Choosing a best mid range graphics card

Hey everyone.....

I have a Gigabyte ga-31m-es2l motherboard
2.8 GHz core 2 duo processor
4 GB ddr2 RAM

M planning to buy a new graphics card(mid range) for my pc to play games like COD-MW3, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2.....etc.
And Please suggest a PSU for the card...

Please suggest me a good budget graphics card.....
Thanks for the help in advance.....!!!!
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  1. How much are you willing to spend for the GPU+PSU?
    and what is your monitor resolution?
  2. around 200$....n my monitor resolution is 1980x1080...
  3. If you can spare a little more, I recommend these because you want to play demanding games:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    The cost at point of purchase is $170 for the XFX 6870 + $70 for the Corsair CX600 V2.
    But if you avail of the mail in rebate, the cost will be down to $140 + $50 = $190.
  4. I'd suggest this:
    XFX Radeon 6870 - Only $139.99 after rebate right now
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
    Corsair CX 430 - Only $24.99 after rebate right now
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    Stepping up to an HD 7850 or even a GTX 560 Ti immediately kills your budget so for under $200 this is a great deal.
  5. i have one more doubt....Will my motherboard support a ddr3 or ddr5 graphics card without any issues.....???
  6. And what do u think about ati 7750 or 6770.....????
  7. 7750 is entry level of amd's new lineup. imo you'll need a stronger gfx card to game at 1080p resolution. it's cheaper, weaker too.
    your motherboard will Gddr5 (not ddr5, gddr5 is different and for gfx card only) cards without any issue. video card's ram has nothing to do with pc's ram.
  8. Thanks for the reply......
    But which gfx card..???? and what abt 6770...???
  9. Its not like i want to play these games at ultra high settings...playing game at medium setting will also do....!!!!!
    FPS of abt 25-30 will be gud...
  10. Maybe an AMD 7750 800Mhz will do. Probably no need to upgrade PSU so you spend just a little over half your budget.
    The link below shows 7750 right at your target fps in BF3 on 1920x1080.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135-6.html
    But to make sure, what is your current PSU & do you already have a discrete graphics card in your pc?
  11. Can u plzz tell me whether Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 is compatible with gigabyte ga-31m-s2l...????

    i thinking abt 7750 or 7770.......

    n Wats the diff between ddr5 and Gddr5....and will Gddr5 will run smoothly with my mtherboard...???
  12. gts 250 is old and outdated. if you're looking for entry level cards, 7750 or 6770 should be the way to go. 6770 is okay for medium settings.
    if you're looking for a bit stronger gfx card, check out radeon hd 6850, it used to be the most powerful card that requires only one pcie power connector. but the xfx card i linked costs as much as the his 6850 after rebates, making the xfx 6870 of the better value.
    Aki_game said:
    Can u plzz tell me whether Radeon HD 7750 1GB GDDR5 is compatible with gigabyte ga-31m-s2l...????

    i thinking abt 7750 or 7770.......

    n Wats the diff between ddr5 and Gddr5....and will Gddr5 will run smoothly with my mtherboard...???

    okay. 7770 is better than 7750. 7750 (800 mhz clock) is currently the strongest gfx card that does not require an extra pcie power connector.
    there is no ddr5, only gddr5. gddr5 is video card's ram, it's got nothing to do with motherboard or anything else.
    yes, it will run fine. 7750 should be compatible with your motherboard. pcie standards are backward and forward compatible.
  13. so whether 7750 1gb will play cod-mw3 and battlefield smoothly on my pc with the config i have ...at medium setting...?????
    i mean without lag....!!!
  14. It will MW3 smoothly but dunno about bf3.
  15. And the list includes....NFS Run, crysis 2, bionic commando n Call of Juarez: the cartel....etc
  16. it'll run bf3 without aa at 30~ fps.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135-6.html
    some other games
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/535
    imo you'll have to turn some gfx intensive settings like anti aliasing down to play the games with better fps.
  17. Thanks every1....
  18. if i install 7750 then what abt the psu....will i need a new psu for tis card....???
    will a 450w psu do a good job..??
  19. Aki_game said:
    if i install 7750 then what abt the psu....will i need a new psu for tis card....???
    will a 450w psu do a good job..??

    yes, a good quality 450w will do just fine.
    currently 7750 (800 mhz) is the most powerful gfx card that does not require a pcie power connector (there is a 900 mhz version that requires an extra pcie power connector). it will run okay on a psu like corsair cx 430 v2. same with cx 500 v2. i'm not saying you need a 450w psu, the 800 mhz version is quite power efficient. dunno about 900 mhz version.
  20. The 900 mhz version is just 8W more than the 800Mhz version. But the major difference lie on the fact that AMD put a 6PIN PCIe connector on it. Quite a waste actually when you can easily OC the 7750 to 900Mhz.

