Would anyone like to give suggestions on a new video card?

By Cheaky
Feb 20, 2011
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  1. Hi all,
    My XFX Radeon HD 4870 has been RMA'd twice now and about to do it again. Ive decided to just buy another one and Im having a tough time picking one out. I was looking at the MSI Radeon HD 6970, but Im just not sure about it. Here are my pc specs and please make a suggestion. I would greatly appreciate them!

    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W

    AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W

    G.SKILL 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit's

    500GB 7200 RPM SATA

    Running dual 23 monitors.

    Thanks!
    --Cheaky
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    Yes, I'd be a little concerned with that powersupply, but I think it should be fine.
  3. Cheaky

    Cheaky Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    So maybe a new PS as well?

    Cause I do have 2 120mm led fans HDD fans 2 80 mm case fans??

    O and a mem cooler
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,349   +122

    The fans are not the problem...
    You might want to wait for other people to post.
    Personally, I would just try with the corsair 550w, but that's just me.
  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The Corsair 550VX has 41A on the 12V rail. A system having the HD 6970 will consume about 350W on load. So the 550 VX should be good enough. However, it will leave very little or no headroom for overclocking or adding further components.
  6. Cheaky

    Cheaky Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thank you. I dont OC so there shouldnt be a problem there. Any other advice?
  7. rockyjohns

    rockyjohns Newcomer, in training Posts: 82

    I would go with the GTX 570. Both the HD 6970 and GTX 570 are listed on the THG “Best Cards for the Money” for February at the $240 price point:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...e-gtx-560-ti-gaming-graphics-card,2857-5.html

    That article includes links for reviews of each card which will allow you to make a more detailed comparison.

    I prefer the GTX 570 in part because I believe 2 of its features - CUDA and Physx - will play increasing roles in graphics processing as well as other applications.

    In paarticular. I would go with this EVGA "superclocked" card which is only $330 after rebate:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130620&cm_re=gtx_570-_-14-130-620-_-Product
  8. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 878   +84

    neither the gtx 570 or the 6970 is under $300.

    I would highly recommend the HD 6870 or GTX560Ti. Both will give you great performance for the money. unless you want to play crysis at max setting you don't need anything higher than a 6850 or 6870. Since you have an AMD motherboard I would recommend getting a 6850 and if that isn't enough you can always add another one in crossfire. I'm not sure if your motherboard has 2PCI-e 16X slots, this is something that needs to be looked into.
  9. rockyjohns

    rockyjohns Newcomer, in training Posts: 82

    Correction

    Thank you for correctly pointing out that the cards I recommended cost over $300. My mistake - they are listed for the $360 price point not $240.
  10. bwefc1878

    bwefc1878 Newcomer, in training

    6950

    I'd go for the 6950 as it's slightly less pricey but does near enough the same job


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