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EVGA GeForce 550ti or SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 and Power supply help

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July 17, 2012 3:52:39 AM

Hello everyone I am starting to build my first gaming pc and I am wondering what graphics card is better and why. I will be wanting to play games on high to maxed out settings, With a high fps.

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

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

My build so far...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
Power Supply- ? Need Suggestions Please! I don't know what to get.
Video Card- Read Above.

Thanks :) 
July 17, 2012 3:55:24 AM

Power supply depends but you have a similar system to me almost identical. I would get an 850w Corsair so you have plenty of room for a powerful GPU and upgrades in future.
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July 17, 2012 4:01:21 AM

Oh and I would look at the 6870hd Radeons the price dropped down loads not long back. I saw one for £120 on Amazon.co.uk I am thinking of getting that one myself.
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July 17, 2012 4:27:01 AM

A good 450 watt psu would run either of those. You dont need an 850 watt unit, its way overkill and would power about 4, 550Ti's. A good 600 watt psu will run about any single card there is, so thats what I would get. You will be able to power any future upgrades that way. This is a pretty good deal on a quality modular psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You really could get by fine on something less...like I said, 450 watts would do you, but its nice to have a little overhead room, so here is the 500 watt version of the above link
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Order the psu, then use the $15 gift card towards your graphics card. The gtx560SE is a good option in your price range too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 19, 2012 3:14:57 AM

GI_JONES said:
A good 600 watt psu will run about any single card there is, so thats what I would get. You will be able to power any future upgrades that way. This is a pretty good deal on a quality modular psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You really could get by fine on something less...like I said, 450 watts would do you, but its nice to have a little overhead room...


I can't really argue w/ GI's logic - You can easily ignore people who suggest you get an 800W PSU if/when you're looking at a single card build. I WOULD recommend doubling up your HDDs simply for the security that RAID1 offers but that's just my own CYA policy :sol: 

The link I listed before basically compares the 2 cards you listed and lets you prioritize as needed. To be honest, I'd go with the 600W PSU simply for expansion. Down the road, you're more likely to upgrade your video card than your CPU. A 550-600W PSU will allow PLENTY of headroom for expansion without cutting too much into your wallet
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