hello i have faced an issue in deciding what graphics card i would need for my rig. i currently have:
amd phenom ii 965 black edition @3.4 ghz
msi 970a g46 atx mainboard
g.skill 8 gb 1x8gb @1866mhz
ati radeon hd 5450 1gb
thermaltake tr2 430watt psu
seagate 160gb sata 6
nzxt gamma classic gaming atx case
i have an external 24x dvd drive
and external 200gb hdd
i have windows 7 professional and dualbooting linux mint 14 cinnamon (wonderful ubuntu derivative)
basically my current graphics card is sufficeint for my uses ie:steam games such as tf2 cs:s portal garry's mod and half life 2 but i would like to be able to run these faster and on higher settings. i would also like to be able to run crysis2 sonic generations batman arkham city amazing spiderman and possibly skyrim on modest setings. please help me decide what gpu to get for these, bearing in mind my limit is 220$ and i only have a 430 watt power supply.
do you think this would be better than a superclocked 2gb 650ti? mostly for gaming but possibly rendering and video editing
Ps: i am a student with not much cash to throw around so im looking for power per dollar here, not the top option but the best for my money
first off any of these Gtx 650 ti or radeon hd 7770 will need to be paired with at least 500 w PSU or you will be in BSOD land.
Since you current card is fine, you should stick with it until you have enough money for a new psu. That's my experience 2 cents