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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2012 6:48:36 PM

Hey guys. So here's the deal, Christmas is coming up. I don't want to spend too much but in the middle of doing a platform upgrade I think.

Current system

Athlon II x4 640
6gb ddr2
1 250gb sata drive
1 1tb sata drive
Ultra LSP 650 watt power supply(38 amps on a single 12v+ rail)
GTS 450 1 gb
Resolution 1680x1050

Hoping to be able to play at 1080p though.

Here's where I'm at.

Bought a new board--Gigabyte 970a-ud3(not installed)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/375772/GA-970A-UD3_S...

Don't know what I'm getting for Christmas but my wife did get me an HD 7770 ghz edition(not installed), but is allowing me to take it back. Kinda got a feeling ram and possibly a new cpu might be mixed in somewhere. My question is, I'm looking at the 650 TI 2gb model. Is that enough card for 1080p? Or do I need to go to the 7850 2gb especially since my board new board does crossfire. Or is there another card in the 150-200 dollar range that's strong that I'm missing? I've also looked at the 7850 1gb, but reading that in the next year or two, 1gb may not be enough.

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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2012 10:19:46 PM
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ohiou_grad_06 said:
Hey guys. So here's the deal, Christmas is coming up. I don't want to spend too much but in the middle of doing a platform upgrade I think.

Current system

Athlon II x4 640
6gb ddr2
1 250gb sata drive
1 1tb sata drive
Ultra LSP 650 watt power supply(38 amps on a single 12v+ rail)
GTS 450 1 gb
Resolution 1680x1050

Hoping to be able to play at 1080p though.

Here's where I'm at.

Bought a new board--Gigabyte 970a-ud3(not installed)

http://www.microcenter.com/product/375772/GA-970A-UD3_S...

Don't know what I'm getting for Christmas but my wife did get me an HD 7770 ghz edition(not installed), but is allowing me to take it back. Kinda got a feeling ram and possibly a new cpu might be mixed in somewhere. My question is, I'm looking at the 650 TI 2gb model. Is that enough card for 1080p? Or do I need to go to the 7850 2gb especially since my board new board does crossfire. Or is there another card in the 150-200 dollar range that's strong that I'm missing? I've also looked at the 7850 1gb, but reading that in the next year or two, 1gb may not be enough.


Hi, for 1080 its said that nvidia cards work it better, now yeah it would be way better to get a 2gb model, your system will handle any single card on the market with no problem on your budget the 7850 would be the best option on ati side, and on nvidia the 650ti, now if you push the budget a little (20 more dlls aprox) you may get a 7870 or a 660gtx, hope this helps n.n


a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 2:51:32 AM

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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 2:54:26 AM

I think you are right. Since my board supports crossfire but not sli, I think I'm going to try and get the 7850 2 gb model if I can. Nvidia does make a good card, but also too I've not owned ATI cards since before amd bought them, so kinda curious to see what the red team is doing also.
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