Topic Title: Would like help in picking out a new GPU!
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 08/08/2012 04:30 PM
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Klewlis
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I currently own a ASUS AMD HD Radeon 5450, and I would like to replace it with something that will be able to play gamesthat require a bit more power than what the 5450 throws out there. Now I am not that well educated in this sort of thing so I would like a bit of help with this. I only use a single monitor that has a resolution 1440X900. Thanks in advance!



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 08/08/2012 06:09 PM
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You'll have to take into account that PSU with it's very unevenly balanced 12v rails and 420W MAX 12v wattage rating too ( 35A @ 12v ) ..

420W @ 12v on a balanced 12v rail PSU = 17.5A per rail, who knows how they've managed to rate it @ 12v1 - 25A / 12v2 - 18A .. Unless you know how the rails are balanced when under load, then it's going to be tricky suggesting something really ..

Maybe a HD6xxx series which doesn't require more than x1 PCI_e 6pin connector .. I think you'd be pushing it too far with any other card which uses x2 6pin power leads ..



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 08/08/2012 06:27 PM
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Having owned that size TT TR2 PSU before, it is far from ideal, as fretboard explained in detail. Mine failed, naturally, thankfully a "slow death" by just voltage droop. You would be wise to upgrade to a 550w Corsair unit (which is a quality unit as well as very budget friendly) which would allow you to get a nice gamer quality 6770 or 6870, which has plenty of power for 1440x900, then next year you can upgrade to a 1080p monitor and HD 8970

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 08/08/2012 07:05 PM
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Hi one thing to say about corsair there psu's are made by seasonic they make good psu's . But for example if you live in the UK if you have to RMA it you have to send it to the netherlands as thats there only RMA center psu's are heavy may as well just buy another one. They only have one RMA center in northamerica its in california. I feel if a company wants to do business in your country they should have a RMA center im in Canada I will choose a different brand just as good like a seasonic one that I can RMA right here. Pity as Corsair was very good but it seems they have a lot of problems now as do most pc companys example hard drives 



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 08/08/2012 09:51 PM
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I think you should get your self HD 6870, but you have to upgrade your PSU first.

My 6870 can play all current games with good FPS (well it actually depend on what you call good FPS actually). But the important part is it's cheap.



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 08/09/2012 09:22 AM
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Klewlis
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Thanks alot for all the responses! I had no idea about the stuff about the power supply, thanks a bunch for informing me on that! Thank you also for the suggestions on the GPU! I am glad to have been informed about this otherwise I might have had a power supply problem, and that would have been bad not to know why! I think this answered my question!



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 08/10/2012 07:05 PM
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Your PSU will be fine if you don't try overloading it. I've used many thermaltake PDUs over the years without a hitch yet.

I wouldn't recommend any GPU that need external power (ie. PCIe power adapter). A 7750 is the biggest you can get that doesn't require extra power cables. a 6670 or lower will be fine and with a low res monitor it will play most games at max settings. I own a 7750 and 1080p monitor and can play most games on med to high. so you 1440x900 will do even better.

The GPUs can only dray power from the motherboard connectors so max watts are 75. Just don't do any overclocking with that PSU and you will be fine.



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 08/13/2012 10:51 AM
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To add up from the previous posters, there are other solid PSU brands on the market like XFX, Enermax, some Coolermaster/ models, Sliverstone and PC Power & Cooling. Also having a budget would narrow down the right card for your budget and it is ideal to achieve 60FPS in games anymore then that is basically pointless.



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