    Well, AMD is probably just playing safe.
  21. whats a difference bet a generic psu and a corsair psu...???
  22. Aki_game said:
    whats a difference bet a generic psu and a corsair psu...???

    A corsair 500W PSU can supply 500W a generic 500W PSU can only really supply 200-300W and can die taking your motherboard and maybe more with it.
  23. Aki_game said:
    whats a difference bet a generic psu and a corsair psu...???

    typical generic psus lack what makes good psus well.. good.
    they usually lack -
    better components,
    higher efficiency (>80%). generic psus usually have 60-72% efficiency and it is highly variable.
    build quality,
    active power factor correction,
    different kinds of protective measures such as overvoltage protection, overcurrent protection, under voltage/current protection etc.
    low end generic psus can cause system instability, poor performance in games, crashing, in worst cases, component damage. generic psu components usually age faster than good quality psus. iirc corsair's builder series psus are built by seasonic, they're known and proven to put good components in their psus and they perform well.
  24. Hey guys....i saw the price of radeon 7750....and its almost same as gtx 550 ti....but m confused between the 2 cards about the performance....and which of the 2 will be compatible with my Gigabyte Ga-31m-s2l mobo....and what will a 500w psu do the job...???
    Thanks...
  25. hey gtx 550 ti is a crap card
    even hd 6770 outperforms it
    the hd 7750 is worth it just buy it!
  26. so 7750's compatibility with my mobo....n will a 300w psu work for 7750...????
  27. Plz any 1 who recommend him a graphics card must make sure that his mobo is compatible I have G31 mes2c(similar to urs to a great extent) but the graphics cards it supports is only single slot not dual slot so any one who recommends a gfx card make sure its single slot GFX card
  28. Yeah thanks mate....!!!
  29. today i saw a gigabyte psu....Gigabyte PoweRock 400w......can any1 tell me about its performance....and can it support Radeon 7750.....!!!
  30. no although it will support it try to avoid gigabyte as it makes crap psus
  31. then wat are my options...coz i have medium budget for psu....and is 7750 gud for my mobo.....????
  32. I believe the question you are asking now has been discussed in earlier post. But to make it easy for you, Yes, the 7750 will fit in your motherboard & yes, the 7750 800MHz card will be supported by a 300W PSU but because we do not know that, you better tell us what is the brand of that 300W PSU? Is it OEM or a generic PSU that comes with a generic case?
  33. machmach_3 said:
    Plz any 1 who recommend him a graphics card must make sure that his mobo is compatible I have G31 mes2c(similar to urs to a great extent) but the graphics cards it supports is only single slot not dual slot so any one who recommends a gfx card make sure its single slot GFX card

    The limitation to single slot card is only if he fills up both his PCI slot. Otherwise, a double slot or even triple slot will do if he does not need to put anything on the PCI slots.
  34. No..I meant that a psu between 300 to 450w....not exactly 300w...but minimum watt psu required by 7750...coz m low on my budget....!!!
  35. the 7750 (800 mhz) will run on a corsair cx430 v2, $35 after rebate.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    or a cx 500 v2, $50 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027
    just because you're low on budget, does not mean you should cheap out on psu. the power supply is a vital component.
  36. If it is higher than 300W, then that's even better. It will definitely support the 7750 800Mhz as long as it is a good one & the W is true power... But we can only guess on the quality of it... can you give specific brand? or better take a picture of the label showing voltages (V) & amperes (A).
  37. Guys i have decided to but HD 7770..!!
    but system requirement says 500w, but i have a 450w psu..so will it work with the graphics card...???
  38. Aki_game said:
    Guys i have decided to but HD 7770..!!
    but system requirement says 500w, but i have a 450w psu..so will it work with the graphics card...???

    Probaly if it is a good PSU
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