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Gtx 550 Ti or Radeon HD 6790/GTX 460

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July 3, 2012 11:14:49 PM

I've decided to upgrade my old slacky graphic card to something around GTX 550TI or Radeon HD 6790 and maybe GTX 460 . but the stores in my town that i'm aware of only got these ( btw im really an idiot when it comes to harware :D  ) :

MSI GeForce GTX 550-Ti Cyclone II
Graphics Engine Clock: 950 MHz
Memory Size: 1 GB
Memory Interface: 192-bit
Memory type: GDDR5
Memory Clock: 4300 MHz
Maximum resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels
Other: SLI support

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Radeon HD 6790
Graphics Engine Clock: 920 MHz
Memory Size: 1 GB
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Memory type: GDDR5
Memory Clock: 4200 MHz
Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1200 pixels
Other: CrossFireX support

Or maybe GTX 460 because ppl keep saying that its much better than 550 TI but i dont think so about the one that is available in here :

Graphics Engine Clock: 725 MHz
Memory Size: 1 GB
Memory Interface: 256-bit
Memory type: GDDR5
Memory Clock: 3.6 GHz
Maximum resolution: 2560 x 1600 pixels

and by the way my processor is pretty lame : Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6GHz and a 2GB Ram at 2.62 GHz so which one do u think is the best for my lame system .I was thinking about the GTX 550TI MSI cyclone II but im not so sure. thank you!
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July 3, 2012 11:30:48 PM

i would go with the gtx 550ti i have one it run games on high
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July 4, 2012 1:04:33 AM

the 460 is by far the best option out of the three, but the 6790 is a little bit faster then the 550 ti. the 550 ti does perform better in a few cases so the performance isn't that much different. also whats your psu?

why don't you look at buying one of these online, there likely to be cheaper unless your at a microcenter.
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July 4, 2012 1:59:23 PM

zakattak80 said:
the 460 is by far the best option out of the three, but the 6790 is a little bit faster then the 550 ti. the 550 ti does perform better in a few cases so the performance isn't that much different. also whats your psu?

why don't you look at buying one of these online, there likely to be cheaper unless your at a microcenter.



MY psu is *** too i've got to buy one , do u have any ideas about a good psu with a reasonable price?
So u think i should get the 460 one and forget about the 550 ti ?
also i'm in Europe/Hungary ,but the prices are pretty much the same with the ones in Ebay ,even less in some cases .
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July 4, 2012 8:13:01 PM

yea 460 that is . how about HD 6850 ? does it beat the 460 ? since the price is similar in here i was giving that one some thoughts too . and btw do u think i would run games on high smoothly with that processor of mine? i mean not ultra high but high :D 
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July 4, 2012 8:41:04 PM

the 460 and 6850 trade blows depending on the game so, it's really up to your preference on that choice.

with that CPU your going to find a fair amount of games that well bottleneck either of those cards, what games are you going to be playing
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July 4, 2012 9:00:26 PM

the 460 is easily best and the E5300 will overclock like a champ w/o breaking a sweat.
you need more RAM!
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July 4, 2012 11:52:16 PM

Mostly I'm upgrading for BF3 or Guild Wars 2 in the feature so Multiplayer games at most . But I'm a fan of Geforce myself and dunno much about the AMD cards however the reviews and gameplays that i've checked about 6850 are pretty awesome until now .
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July 4, 2012 11:56:55 PM

Anonymous said:
the 460 is easily best and the E5300 will overclock like a champ w/o breaking a sweat.
you need more RAM!



So u think my CPU is fine ? how about upgrading my Ram to Kingston 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (2x2GB) would it be fine ?
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July 5, 2012 12:09:33 AM

Afk Toilet said:
So u think my CPU is fine ? how about upgrading my Ram to Kingston 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 (2x2GB) would it be fine ?

most of it does depend how "overclocking friendly" your motherboard is. some chipsets like the G41 will limit the front side bus speed from going too high (350ish); a P45 chipset can easily hit 400 (1600) FSB.

i had a E5300 up to 3.8 on a crappy EVGA 730i with a heartsink from a Q6600. my temps were pretty low around ~70c in prime95. somewhere around that would put it close to a sandy bridge pentium.

now BF3 multi player eats dual cores for breakfast; any dual core would not perform as well as a quad. and getting a socket 775 quad is very expensive, always has been. it may not really be worth it if you are on a tight budget. also ddr2 RAM is expensive, yes upgrading to 4 gigs would make a difference. but since your system is older, it would be wise to watch how much $$ your investing in it when you could be saving up to upgrade.
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