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June 9, 2012 10:43:52 PM

I was wanting to know what is the best graphics card i can get with out having to O/C specs.

Processor: AMD Athlon X2 220 2.8 GHZ
RAM: 4GB
64 bit operating system
My slots: 2 x PCI
1 x PCI-e x1
1 x PCI-e 2.0 x16

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a c 99 U Graphics card
June 9, 2012 10:54:09 PM

What brand is your power supply unit and how much wattage does it supply?
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June 9, 2012 11:54:33 PM

I'll buy one off of the graphics card i get whatever it needs ill buy but for now it's just a stock came with the pc
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 12:04:34 AM

We need to know at least two things. What is your budget and what PSU you have. I could go and recommend a $600 dollar GPU and that would be one of the best but way over your budget and not knowing the PSU (if we have to factor a new one into the upgrade price or not) depends on what you can get. If the PSU doesn't have any PCI-E connectors then best GPU you can get is a 7750.
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 12:07:48 AM

Whatever you get there will most likely be a bit of a restriction because of the CPU although not a bottleneck.
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 12:31:06 AM

For an Athlon II X2 2.8GHZ, a Radeon HD 6850 is the most powerful card you should get. Any more than that and you would be better off buying a new PC. For most HD6850s, you should get a good 500W or greater power supply (from a brand name like Corsair, or Seasonic or XFX or Enermax) with a 6 pin PCIe power connector.

With a 6850, you can play diablo 3 on ultra detail at 1920x1080 at 72fps (source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performa...)

You should also be able to max out starcraft 2 at 1920x1080, ultra detail at 38fps (source: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-6870-rade...).

For other more demanding games like BF3, you will need to lower the detail to medium in order to get close to 40 to 50 fps.
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June 10, 2012 12:37:50 AM

Well i kinda did not want to go over 200 is that possible with that stuff?
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 12:52:20 AM

spitball91 said:
Well i kinda did not want to go over 200 is that possible with that stuff?


I'm assuming you are based in the US,

Seasonic single rail 520W power supply for $70: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Powercolor 6850 video card $140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $210 + taxes + shipping.

You are $10 + taxes + shipping over budget. It's your call.

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June 10, 2012 1:02:55 AM

i can cover that i guess that's what ill do and all this will work right with my computer without any over clocking or having to worry about any problems right?
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 1:26:51 AM

If all you need is a 6850 you can get this PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then this GPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For a total price of $196.97 shipped.
Or if you want a bit more graphics power you can get this PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then this GPU (one step above the 6850).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With this you go a bit over budget initially but once the rebates come back (normally a month or two) it is about $200.

If I were you I wouldn't spend the extra money on a PSU that costs more when the corsair is about just as reliable and puts out the power you need. As for the powercolor GPU I would try to stay away from that brand (although that's mostly my opinion)
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a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 1:56:48 AM

andrewcarr said:
If all you need is a 6850 you can get this PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then this GPU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For a total price of $196.97 shipped.
Or if you want a bit more graphics power you can get this PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Then this GPU (one step above the 6850).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
With this you go a bit over budget initially but once the rebates come back (normally a month or two) it is about $200.

If I were you I wouldn't spend the extra money on a PSU that costs more when the corsair is about just as reliable and puts out the power you need. As for the powercolor GPU I would try to stay away from that brand (although that's mostly my opinion)



While Corsair has a very good reputation for power supplies (I have the Corsair 1200ax), the Corsair "builder" series that you mentioned is subpar. I would stay away from the builder series. I would also stay away from any PSU that does not meet the recommended specs. The Corsair builder 430W does not meet the 500W spec for the 6850. Yeah I know, he might be able to get away with having the 430W psu powering the 6850, but still, too risky and as I stated before, the "builder" series of Corsair PSUs should be avoided.
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June 10, 2012 2:22:26 AM

I think I'm going to stick with the powercolor card and the seasonic power supply thanks for your help guys
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June 10, 2012 2:23:22 AM

Best answer selected by spitball91.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
June 10, 2012 10:37:30 AM

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