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Uprgrading my GPU from 6750 to either 6870 or 6950. I know the 6950 is better, but as of now i'm not sure my PSU will be able to handle it. AMD is saying a minimum of 500w for a single card setup and 600w for crossfire. I will be using a single card setup. I'm positive I can run the 6870 without issues but i'm not sure about the 6950. I don't feel like spending any cash on a new PSU, so my question is, is it safer to just get the 6870 or will I be able to use a 6950 without any issues with a 600w PSU?
Currently my Specs are:
AMD Phenom II x6 1100t 125w 3.3ghz (oc 3.6ghz)
Biostar A780L3g MOBO
HIS AMD RADEON HD 6750 DDR3
Mushkin Enhanced 4gb DDR3 1333
500gb Sata 7200rpm 3.0gb/s
600w 80plus gold Ultra X4
I5 3570K - MSI GD65 Z77 - CORSAIR H100i - CORSAIR HX-850w - GALAXY GTX 660TI GC SLI - CORSAIR 500R - 8gb KINGSTON HYPERX BLUE 1600mhz - 120GB KINGSTON HYPERX SSD
600w should be plenty for a 6950. I have to ask though, why don't you check out the 7000 series? It's a lot better than the 6000 series, unless you're going for them because of the price drop due to the a new series, but in that case I'd just recommend Nvidia's 500 series, since it destroys the 6000 series, despite not being as good as the 7000.
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I'm not paying 500+ for a 7000 series GPU. Also the best NVIDIA card I can reasonably afford is a 560ti and I'm not sure if it's actually all that better than the 6950 in performance or power consumption.
Take a look here for some quick comparisons on card performance.
Dont get confused by the chart the top 10 or so cards are crossfire and SLI. The 6950 is comparable to the 560ti. The difference between a 6950 and a 560 will probably only be like 5-10 fps. If you got the cash I would recommend a 570. Ive been running mine for almost 2 years and I love it. It tears through almost anything I can throw at it like a joke. They are about $80 more than a 560 or a 6950 however.
As for a 6950 on a 600w power supply you should be fine. From what I can see all 6950s take 500W so there should be no issue. Unfortunately with PCgaming there are no guarantees sometimes odd things happen.
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I don't know about getting a 570. I would have to buy a new PSU and for the money I would have to spend I might as well just go ahead and get a 7950 which uses less power than any of these cards... and it's 3x more powerful. Only problem is that it's $450. I just don't know if I can bring myself to spend that much money on a GPU... I want to... but that's a fn' lot of cash for video card. I really just need something affordable that can handle high/ultra settings at 1920x1080 and i'll be a happy camper.
I only recommended a 570 because I have personal experience with it and have been extremely happy. 1 will run on a 600w psu and come in about $100 cheaper than a 7950. I also tend to stay away from brand new series cards for 6 months or a year. It takes some time for manufacturers to work out all the kinks with the new technology, the prices also tend to be somewhat inflated do to demand.
I will give credit to AMD the new 7k series so far looks nice.
Thanks again for the advice. Went ahead and bought the 560 ti after doing a little more research. Just installed it actually... works great.