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Can I get away with a 7850?

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January 23, 2013 7:42:26 PM

Hi all,
Am looking to upgrade my gpu and wondering what the best card i will be able to run is (would prefer not to change psu). Would like to get a 7850 but think it might be too much for the rig. I have heard of people using cards with a higher tdp on the same power supply but thought i would get some other opinions.

System is :

Dell T3400 Workstation

Intel Core 2 Quad q6600 (B3 I think)

Dell TP412 MOBO

2x 2GB DDR2

250GB Sata HDD

375W PSU (has x2 12V rails each at 18A and one 6 pin connector)

I will be playing games like Arkham City, Crysis, Far Cry 3, but only in 1280x768


Cheers in advance!!

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January 23, 2013 7:45:22 PM

The 7750 or 7770 will match your other components better and should be able to handle that resolution. A 7850 will be pushing your psu a bit and will most likely be bottle necked by the rest of your system.
January 23, 2013 7:53:59 PM

Was looking at a 7770 initially, but thought about a 7850 as they're not much more and to leave me with the option to put it in a new rig in the future. If it is going to be pushing it too much might just go for the 7770 as I don't want to be stuck with nothing! Cheers!!
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January 23, 2013 8:04:38 PM

In that case, what would be the best 7770 for over clocking? Have been looking at the XFX DD edition, or the Asus DirectCU.
January 23, 2013 8:06:04 PM

And have just found the MSI with twin fans
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January 23, 2013 11:35:15 PM

your cpu will be a bottleneck for anything above a 7770, not to mention your power supply will not be capable of powering any more than that. At such a low resolution there is REALL no need for anything better than 7770 anyway. If you planned on going to 1080p resolution i would say the 7850, but you will find your performance limited in most games by your slow cpu, and the 7850 may be pushing your PSU a bit too hard.
January 24, 2013 7:44:56 AM

forgot to mention i was going to upgrade to 1080p in the next couple of months which is also why i was thinking of going for the 7850, but dont want to blow anything if i put it in this current system..
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