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Windows 7: Sapphire ATI 6950 2GB GFX card too much for PSU?

12 Mar 2012   #1
Akira181

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Sapphire ATI 6950 2GB GFX card too much for PSU?

My nVidea 7900GT graphics card (full system spec in my sig) is starting to struggle with it being DX9 and all so I'm looking for an upgrade but I'm not sure what to get.

I got a Dell U2311H monitor, so an average sized 1080p monitor.

My budget is about 200 euro so I was looking at the 6950 2GB but I'm not sure if it's too powerful for my needs (some gaming like STALKER: Call of Pripyat but mainly photoshop and movies).

It's also a little above my budget but I think it's worth spending the extra for the 2GB version for the chance to unlock it to a 6970 if it's not overly powerful.

Concern is whether or not my 450W Corsair PSU can handle such a modern graphics card. Is the card too big for my PSU? If so, what card would you recommend?

Not needing to upgrade for a few years would definitely be a prerequisite!

Thanks in advance!


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12 Mar 2012   #2
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

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12 Mar 2012   #3
Akira181

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

What's better, getting a lower spec graphics card or upgrading the PSU as well as the card?

Cause if there's potential in the 6950 that I won't be fully utilizing, I'd rather get a lower spec one and upgrade the whole system 3 or 4 years down the line.

Not too keen on the idea of upgrading both due to cost. Or is 450W just too small these days?
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12 Mar 2012   #4
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

The best that can be done without a upgraded power supply is this Newegg.com - PowerColor AX6850 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

It's two steps lower, a third less streams, and can't be unlocked to anything.....It's better than what you've got, but not what you wanted
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12 Mar 2012   #5
Akira181

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

unlocking is not a must nor is staying with ATI.

I know it's not exactly what I wanted but I would prefer to get a lower spec card that I can use the full potential of (i.e. I don't need maximum quality on a 50" plasma with 60fps or something extreme like that. Medium to good quality with comfortably playable fps is more than enough) and then upgrade the whole lot a few years on.

So the 6850 my best bet?
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12 Mar 2012   #6
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

Unless you want to wait a couple of weeks and see what the 7850's and the 7870's bring to the table....However stocks of the 6xxx's will be vanishing soon.....
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14 Mar 2012   #7
Akira181

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

done some review reading and think the 6850 is my best bet. The current 6850 prices are acceptable enough that I won't be too disappointed if the 78xx's are better or create a price drop. Guess I'll go for that and upgrade my system in 3 or 4 years.

We'll see if AMD actually manage to get the desired performance out of their bulldozer architecture by then otherwise the Sandybridge or the equivalent architecture by then will be the next upgrade.
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14 Mar 2012   #8
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

I think the problem with Bulldozer was the delay in releasing the chip+They cheaped out and tried to share some of the core components between two cores....Yes it saved some money, but the end result was a core that was less than a core, and software can't fix that.....Not saying that it won't be better than now, but don't expect i7 performance.

But three/four years is a long time in the computer world

You would need 500 watts for a 7850 anyway AMD Radeon HD 7850 and 7870 review
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15 Mar 2012   #9
Akira181

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

true, it was a risky move sharing components between the cores but it worked with their APU idea. In theory, it allows them to put in more of their "cores" on a single die doesn't it? I think the potential is there, they just cheaped out a little bit. Some tweaking in later revisions and who knows, they might actually get it working as desired.

Currently their price and wattage is unbeatable though!
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15 Mar 2012   #10
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I would skip the 6850. Get at least a 6870 if you plan on going with an older card.
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