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September 4, 2012 11:03:13 PM

Which video card can I get with a budget of around $50 to $150 dollars? I am not a hardcore gamer (I'm just a light gamer), but I am currently playing counter strike global offensive, my old video card ain't cutting it, so I want a new one. I am running an Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with an intel e2160 dual core cpu overclocked to 3.0 ghz. Im running 2 gigs of ram with this motherboard. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am just wondering, what video card can i handle around that price range with the power supply i currently have?

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September 4, 2012 11:09:28 PM

I would recommend an AMD Radeon 7770. This card requires very little juice and costs about $135 USD depending on where you buy it. I would also recommend adding a bit of ram as well, because it is a minor upgrade that can help ALOT. If possible, upgrade your processor as well, but it is not necessary.
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September 4, 2012 11:16:14 PM

Your power supply is enough for any card that your motherboard supports. However your motherboard expansion slots will limit your choice, as it has only 1 PCI Express X16 slot (plus PCI Express X1 slots and PCI slots).

VisionTek 900171 Radeon HD 2600XT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get more memory ram as you can place up to 8GB.
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September 5, 2012 12:29:36 AM

I would upgrade the RAM and maybe go for a 6670 GDDR5 or a 7750.
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September 5, 2012 1:20:03 AM

The HD 7750 has a PCI Express 3.0, and the HD 6670 has a PCI Express 2.1 x16, while his motherboard has 1 PCI Express X16 -- these cards should not work in his mobo.
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September 5, 2012 1:33:47 AM

backwards capatability? Im pretty sure they will work, possibly not to there full potential though
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September 5, 2012 5:07:35 AM

so is it backwards compatible?
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September 5, 2012 5:09:47 AM

Yes it is.
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September 5, 2012 5:39:18 AM

speedlingz said:
so is it backwards compatible?
Yes
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September 5, 2012 6:17:29 AM

if your motherboard has an nforce 450 /550 or better chipset then you can use any pci-e x16 gfx card you like regardless of whether there pci-e 2.0/2.1or 3.0 you may get a marginal reduction in performance like maybe 1-4% but thats not a huge amount. your real issue is the cpu being a dual core it will have more impact on your games than running a new gpu on an old pci-e slot... bf3 for instance will be unplayable with anything more than a gtx 250 due to bottlenecking.
playing counterstrike you wont have an issue as it only uses 1-1.5 cores so a 7770 would be a decent upgrade gfx wise...
but like i say if you try to play a game that requires more than 2 threads your gonna experience every gamers worst nightmare... low fps, stutter, fps bounce and so on.
so if i were you i would consider getting the gpu then saving up to get a minimum of a q8400 or possibly an i5 2500k to balance out the system
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September 5, 2012 9:06:25 PM

Judging by the choices, i am leaning towards the 7750 or 7770, but my friend said that I should get a 256 bit graphic cards..What should i do?
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September 5, 2012 9:15:22 PM

theoretically a 256-bit gpu is better then a 192 bit, but look at benchmarks. a $300 660 Ti is 192 bit and it is on par with the 7950 (384 bit) and beats the 580 (320 bit) in 1080p.
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September 5, 2012 9:34:32 PM

The Intel P35 Express Chipset on your GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L motherboard is only PCI Express Revision 1.1 so the PCIe x16 expansion slot's data rate is 4 GB/s (transfer rate is 40 GT/s).
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September 6, 2012 3:21:51 AM

ko888 said:
The Intel P35 Express Chipset on your GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L motherboard is only PCI Express Revision 1.1 so the PCIe x16 expansion slot's data rate is 4 GB/s (transfer rate is 40 GT/s).



so what do you recommend?
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September 6, 2012 7:07:28 PM

speedlingz said:
so what do you recommend?

The Radeon HD 7770 or Radeon HD 7750 should work fine in a PCIe 1.1 x16 slot. The performance difference is only about 4% less than that of a PCIe 2.0 x16 or a PCIe 3.0 x16 @ x8 slot.
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September 9, 2012 9:40:12 PM

ko888 said:
The Radeon HD 7770 or Radeon HD 7750 should work fine in a PCIe 1.1 x16 slot. The performance difference is only about 4% less than that of a PCIe 2.0 x16 or a PCIe 3.0 x16 @ x8 slot.
Hey mate my buddy is going to run wait for it .... quad 480's :ouch:  i guess he could just stop using his heater and try and balance out the cost that way :na:  anyway i wanted to ask you what psu is he going to need i was thinking this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i think it will be but i am not sure any advice aside from not to run four 480's :lol: 
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September 10, 2012 4:27:51 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Hey mate my buddy is going to run wait for it .... quad 480's :ouch:  i guess he could just stop using his heater and try and balance out the cost that way :na:  anyway i wanted to ask you what psu is he going to need i was thinking this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i think it will be but i am not sure any advice aside from not to run four 480's :lol: 

If you read Guru3D's GeForce GTX 480 4-way SLI review you will see that they reached a system power consumption of 1188 Watts under load with a non-overclocked CPU and four non-overclocked GPUs.

When the CPU and the four GPUs were overclocked the system power consumption reached 1529 Watts under load.

That Seasonic X-1250, that you've linked to, is only sufficient if you don't overclock.

If you overclock the CPU and GPUs then something along the lines of this is what you'll need: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or you can use two power supply units.
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September 10, 2012 11:16:33 AM

ko888 said:
If you read Guru3D's GeForce GTX 480 4-way SLI review you will see that they reached a system power consumption of 1188 Watts under load with a non-overclocked CPU and four non-overclocked GPUs.

When the CPU and the four GPUs were overclocked the system power consumption reached 1529 Watts under load.

That Seasonic X-1250, that you've linked to, is only sufficient if you don't overclock.

If you overclock the CPU and GPUs then something along the lines of this is what you'll need: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or you can use two power supply units.
Thanks i appreciate it!
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