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July 29, 2012 3:05:40 AM

So before we get started, here's my PC in detail.
Motherboard: Asus P5Q Pro
Ram: 1 x 2gb ddr2 (kingston)
Hard Disk: 2x SATA ( 1 is 80 gigs and the other is 500 gigs)
Processor: Intel Core 2 duo 3.0 ghz
Cpu Cooler: Nvidia Zalman 110mm (http://images.overclock.co.uk/product_images/main/CNPS9...)
Graphic Card: Gts 450 or HD 6750.
Power supply: Cooler Master extreme 460w (http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=3686).

Now that that is done with, onto my question.

So recently I my 9600gt got fried and I've been planning to buy a new graphic card, my current options within my budget are the following 2.

Inno3d Nvidia GTS 450 2GB DDR3.
XFX Radeon HD 6750 1GB DDR5.

Both fall within my price range and I wanted to confirm which I should buy, I plan on playing games like battlefield 3 and other recently released games with some decent settings.

My monitor is a 17" and max resolution I ever plan on playing on is 1280x1024 because I'm just a casual gamer but I may soon also attach another 17" monitor .

Which card do you people think I should get ?

A detailed opinion would be highly appreciated.

I also would like to confirm if my power supply can handle the above mentioned cards, and what would be the best possible GPU from Nvidia or AMD I could run with this setup and power supply.

Cheers,
Skyrus :) 
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July 29, 2012 3:09:43 AM

i would just save up for a new computer
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July 29, 2012 3:18:37 AM

Yeah you can't get much more power out of the gpu with that cpu. You would have to upgrade. I think you definition of casual gamer might be different than mine. Mine is: A person who plays light games. ex facebook. Think you mean: plays games once in awhile.
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July 29, 2012 3:22:47 AM

thor220 said:
Yeah you can't get much more power out of the gpu with that cpu. You would have to upgrade. I think you definition of casual gamer might be different than mine. Mine is: A person who plays light games. ex facebook. Think you mean: plays games once in awhile.

To be honest my computer ran most games pretty well at about medium settings at the above stated resolution with my old card.

Kindly just tell me which one of these you think would serve me better.
Could be in terms of power consumption, heat produced, gaming performance etc, I may also attach another 17 inch monitor if need be.
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July 29, 2012 3:36:55 AM

devilofdeaths said:
i would just save up for a new computer


while i agree that this would be the best option for a more serious gamer, the OP stated he's a casual gamer. maybe he doesn't have the money or desire to upgrade his whole computer, but wants to still have some fun on the cheap? at 1280x1024, i think this is very possible, even with his somewhat older specs.

First of all, skyrus5150, what exactly is your budget for a new GPU? is there a specific reason you are looking at the gts 450 and hd 6750? between the two choices, i would go with the hd 6750. the fact that the 6750 has gddr5 rather than ddr3 will make a big difference in gaming. If you're open to other options, i might suggest a few other cards that might suit you. And yes, your PSU should be able to handle any of the GPUs in my links just fine, in fact you'll have a fair amount of head room. Here's a few links...

An HD 7770 for $130

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An HD 7750 for $105 (my top choice)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A GTX 550ti for $125

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 29, 2012 3:43:38 AM

550 TI is pretty decent, although for the price the 7770 is going to be the better choice. Or even a GTX 460 is a little better.
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July 29, 2012 5:00:40 AM

Augray37 said:
while i agree that this would be the best option for a more serious gamer, the OP stated he's a casual gamer. maybe he doesn't have the money or desire to upgrade his whole computer, but wants to still have some fun on the cheap? at 1280x1024, i think this is very possible, even with his somewhat older specs.

First of all, skyrus5150, what exactly is your budget for a new GPU? is there a specific reason you are looking at the gts 450 and hd 6750? between the two choices, i would go with the hd 6750. the fact that the 6750 has gddr5 rather than ddr3 will make a big difference in gaming. If you're open to other options, i might suggest a few other cards that might suit you. And yes, your PSU should be able to handle any of the GPUs in my links just fine, in fact you'll have a fair amount of head room. Here's a few links...

An HD 7770 for $130

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An HD 7750 for $105 (my top choice)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A GTX 550ti for $125

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the detailed reply, you are correct on your assumptions.

