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November 21, 2012 6:38:44 PM

Hello,
I have had a Powerspec B818 computer for quite a while now, i use it mostly for gaming ( Specs found here: http://www.microcenter.com/product/340211/B818_Desktop_... [I have it dual booted with windows 7 and XP, i use XP for gaming]) and i wanted to upgrade the Graphics card. I was wondering what card would be the best to get without having to change my power supply?

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November 21, 2012 7:02:12 PM

get a a7850
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November 21, 2012 7:21:17 PM

the specs look sad. a 7850 might not even work due to the power draw and if the power supply does not have any extra cables
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November 21, 2012 9:30:39 PM

The 7850 rarely goes over 100w power use.
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November 21, 2012 9:45:35 PM

with that psu i'd only recommend the 7770 card.
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November 21, 2012 9:58:50 PM

the 7850 is a good choice, although if you think your psu is not enough then get a 7770 or a new power supply. however i think even a 500w of a generic psu is enough for a 7850, but if there is no six pin power connector then there is little choice but to get a new psu if you want to get a 7850. here is a comparison of the two cards http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=678&card2...
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November 21, 2012 10:01:36 PM

I double checked the psu from the images and it has 2 pci express connectors and has 2x 12v rail of 18a 218w so the 7850 will do.
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November 22, 2012 1:18:54 AM

Thanks guys, this has been very helpful. I think I'm going to try the 7850, considering 7770 doesn't support Windows XP.
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November 22, 2012 1:39:32 AM

baconboy173 said:
Thanks guys, this has been very helpful. I think I'm going to try the 7850, considering 7770 doesn't support Windows XP.



what are you talking about ?
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November 22, 2012 12:14:03 PM

Dont use the 7850 with windows xp or any dx11 card, if you want to take advantage of dx11 supported games use the windows 7, besides some recent games don't support windows xp.
That thing xp for gaming is over, with the windows 7 any recent game will perform better even at dx9.
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November 22, 2012 2:34:40 PM

why would anyone get xp any more? 7 is better if not just as good
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November 22, 2012 2:45:07 PM

baconboy173 said:
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/77...

Click the system requirements tab, 2nd last bullet


I didn't see where ONE card wasn't supported. it was talking about eyefinity wasn't it ?

go to amd's driver site. type in drivers and select xp. you'll see they do make it. no reason it shouldn't work.
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November 22, 2012 5:56:46 PM

swifty_morgan said:
I didn't see where ONE card wasn't supported. it was talking about eyefinity wasn't it ?

go to amd's driver site. type in drivers and select xp. you'll see they do make it. no reason it shouldn't work.


Allright, sorry my bad, i didn't notice it was only for the eyefinity.

I personally prefer windows XP, I'm not omitting 7 because i still have it on another partition. If a game comes out that is not compatible with XP, I'll just install it on my windows 7 partition.
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