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Old 10-22-2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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Default Thinking of upgrading my graphics card to an ATI 6850. Which should I get.


Over the past couple of years I have been playing my games on a computer that used an onboard Nvidia geforce 8200 graphics card. The card is not really made for gaming but has done ok for a while and I havenít minded low graphic settings. However, skyrim is literally just around the corner so I think itís time to upgrade to the ATI 6850.

Only question now is which version of this card do I buy? I have never really understood the difference between sapphire, XFX, Asus, Gigabyte and any others which I may be unaware of. All I can see is the price, which implies to me that different versions perform on different levels.

So really my question is which of these companies would you recommend buying the 6850 from.

I have a budget of £150 (should be fine as I havenít seen any over that price) however I have been told that I will need a new PSU. If you could also recommend one (based on the spec of my current pc including the new graphics card at the bottom) that would be much appreciated.

Thanks for any help.

Also when I buy it I will most likely go to amazon.co.uk but if there are any other good sites which will do it cheaper and will be reliable with shipping the part that would be great.

Current system (I did not build this)

Athlon II X4 2.9GHz
4gb ram
Nvidia geforce 8200 shared memory 1gb
Windows 7
Unsure of current psu sorry

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Old 10-22-2011, 09:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: Thinking of upgrading my graphics card to an ATI 6850. Which should I get.


XFX, Gigabyte, Asus etc are basically re-branded versions of the same card, by ATI/AMD (Or Nvidia)
Some add better cooling, some overclock beyond the manufacturers spec.
When it comes to overclocking though, this can be done manually by yourself, so I generally wouldn't pay too much more for an overclocked card. Perhaps one with better cooling, i.e being quieter would win me over to parting with slightly more cash however.
They are essentially the same card though, so they should par with each other, performance wise.
You may also get the odd card that has slightly more memory (i.e 1.5GB as opposed to 1.0GB or even 2.0GB). The higher the memory on the card, the better the card will perform at higher resolutions with higher texture quality basically (Were talking over 1080P for more than 1.0GB in my opinion)

As for the PSU you have in your machine at the moment, I too have no idea from the specs you have listed. Generally if yours was a pre-built machine from the likes of Dell or similar, it won't have a very good PSU, and so yes, you should upgrade it.
The latest graphics cards need quite a bit of power, and a cheap power supply, i.e like ones built into cases will not supply what is needed safely for long periods of time.

You are best off getting say a 600-650 watt power supply, from again, a good manufacturer like Antec, or similar. Definitely don't go for the cheapest available in a range. Look at the typical wattages, and then check the price. You will find they will all run into the same sort of figure on the better manufacturers, and then you will get cheap £20 ones for example. Avoid them.
You'd probably be looking into the £40-£50-£60 range for a good PSU.

Any idea what motherboard you have? It should have the available slots needed, but its still worth checking. It will need a PCI Express 16x slot.
If you open up the case, the slots are usually labelled. The power supply also normally lists its wattage too.

A good website I've always used if in the UK as it seems like you are, is Micro Direct.co.uk.
A similar site, is Scan.co.uk.
I've always found Micro Direct to be slightly cheaper though, and the shop is closer by me if anything should go wrong after delivery.
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