Suggestion for new Graphics card?

BUDGET RANGE: ( USD $150-300) After Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Used mainly for gaming - COD: Black ops, with some video and picture viewing.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ATI Radeon HD 4800 series and 350W PSU - will need to upgrade

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Dell Studio XPS 435 mt (Service tag - 3ND1LK1) i7-920 2.66 8GB Dual in line Memory4X1/2X2GB 1066

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Saskatchewan Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: No perference but more familiar with ATI or AMD.



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like to have one with better fps on higher resolution but also will work with system. Any suggestions for PSU also would be nice.

Thank you!
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  1. Best answer
    depends exactly how much you'd like to spend.

    $110 HD 7750
    $125 HD 7770
    $140-$150 HD 6850
    $170-$180 HD 6870
    $215-$220 GTX 560ti(Some cards,like the galaxy and zotac have a $25-$30 MIR)
    $235-$250 HD 7850
    $310-$320 HD 7870(some cards like MSI and HIS offer a $20 MIR card)

    Have a look at those cards and decide which one you want. Each has its perks. The lower end cards will require less power,but games won't be played on the highest settings. The higher end cards will need a little bit more power,are a little bigger but will give you a great gaming experience.
    Hope I helped,
  2. With the games you're playing, it makes no sense to buy anything over a 6870 as COD runs on virtually any system flawlessly.

    Video card around that range and really, most video cards won't show a significant change in video and picture quality -- the monitor will be the deciding factor there.

    I'd say a 6870 would be your best option here -- it delivers over-average performance(KILLS COD) and at its price range, is undoubtedly the best bang-for-buck card. Try to invest in a better PSU and possibly a CPU upgrade to 2500k -- but a new CPU is not so necessary.

    Good Luck !
  3. I would agree with bctande the 6870 is a good card for your system. You may want to get the 2GB version, pretty helpful for the current generation games.
  4. I have basically the same system and went with the XFX Radeon HD 7870. I'll let you know how it works once i receive it. With a MIR it's ~$300 and will probably drop even more soon.

    One question; will the i7-920 2.67 mobo limit the capability of the GPU at all? Thank you.
  5. Depending on the game you play, you may want to overclock your CPU.
  6. From what I'm reading I cannot overclock the Dell i7-920 @2.67 GHz. It seems as though the options are not available in the BIOS. Is this correct? I'm hoping to play games like Diablo 3, Crysis, Witcher 2, etc. on ultra settings.

    If there is a way to properly overclock I'd like to know and thank you.
  7. Well, from what I understand, a company like dell won't give you the option to overclock your CPU, most likely due to the BIOS it has. If you had another motherboard such as ASUS, Asrock, Gigabyte, etc. These companies gives you the option to overclock your CPU.
  8. Thanks for the information guys. Gonna hold off for now, and maybe try to build a new computer.
  9. Best answer selected by mailman69.
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