Best graphics card for a 350w PSU

Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could help me.

I'm currently in the market for a new graphics card (currently have an ATI Radeon 4850) in order to play some of the latest games on a decent setting (battlefield, GTAIV, SimCity), but I'm limited to both my current 350W PSU, along with a fairly small budget of £100.

My specs are:
Intel Core i7 Processor 920 (2.66GHz, 8MB cache, 4.8GT/sec)
6GB DDR3 Ram
512mb ATI Radeon 4850 graphics card
Delta Electronics PSU (350W Output, model#DPS-360FBA)
750GB Hard Drive

If people need any more details please ask, I'm sincerely grateful for any responses, thanks.
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  1. Your pushing that PSU about as hard as you can already. If i were you I would upgrade the PSU, you can get a gold level 550w seasonic for about 100 bucks (in aus, cheaper in America i assume). PSU's gradually degrade over time, so you may eventually run into problems even if you change nothing. If you really dont have the money, A 7770 would be a safe upgrade, you may even be able to get away with a 7850. 7770 would be a small upgrade and a 7850 a rather large one in terms of performance.
  2. 7770 would be under budget, 7850 maybe just over if prices are similar over in the UK
  3. upgrade that psu
  4. Thanks all, how easy is it to upgrade a PSU, I'm guessing it's essentially like just plug n play?

    As for the 7770, is this the sort of card you mean?
    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/asus-amd-radeon-hd-7770-ghz-edition-pci-e-graphics-card-2-gb-15694901-pdt.html#longDesc

    Many thanks
  5. The hd-7850 should work if the hd-4850 is running ok.

    The HD-7770 is not a big upgrade from the HD-4850 that is already close in speed to a HD-7750.
  6. Ya if hd 4850 can work then hd 7850 will also work.may be his psu is good 350w psu
  7. If you have a crossfire board. A new power supply but it would have to be at least two 20 amp rails or a single 40 amp rail or more. 550 to 700 watts depending on the model. A 750 watt antec, corsair or ocz or other trusted brand would be ideal.

    And a used hd-4850 card. they are almost worthless today so a used one should be dirt cheap or about the price of a new hd-6570 or less.

    Crossfire hd-4850's actually do well, but they are power hogs.
  8. The hd-4870 also crossfires with the hd-4850 but it's not matched crossfire so the hd-4870 will have to be installed as the first card and down-clocked to match the slower 4850.

    If you see a really cheap 4870 instead of a 4850 it will still work.
  9. This is all great advice, thanks guys.

    So is the 4850 not too bad of a card, is it worth upgrading?

    If anyone could provide links to PSUs and compatible decent cards that'd be great, I'm a bit useless when it comes to hardware. Thanks again!
  10. I am not familiar with stores in the UK, so i am sure someone locally can tell you where to get a better deal.

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/graphics-cards/716_7054_70058_0_BA00003186-BV00297000/xx-criteria.html
    ASUS HD7850-DC2T-2GD5-V2 PCI-E 3.0 Graphics Card £184.99

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/graphics-cards/716_7054_70058_0_BA00003186-BV00296999/xx-criteria.html
    ASUS AMD HD 7870 GHz Edition PCI-E Graphics Card - 2 GB £204.99

    The faster HD 7870 is not much more than the slower 7850. More speed means higher power consumption of course.

    http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_4850_and_4870_crossfirex,3.html
    The Hd-4850 is about 150 watts under load.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_7850_HD_7870/24.html
    HD 7870 is 144 watts. 7850 is 101 watts.

    If the hd-4850 is working ok and plays games without crashing, your power supply should power either of these cards.

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/gbuk/ocz-zs650w-uk-zs-series-atx-psu-650-w-11342059-pdt.html
    OCZ ZS650W-UK ZS Series ATX PSU - 650 W £54.99

    This power supply should be ok with a pair of hd-7870's or a pair of 4850's.
    If you can find a used 4850 card locally for a reasonable price, this might keep you within your original budget.
    (only if your board has two pcie-16 slots on it and can run crossfire)
  11. One of the biggest (and most prevalent) mistakes people make is over working their PSU. You are the poster boy. I recommend you replace your current PSU with the highest wattage QUALITY PSU you can afford. You're wasting your money to do other. Replacing a PSU is a no brainer. Four screws and a bunch of connectors.
  12. Corsair 430, 45 USD w/10 USD MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    Diamond 7750, 107 USD w/20 USD MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103206
    Check out the prices in the uk. If you can afford 40-60 pounds, get the 7850.
  13. Thanks so much for your replies need4speeds and au_equus, I'll be sure to look into those.

    How does the 6950 rank against them? I'm aware I'll need to up the PSU, but I may be able to get one a 6950 from somebody I know.

    @Ram I'm starting to think that too, though my machine did come prebuilt from dell, this is the first time I've thought about an upgrade.
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