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GTX 650 Ti Good Graphics Card?

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February 6, 2013 8:09:52 PM

Hi, I was wondering if the gtx 650 ti is a good $150 to replace my intel hd 400 graphics, I would want to max out setting on games such as skyrim, planetside 2, borderlands 2 etc. Also, wondering if it will work with my 400w PSU. Thanks Again, Elite


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Intel i5 3570k

Coolermaster elite 400w

Toshiba 1tb 7200rpm hdd

8gb of Kingston hyperx Blu ram

Samsung 22x dvd drive

ASUS P8Z77-V LE


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February 6, 2013 8:18:31 PM

that psu is no good, and you'll need something more like a 660ti to max any of the games you mentioned.
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February 6, 2013 8:21:03 PM

Chances are that you should get a new PSU such as an Antec VP-450 or better (can be had as cheap as about $30 despite being a reliable PSU for the job).

The GTX 650 Ti is a decent card, but the Radeon 7850 1GB is much better and can be found only a little more expensive. The Radeon 7850 2GB is a little better than the 1GB model, but it's not often found as cheap.
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February 6, 2013 8:21:11 PM

it depends on what resolution you will be playing at
for 1080p likely medium settings
for 720p likely maxed out
for 900p likely high (debateable on game)

For 1080p high/ultra you will want a 7850 1gb minimum but 7850 2gb to be sure to not run out of vram
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February 6, 2013 8:30:03 PM

blazorthon said:
Chances are that you should get a new PSU such as an Antec VP-450 or better (can be had as cheap as about $30 despite being a reliable PSU for the job).

The GTX 650 Ti is a decent card, but the Radeon 7850 1GB is much better and can be found only a little more expensive. The Radeon 7850 2GB is a little better than the 1GB model, but it's not often found as cheap.




lets say i got a 7850 any model recommendations?
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February 6, 2013 8:36:36 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's not top-of-the-line, but it's not the bottom either and it's only $170 including shipping ($164.99 plus $4.99 shipping). Oh, and it comes with a free (supposedly worth $150) coupon for a few modern games.
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February 6, 2013 8:45:01 PM

blazorthon said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's not top-of-the-line, but it's not the bottom either and it's only $170 including shipping ($164.99 plus $4.99 shipping). Oh, and it comes with a free (supposedly worth $150) coupon for a few modern games.


honestly i agree with that a 7850 is a better card though with a good quality PSU that would be $250 which iam not sure i could afford
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February 6, 2013 8:47:20 PM

Antec VP-450 is only about $30 and is plenty for the job. It's a good quality PSU despite its low price and is renowned for that among many sites such as Tom's. Now if you want an excellent quality PSU like some great Gold or Platinum model, then that's a different story, but you don't need that.
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February 6, 2013 9:25:54 PM

blazorthon said:
Antec VP-450 is only about $30 and is plenty for the job. It's a good quality PSU despite its low price and is renowned for that among many sites such as Tom's. Now if you want an excellent quality PSU like some great Gold or Platinum model, then that's a different story, but you don't need that.

i just want to go back to the gtx 650 ti for a sec its minimum psu requirements are 400W and would perform better than a 550 ti which my bro has and he maxes out most games just a thought
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February 6, 2013 9:34:27 PM

If you want ot go back to the 650 Ti, then yes, it'll beat the 550 Ti. The 7850 is even better but if you don't want to pay for it, then the 650 Ti isn't too huge of a down-grade, although it is inferior value.

Were you looking at the 7850's minimum PSU requirement? Ignore it because it is highly inaccurate. It's a guideline for people who don't understand what to look for in a PSU and I swear to you that the Antec VP-450 is more than good enough for the GTX 650 Ti and the Radeon 7850 as I've used that PSU in numerous systems with such graphics cards. Even if I hadn't, I know how to do the math that matters for PSUs these days.

For example, wattage doesn't actually matter much. What matters in power delivery is how much power can be delivered on the +12V rails reliably, not how much the PSU is rated for across all rails. The +3.3V and +5V rails aren't used heavily like they used to be and the minimum PSU requirements for much hardware is overstated to compensate for that just in case someone with an old PSU that focuses on the +3.3V and +5V rails doesn't have issues. It's also done because some PSU companies lie about their PSU's power delivery.

The GTX 650 Ti would be plenty fine even on a decent, modern 350W PSU so long as the CPU isn't a hgue power hog (which yours isn't) and the Radeon 7850 is fine even on a decent, modern 400W PSU. The Antec VP-450 is simply cheaper and better than most such PSUs, hence I gave it as my recommendation.
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a c 82 U Graphics card
February 6, 2013 10:05:31 PM

id upgrade to a better ps first, and a 650ti will be quite fine for light gaming.

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February 6, 2013 11:08:40 PM

yar

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February 7, 2013 7:22:50 PM

blazorthon said:
If you want ot go back to the 650 Ti, then yes, it'll beat the 550 Ti. The 7850 is even better but if you don't want to pay for it, then the 650 Ti isn't too huge of a down-grade, although it is inferior value.

Were you looking at the 7850's minimum PSU requirement? Ignore it because it is highly inaccurate. It's a guideline for people who don't understand what to look for in a PSU and I swear to you that the Antec VP-450 is more than good enough for the GTX 650 Ti and the Radeon 7850 as I've used that PSU in numerous systems with such graphics cards. Even if I hadn't, I know how to do the math that matters for PSUs these days.

For example, wattage doesn't actually matter much. What matters in power delivery is how much power can be delivered on the +12V rails reliably, not how much the PSU is rated for across all rails. The +3.3V and +5V rails aren't used heavily like they used to be and the minimum PSU requirements for much hardware is overstated to compensate for that just in case someone with an old PSU that focuses on the +3.3V and +5V rails doesn't have issues. It's also done because some PSU companies lie about their PSU's power delivery.

The GTX 650 Ti would be plenty fine even on a decent, modern 350W PSU so long as the CPU isn't a hgue power hog (which yours isn't) and the Radeon 7850 is fine even on a decent, modern 400W PSU. The Antec VP-450 is simply cheaper and better than most such PSUs, hence I gave it as my recommendation.

Ok, Iam pretty convinced that I should get a 7850 but would I HAVE TO upgrade to a PSU or could I stay with my current one, though I should upgrade anyway, maybe spend little bit extra on a 500w PSU?
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a c 87 U Graphics card
February 7, 2013 8:58:06 PM

I'd say even if you went for the GTX 650 Ti instead of the 7850, you should replace your current PSU. I really don't trust it with even these fairly power-light graphics cards.

Going up to a 500W won't really change anything. You could spend a little extra on something a little better than the VP-450 such as an XFX Proseries 450W or if you want something 500W or more just because, something such as one of Antec's 520W models would be great or an XFX 550W would also be great. That's only cost another $15-25 more than the Antec VP-450.
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February 8, 2013 12:35:22 AM

i agree with blazor.

450 should be fine.

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February 10, 2013 3:31:25 PM

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