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Choosing my new graphics card!

By illourr
Aug 30, 2011
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  1. First of all thanks for reading! I am Going to be purchasing a new graphics card in the next week and looking for some help :) If you need anymore info let me know! (im from USA)
    If you have any suggestions for my overall machine you don't mind sharing, go ahead.


    Gaming Limits - Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, Counter Strike: GO, Borderlands 2...

    Budget - Max $175 - Unless you can convince me higher. I would prefer to have some cheaper options also if possible.

    CPU-Z -
    CPU - i56(dot)tinypic(dot)com/2h57mgh.jpg
    Mainboard - i51(dot)tinypic(dot)com/2h6bk7m.jpg


    1. Motherboard - ASUS P5E-VM DO LGA 775 Intel Q35 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    2. Graphic interface - BFG Tech BFGE88512GTOC2E GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    3. Memory - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ

    4. CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

    5. CPU Speed - Stock

    6. Power Supply Make/Model - Rosewill RV2-700 700W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply

    7. Watt output/Amperage - Calculated using extreme(dot)outervision(dot)com/PSUEngine and it said - Minimum PSU Wattage: 495 W / Recommended PSU Wattage: 545 W
     
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Get the XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB.

    Should handle everything you throw at it with High/ Mid settings depending on the resolution at which you game.
     
  3. illourr

    illourr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what about the "PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity" to be more in my price range

    EDIT: Also I game at 1680x1050.
     
  4. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    The HD 6870 I linked to is available at the same price after a mail-in rebate. However, the HD 6850 should do fine at 1680x1050.
     
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    What is the actual wattage, and if possible, make and model of your PSU?

    Reading your post above it would seem you've used a calculator, we need to know your PSU details.
     
  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    @Leeky
    Item 6 in the OP's first post.

    I'd also recommend going with a 6870 -a little future proofing just in case BF3 ends up a little more taxing- but I'd look at the Sapphire version for $175 (free shipping, $155 after MIR, and Deus Ex into the bargain)
     
  7. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    How on Earth did I miss that! :haha:
     
  8. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    6870 all the way :approve:
     
  9. illourr

    illourr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks guys.
     
  10. illourr

    illourr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Purchased the sapphire radeon hd 6870 you listed!
     

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