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Question Max video card for Phenom II X2 570 ( 3500 Mhz )

winr

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Have a 750 Ti in the Phenom PC that is going in a mini PC

Want to replace with a faster card that matches the Phenom



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AnitaPeterson

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Hmmm. The CPU is from 2011, the GPU from 2014.

You're probably in a sweet spot already, it's hard to believe you'll find more powerful cards that won't be bottlenecked by that dual-core Phenom.

In any case, you don't have much choice: either a used GTX 9xx series, or a GTX 1050.
 

VirtualLarry

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I have posession of a GTX 1050 2GB that I refurbished (zip-tied a 120mm case fan), that I replaced with a GTX 1650 for the owner. If you're interested, I'll contact the owner and see if I can sell it to you. (The owner of the card still owes me for the GTX 1650.)
 

DAPUNISHER

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Prices on CPUs and vid cards are nuts right now. Definitely hold out unless you can get a deal on something like Larry suggests.

Great to see you here Ricky, you and yours' have a great rest of the holiday season. :beercheers:
 
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VirtualLarry

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Yeah, good to see ya, Ricky. I think that I still owe you some heatware for something, too. Sorry!

I just went looking at video cards on ebay, and there's a Dell GTX 1650 vanilla OEM with a pathetic cooler, for $165, and then every GTX 1650 higher than that, is like $200+, with a "Gaming X" model going for $300 new.

But I went looking at Newegg, and selected "16 series", and sorted by price. They have a GTX 1650 for around $165, then the next cheapest was a GTX 1660 Super for ... MSRP ($239?). Whoa. Jumped on that.

@DAPUNISHER is right, GPU prices are NUTS right now. Combination of pent-up demand for newer cards, which isn't satisfied by the newest cards, because of shortages, so naturally demand goes for the next cards down the stack, and so on. PLUS, there's a lot of renewed interest in GPU mining. (Just my opinion.) I'm making around $20/day these last few days. (*Of course, I invested $1500 in video cards this month. Hopefully they will pay for themselves over the next few months.)
 

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Realistically, what games are playable on a 3.5Ghz dual-core Phenom II? I'm not even sure if Overwatch and Fortnite will even play at playable framerates with less than 4 cores or hyper-threads available.

Maybe look at this wholistically, as needing a quad-core Phenom II (or an X6, as funds allow), AND a matching GPU for whatever CPU that you pick out.
 
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winr

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Thanks for welcome yall, been busy ..... Great Holiday Seasons to all !!

Forgot, I have a Sabretooth 77 mobo and a Core i7 . 2600 SR00B 3.4 gz cpu

Factory fan is wimpy .....

Last Intel I had was a Pentium 233 ... lol ..

I suppose video card advice for the Intel setup instead please



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Stuka87

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I had a Phenom II 965BE (quad core) that was overclocked and it would bottleneck an HD7950. Although that was back when a lot of games only used 1-2 threads, very few used four (Battlefield 3 was one of them).

I did have a 550BE before that (dual core) and it actually ran most games the same back then. BUT, these days, that CPU isn't going to run anything but really old games. Even a 750Ti is probably the max I would ever pair with a Phenom.

EDIT: I see you also have an Intel 2600. For this, you can certainly run a much faster card. Something like a GTX 1060 or RX 580 would work great with that. If the 2600 is heavily overclocked, maybe spring for a GTX 1070. Not sure what used prices are for either of those right now. If the 1070 isn't much more, maybe go for it anyway.
 
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VirtualLarry

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Besides trying to get a GTX 1070 / 1070 ti for around $200 USD used, consider perhaps a GTX 1660 / 1660 Super / 1660 Ti, if buying New, IFF you find one for MSRP ($230-240 for the 1660 Super, like I found last night). Don't pay "scalper prices" of $400+ for one.
 
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You might need to update the BIOS for that Sabretooth Z77, the LGA 1155 platform has been very wonky with graphics cards since they started using UEFI.

As for your Phenom II PC, if the motherboard supports it, there's a chance you can succesfully unlock it to a stable triple or quad core.
 

AnitaPeterson

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No contest: Between the Phenom and the i7-2600, the 2600 will win every time.

That Sandy Bridge CPU is a small tech wonder, even though it's nearly a decade old. You can still pair it with some of the nicest cards on the market (like someone else said above, it will work very well with a 1070).
 
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blckgrffn

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My vote is GTX 1060/RX570 (470 for value).

These cards offer tremendous value for the dollar, support new codecs, etc.

I like the AMD cards because of how easy it is to pair with a FreeSync monitor, even support from 48-75 hz really helps in my limited experience.

I like the nvidia cards because they (for that generation) are more efficient and you can count on less heat and PSU pressure with them.

That's for the 2600.

For the Phenom 2 I'd likely go with a GTX 1030 new or a GTX 950/RX460 used. It's not like you are really gaming anyway - but they'll all be on the efficient side when it comes to power consumption and offer some gaming potential.
 

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