Powerful Enough To Run Good FPS


I have a Phenom II x6 1055t processor at the moment and I have a Gt 430 graphics card, which is pants.

I'm looking to run GTA IV and other games like FarCry 3 in the ultra settings, if I was to buy a 7850 1gb would this solve my problems?


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  1. Here are some benches for Far Cry 3. It's a very demanding game.

    You would need a much stronger card to get high fps on ultra in far cry. You could play on medium settings or with low AA though.

    As for GTA IV - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7870-review-benchmark,3148-11.html

    A 7850 will play it well.
  2. Probably not "ultra settings" in every game, but a hd7850 1gB would certainly be a lot better than a gt430.

    What's your budget, monitor resolution, and power supply?
  3. What is your monitor resolution?
  4. haha i have some bad news for you.I have GTX 670 and only get avg.41 fps in fry cry 3.The game is great!Though very demanding for a single card to max out even @ 1080p.
  5. budget for the card is £120 ish, running a 32" tv at 1920 x 1080, wont be running anymore than that at this moment in time, PSU is currently 450w, so I think I will be upgrading that to 650w at the same time.
  6. HD 7850 1 GB is indeed the best option at that budget. Don't expect to be maxing out Far Cry 3 though - it's a very demanding game.

    Anyway, one more tip: when upgrading the power supply unit, stick with quality brands: Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX. Stay away from other brands like Cooler Master, as their units suck.
  7. Got ya, yeah I wasn't going to cheap out on PSU, I understand that can be dangerous!

    1 More thing, is the RAM on the GPU really worth worrying about at the res im playing? I want the 1gb version as it includes Farcry 3 at £123 inc delivery, but the 2gb is about £143 without far cry
  8. 7850 is good enough to play the game smoothly just do not bother looking at your fps or you will get depressed.I would recommend going with 2gb even if not needed yet.Buying a 1gb imo is a waste of money these days.
  9. Well, RAM is pretty important - but if you cannot afford it, there's nothing to worry about.

    This one is £149.99 and includes far cry 3:

    This one comes with 4 games and some more stuff for a little bit more:
  10. Yeah I keep seeing that alot lately, 1gb is a waste of money, but is this card really future proof anyway?
  11. Depends on what you mean by "Future-proof". It will not play games on ultra settings in a year. Though, it should play games on at least high settings for quite a while - something like 3 years.
  12. right got ya, what about my processor is that any good? thanks for the links btw
  13. It's ok. Will last you quite a while.
  14. I would say do not even listen to anyone who tells you any card is future proof.I barley bought my card five months ago.I was told by many i would max all games out for at least a year.Turns out total bs live and learn.I don't regret buying my card though still very pleased.I think the member that recommended me to buy this card said it best!Bigcyco1 well Regina honestly i could not tell you how long.I cannot see into the future apparently lots of other members can maybe i need a BS magical crystal ball like them haha funny guy.
  15. Yeah they go out of date so quick, my budget was originally about £50 for an upgrade, now im upto around £200 inc a PSU!


    is the above link any better than the asus version?
  16. Wouldn't say so. They're pretty equal. Gigabyte is faster out of the box and Asus got a better cooler. Something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£149.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£47.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £197.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-23 21:40 GMT+0000)

    Feel free to swap for gigabyte one if you like it :).
  17. To be honest in all cards i have own 9 only haha Asus and MSI are the best.
  18. I have a GTX 670 myself and I don't do Ultra on FC3 because anything below 60fps for me is annoying so I stick with the high settings with AA off and it plays greatly smooth. For the 7850, you should get it down to medium or even low "if you want 60+ fps" but in overall, its a good card for its price right now. If you want to kill that game on Ultra with a single card, get a GTX 690 :D
  19. regina_49 said:
    To be honest in all cards i have owned 9 only haha Asus and MSI are the best.

    I have been buying Gigabyte products "MoBos and nVidias" and they have been working with me for like 5 years till now without any significant problems, Gigabyte is an excellent manufacturer :)
  20. is 500w PSU enough? I heard this card eats 300w at max load?
  21. oh and should I be worried about the size i.e length, I have a normal ATX case
  22. The PSU is enough but considering the case, I am not sure cuz I don't know it.
  23. 300 watts is for all system. The card itself won't consume more than 120 watts.
  24. Commandermadi said:
    I have been buying Gigabyte products "MoBos and nVidias" and they have been working with me for like 5 years till now without any significant problems, Gigabyte is an excellent manufacturer :)
    I should of made my post more clear.I meant in my personal experience Asus and MSI have been best cards i owned.I did not mean Gigabyte is not good.
  25. so are you saying that my existing 450w PSU will be ok then?
  26. It should be fine yes.
  27. oh and also are ocuk any good for psu's
  28. really? so I could just order the card? are you sure?
  29. I don't think so. And what is your current power supply unit?
  30. For a system using a single Radeon HD 7870 graphics card AMD specifies a minimum of a 500 Watt or greater power supply. The power supply should also have a combined +12 Volt continuous current rating of 27 Amps or greater and have at least two 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connectors.

    Total Power Supply Wattage is NOT the crucial factor in power supply selection. Total Continuous Amperage Available on the +12V Rail(s) is the most important factor.

    So I guess if upgraded to 550w may be or greater, it would be more than great with the 7870 but for the current 450w, its ok.
  31. I would not risk it.Better safe then sorry.To give you straight answer i am unsure sorry.If you have Seasonic power supply i would feel better about it.
  32. Unfortunately it's a FSP group inc 450w output, looks a bit ***!
  33. surely it's worth getting around 650w for future proofness?
  34. Yes, definitely 650w will be more more than enough. I guess save some bucks and go with 550w.
  35. I recommend XFX 550W mate very reliable,seasonic made and good bang for buck!
  36. what about ocuk, seem very competitive?
  37. Just look quickly this would be a great choice http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-148-AN&groupid=701&catid=123&subcat= I will look better for cheaper though if you prefer.
  38. FSP makes good power supply units actually. Which exact model do you have?
  39. Sunius said:
    FSP makes good power supply units actually. Which exact model do you have?

  40. kevinsmbuk said:
    :lol: did not see your post yes that would be fine. :)
  41. thankyou so much, going to place an order now!
  42. No problem.Your welcome.Enjoy...
  43. Your power supply is decent, but it's of old design. You should check if it has a 6-pin power connector. If it does, it will power HD 7850. If it doesn't, I wouldn't try running HD 7850 on it ;).
  44. I bought this! LOL a bit overkill, but what the hell! I might want to run two of em!

  45. Thats what I had. Its wicked sick:D
  46. Nice choice :).
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