Phenom 2 x4 965 black edition OC at 3.8ghz
8gb ram at 1333
gigabyte ga-78lmt-s2p motherboard
450w antec-vp 450
Rosewill Challenger case
gtx 460 (fried)
I am looking at a gtx 650ti. I have head so many different things about these cards. People have said they blow away 7770s, but other people say they won't. Benchmarks say they are good cards but some people say they aren't. I only have a 450w PSU so 7850 isn't really an option. Lastly, why are most 650ti cards small in size?
its only moderately better than the 7770 at an extensive cost. What it lacks most is that the card cannot be used in SLI, so in the end, if you ever decided to upgrade, you can only use it as a physx card or sell it. as for size, Kepler this generation was built to me small.
on a side note, I can almost assure that a 1gb 7850 is doable with the Antec VP
its rails are 18 18, with a max load of 360w
back in december 2011, toms 500$ budget build used an i5-2400 and 6870(which consumes more power than the 7850) using an antec earthwatts 430w
which has a 12v rail of 17 and 16, with a max load of 384w(24w difference)
using this chart
the 1gb 7850 has considerably less power consumption than the 6870(and thats reference, aftermarket may consume more power) Which makes me conclude that its highly possible to run a 7850 on a vp
get one as the 650ti? if you can get it at the 7770 range of prices, its the better card for the money between the two. You just have to be aware of upgrade possibilities after are a bit limited(it makes a good physx card though)
What would you do? My MOBO doesn't support sli or crossfire. I probably will keep this system after the GPU upgrade for about a year or so before getting a new CPU and MOBO. I would shortly after that worry about a new GPU. I figure a non SLI card isn't a problem in my situation. Plus, i can always physX it later if i end up with a 700 series card in a year or so.