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July 20, 2012 12:43:17 PM

I'm looking for a new graphic card suitable to play games like assassins creed and skyrim with high resolution.

Specs:
Intel E5700 3 GHz
4 GB RAM
300 watt

My budget is about $250. I don't need the best of the best. Just enough to be able to play games like the ones I mentioned decently.

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July 20, 2012 1:09:31 PM

I believe so, but can i use this graphic card also without the extra power?
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July 20, 2012 1:41:34 PM

No... you need a good 550W /600W PSU for that GPU (or similar as AMD 6870/6950).

However keep in mind that I probably your CPU wont be able to deliver the maximum of those GPU's... For that CPU of your a 550 TI maybe... it would be more balanced.

Honestly I think you should think in long terms and get a new quad core as i5 2500k + PSU... And in a few months a new GPU, by the that time 660 TI will be out and the prices will be lower for 560ti or 6870... and with a new cpu yes u can play high res and fully access the power of those GPU's. IMO.
July 20, 2012 2:08:47 PM

I'm really not looking for anything else but a graphic card. Isn't there a card I could use which is good enough and doesn't need any other upgrades?
July 20, 2012 2:30:38 PM

What graphic card u currently have? With a 300W power supply I doubt there will be any GPU for you to play those games with those settings. But others are welcome to share their thoughts too.
July 20, 2012 2:43:02 PM

It's an onboard so not a very good one. But you're right, I will need extra power. Any idea's on a good one? I have no idea what to look for.
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 2:47:10 PM

I gave you link to both great graphics and card power supply. You don't like them?

@centaurius: his CPU is more than enough for GTX 560 Ti. It will not bottleneck, so putting a GTX 560 Ti inside isn't a bad thing to do. Skyrim doesn't use more than 2 cores:



And Core 2 Duo @ 3GHz isn't worse than phenom.
July 20, 2012 2:47:17 PM

mar_18 said:
It's an onboard so not a very good one. But you're right, I will need extra power. Any idea's on a good one? I have no idea what to look for.


Your CPU may bottleneck most of the newer graphics cards. If you want high on skyrim you will most likely have to upgrade your cpu as well.
July 20, 2012 2:51:20 PM

I like the card, but can I just use that power supply? Do they always fit?
a c 266 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 2:55:17 PM

The strongest graphics card you can run on your PSU is probably the HD7750 (unless your PSU is a Bestec or other junk, in which case a HD6570 if you're lucky), which needs no auxiliary power. It will handle those games quite nicely at up to 1440x900, but if you want to play at 1920x1080 then you should take Sunius' advice. You'll need a stronger PSU. If you don't have the wiggle room in your budget to accommodate his initial suggestion, change the graphics card to a HD6870 or GTX560 (non-Ti).
July 20, 2012 2:57:36 PM

What's the difference between the GTX 560 and the GTX 560 ti?
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:00:22 PM

GTX 560 Ti is around 15% faster and a bit more expensive. And yes, power supplies are universal, it will fit your PC for sure.
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:01:17 PM

the gtx 560 has lesser shaders and a lower or same clock speed (336 shaders for the 560 vs 384 for ti)
July 20, 2012 3:03:12 PM

But the gtx 560 is enough if i want to play those games?
About the power supply, is 500 watt enough?
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:04:02 PM

yup will work fine a good quality 500 w psu
its enough for most games (except bf3 ) @ 1080p
July 20, 2012 3:07:21 PM

Okay, but how do i make sure it's of good quality? Are there any specs I should look for?
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:10:56 PM

first look for brands like corsair , seasonic etc
note - avoid cooler master psu
read forums ( like this one !), user review etc to find out any issues
then contact us to confirm and simply buy!
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:21:54 PM

It's an even better one, but I'd say it's a bit expensive. The one I linked is a little bit better one than the corsair as well, but it's cheaper.
July 20, 2012 3:23:55 PM

How can u tell it's a better one?
I can actually get this one for less than the other one rto_c suggested in my town.
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:24:20 PM

if you can , then get the xfx one
it offers better amperage than the corsair
July 20, 2012 3:29:21 PM

Is xfx a good brand?

And back on the actual topic, is a club3D a good brand for the gtx 560 card?
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:30:45 PM

XFX is a great brand. However, Club3D is a budget brand. The card will be OK, though I doubt you can overclock it much.
July 20, 2012 3:33:50 PM

So club3D isn't very good. What about MSI?
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:34:09 PM

panwala, that one is expensive :p  The one I linked would be a better option because of $250 total budget for both graphics card and the power supply.
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:34:53 PM

Sunius said:
panwala, that one is expensive :p  The one I linked would be a better option because of $250 total budget for both graphics card and the power supply.

sorry didnt read!
:sweat: 
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:35:06 PM

MSI is much better brand. Their coolers are exceptional.
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:36:58 PM

but isnt directcu 2 (asus ) better than msi tf2?
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:45:12 PM

Not really, they are similar.
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:53:12 PM

then its final either find asus direct cu 2 or msi twinfrozr 2 version
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:58:52 PM

I wouldn't say so. Even though I would stay away from Club3D, other brands like MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, EVGA, Zotac are all good, you will not be disappointed with either of them.
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 3:59:47 PM

hear ! hear!
July 20, 2012 4:14:43 PM

how about the gtx 480? it runs a little louder and hotter but has overall better performance.
July 20, 2012 4:19:30 PM

I like it to be as quiet as possible actually, but thanks for the advice
a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 4:34:28 PM

get it it is good
July 20, 2012 5:17:12 PM

Great! Thanks for all your quick reply! I'll be looking forward to gaming with the new equipment :D 
a c 291 U Graphics card
July 20, 2012 6:12:57 PM

Well, the card you linked is weaker than GTX 560 :)  But it should be cheaper too.