So I'm going to be buying a graphics card later next week and I've been trying to research as much as possible. I want to be sure that I get a graphics card that's going to be friendly to my wallet, work with the PSU I have and be able to play Guild Wars 2 well. I've always used integrated graphics and this is my first build, so I don't even know what to expect with ultra settings or really what I'm getting myself into. lol
I have an amd phenom ii x4 965 overclocked to 3.9ghz, a corsair cx500w psu and a monitor with 1920x1200 resolution.
I'm going to stick with amd on the card as well. Not sure if I should be going for 7770, 7850 1gb, 7850 2gb or 7870 and I don't know for sure if my psu can handle the 7850's or 7870 if I were to overclock them.
Any suggestions? I know it's a quite the spread between the 7770-7870, but Idk if I need Ultra settings, since I have only used integrated graphics, but guild wars 2 is probably going to be the most graphics intense game, if not just another mmo later on.
It's not about the wattage when seeing if your PSU can handle the GPU it's about seeing if the 12v has enough amps. Keep in mind the 7870 is a DUAL PCI-E power card so if your PSU only has 1 PCI connector you'll have to go with the 7850. If you're only playing Guild Wars and MMO type games then a 7850 will be adequate paired with a strong CPU. The Phenom II should keep up for now but in ~2 years it's gonna struggle.
Edit: I see now your PSU is a CX500 well that will be plenty for a 7870 and it has 2 PCI connectors. So the question boils down to whether you're willing to pay $50 more for the 7870 when you're playing games that lean more towards the CPU? Still definitely not a waste, in 2 years from now MMO's will be taxing todays GPU's at a moderate level.
If you do opt for the 7870 I recommend the GIGABYTE version, it's quiet fairly cool factory overclocked by 10% and isn't voltage locked. Don't get the ASUST DirectCU II card it runs hotter with about the same noise level whilst also being voltage locked. And I think its factory overclock is less. As for the HAWK edition it's decent too but more expensive than the GIGABYTE version and it's cooler isn't a whole lot better.