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Palit GTX 650 vs Sapphire 7770 Vapor X vs Palit 6870?

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November 13, 2012 10:22:57 AM

Good Day guys, Im planning to upgrade my gpu this week, i was just wondering which of these three is the best buy for me?

I am from the Philippines, and these are the available brands that are readily available here in our area.

Here are the prices of each (these aren't exact values, but they are close since I converted it's price from Philippine Peso to US dollars):

Palit GTX 650 1GB = $122
Sapphire 7770 vapor X 1GB = $163
PowerColor 6870 1GB = $158

Though im really wondering why the 6870 is cheaper than the 7770 when every benchmark i read says that it performs much better. That's also one reason why im hesitating to get this card :??:  Can anyone please enlighten me? :( 

Here are my CURRENT specs by the way:
PROCESSOR : Intel I3-2100 3.10 Ghz
MOBO: ASUS P8-H61-M LE
RAM: (4GB) 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws X
GPU: Inno3d GTS 250 Green Edition
PSU: FSP Epsilon 600w

P.S.
I am running on 1366x768 resolution only on a 16' monitor (which i am also planning to upgrade to a 20' or 21')

I hope you can help me.. Thank you so much!

Cheers! :D 
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November 13, 2012 10:50:41 AM

boyabunda said:
No, it's not significantly better. Check the benchmark comparison: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=680

However, the 650 Ti consumes less power and is a newer card.


Thanks for the suggestion sir, so in this case, I should go for the newer card even though the 6870 is cheaper and performs a bit better?

P.S.
A friend of mine is planning on buying my old GTS 250 but he doesn't have a True Rated PSU, will the GTS 250 work on his PC with just a generic PSU?

Thanks again
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November 13, 2012 10:56:00 AM

archvince said:
Good Day guys, Im planning to upgrade my gpu this week, i was just wondering which of these three is the best buy for me?

I am from the Philippines, and these are the available brands that are readily available here in our area.

Here are the prices of each (these aren't exact values, but they are close since I converted it's price from Philippine Peso to US dollars):

Palit GTX 650 1GB = $122
Sapphire 7770 vapor X 1GB = $163
PowerColor 6870 1GB = $158

Though im really wondering why the 6870 is cheaper than the 7770 when every benchmark i read says that it performs much better. That's also one reason why im hesitating to get this card :??:  Can anyone please enlighten me? :( 

Here are my CURRENT specs by the way:
PROCESSOR : Intel I3-2100 3.10 Ghz
MOBO: ASUS P8-H61-M LE
RAM: (4GB) 2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws X
GPU: Inno3d GTS 250 Green Edition
PSU: FSP Epsilon 600w

P.S.
I am running on 1366x768 resolution only on a 16' monitor (which i am also planning to upgrade to a 20' or 21')

I hope you can help me.. Thank you so much!

Cheers! :D 

Looking at your price considerations, you are wandering in 160 bucks territory. At around 170 bucks (and some upwards) you can as well consider AMD's HD 7850 1 GB models. None of those cards you listed can reach a 7850's performance. Can you purchase from newegg?

Edit: Since you also want to upgrade your monitor, you should consider a 7850. In 1080p gaming this card is doing much better than those you listed.
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November 13, 2012 11:02:14 AM

archvince said:
Thanks for the suggestion sir, so in this case, I should go for the newer card even though the 6870 is cheaper and performs a bit better?

P.S.
A friend of mine is planning on buying my old GTS 250 but he doesn't have a True Rated PSU, will the GTS 250 work on his PC with just a generic PSU?

Thanks again



That's your call. Is the 650 Ti worth the extra 140 Php? I personally think the performance of the two cards is a tie (some games 6870 is better, some games the 650 Ti). The reason I suggested the 650 Ti is because I like quiet setups. Also, it consumes less power. It's your call.

About the PSU, I would not suggest using a generic PSU. Check out power consumption of the GTS 250: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/ecs_geforce_gts_25...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2009/06/19/gi...

It's power consumption is comparable to a GTX 660 or a 7870.
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November 13, 2012 11:04:17 AM

technoholic said:
Looking at your price considerations, you are wandering in 160 bucks territory. At around 170 bucks (and some upwards) you can as well consider AMD's HD 7850 1 GB models. None of those cards you listed can reach a 7850's performance. Can you purchase from newegg?

Edit: Since you also want to upgrade your monitor, you should consider a 7850. In 1080p gaming this card is doing much better than those you listed.


I really wanted to go 7850 as well, however 7850 costs around $200 at the very least here in our country. And 1gb versions are really really hard to find. I doubt i can be able to purchase from newegg :(  even if i can, the cost to ship it here would be too much :( 
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November 13, 2012 11:08:15 AM

archvince said:
I really wanted to go 7850 as well, however 7850 costs around $200 at the very least here in our country. And 1gb versions are really really hard to find. I doubt i can be able to purchase from newegg :(  even if i can, the cost to ship it here would be too much :( 


Power Color HD 7850 2gb/256bit ddr5 ====> Php 8000.00???? Price drop PCHub? Wow
http://www.tipidpc.com/viewitem.php?iid=16710697
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November 13, 2012 11:08:46 AM

boyabunda said:
That's your call. Is the 650 Ti is worth the extra 140 Php? I personally think the performance of the two cards is a tie (some games 6870 is better, some games the 650 Ti). The reason I suggested the 650 Ti is because I like quiet setups. Also, it consumes less power. It's your call.

About the PSU, I would not suggest using a generic PSU. Check out power consumption of the GTS 250: http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/ecs_geforce_gts_25...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/graphics/2009/06/19/gi...

It's power consumption is comparable to a GTX 660 or a 7870.


Come to think of it, in some games (like BF3. which i play a lot) the 650 Ti does outperfrom the 6870. Not to mention it is indeed a newer card.

About my question, i know that it is not recommended to use the GTS 250 with a generic PSU, but will it work? Do generic PSU's have a 6pin connector? sorry for the noobish question :??: 
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November 13, 2012 11:14:17 AM

archvince said:
Come to think of it, in some games (like BF3. which i play a lot) the 650 Ti does outperfrom the 6870. Not to mention it is indeed a newer card.

About my question, i know that it is not recommended to use the GTS 250 with a generic PSU, but will it work? Do generic PSU's have a 6pin connector? sorry for the noobish question :??: 


I have one 300W generic PSU from a very old PC. It doesn't have a 6-pin plug.
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November 13, 2012 3:01:11 PM

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