I need some advice on upgrading my graphics card, since I want to start playing some of the newer games and I still use a very old model that can't run any such thing. (Also, I will have to get a new PSU to go along, so that will be replaced too. And probably some more memory). But it's mainly about the choice of GPU 7770 or 6850.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week or next, when I know what to get. BUDGET RANGE: €125 for graphics card, around €45 for psu. Sorry for being annoying with euros.
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming. Looking to play titles to the extend of: Witcher 2, Saints Row 3, Arkham City, DXHR at medium on 1920×1080 or high on lower resolution.
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
GPU:Card name: ATI Radeon HD 3600 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: ATI display adapter (0x9598)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Display Memory: 1018 MB
Dedicated Memory: 252 MB
Shared Memory: 766 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Dell 2009W(Analog)
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dell XPS430
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A00
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6700 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 2105MB used, 2229MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Dutch) tweakers
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Netherlands
PARTS PREFERENCES: Will take suggestions
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x800
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Going to put it in a pre-built XPS430 case.
Bought the last 6850 from update.nl. I did check, but hopefully it actually fits and the airflow isn't too terrible. Can I fit that PSU in the same position as the original? http://www.redplanettrading.com/ebay/cases/xps430/psu/x... Because there is a fan on it and there is no room to point it upwards, so can you point it downwards too?
I'd go with the 7770 because it uses less power and its performance is barely lower than the 6850. The newer drivers boosted performance to more than the reviews show so now the 2 cards are pretty much even.
7770s go for €100+ but in $/€ price conversion we always come out worse with most products in general really. Been on the fence over 7770 all the way and 560(se) to a lesser extend.
But I couldn't really see it clear and make up my mind about it. Of course ever since I bought it, I have been getting alot useful tips xD A smaller, less power consuming card wouldn't have hurt. I guess the old threads favored the 6850 alot, tables might have turned by now.
Anyway, i should be receiving it tomorrow, so when it fits, i'll go with it and aim for the psu.
At least it costs me 2% less VAT for now right