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Best graphics card i can use with 380w

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July 21, 2012 3:20:44 PM

best graphics card i can use with 380w antec earthwatts power supply.

PC has E7400, 1 hard drive, 6GB RAM, x64 windows 7, 1 dvd drive.

currently have HIS 4670 512mb.

can currently play skyrim with kinda low FPS.

Thanks for help!

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July 21, 2012 3:28:55 PM

HD 7750 doesn't require any external power connectors. This card is often recommended for 300 watt PS.

Using Extreme Power Supply Calculator and your system info, you could go up to HD 7770, HD 6850/6870 if you don't add anything else to your PC. Personally, I would go with the power efficient HD 7770 which performs similarly to HD 6850. No overclocking is assumed.

Dave
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July 21, 2012 3:38:46 PM

the card has bad reviews lol
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July 21, 2012 3:53:12 PM

Your earthwatts has a combined 32A on the +12v, which is good enough for the Gigabyte 6850 I listed earlier. It lists 400W as a minimum, but the earthwatts is not a cheap PSU and will easily run that.

Again, it only requires a single 6pin... meaning it draws a max of 150W.
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July 21, 2012 4:01:05 PM

your right i see
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July 21, 2012 4:04:23 PM

An Earthwatts to a Corsair builder is not an upgrade is what I was getting at... and a 6850 is the max/best you can run... which was your question.
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July 21, 2012 4:42:23 PM

yeah, gigabyte one does not say that it needs a 6pin power connector tho, does that matter? or prolly just newegg missed to put it in there.
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July 21, 2012 4:52:38 PM

I have them in my shop right now lol.. they only require a single 6 pin. One of the main selling points over their ASUS counterpart.

I'm currently at work on what turned out to be a boring Saturday and I literally have one in my hand. lol. I retail them for $150 if you're in Halifax, NS, Canada :p 
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July 21, 2012 4:56:06 PM

so both gigabyte and his require 1x 6 pin right? which do u recommend?

fyi, right now i have a gigabyte motherboard, and an HIS video card. my HIS video card right now fully funtional and served me well, tech is just way behind the times thats why im upgrading.

so i dont mind getting another HIS card, but since i have a Gigabyte mobo, would it be better, or smoother to have a gigabyte cards aswell or does it matter lol.

Thanks

lol im far out south @ florida
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July 21, 2012 7:57:32 PM

Since it's hot in Florida, I would get the HIS due to the "cooler" fan....plus theoretically, it should be a bit faster. I think that you would be happy either way.

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