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Looking to get a new graphics card

  1. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 686   +47

    I was looking at some PSU benchmarks here(http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6850/7.html) Do you think I can run it good? I know in another post it was stated that it would be pushing it but with these benchmarks it looks like it would but ofcourse I always ask just to make sure. Also would you recommend this card over the 550ti? I ask because I heard the 550ti comes out today maybe you guys know some info about it.
     
  2. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,909   +716

    The HD 6850 is likely a much better card than the GTX550. Your 450w PSU might be struggling with the card also. I would most definitely NOT overclock if you plan on using this PSU.
    Your options are buy the card and PSU (which sounds like something you're trying not to do), or buy the card and hope that there are no adverse reactions. Best case scenario is that the PSU and card run fine. Other possible outcomes are slow card performance and/or system instability (including- but not limited to- games crashing to desktop, BSoD's, system lockups and not forgetting fireworks if the PSU gets really overworked and has no over voltage/current protection).
    Your call.
     
  3. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 686   +47

    Ok so im going to go with this(http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-...E6/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1300281840&sr=8-12) It's probably the safest option and best performance boost for my computer. From a 9800GT to the 550ti ill get dx11 support, and I cant imagine if my 9800GT can run games like shogun 2 almost on max, and BC2 on really high that this card will have no problem handling them even higher. Probably for the future around BF3 release ill purchase another, better card and give this one to my bro lol
     
  4. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 686   +47

    Hey guys! Just wanted to conclude the thread! I got myself the 550ti 1GB. it came slightly factory overclocked at around 956, but I shot it up to 1000. Everything runs great and im loving it! It fit in the case perfectly, and runs great on my 450W power supply even overclocked and I have run into no real problems with it. I play shogun 2 on ultra and it runs smooth, and bfbc2 amazing aswell! it was easy to install and with the beta drivers helped make games run even better. Thank you all for helping me, it was a learning experience that now I can use in the future I probably learned more about graphics card than I ever have and im currently in a computer 101 class at my college. Thread Heroic Victory!
     


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