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Which of these graphic cards would work with my specs?

So I just purchased a new computer and moved my power supply and graphic card from my old Core 2 Quad Core desktop to my new one with my current specs as:

Intel i7-3770 @3.4Ghz
8GB DDR3
ATI Radeon HD 5750
Power supply: Corsair CX500

However I'm thinking that the HD 5750 is holding back the gaming potential of my computer, I'm not good with graphic cards but I'm thinking of buying between these:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=050283
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=053225

You'll notice the huge price difference but $220 is the max I'll spend. Is the first one still not that good? Is the second one overkill?
*Note: I prefer to buy it from the linked store since it's local rather than newegg if possible.

Thanks in advance! :hello:
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  1. Hi, i just checked the site you posted, i would go for the 7850, and i was doing some research there for 209 after rebate you can get this:

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=052981

    one thing you should check is the 7850 needs exactly 500 power supply, so you would be on the very edge, and the one i linked needs 450. hope it helps you :D
  2. clozecall said:
    So I just purchased a new computer and moved my power supply and graphic card from my old Core 2 Quad Core desktop to my new one with my current specs as:

    Intel i7-3770 @3.4Ghz
    8GB DDR3
    ATI Radeon HD 5750
    Power supply: Corsair CX500

    However I'm thinking that the HD 5750 is holding back the gaming potential of my computer, I'm not good with graphic cards but I'm thinking of buying between these:

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=050283
    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_558&item_id=053225

    You'll notice the huge price difference but $220 is the max I'll spend. Is the first one still not that good? Is the second one overkill?
    *Note: I prefer to buy it from the linked store since it's local rather than newegg if possible.

    Thanks in advance! :hello:


    I'm no expert at gaming graphics at all so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have not owned a AMD 7770, but I do currently have a AMD 7850 and I like it and haven't had any problems with it. I can max out Crysis 2 and get an average of 45-50 FPS sometimes 60 (and I only have a i52500k). You should talk with someone though to make sure that your power supply can put out enough juice for either of those cards though (you dont want to buy and find out it cant). But can I ask what you plan on doing with your computer?
  3. The one that Dnx listed is a good gpu for $200, it is about as fast as a 7870.
  4. Sadtrial said:
    I'm no expert at gaming graphics at all so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I have not owned a AMD 7770, but I do currently have a AMD 7850 and I like it and haven't had any problems with it. I can max out Crysis 2 and get an average of 45-50 FPS sometimes 60 (and I only have a i52500k). You should talk with someone though to make sure that your power supply can put out enough juice for either of those cards though (you dont want to buy and find out it cant). But can I ask what you plan on doing with your computer?


    he has just the minimum for the 7850, and as far as i know with the time/use the psu may loss some of its power, so theres a chance that he would have problems with this, thats why i posted the other one, just to be on the safe side :P.
  5. Best answer
    Dnx said:
    he has just the minimum for the 7850, and as far as i know with the time/use the psu may loss some of its power, so theres a chance that he would have problems with this, thats why i posted the other one, just to be on the safe side :P.


    You can run a 7850 with a 380w. Don't use the official website to tell how much power you need. Those are blantly overkill.
  6. Dnx said:
    he has just the minimum for the 7850, and as far as i know with the time/use the psu may loss some of its power, so theres a chance that he would have problems with this, thats why i posted the other one, just to be on the safe side :P.

    I know, I didnt see your post as it wasnt posted at the time I clicked to reply. The Nvidia 660 looks like the better choice to me as well.
  7. samuelspark said:
    You can run a 7850 with a 380w. Don't use the official website to tell how much power you need. Those are blantly overkill.


    i would not take that risk. but thats just me.
  8. samuelspark said:
    You can run a 7850 with a 380w. Don't use the official website to tell how much power you need. Those are blantly overkill.



    ^ +1 you samuel is correct - you don't need 500w
  9. 380 watts is not going to be enough for 7850 especially if its oc'd.
    minimum recommended would be a cx 430 corsair
  10. You do not need 500 watts, I run a 7850 on a cooler master 400 watt just fine.
  11. This is also a good card for $220 after mir

    In will run fine on a 500 watt psu.
  12. mohit9206 said:
    380 watts is not going to be enough for 7850 especially if its oc'd.
    minimum recommended would be a cx 430 corsair


    CX430 is overrated. It's a mediocre PSU and people give too much credit when it's not a Seasonic OEM.

    7850 consumes about the same/less power than the 6850

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5625/amd-radeon-hd-7870-ghz-edition-radeon-hd-7850-review-rounding-out-southern-islands/17

    Tom's Hardware running a Phenom II and a 6850 on Antec 380w
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-pc-phenom-ii-radeon-hd-6850,2903.html

    It'll work fine as long as it's quality.
  13. Dnx said:
    he has just the minimum for the 7850, and as far as i know with the time/use the psu may loss some of its power, so theres a chance that he would have problems with this, thats why i posted the other one, just to be on the safe side :P.


    Agree with Samuelspark and samuelohagan - 500w is not the minimum - it's considerably more than the minimum.
    Est total system power draw with a 7850: = 276w
    add for OC & aftermarket cooling if you have it.

    Tom
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