My main concerns are price/value ratio, as well as being able to run a card on the power supply. Based on my proposed specs, all three should (theoretically) be able to run on that power supply (without overclocking) based on the Extreme Power Supply calculator[outervision.com].
Any thoughts on which one would be the best bet? Thanks in advance.
What games is he going to play, he might not even need a GPU? I don't think you will have a problem with the PSU and any of these, assuming you have a quality PSU.
Not sure what games he'll be playing, although he likes FPSs - probably the most demanding will be something like BF3 or Skyrim. I had checked the hierarchy chart at Tom's - looks like the GTX 550 Ti and the HD 6770 are on the same tier, but the 6850 was one tier up. I hoping to keep it in the range of $100-125, but the lower the better. I'm thinking the 550 Ti and the 6770 are probably good enough, but if the 6850 was significantly better, then it might be worth the extra $30-$40.
Leaning toward the 6770 at $83 right now.
Oops - just realized he $83 card is a 6670 (not 6770) - which s a couple tiers down.
Not sure what games he'll be playing, although he likes FPSs - probably the most demanding will be something like BF3 or Skyrim.
Any of those 3 will let him play those games at medium to high. For BF3 the 6850 will let him run on high, the 550Ti/6770 on medium comfortably. (I have a 6850 and can run it on Ultra, but it drops into the teens and 20s during heavy action). BF3 is one of the more hardware intensive games out there right now. Skyrim is a little less intense so as long as he isn't running a HD texture pack all of them will let him run it at least on high.
Have had my 6850 for more than a year now - definitely worth what I paid for it given its longevity. I only have an Antec EA380 380W PSU running the card and an dual-core AMD BE555 (overclocked to 3.8 and running that way for all this time).
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