I am on a very tight budget as of this moment and that is why I chose the 2 cards stated in the first post.
I will be buying from this website
http://galaxy.pk/form021.html (AMD Cards)
http://galaxy.pk/form022.html (Nvidia Cards).

Kindly take a look at those 2 pages before reading further :) .

My budget is only up till 10,000 RS but I could try to make it a bit flexible.

Your top choice (the HD 7750 [HIS Version]) is almost within my reach at 10,900 RS if I make a little effort but the GTX 550ti and HD 7770 are well out of my reach.

I can try to afford the HD 7750, and if I do, will it be supported by my setup and power supply ?, will it give me some headroom, and some overclocking space perhaps ?


However, if I am not able to afford the HD 7750 (HIS Version) due to my tight budget, would you suggest I get the 2GB DDR3 version of the Inno3d GTS 450 or the 1GB DDR5 version of the XFX HD 6750 ?

On a side note:
I've noticed that most AMD cards from HIS don't have a 6 pin power connector requirement and are supposed to just be plugged into the motherboard and draw their power from there.
This won't affect their performance right ?
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July 29, 2012 10:41:54 AM

In my opinion, i would say just get the best you can afford, and my personal suggestion would be the 6750. while there is a difference in performance between the 7750 and the 6750, i don't think it's worth spending more than you're comfortable with, especially at that resolution. The 6750 is a fine budget card, and should give you enough muscle to push decent FPS on the games you like to play without burning up you power supply. Don't worry too much about which one to get, any of the ones we've talked about will be good, and your PSU should be fine with all of them.
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July 29, 2012 12:13:14 PM

Augray37 said:
In my opinion, i would say just get the best you can afford, and my personal suggestion would be the 6750. while there is a difference in performance between the 7750 and the 6750, i don't think it's worth spending more than you're comfortable with, especially at that resolution. The 6750 is a fine budget card, and should give you enough muscle to push decent FPS on the games you like to play without burning up you power supply. Don't worry too much about which one to get, any of the ones we've talked about will be good, and your PSU should be fine with all of them.


I see, well I intend to get the 6750 then, I just have one more confusion as I stated in a previous post that I've noticed that most AMD cards from HIS don't have a 6 pin power connector requirement and are supposed to just be plugged into the motherboard and draw their power from there.
This won't affect their performance right ?

Can someone clarify me on this please ?

Thanks :) 
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July 29, 2012 12:39:14 PM

skyrus5150 said:
I see, well I intend to get the 6750 then, I just have one more confusion as I stated in a previous post that I've noticed that most AMD cards from HIS don't have a 6 pin power connector requirement and are supposed to just be plugged into the motherboard and draw their power from there.
This won't affect their performance right ?

Can someone clarify me on this please ?

Thanks :) 


Whether or not it requires a 6-pin comes from the AMD model, not any particular manufacturer, like HIS. There are a few higher end cards with major factory overclocks that require an additional connector on top of the reference board, but those cards are few and far between, and AFAIK, all 6750 and 7750's draw all their power from the motherboard, no matter who makes it.

that having been said, here's one more option
MSI 7770 $110 after MIR, free shipping
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July 29, 2012 3:03:42 PM

quilciri said:
Whether or not it requires a 6-pin comes from the AMD model, not any particular manufacturer, like HIS. There are a few higher end cards with major factory overclocks that require an additional connector on top of the reference board, but those cards are few and far between, and AFAIK, all 6750 and 7750's draw all their power from the motherboard, no matter who makes it.

that having been said, here's one more option
MSI 7770 $110 after MIR, free shipping


Thanks for that response and the suggestion but I'm now dead set on the XFX HD 6750,
http://xfxforce.com/en-us/Products/Graphics-Cards/ATI/A....

And that HD 6750 has a 6 pin power connector requirement :p , hopefully it runs well on my PC.

Thank you everyone for your help :) 
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July 29, 2012 7:11:40 PM

I stand corrected. I neglected to add that cards that are near the 75w limit of PCI-e may have some with a 6 pin and some without.

the 7750 uses considerably less power than the 6750. How much is the 6750 you're looking at? the link's broken.
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