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Best graphics card for this kit under $150?

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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 6:31:55 AM

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=543

The GTX 560 and Radeon 6870 pretty much trade blows. Buy the cheaper one for the games you want to play.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:37:55 AM

I would say the 6870 or the 560 would run fine. That 450W does raise some red flags for me though. It should be able to run it.

Under $150 would put you in 6850 range if you're really strict about the budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:47:39 AM

I'd just have a more reliable PSU is all. Not saying it wouldnt work. Though at least its an Ultra one and not one of the even more lame Diablotek ones Tiger usually puts in the bundles.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:51:25 AM

Yeah the fact that they don't list the wattage output of the +12v rail is a little worrying, but it should be ok.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:53:34 AM

It's got 33a, scroll down to under the picture of the case.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 7:57:16 AM

Yeah but that doesn't mean that the PSU can output the full 450 watts on the +12v rail, as a PSU should be able to do. It probably can (you're right 33 amps should be enough), but it's still be nice to see it.
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July 19, 2012 6:04:34 PM

But if I'm correct the 6870 and 560 both need two power connectors when the PSU has one.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:36:56 PM

I actually don't see in the specs anywhere that the power supply has any 6-pin connectors. You could use something like a molex-to-6 pin adapter, but the fact that it has no peripheral connectors is again worrying. I might be blind though.

Anyways the most power you could get out of a non auxiliary powered card would be a Radeon 7750, which only requires the power from the PCIe slot to function.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:49:38 PM

I actually dont think it does have a 6-pin on it. Thats odd.
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 8:54:48 PM

I would really recommend getting the system, throwing that PSU away, and getting something like this:

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

I say that because if the PSU fails, it can takes other components with it. The PSU is the one area that you do not want to skimp on.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 19, 2012 9:03:16 PM

^ That's why most of my computers now are getting power supply replacements. I'm replacing TR2's and Dynex's I had for awhile with mostly Antec. I even replaced my main Ultra LSP in my main comptuer for an Antec (I didn't know about power supplies when I started building, now I do)
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July 19, 2012 11:38:05 PM

Does it? Look up the PSU/case individually on TigerDirect and it'll tell you about it

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

"Connectors

2x 4-pin Molex Connector
1x 4-pin Floppy Connector
3x 5-pin SATA Connector
1x 24-pin Main Power Connector
1x 8-pin 4x4 12V Connector"

I could use a Molex to PCI connector right? The graphics cards come with two, and there's two Molex connectors
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July 20, 2012 12:08:09 AM

Oh wait I see, I guess I'll have to get a graphics card with 1 power connector.

Going with the Radeon 6850.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 2:38:07 AM

Should fit fine, I've built one for a client in that case (without the power supply) and I was able to fit a 5770 just fine.
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July 20, 2012 3:07:41 AM

eyoon said:
The 6850 beats this card.

Well the 6850 you linked's core clock sure doesnt beat 550ti's core clock. Idk i know its a hard decision on a video card (im also looking for a new video card)Figured a 550ti might work nicely.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:14:33 AM

rybo1227 said:
Well the 6850 you linked's core clock sure doesnt beat 550ti's core clock. Idk i know its a hard decision on a video card (im also looking for a new video card)Figured a 550ti might work nicely.


Core clock isnt everything. The 550Ti honestly.....sucks. I would rather have a 6770 than one of those.

The 6850 is also much faster than the 550Ti. At 550Ti price, there are much better options.

Also all of the GPU's we've been discussing should fit in the case.
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July 20, 2012 3:21:16 AM

Ok. The video card i'm looking to buy for myself is a amd 7770.
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July 20, 2012 3:26:38 AM

rybo1227 said:
Well the 6850 you linked's core clock sure doesnt beat 550ti's core clock. Idk i know its a hard decision on a video card (im also looking for a new video card)Figured a 550ti might work nicely.


For reference, 6850 vs 550 Ti

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/539?vs=541
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July 20, 2012 3:31:26 AM

Yeah idk seems 550ti isnt the best card in this price range. Just looking the 7770 is better thaan the 550ti also
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July 20, 2012 3:39:03 AM

How am I going to pick a best answer for this :/ 
All of you guys helped me choose the 6850....
All the replies really helped.
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a c 196 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:50:57 AM

Don't pick me, I have enough of them. Give it to claysm or someone else.

And for rybo1227, the 7770 is a pretty good card as well, on par with the 6850 and uses less power.
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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 4:17:52 AM

You can't compare the clocks of nVidia cards to AMD cards. Their shader cores and stream processing units are completely different architecturally. nVidia's shader cores are clocked a lot higher and do more work per clock cycle, but AMD utilizes a lot more stream processors. So the individual stats are apple and oranges, which is why benchmark results are used.
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July 20, 2012 4:18:58 AM

Best answer selected by eyoon.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 1:39:19 PM

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