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February 12, 2013 6:17:12 PM

[system specs below]

I amlooking to upgrade my gpu (6670) because I get poor performance on even older games like Lord of the Rings (which I want to be able to play at max settings and still get 50-60+ fps), and will likely get back into first person shooters, and wat to play at a respectable level (probably not Crysis, so don't need best of best).

I would like to stick with AMD just becauseof value/performance/cost ratio, but won't rule out nvidia yet.

I've been researching on this site, and the 7750 seems ok because no PSU isses and cheap, but am concerned that it's not a big enough upgrade, especially with newer games coming out. The 7770 would probably require me to get a new psu, in which case I would rather spend some more money and get a card that would make the older games I play smooth as silk, and still handle upcoming games at least at med/med-high level.

With that in mind, looking for recommendations. I see 7850's on newegg for $180, but is that overkill for an i5-2310/6 GB 1333 MHz system that plays mostly games that are several years old, or will that be that be the last card this particular system will ever need?

I don't mind losing a few neglible frames per second if it saves significant money, don't need top of the line, just well above average.

Also, the psu that came on the Dell xps says 380 watts, but if I get any card beyond a 7750, will probably need a new one anyways, so would appreciate wattage recomendations on psu with card also.

Thanks, you all are the best! :)  This forum helped me build my first htpc a while back, so I'm not computer illiterate, just a novice.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a few weeks or so

BUDGET RANGE: $250 at most before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games like LotRO, Diablo 3, and maybe the next BioShock, and some media playback, then web-browsing

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 6670 w/ 1GB GDDR5, not sure about psu (380w ?)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: i5-2310 (2.9 GHz), 1 TB 7200 SATA 2 HDD, 6 GB DDR3 1333, Win 7 64 bit, Dell XPS 8300 from late 2011

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: anything not low quality

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

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February 13, 2013 4:57:09 PM

I would recommend this

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a good PSU for the price
PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Totals comes to around $285

It is more than your budget, but i would spend the extra and get a solid PSU that could be used in your next system if you decide to build another,I have this same PSU powering an I7-2600 and GTX 670, not one issue, and this 7850 should last you a while. I recommend a 7870, but a 7850 would do your needs fine
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February 13, 2013 5:27:44 PM

Thanks, unfortunately I just ordered a slighlty lesser version before I saw your post. The psu i got is a "CORSAIR CX600M 600W ATX12V" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reading all the reviews and the forums here, that corsair seems pretty solid.

Last issue, I have decided to at least get a 2 GB 7850, but if can come up with some extra change. I may go with the 7870, but 2 concerns:

1: Is a 600w psu adequate for a 7870, and,

2: Will heat be an issue with a 7870, because it is a dell xps case tha doesn't have any fans other than the one in the back? Don't want to burn anything up (or degrade most likely?).

Thanks agin for the info!!!
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February 13, 2013 5:51:46 PM

jcharger said:
Thanks, unfortunately I just ordered a slighlty lesser version before I saw your post. The psu i got is a "CORSAIR CX600M 600W ATX12V" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reading all the reviews and the forums here, that corsair seems pretty solid.

Last issue, I have decided to at least get a 2 GB 7850, but if can come up with some extra change. I may go with the 7870, but 2 concerns:

1: Is a 600w psu adequate for a 7870, and,

2: Will heat be an issue with a 7870, because it is a dell xps case tha doesn't have any fans other than the one in the back? Don't want to burn anything up (or degrade most likely?).

Thanks agin for the info!!!



Corsair 600 should be fine. Both, 7870 and 7850, recommend 500W or higher. 600 should be fine with that I5.I wouldn't worry to much about cooling. The 7850 I recommended is a dual slot card, meaning it has its own way to get rid of majority of the heat out of the GPU's back vent.If it starts running hotter than normal there is always the possibility of buying a $40-$50 case that would cool it better.The money you save by getting the Gigabyte 7850 rather than the 7870 would get you a really nice case
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February 13, 2013 5:51:54 PM

jcharger said:
Thanks, unfortunately I just ordered a slighlty lesser version before I saw your post. The psu i got is a "CORSAIR CX600M 600W ATX12V" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Reading all the reviews and the forums here, that corsair seems pretty solid.

Last issue, I have decided to at least get a 2 GB 7850, but if can come up with some extra change. I may go with the 7870, but 2 concerns:

1: Is a 600w psu adequate for a 7870, and,

2: Will heat be an issue with a 7870, because it is a dell xps case tha doesn't have any fans other than the one in the back? Don't want to burn anything up (or degrade most likely?).

Thanks agin for the info!!!



Corsair 600 should be fine. Both, 7870 and 7850, recommend 500W or higher. 600 should be fine with that I5.I wouldn't worry to much about cooling. The 7850 I recommended is a dual slot card, meaning it has its own way to get rid of majority of the heat out of the GPU's back vent.If it starts running hotter than normal there is always the possibility of buying a $40-$50 case that would cool it better.The money you save by getting the Gigabyte 7850 rather than the 7870 would get you a really nice case
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April 12, 2013 8:55:29 PM

I too have this machine, I know someone who wants to buy it off me for 525, should I keep and upgrade or sell and build a new machine with the money?
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