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Looking for Graphics Card advice: Do I need one, and if so, which one will work for me?

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March 19, 2013 9:18:47 AM

Hey guys, thanks for reading. Real briefly, I'm building a PC for the first time, all is going well so far. I'm using an Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz, and my mobo is an ASUS P8H77-V LE. I'm wondering if I need a dedicated graphics card for what I'm doing.

I'm building the computer as a cheaper, upgradeable, more useful desktop for my wife and I. The extent of our gaming is sim games such as Sims 3, SimCity, etc. However, I do a fair bit of video editing with Adobe Premiere and After Effects CS6.

Do I need a dedicated graphics card for these purposes? If so, what would you recommend for someone on a tight budget, and what would it do for me? Thanks.

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March 19, 2013 9:20:05 AM

define tight budget
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2013 9:20:47 AM

7770 maybe?
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March 19, 2013 9:21:19 AM

rgd1101 said:
define tight budget


Under $50 probably?
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March 19, 2013 9:23:18 AM

Yea you should get a dedicated graphics card for mild gaming/video editing. When looking at video cards you have to keep in mind what kind of power supply you have. The faster the card the more power it will draw so you will need a better power supply. AMD 7750 is a good entry card as it doesn't require additional power if your current one has a low watt rating. If your psu has a 6 pin pcie power I would suggest going with a 7770.
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March 19, 2013 9:30:23 AM

for $50 the best you can get is 6670 however I would go for at least 7750(~30% faster).
6670 $50 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7750 $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 19, 2013 9:41:18 AM

alvine said:
Yea you should get a dedicated graphics card for mild gaming/video editing. When looking at video cards you have to keep in mind what kind of power supply you have. The faster the card the more power it will draw so you will need a better power supply. AMD 7750 is a good entry card as it doesn't require additional power if your current one has a low watt rating. If your psu has a 6 pin pcie power I would suggest going with a 7770.


I have a Corsair 430W picked out, and I noticed that both cards ask for at least 400W, so I'm guessing I'll be okay? Thanks for the advice though.
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