Topic Radeon 1gb HD 6570 low profile / 250W PSU
Basically at Christmas I made the mistake of buying a computer with Intel Integrated Graphics... Luckily I do have a PCI-e slot, I haven't really looked into it till recently but I'm interested in upgrading. My card of choice, basically the best card my system could take due to my motherboard was the Radeon 1gb HD 6570 low profile. I have went on the Radeon website and I know they say it requires a minimum of a 400W PSU but I've heard this is only so as that they're not liable for any damage to the card from people that use high voltage hardware. From what I've read the 6570 peak wattage is 40, so would this be Ok with my system:
Intel i5 2320 3.0 GHz
1 Tb hard drive 7200 rpm
Intel HD 2000 (Currently)
Any advice would be appreciated :-)
Edited by Elaide on 13/07/12 12:02 (BST)
Your motherboard (1155) can not be the limiting factor when choosing a new GPU (Video card). Your CPU (i5-2320) won't be a bottleneck to any GPU either.
HD6570 is still an extremely weak GPU. Its price is about 80 euros - for 130 euros you could get a HD6850 which is a beat in terms of price/performance.
Your i5-2320's peak power consumption seems to be ~110W. Basically you could add any GPU with a power consumption less than 130W, such as HD6570 / HD6850.
The problem with a 250W PSU is the fact I doubt it delivers that much wattage to the 12V rail. You need to look the sticker from its side and find the values of I (A) and U (V), where:
I*U = 12V rail's power output in units of watts
That rail powers up your GPU & CPU.
I can only get up to a 6570 as its the best GPU I can get that is low profile :L Don't laugh, I was also stupid enough to buy a computer with a 10cm width case... I'm not really interested in getting a very good graphics card, I don't play too much PC. But thanks for the advice :-)
Then you should buy a new case (30 euros - Merc Alpha). HD 6570 won't run WoW at anything higher than ~20 FPS @ 1920x1080