Which budget gaming graphics card to buy?

Lazar_99

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So i'm thinking of buying a new graphics card to replace my GeForce GT 240. I'm having a hard time deciding between the GTX 550ti and the GTX 460, The GTX 560 is out of the list because its 200$ and a lot more expensive than the two i mentioned. I have a 500W PSU and my motherboard is a Biostar N68S3+. If any of you guys know a better card for the money then please respond :)
 

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I'd suggest an amd gpu as they are better for sub $200

the 460 is a lot better than the 550 ti tho. The 6870 wich can be had for much less than $200 is more powerful than either by a substantial margin.
 

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I'd also suggest an AMD GPU like 6870 it will be best choice. It has more power than GTX560 the card that you can compare to 6870 is GTX560Ti
 

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How about the AMD HD 6850?
 

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No, I don't recommend you buying the AMD HD 6850, buy the 6870 instead since you will loose more performance than the money you saved, so a 6870 has a better $/performance ratio than the 6850.
 

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I still have a 500W PSU which i'm afraid it will die after 6 months with the 6870. I also have only 2 of those 4pin connectors on my PSU
 

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I have a Xilence 500W PSU
 
Looking at Xilence PSUs there are a number of models and they seem to be low-medium quality. On the label on it what power rating does it give for the 12V rail or rails? For example this has 2 rails rated at 15A & 16A (Which is low for what they label as a 600W PSU)
 

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My model is a XP500.

AC Input |110-240V | 8.5A - 5.5A | 60-50Hz
DC Output |+3.3V | +5V | +12V1 | +12V2 | -12V | +5VSB
| 26.0A | 30.0A | 18.0A | 20.0A| 0,5A | 2.5A

 

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I also forgot to ask how much 4pin connectors do i need for the HD 6850 and the GTX 460?
 

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