Trying to make it up to par for today's games (Borderlands 2 etc.) as best we can and hopefully be able to run games in the near future, figure we'll do a new build few years from now since I realize the PC is a few years old as is. I haven't had a chance to look inside his actual PC, but I know it has a free PCI-E slot so the limiting factor is going to be the 300W PSU (which I assume has a single spare 6-pin PCI-E, why include a slot but not the juice for it right?).
I realize the computer is a few years old, and I don't know much about AMD CPU's, but it was a black Friday door-buster deal so I'm assuming its higher end (2.2Ghz quad core, 6GB RAM after all). Can someone please confirm this and recommend how to proceed for an upgrade? Most cards we were looking at had 2x 6-pin connectors on the back of them and / or over 300W when I plugged them into a PSU calculator. Perhaps someone could recommend a GPU that will work with only a 300W power supply? Or if such a thing is not possible / practical in terms of cost and ability to run today's games, then if it's worth going for a new PSU to open up the GPU possibilities for us.
Something in the $100 range with the current PSU would be great, but if such a setup would prove inadequate for today's games then I saw the GTX 560 ti @ newegg for $160 on sale, haven't eyed an appropriate PSU yet but trying to stay sub-$200 if that's at all possible.
Hrmm, is the 7850 worth losing physx + $20 extra? If I'm going to be upgrading the PSU to one of the ones I mentioned than I'll have 2x PCI-E 6-pins. Going for that GPU is going to go over $200 which is what I was trying to avoid.
Yea I meant when combined with the price of the PSU it's over $200. But I hear ya, I will run it by my friend between those 3 cards and see where he is comfortable price-wise.
May I ask how much better the 7850 is than the gtx 560 ti or even the gtx 560 se? And is XFX a reliable brand? Never had any experiences with them. Wondering if the upgrade is substantially worth it or if his CPU would start becoming the bottleneck. Thanks!
Hrmm well if he does upgrade I think it will be at least a year if not two so not sure if the GPU will still carry over by then or if its better to save a bit of $$$ now and just apply it to the future build.
To be honest I think he will be comfortable with any of these cards, but I don't want to overkill it if the CPU is gonna bottleneck. So where would you say the bottleneck lies in terms of CPU? Would be helpful to know in deciding between the 3 cards that were listed. Thanks!
However, I'm having a bit of trouble deciding between the two. On the one hand the EVGA has a lifetime warranty (and nvidia is supposed to have the more developed drivers) but on the other the XFX has only a 2 year warranty but is the stronger card. Can anyone weigh in on if the lifetime warranty / better drivers are worth it and if the 7850 is THAT much of a stronger card to warrant purchasing it?
Also, random side question but will it be possible to crossfire in a future build since the 7850 only requires 1x PCI-E 6-pin or is 500W-600W far from sufficient?