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#1 6 years ago

Hi Guys

I bought a desktop of a mate a few years ago and planned to upgrade parts but never got around to it. I've managed to get some cash behind me and I'd like to get it running as a semi decent gaming platform. The current specs are Q6600 2.2GHz, ASUS P5Q Pro Mobo, 8 gig RAM. It's got a pretty old 1900XTX Graphics card in there at present and needs a new hard drive. (Planning on going for a 120gig SSD to run windows on and a 2TB SATA for data storage).

I'm wondering, what graphics card would you recommend throwing in there?

Most of the use for the desktop will be project work (I'm a PhD engineering student now) but there are times when I'd like to be able to crank out a few games at a reasonable FPS.

Any advice would be welcome, I'm based in the UK.

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#2 6 years ago

It depends on your budget. If you overclock that Q6600 there is no reason why you would not be able to drop in a top of the line card and max out most games.




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#3 6 years ago

What res are you running and what's your budget? Also what PSU does it have?




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#4 6 years ago

I suggest nVidia's GTX 560 or above personally, I'm running a vanilla 560 and it's pretty fantastic! and while 2.2gHz is a respectable speed, there's no reason not to go faster if you like, that's a personal call though. Otherwise it sounds like a fairly powerful rig :)

EDIT: Also, like >Omen< said check if your PSU can handle 500+w before going for those graphics cards, they eat power like crazy!


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#5 6 years ago

I'd recommend going for the second-best card of the last generation, from whichever maker you prefer. You'll give up a measurable level of performance in doing so, but not so much that you'll actually notice if you're actually playing a game, instead of benchmarking on it.

Anecdotal though it may be, I was forced to replace my video card and bought an HD5870 for a steal on the even of the HD6xxx launch. (As in, images and pre-release reviews were out.) It still holds its own just fine. A friend of mine still has an 8800 Ultra running in a rig.

Do check the PSU's overall wattage, and +12VDC current, as well. A 500W unit from a company that doesn't suck (I like Seasonic) will probably get you by; I'd be more comfortable with 550 or even 600W from most makers, however.

If you want to stretch your pound, don't get a mechanical drive right now. They're still twice the price that they were six months ago, and will probably be that way for another six months or so, at least. Solid state drives, while not cheap, have been less affected. I think that the market has been driving them up, however. They're not a wretched buy at the moment. But make do with what you have for data storage, and then migrate it to a large mechanical once prices are back to normal.

You'd think they would've learned to diversify manufacturing after the 921 earthquake...




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#6 6 years ago

I don't think that CPU is going to work too well with a modern graphics card. Overclocking may help, or buy a used CPU with about 3ghz which fits on that motherboard.




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#7 6 years ago

You'd be fine with anything up to about a 560 Ti. I'd think a 570 might get a bit bottlenecked, but I couldn't be sure. This fits with C's advice of using last gen's second best card. The best single-GPU of the last generation was the GTX 470, which is very similar to this gen's 560 Ti.

As others have said, check your PSU - or just post the model here and we'll tell you - to see if it can provide the wattage, and the amperage on the 12V rail. A good 550W unit will power any card on the market (though the 6990 and 580 wouldn't leave room for much else).




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#8 6 years ago

The new 560 Ti 448 Core looks pretty sweet, and it's built on the same chip the 570 and 580 are made with. A bit more powerful PSU is recommended though, a 550w/38a unit, vs 500w/31a for the regular 560 Ti.




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#9 6 years ago

It's a 500W Coolermaster PSU and my bad, It's a Sapphire Radeon x1800XT 512Mb not a 1900XT as I had initially thought.

Budget is only going to be hopefully under £300 at present (~£130 for SSD, up to £100 for GFX, £70 for Windows) and it's not a must have so I can wait around for a bit before buying.

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EDIT:

Just looking at specs, I was thinking the XFX Radeon 6850 as a GFX card http://www.dabs.com/products/xfx-ati-radeon-6850-hd-800mhz-1gb-pci-express-2-1-hdmi-xxx-7MH8.html?src=3

Then the Corsair 120 Gig SSD http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-memory-120gb-force-series-3-sata-6gb-s-2-5--solid-state-drive--read-550mb-s--write-510mb-s--7HT6.html?src=2

Then Windows 7 Ultimate http://www.software4students.co.uk/Microsoft_Windows_7_Ultimate_64_bit_Edition_Upgrade-details.aspx


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#10 6 years ago

If you're looking for value, the 6850 and 6870 are supposed to be the best for the money. A 6870 will keep pace with a 560Ti for about 40$ less