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January 1, 2013 7:27:05 PM

Hey everybody, just built my first PC ever and need some help on finding a graphics card. I've played some games like Arkham City and Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012) on this PC with the integrated graphics card. While it does a very good job in getting at least over 30 fps in most of these games, I want to be able to have the best graphics I can get out of this system. I do not plan on doing any overclocking with this card and will only have one graphics card just for gaming.

Specs:

Intel Core i3 3225 3.3 Ghz
Intel HD 4000 Integrated
8 GB DDR3 RAM
430 Watt Corsair PSU
120 GB Samsung 840 SSD
640 GB Western Digital Blue HDD
GIGABYTE GA-H77N
Dell 2007WFP 1680 X 1050
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January 1, 2013 8:02:13 PM

With these graphics cards, the GTX 660 and the 7850, I shouldn't have any problems, even with a 430 watt PSU?
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January 1, 2013 8:22:46 PM

Nope, though the 7850 does require a bit less power than the 660.
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January 1, 2013 8:25:57 PM

With your 430w PSU, you won't be able to run a 660 / 7850, have a look at the gtx 650 ti.
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January 1, 2013 8:39:08 PM

The GTX 650 TI seems like a better option at this time. I'm looking at the EVGA GTX 650 TI with 2 GB GDDR5 RAM right now. Anybody has any better suggestions? Does it make any sense to go with the 2 GB model over the 1 GB model? And will this go with my PSU?
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January 1, 2013 8:45:41 PM

I have the EVGA 650 Ti SuperSuperClocked 1gb, it can run anything high-ultra settings above 50-60 fps.
Get the 1gb card, 2gb isn't needed unless you are playing over 1080p.
On black ops 2 (not that intensive i know) maxed out i average 70-80 fps.
It should be fine with your PSU, it doesn't use a lot of power.
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January 1, 2013 8:46:18 PM

No, the 2gb model is completely pointless.
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January 1, 2013 8:46:43 PM

calumconroy said:
With your 430w PSU, you won't be able to run a 660 / 7850, have a look at the gtx 650 ti.


Umm no. The 7850 is a really low power drawing card, even though AMD recommends 500W thats with like an overclocked system. For his I3 and pretty low power everything else, 430W will be fine. I've had a CX 430 in my Core 2 Duo rig, and it works with a stock clocked 7850 just fine. Not too sure about the GTX 660 though.
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January 1, 2013 8:49:09 PM

7850 does draw less power than a 660, but not as little as a 650 Ti. If you got a 7850 you could be pushing the limits of your PSU and that's not a very good idea.
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January 1, 2013 8:49:59 PM

it is a good idea to go for the hd7850 instead of the 660 since you psu might not be able to fully power the gtx 660.

just make sure your psu is at least 80+ bronze certified.
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January 1, 2013 8:56:01 PM

I really don't want to push the limits of my power supply. So the EVGA GTX 650 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 would be playing it safe, but at the same time giving me good performance? And is there much difference between the model with the 1071 MHz clock and the 928 MHz clock?
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January 1, 2013 9:04:06 PM

shazadm613 said:
I really don't want to push the limits of my power supply. So the EVGA GTX 650 Ti 1 GB GDDR5 would be playing it safe, but at the same time giving me good performance? And is there much difference between the model with the 1071 MHz clock and the 928 MHz clock?


nothing much.....at least not noticeable
even if you get the 928Mhz card you can easily overclock that to a Ghz if you want to
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January 1, 2013 9:07:28 PM

I think I'm going to buy the EVGA GTX 650 TI 1 GB model with the overclock since it is just 10 dollars more. Thanks alot for your help everybody!
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January 1, 2013 9:12:27 PM

Glad i could offer advice / help :) 
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January 1, 2013 9:14:32 PM

Guys, his PSU is fine as long as it's not a junk quality one for either a 7850 or 650ti and almost certainly for the 660 as well. And for those saying the 650ti draws much less power than a 7850... please do your homework before spouting off that nonsense :non: 


His PSU should be able to handle a card that draws 100-130W of power (which is any of these including the 660) just fine as long as it's not some crapfest make/model (in which case it can't handle a 650ti either).
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January 1, 2013 9:15:01 PM

FYI, your 430W PSU will run either the 660 or 7850 just fine. They require a single PCIe 6pin connector, which means they use 150W TDP or less. I had a 160W GTX 460 running through my 430W PSU with a similar power draw setup for the rest of my system. But I also agree that the 650 Ti is the best choice for you since you're gaming under 1080p.
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January 1, 2013 9:19:17 PM

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January 1, 2013 9:22:29 PM

Best answer selected by shazadm613.
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