

Hey guys, i need to get a budget graphic card, and im torn in between these two- GTX 560 and HD 6870 IceQ?
My specs-
i7-2600 3.4GHz, 8threads
4x2 GB Transcend DDR3 Dual Channel 1333MHz RAM
A 450W PSU (VERY IMPORTANT, i DONT wanna upgrade it)
3 small fans, one pcie card. Now theyre both practically the same price, and i want one that my psu can handle. The links:
HD 6870 IceQ:
http://www.flipkart.com/his-amd-ati-radeon-hd-6870-iceq...

EVGA GTX 560:
www.flipkart.com/evga-nvidia-geforce-gtx-560-1-gb-gddr5...

I live in india, so im only buying from flipkart.com
I cant give more detailed specs about my PSU, since im not in town, but im pretty sure it has two 12v rails, and the thing says HI-POT Grounding Box.
Thanks guys.
And if you can find me a cheap-ish PSU on flipkart, i COULD upgrade (no more than 4k)

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June 3, 2012 9:15:03 AM

Both of these cards trade blows in most games....but the 6870 is cheaper, so go with that.
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a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 9:22:41 AM

jdw_swb said:
Both of these cards trade blows in most games....but the 6870 is cheaper, so go with that.


I second this.
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a c 99 U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 9:27:00 AM

I third it (if that makes sense).
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a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 10:57:59 AM

Sure bro, if second makes sense, thrid should too. Well, the benchmarks showed as such , but what id love to know here is which one is better suited to my PSU, beacause im aware that thats the Achilles Heel of my system. I was guessing the IceQ would be better, but i cant be sure. And another question i forgot to include was that is i use a UPS, can my PSU blow? And if it can, will it take my system with it? Since its on a UPS, power surges SHOULD be prevented, right?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 11:05:00 AM

I really doubt your PSU is enough for either card - they both require two 6-pin connectors and I haven't seen any power supply at that wattage (even from the best brands) and has it. Furthermore, if it's a crappy PSU and doesn't have any protection inside, it might blow up due to too high load. That's why I always recommend buying only from quality brands, because they don't use cheap components and those components might save your computer some day.

I'd recommend going with this one, because it's pretty cheap, comes from a quality brand (Corsair) and has 80 PLUS certification.

http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-cmpsu-500cxv2uk-500-wat...

About choice of video cards - they perform around the same, but HD 6870 uses a little bit less power. It's just your preference that will have to make a choice - looks, AMD vs Nvidia, etc.
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a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 1:15:37 PM

I think im going to go with the 6870 , since it has better cooling. Thanks, and i'll definitely look into a good psu. BTW, ive heard that any good 500W psu can handle about any single card. That true?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 2:08:27 PM

Pretty much yes, unless you're talking about dual GPU cards like GTX 590, GTX 690, HD 6990, etc.
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a c 664 U Graphics card
June 3, 2012 5:29:09 PM

Normally, the 560 is better because it has a lot of headroom for overclocking, while the 6870 has very little headroom. In your case, overclocking would push the limits of your PSU, so get the cheaper one.
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