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Building a PC need help with choosing a graphics card

This is my first time building a PC, bought intel i3 2120, 8GB RAM and this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171060

Im thinking getting the geforce 560 I want something good but not too expensive about $130 to $170. But I also saw the radeon HD 6870, now my first question would be could I use the radeon because it says 500w PSU minimum requirement. The PSU it's 450w but got a great recommendation with words I didn't understand hahaha and a few I now understand like the 80plus bronze.

I have seen that they both are pretty comparable the graphics cards, so if anyone has suggestions for any other GPU it also would be great.

thanks.
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  1. You defiently need to get a better power supply like 600w+ whould be recommended but you can get somthing around 500w if your not looking to spend to much.
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    Don't get cooler master power supplies, they are bad. If you want something cheap and reliable, I'd suggest Corsair CX 500.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    As for HD 6870 vs GTX 560 is all about the games you play: they trade blows, and in the end they are even. On some games GTX 560 wins, and on others - HD 6870.
  3. Sunius said:
    Don't get cooler master power supplies, they are bad. If you want something cheap and reliable, I'd suggest Corsair CX 500.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    As for HD 6870 vs GTX 560 is all about the games you play: they trade blows, and in the end they are even. On some games GTX 560 wins, and on others - HD 6870.



    I already bought it :sweat: Got a good review here http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-GX-450-W-Power-Supply-Review/1234

    After reading more in this forums about PSU (after I made this thread :whistle: ) and a guy who helped me choose my build said this
    " Cooler Master "450 watt" which has 35 amps on it's 12v rail for 420 total wattage.The GTX 560 only has a Thermal Design Power rating of 150 watt, so it'll pull around 13 amps and your CPU has a TDP of 95 or 8 amps. Even combined, you'll still have ~13 amps left to account for everything else connected to your computer. Although the CM GX 450W is capable of safely pulling it's fully rated 450 watts, so you have a bit more headroom than that. For comparison, an overclocked CPU and 560 system under stress only pulls around 380 watts total so you won't even come close to this number in normal usage."

    I didn't fully understand till I read more about PSU's. That's why I had ask if radeon 6870 could use that PSU even if it says 500w requirement

    Yeah that's what I have seen 6870 and 560 are pretty even I think I will just keep looking on newegg if they put a good deal from one of them and get that one.

    sorry for talking so much about PSU on graphics card thread but just now learning all of this.
  4. For $200 you can get a radeon 6950 which is much more powerful than a 6870 or 560.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102987
  5. If you have already gotten it, It will do just fine.
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