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Windows 7: Is this a good graphics card?

24 Jul 2012   #1
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Is this a good graphics card?

I am wondering if any of these graphic cards are good for gaming and surfing?
Diamond AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB GDDR3 PCI-E Video Card : Video Cards - Future Shop
XFX AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB DDR3 PCI-E Video Card : Video Cards - Future Shop
Diamond Radeon 6450 1GB DDR3 PCI-E Video Card : Video Cards - Future Shop
I have also bought a new power supply to change my old LITEON ps-6301-08a
Coolmax 500W Power Supply (14622) : Power Supplies - Future Shop


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24 Jul 2012   #2
DMHolt57

 
 

Here is a quick comparison chart... AMD Radeon HD 6450 Review - Performance#
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24 Jul 2012   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Radeon 6450 cards are low-end. They should be adequate for web surfing, but for gaming they're weak.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List

What sort of system do you wish to upgrade? If you had, for example, a Radeon 5670 card, a 6450 would be a major downgrade.
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24 Jul 2012   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Radeon 6450 cards are low-end. They should be adequate for web surfing, but for gaming they're weak.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List

What sort of system do you wish to upgrade? If you had, for example, a Radeon 5670 card, a 6450 would be a major downgrade.
Yep.

If you give us a ballpark max budget figure we could help pick out an improvement.

Because as mentioned, the 6450 is not a gaming card.
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24 Jul 2012   #5
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Radeon 6450 cards are low-end. They should be adequate for web surfing, but for gaming they're weak.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List

What sort of system do you wish to upgrade? If you had, for example, a Radeon 5670 card, a 6450 would be a major downgrade.
Yep.

If you give us a ballpark max budget figure we could help pick out an improvement.

Because as mentioned, the 6450 is not a gaming card.
My max budget is $70
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24 Jul 2012   #6
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Radeon 6450 cards are low-end. They should be adequate for web surfing, but for gaming they're weak.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List

What sort of system do you wish to upgrade? If you had, for example, a Radeon 5670 card, a 6450 would be a major downgrade.
I was thinking of upgrading my ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR3 card
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25 Jul 2012   #7
Jonesie85

Windows 7 Home x64 & Windows XP Pro x86
 
 

sorry for interrupting the graphics card talk but the psu does put a limit on the Graphics card. a 500w PSU is not enough for a highend Graphics card. However i have just read that you have a $70 limit so you most likely wont be able to buy a graphics card powerful enough to warrent upgradding the PSU. If you win the lottery and can then afford a high-end graphics car then be sure to upgrade the PSU as wel.

Oh, recently i upgraded my graphics card from a hd4870. it worked ok with mass effect 3 but i had to turn down all shadows and lighting. basically all the graphics settings the game has but it worked anyway. My point is that even if the 6450 isnt designed for gaming it will still work.

sorry for interrupting you guys. cya around.
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25 Jul 2012   #8
Razor505

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonesie85 View Post
sorry for interrupting the graphics card talk but the psu does put a limit on the Graphics card. a 500w PSU is not enough for a highend Graphics card. However i have just read that you have a $70 limit so you most likely wont be able to buy a graphics card powerful enough to warrent upgradding the PSU. If you win the lottery and can then afford a high-end graphics car then be sure to upgrade the PSU as wel.

Oh, recently i upgraded my graphics card from a hd4870. it worked ok with mass effect 3 but i had to turn down all shadows and lighting. basically all the graphics settings the game has but it worked anyway. My point is that even if the 6450 isnt designed for gaming it will still work.

sorry for interrupting you guys. cya around.
i have changed my buget a little now, so its $80 and my new power supply is http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...aa8e3dd598en02
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25 Jul 2012   #9
Jonesie85

Windows 7 Home x64 & Windows XP Pro x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Razor505 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonesie85 View Post
sorry for interrupting the graphics card talk but the psu does put a limit on the Graphics card. a 500w PSU is not enough for a highend Graphics card. However i have just read that you have a $70 limit so you most likely wont be able to buy a graphics card powerful enough to warrent upgradding the PSU. If you win the lottery and can then afford a high-end graphics car then be sure to upgrade the PSU as wel.

Oh, recently i upgraded my graphics card from a hd4870. it worked ok with mass effect 3 but i had to turn down all shadows and lighting. basically all the graphics settings the game has but it worked anyway. My point is that even if the 6450 isnt designed for gaming it will still work.

sorry for interrupting you guys. cya around.
i have changed my buget a little now, so its $80 and my new power supply is Coolmax 700 Watt Power Supply (CTI-700B) - English : Power Supplies - Future Shop
i haven't been able to find any reviews on that psu. however, the specs do look ok.
all 3 of your first graphics card choices state it needs no more than a 400w (500w to be safe) PSU and all 3 do not need the extra power cables (6pin or 8pin pci-e cables directly from the psu to the g-card). (i mentioned the psu just incase you choose to spend a tonne of cash on a topend card).

you'll probably need more cable options if your going for a powerfull graphics card. For example, the pci-e 6pin plugs that go directly into a grpahics card to give the card more juice. my hd6970 requires a 6pin and an 8pin cable to provide it power.

If you choose a top end G-card you'll Definetely need a much better psu. Not so much in the form of wattage but MORE cable options. A 700w PSU is overkill for the graphics cards you have chosen but it always wise to have more power than you need just in case.

anyway. my hd6970 is old and is still worth 280. It is starting to have issues playing highend new releases. So if you cant afford to go all the way and buy top end
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25 Jul 2012   #10
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Razor505 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Radeon 6450 cards are low-end. They should be adequate for web surfing, but for gaming they're weak.

PassMark Software - Video Card Benchmark Charts - Video Card Model List

What sort of system do you wish to upgrade? If you had, for example, a Radeon 5670 card, a 6450 would be a major downgrade.
I was thinking of upgrading my ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR3 card
The 5670 is a good mid-range card. You may have trouble finding a better one within your budget. I'd suggest a Geforce GTX 460 (1GB version) or a Radeon 6850, but those are each more like $150CDN (at www.newegg.ca).

Also, while online reviews have to be taken with a grain of salt, you may want to look at:

Newegg.ca - COOLMAX CTI-700B 700W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply

Looks like QC at CoolMax may not be the best in the industry. Feeling lucky?
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