Topic Title: What graphics card to pair with Phenom 9850 Black Edition?
Topic Summary: I'm looking to upgrade and don't want to overkill
Created On: 10/30/2012 09:07 AM
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 10/30/2012 09:07 AM
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Bendezium
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Hi Everybody,

I've recently gotten back into PC gaming and I think my video card could use an upgrade. I'm happy with the speed my PC runs at when I'm not doing graphic intensive work so I don't see a reason to upgrade the whole rig. I'm currently playing Skyrim and it runs very smooth at mid level settings.

 

Basically I'd like to put in the best card the system will currently handle before it starts bottlenecking. I'm currently running these stats:

Gigabyte MA770 motherboard

Phenom 9850 Black Edition

Geforce 9800GT 512MB

4GB DDR2 1066 Ram

680W Sunbeam PSU

Windows 7 (soon to be 8) 64bit.

 

Any thoughts? I've done a bit of research but suprisingly can't find a good website that ranks CPU video card pairs.

Thanks!

 10/30/2012 09:47 AM
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You're going to spend all that money on Windows 8 when you are still using antique hardware? You're going to want to do a whole system update.

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 10/30/2012 11:07 AM
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I have to agree with black_zion on your system. You already have some bottlenecks with the haredware you have. If you go with a new video card it might help a little. But the cpu yes is a quad cpu but a old and slower cpu too.

You don't have to go with the top of the line stuff either. There is some really good middle of the line parts out there that will work really good too. Plus you would be happy and better off.

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 10/31/2012 08:25 AM
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I'll disagree then. Your mobo is same generation as mine, the cpu could be updated to a phenomII and for a gpu I'd look at something like a 7870ish.
You can't bottleneck by buying a better GPU, you can waste money though if the cpu can't keep it happy.
The GPU will last a long time and personally I'd get the best you can afford and something your PSU can handle.

Incidentally just installed win8 pro (the $40 download) overtop/upgraded Vistax64. Went really well, no major issues.

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#3: Athlon 64 X2 4200+, AGP 1950pro, Audigy 2, Asus A8V-D, 2gig ram, Enermax 465P, Antec900case. Now on Win8.1pro cat 10.2

 10/31/2012 09:36 AM
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at most the 7850 will suffice
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 OC 2GB

But I have little to know faith on that psu. I never knew sunbeam made(outsourced) psu's, I only knew of their cases.

Sorry mate but I am really worried about that psu supplying all that power; how long have you been running that sunbeam unit and if you don't mind how much did you pay for it?

If within your budget constraints, please have a look at these
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W
Antec EarthWatts EA-650
Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-650 650W

Sorry but I have little to no faith on your psu powering up if you go for a 7850.
 10/31/2012 01:51 PM
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First upgrade his cpu and 2nd the 7850 card is a 3.0 card and that board is 2.0. Yes the card would wotk but he isn't going to get everything out of that card running on that board. With that board if I was think of upgrading the card I would go with a 5000 or 6000 series card. Plus again he has to upgrade the cpu.

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 10/31/2012 07:48 PM
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Thanks for your feedback everybody. I'm coming to terms with that I'm very limited if I keep my current motherboard, and especially if I keep the processor with it. The machine I have now could serve as my file serving machine I've been wanting to set up.

I'm very much considering trading in my remaining vacation days for the year and putting them towards a new machine (including power supply) in the $600 range. Maybe scoring a deal on black Friday.

 10/31/2012 10:40 PM
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If you are here in the states Newegg has some really good deals on black Friday.

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