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Well I've come to that time in every PC gamers life where his video card isn't cutting the mustard anymore.

I'm currently using a 4850 512mb on a 1080p monitor and obviously the performance sucks. So this is where you guys come in.

Of course I'd love to drop $550 on a 7970 but that just isn't in the cards as funds are tight.

My budget is nothing over $350

One thing of concern is my PSU it's a Antec NeoPower HE 550 watt it's served me well but is it going to be a problem when it comes to plopping in a brand new power hungry card? Or will I be ok grabbing a 6950 or 570? I have 2 6 pin connectors but no 6+2 pin so I could see that being a problem with one of the higher end selections.

So my real question is this... Should I just bite the bullet and buy a 6950 or 570? Wait til the 7950 and 78xx series is out? I def don't have the patience to wait for "Kepler" since no one seems to have a clue on when those will be hitting the market.

Thanks for the help gang! No matter what I buy it will be a massive improvement over my current 4850 just looking for some sage advice and wisdom

Edit: I have no desire to buy a used card... Just not comfortable going that route
Edited by UserNameisTaken - 1/15/12 at 7:40pm
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I would wait and see what the 78XX series brings to the table.
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I would wait and see what the 78XX series brings to the table.

Yeah that's what I am leaning towards...

But the waiting is the hardest part especially if the 78xx series doesnt show til late Feb
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post #4 of 10
Your power supply should be able to handle the 6950 or 570. You could also wait to see what kind of performance 78xx series brings to the table, not sure of the pricing though?
post #5 of 10
Your power supply will be fine. It could handle a 570 no problem! smile.gif

Don't be one of those kids to run out and buy dual 1600w PSU's to run 1 gtx260.
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post #6 of 10
Given your budget and current lineup of GPUs on the market, you could always snag a slightly used 6970 here on OCN for around $300. But if you wait for the 78xx series, those are expected to be roughly equivalent to the 69xx series cards now ( minus the 6990 obviously ). Personally if you can hold out til next month and see where the 78xx series and 7950 prices end up, I would do that.
post #7 of 10
For a 6950 I believe you need at least a 600 watt power supply and a one 8pin and one 6 pin connector. And I would recommened waiting it out for 78XX series. It's better to have new generation than old eh? thumb.gif
post #8 of 10
You could buy a 7970 and not have to worry one bit about your power supply. Personally I would wait till the 7950 comes would and pick up one of those, or wait for the 78XX if the 7950 is too much for your budget.

Also the 6950 has two 6-pin connectors and that's it. Officially the 6950 requires a 500 watt psu, and the 6970 requires a 550w gpu. So you will be fine... and the 7XXX cards will consume even less power.
Edited by james_ant - 1/15/12 at 7:50pm
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post #9 of 10
You have a nice CPU, so there is no worry for bottlenecking. thumb.gif. I would recommend if you feel comfortable with AMD, and what a videocard now

6970 $350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102957

You could also wait for the 7800 series.

If you want to move to the Nvidia Side, and want a video card now

GTX 570 $350 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121432 Choose this model because of the cooling.
post #10 of 10
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well the consensus seems to be wait til Feb...

It's going to be rough but I'll do it

Thanks for all of the opinions!

It's def time to retire the 4850
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