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Old May 27, 2012, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default Looking to pair a decent video card with older 775 motherboard

I am going to rebuild an older Asus P5E (x38 chipset with PCIe 2.0) with Intel Q9450 for my son. He mainly needs and wants it for the firewire port on the MB. He just graduated with a BBS in Music Business and has a studio built on the M-Audio Profire, which utilizes Firewire. In addition, thought I would put something together where he can play some games as well. How much horespower can I put on that board? The fastest card I ever had on it was my EVGA GTX 260/216. Is there anything in the 5000/6000 series that can work well together with a 775 motherboard? I was thinking something like a 6850...The Q9450 still handles things pretty well...I just don't want to bottleneck the video card. The MB is even Crossfire ready

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Old May 27, 2012, 06:47 AM   #2
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Bottleneck the videocard? It totally depends on the game, the ingame graphical settings and the resolution.
There's no 'videocard horsepower' limit to what card you can put in it; however there might be a limit depending on the PSU (power supply unit) in the machine, how much headroom you have.

My Socket 775 PC (a Rampage Formula) has a 850W PSU, an E8400 Core 2 Duo CPU, a HD4870X2 videocard, it runs all slightly older and most of the newest games at highest settings @ 1920 x 1200.

In your case, for a gaming PC, i would skip the previous generation and take at least a HD7870.
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Old May 27, 2012, 10:03 AM   #3
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Thanks...good to know. I have a 6850M in my laptop and am pretty impressed with what it can do. If the 7000 series is a good choice...will look into it...

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Old May 27, 2012, 01:38 PM   #4
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Yes, the 7870 is considerably faster than 6870: for example: Crysis 2 (TechPowerup review) at slightly less power consumption.

It's not cheap ($ 350) though...
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Old May 27, 2012, 01:49 PM   #5
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Hey that's funny...
At Newegg, HD 7870 costs 350. But for 30 bucks more you can have a 7950.
A Powercolor HD 7950 for $ 380 (4th from the top, scroll down) plus 3 games coupon. Strange pricing...
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Hi Bobmitch,

You haven't said a price range you are looking for a card for the older machine?

You have many choices, even a new or second hand 5770 (or two) may be quite enough for his needs and your older machine for now until a full upgrade time.

I have an Asus CU in my older setup below and still plays at 1360 x 768 well on my lowly Screen specs and is still DX 11!!
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I have a Q9550 @4.2Ghz running with a pair of 6850 , very descent consider the price i paid for those 2 card. IMO something like 6850.7850,7770 should all be good.
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