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Best Video card for a 450W

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December 27, 2012 8:46:17 PM

I am new to this computer thing and i'm starting to think i made a mistake in buying a 450W power supply for my first self made PC. i currently have every part assembled asides from the Video card because i do not have a good one (i have an older one installed now).

but onto the point. i would like to know what is the best graphics card i can get with my current setup, witch is
-8 GB dual channel Memory
-Phenom II quad core 3.2 GH's
-ASrock Extreme 3 Full ATX 6 gb a second
-450W Rosewill stallion series

Most of the newer cards on newegg say they need at least 500W but i was wondering is that just a recommendation for crossfire? and if it isn't then what is a good card i can get with my setup?

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December 27, 2012 8:54:44 PM

What types of games are you looking to play and at what resolution?

My generic answer without knowing the above would be a 7750, but more info would be great.
December 27, 2012 9:12:02 PM

Tibbs01 said:
What types of games are you looking to play and at what resolution?

My generic answer without knowing the above would be a 7750, but more info would be great.


i would like to be playing PS2 at low-med settings with constant good fps (that game is about 80% CPU run anyway) and games like bf3 and crysis at med-high my budget is around 200$. maybe 230$ at max.
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December 27, 2012 9:19:11 PM

If you aren't overclocking anything and your PSU is an 80+ certified one, you can get away with a better card than is the "recommended". If it's a cheaper one stay with a 7750. Otherwise you could easily run a 7770, possible even a 7850. Although I don't think I'd test the 7850 range unless you can save up some cash quickly to swap the power supply if needed.
December 27, 2012 9:43:17 PM

80+ indeed. Get it or forget it.
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December 27, 2012 10:15:24 PM

I also think you'd be able to run an HD 7770. I would not risk trying a 7850.

Option 1 (not buying another PSU): Honestly, if you're just looking to run PS2 at low-med settings, you're going to be pleasantly surprised that you'll achieve better than that and you should be able to run Crysis easily at med-high settings (turn off/down AA though).

Option 2 (buying a PSU): However, I would also like to say that you should try to invest in an 80+ (preferably 80+ Bronze) PSU. PSU's go on sale pretty often enough. Once you do that, then I strongly suggest getting an HD 7850. You should run almost any game just fine on high settings. Going this route will cost more than $200 though.
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December 27, 2012 10:43:11 PM

FIrst off, a QUALITY 450W PSU can handle a Radeon 7850 and even a 7870 using a MOLEX to 6-pin adapter (doable but not recommended). Rosewill's high end PSU's (Capstone, made by Seasonic) are actually very good but their "Stalion" series is not.

I suggest you get a better PSU ASAP. If you cannot, the highest video card I would "trust" wih your PSU would be a 7750 only because it draws it's power straight from the motherboard and not the PSU.

Don't skimp on the PSU, it's the lifeblood of your PC. Antec, PC&P, FSP, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone are all great PSU's.
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