Solved What Graphics card would suit my build best?

March 30, 2015 at 03:34:53
Specs: Windows XP, Amd athlon x2 255 / 4 gigs
I run 350w atx power supply, amd athlon x2 255 proc, PCI-E x16 slot, what graphics card would suit my build best without a heavy bottleneck and no other changes to the build?

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April 3, 2015 at 15:05:00
Probably should have asked for the make/model of your motherboard & RAM specs too.

Bottlenecking due to the CPU is the least of your worries. On the plus side, the Athlon II X2 255 is 65W CPU so it will only pull roughly 6A from the +12v rail. It's a good overclocker too so 3.5-3.8GHz should be no problem if you have the right board & you're willing to do it. That would ease any bottleneck issues (real or imagined). Your power supply specs are weak though & will limit your video card choices. Probably should have asked for a make/model there too. Just like anything else, there are good & bad models.

You haven't stated how much you're willing to spend for a card? The GTX750 or GTX750Ti recommended by Fingers are decent choices but cost at least $100. If you can afford it, the GTX750Ti would be the one to get. If you can't swing it, the lower priced card mentioned in the article he linked to (GeForce GT 730 64-bit GDDR5) should be sufficient. Check the hierarchy chart at the end of the article for other possibilities, but make sure to check the wattage requirements. These charts will help with that:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_...



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March 30, 2015 at 09:13:40
It depends what you wish to run on your build - - games or not? Your requirements are not specific enough, there are dozens of graphics cards available. Those just for general use, or those for both general use and for gaming ?

You need to specify which type you want.

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March 30, 2015 at 10:40:12
We'll also need to know the amperage specs of your 350W PSU.

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#3
March 30, 2015 at 11:49:28
+3.3v - 8a
+5v - 13A
+12v-20a
-12v -0.5a
Does this help?Yes I want a graphics cards for gaming but not the best, playing something like dark souls 2 on lowest graphics with 30fps would be enough for me or etc, just dont want to be that much bottlenecked because I have no idea if my processor is any good

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#4
March 30, 2015 at 20:06:40
Any of the GTX750 or GTX750Ti should fit within your power supply's capability and the GTX750Ti would be about the best without upgrading the power supply and is fairly decent gamer. I would not go lower than these for gaming and AMD/Raedon's comparable options right now draw too much amperage. Riider may have other thoughts and has more experience with AMD products and CPU's so give others a chance to answer.
In the mean time look at this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...
and:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
March 31, 2015 at 02:40:45
Thank you for the replies, but wont 750ti bottleneck my athlon 2x 255 a lot? Because 750ti does like 86gb/sec which is pretty good

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April 3, 2015 at 15:05:00
✔ Best Answer
Probably should have asked for the make/model of your motherboard & RAM specs too.

Bottlenecking due to the CPU is the least of your worries. On the plus side, the Athlon II X2 255 is 65W CPU so it will only pull roughly 6A from the +12v rail. It's a good overclocker too so 3.5-3.8GHz should be no problem if you have the right board & you're willing to do it. That would ease any bottleneck issues (real or imagined). Your power supply specs are weak though & will limit your video card choices. Probably should have asked for a make/model there too. Just like anything else, there are good & bad models.

You haven't stated how much you're willing to spend for a card? The GTX750 or GTX750Ti recommended by Fingers are decent choices but cost at least $100. If you can afford it, the GTX750Ti would be the one to get. If you can't swing it, the lower priced card mentioned in the article he linked to (GeForce GT 730 64-bit GDDR5) should be sufficient. Check the hierarchy chart at the end of the article for other possibilities, but make sure to check the wattage requirements. These charts will help with that:

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_...


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#7
April 3, 2015 at 17:15:52
Riider, Yes, a GTX 750 is a bit expensive for me since I'm not that much of a gamer.The gtx 730 looks pretty nice, but Will my PSU be able to give the card those 22amps? Because if I see correctly mine gives only 20amps. And My motherboard is this one http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr... , also it has nvidia 7025/geforce 630a chip, thats pretty much on what my pc stands for now, no graphics card yet just this chip.

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#8
April 3, 2015 at 19:04:19
According to the following, the GT 730 draws a max of just 38W. That's no more than 3A from the +12v. So the CPU + GPU account for about 9A out of the 20A available. Each drive takes about 1A, each fan about 0.25A. I doubt you'll have any problem.

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/19...

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/des...

"My motherboard is this one"

The GA-M68MT-S2 is definitely overclockable. The trick is to "press <Ctrl> + <F1> in the main menu of the BIOS Setup program" to find the advanced settings.


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#9
April 4, 2015 at 09:12:06
I have never overclocked something before and am a bit scared of this process, is the upside really worth of risking ? because I doubt that my fan will keep processor cool enough and it's a huge risk for me, isnt it? How much will overclocking help me with gaming?
Do you personally think, that gtx 730-64bit would be enough for playing something like dark souls 2? Because 14.4 gb/sec Bandwidth for me looks pretty low, althrough I'm talking with my junior experience in GPU's.
Off topics - Is my Motherboard good enough for installing the 730 gtx? Because It will be the first time I did it.
Also thank you riider for helping me so much with this thread!

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#10
April 4, 2015 at 17:57:30
"I have never overclocked something before and am a bit scared of this process, is the upside really worth of risking ?"

There's very little risk. Overclocking hasn't been "dangerous" in a long time. Back in the "old" days, CPUs had no built-in thermal protection so over-overclocking or overheating could fry the CPU. The only thing you risk these days is instability, random shutdowns, or the inability to boot. And if that happens, all you need to do is reset the BIOS & start over.

Your CPU runs at 3.1GHz, 15.5 x 200MHz frequency. Assuming you have DDR3-1333, it's clocked at 6.66 x 200MHz frequency. If you were to simply increase the frequency setting in the BIOS to 210MHz (& not touch anything else), the CPU would run at 3.26GHz & the RAM at 1399MHz. Both should be able to handle that with no problems whatsoever.

"14.4 gb/sec Bandwidth for me looks pretty low"

14.4GB/sec is for the DDR3 version, I'm recommending the GDDR5 version which is 40GB/sec. See the 2nd link in response #8.

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#11
April 5, 2015 at 01:47:02
"I'm recommending the GDDR5 version which is 40GB/sec. See the 2nd link in response #8."
Is this the one? https://www.varle.lt/vaizdo-plokste... , this is exactly ideal for my budget at the moment, it needs 300w and 22amps, should my power supply take care of this with ease?
+3.3v - 8a
+5v - 13A
+12v-20a
-12v -0.5a
350w
And wont I have any problems with installing it into my motherboard?(As an expert on such things, could you check it?) Thank you very much, hope it's the last question from me!

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#12
April 5, 2015 at 09:41:21
Reply please as soon as you can!

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#13
April 6, 2015 at 13:28:04
That card should work fine.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...


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#14
April 15, 2015 at 04:47:17
The card is doing wonders! Borderlands 2 max setting 60fps, skyrim ultra 60fps, assassins creed revelations max 60fps, Cabelas pro hunts 2014 max 60fps, Dark souls 2 high setting 50fps, didn't find anything that laggs yet...:o Thank you for your help boys!

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#15
April 15, 2015 at 20:39:06
Great to hear that you are happy and everything works as planned. Thank you for letting us know.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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