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October 26, 2012 6:01:03 PM

Hi, for christmas i will hopefully be getting a new graphics to replace my ageing 9400gt. These are the specs i will have by christmas, and i was wondering, is it enough to play battlefield 3 in 1080P?

Core 2 duo e8400 @3ghz (Could O/C to 3.6ish)
FSP Bluestorm ii 500w 80Plus.
6GB ddr2 ram @600MHz
Asus P5W DH Deluxe.
AMD Radeon 6870/6950 1gb GDDR5.
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Theres more point getting amd card because the motherboard only supports crossfire, not SLI.

So, will it be enough?
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 6:05:15 PM

Make sure you have an adequate power supply for the GPU.

And at the price of the 6950, I would go for the 7850 which uses less power and has more performance. Your E8400 might bottleneck, but honestly I don't believe bottlenecking to be that big of a deal.

EDIT: Just looked at your power supply, and it might not be enough for a 6950. But probably a 7850.
October 26, 2012 6:18:11 PM

Deemo13 said:
Make sure you have an adequate power supply for the GPU.

And at the price of the 6950, I would go for the 7850 which uses less power and has more performance. Your E8400 might bottleneck, but honestly I don't believe bottlenecking to be that big of a deal.

EDIT: Just looked at your power supply, and it might not be enough for a 6950. But probably a 7850.


Hi, thanks for the reply, i won't be able to afford the 7850, the 6950 used is £100 (About). And i only have about £110 at most to play with, (I'm only 14). What about a 7770 vs 6950.

EDIT: my birthday and christmas are both in December and i'll be getting seperate presents for each, so what if i got a core 2 quad to replace the core 2 duo, maybe some extreme edition or something.

Also, is the motherboard and ram any good? I think the motherboards quite high end as it has built in wifi and is crossfire capable, but i'm not sure.

Thanks!
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 6:24:47 PM

That's not a bad price. The 7770 uses much less power than the 6950, but is also considerably slower. The only thing is that I'm not confident that your power supply would be enough to power a power hungry card like the 6950.

The board looks good. My friend has an E8400 and it works great. You could get the 6950, but be sure to get a nicer power supply would be my recommendation.

And hey! My birthday is in December too!
October 26, 2012 6:28:00 PM

Thee 7770 is far less of a video card than the 6950 . . . As in the 6950 is about 45% faster. A 6870 is also significantly faster than a 7770.

For games the quad core over the dual core probably isn't going to show that huge of a difference. Unless of course you get a quad core that has a faster clock rate . . . but you have a pretty quick core2duo. You'd probably have to get a QX9770 or something, which will be around 350-400 bucks anyway. You may as well get a new MB, RAM, and i3-2120 instead (which you could then upgrade in a year or two up to an i5 or i7 if you needed).
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 6:32:29 PM

I don't think I would plan on SLI or Crossfire for this machine, get one card that you can grab another of later when you upgrade the rest of your components (I think SLI or crossfire of any of those GPU's would be too much for the rest of your system).

So, I think you could go with an Nvidia card as well (if you wanted) and if you upgrade later just make sure the MOBO supports SLI.
October 26, 2012 6:37:20 PM

chugot9218 said:
I don't think I would plan on SLI or Crossfire for this machine, get one card that you can grab another of later when you upgrade the rest of your components (I think SLI or crossfire of any of those GPU's would be too much for the rest of your system).

So, I think you could go with an Nvidia card as well (if you wanted) and if you upgrade later just make sure the MOBO supports SLI.


I agree here too. SLI/Crossfire is very useful especially in incredibly high resolution or multi monitor configurations. It won't be as useful in single monitor configurations, and especially not as useful if your CPU can't keep feeding the cards the scene for them to put pretty pixels on.

Look to get the fastest single video card you can afford rather than looking to do SLI/Crossfire.

October 26, 2012 6:41:29 PM

Corsair has a PSU finder, and in general the results from it are that we need less PSU than we think: http://www.corsair.com/learn_n_explore/?psu=yes

I had a Core 2 Duo Q6600 in my Alien and upgraded the card (GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores). Battlefield 3 ran much better on it, but I eventually upgraded to a Sandy Bridge system in the search for even more power.

So the card upgrade is still a good step, and you will be happy with the results.
October 26, 2012 6:45:09 PM

chugot9218 said:
I don't think I would plan on SLI or Crossfire for this machine, get one card that you can grab another of later when you upgrade the rest of your components (I think SLI or crossfire of any of those GPU's would be too much for the rest of your system).

So, I think you could go with an Nvidia card as well (if you wanted) and if you upgrade later just make sure the MOBO supports SLI.


Ok, thanks, so, the big question , GTX560 or GTX470 1280mb? (For playing battlefield 3)

October 26, 2012 6:45:13 PM

Traciatim said:
I agree here too. SLI/Crossfire is very useful especially in incredibly high resolution or multi monitor configurations. It won't be as useful in single monitor configurations, and especially not as useful if your CPU can't keep feeding the cards the scene for them to put pretty pixels on.

Look to get the fastest single video card you can afford rather than looking to do SLI/Crossfire.


Ok, thanks, so, the big question , GTX560 or GTX470 1280mb? (For playing battlefield 3)
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 6:46:35 PM

I still think you need a power supply upgrade personally.
October 26, 2012 6:49:25 PM

Deemo13 said:
I still think you need a power supply upgrade personally.


Really? Just bought it like 2 weeks ago!

I searched somewhere and it said it can power any single graphics card on the market. (With the exceptions of GTX680+90)
October 26, 2012 6:49:48 PM

Traciatim said:
I agree here too. SLI/Crossfire is very useful especially in incredibly high resolution or multi monitor configurations. It won't be as useful in single monitor configurations, and especially not as useful if your CPU can't keep feeding the cards the scene for them to put pretty pixels on.

Look to get the fastest single video card you can afford rather than looking to do SLI/Crossfire.


Or even a gtx295!!
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 6:52:03 PM

I mean you can try it. It would most likely work alright I guess since you already have it.
October 26, 2012 7:01:01 PM

Both the GTX285 and GTX295 are slower than the 7770 (at least according to http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html ) . . . But that's probably only because this test does something the older NVidia cards aren't good at.

You'd be better off with:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VTX-ATI-Radeon-HD-6870-1GB-GD...

P.S. I have an an i3-530 with a 5770 on a 380 watt power supply . . . an 965BE with a 6870 on a 480... and a i5-3570k w/ a 7850 on a 500. All of them use far less power than their PSU's are rated for. I'm not sure why everyone think you need a bajillion giga-watts to run a computer these days.
October 26, 2012 7:20:27 PM

P.S. Also the 285 is a power hungry inefficient beast of a heater . . .

Take a look at this benchmark set:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/317?vs=290&i=188...

Notice how the 6870 beats the 285 in every single benchmark... as well as uses 100w less? Also note, that is total system power consumption from the wall. In an 80% efficient power supply their test machine is drawing 306 watts from the wall, meaning about 245 watts are being delivered to the machine.
a b B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2012 9:27:03 PM

The 285 is about as powerful as a 6850 but is really power hungry and is only dx10(.1?). Your psu will most likely power it (I have a fsp blue storm too) but I wouldn't trust it.
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