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I am trying to play a game on my computer (Skyrim), when I noticed that it lags A LOT. So after a bit of research, I have found that my computer is crap/ok....

But in the end I decided that I needed to change the GRAPHICS card the most. Here are my specs.

Board: ASRock K10N78M
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. P1.50 07/27/2009

2.90 gigahertz AMD Athlon II X2 245
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

750.15 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
125.45 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
1792 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

CURRENT GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA GeForce 8100 / nForce 720a

That's all the useful information I can find. After all this I have concluded that the graphics card need changing (Maybe others?). Can you suggest a graphics card (Processor etc.) that is COMPATIBLE WITH MY MOTHER - ASRock K10N78M

Tell me if I have missed anything out. I will check frequently. (I am a noob to this)
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  1. wow, check how many watts your power supply is, at the age your machine is it won't easily support something like a gtx 660 so you could try a gtx 460, but to run that you would need a 400-500 watt power supply, find a good corsair or be quiet 500 watt power supply, brand does matter.

    the graphics card: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-evga-gtx-460-refurbished-3600mhz-gddr5-gpu-720mhz-shader-clock-1440mhz-336-cores-2xduallink-dvi-

    the power supply: http://www.ebuyer.com/190751-be-quiet-530w-pure-power-psu-bn106
  2. Your board has a PCI Express 2.0 x 16 slot available, which pretty much any current card is backwards compatible with.

    So the answer depends on your budget and future plans. If you don't want to upgrade CPU / MB then don't go nuts on your GFX (650ti tops?) as your processor won't keep up. If you want to use a new GFX card in this setup temporarily, knowing that you won't get the best out of it until you upgrade, then you can put almost anything in there your power supply can handle.
  3. the gtx 460 is nearly the same speed as the gtx 650ti but £40 less.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-650ti/performance
  4. Sam0oneau-1295699 said:
    the gtx 460 is nearly the same speed as the gtx 650ti but £40 less.
    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-650ti/performance


    But according to nVidia's specs draws 50w more power than the 650ti - we don't know his PSU, I would suggest this is the easier card to run.
  5. He's most likely gonna need a new power supply anyway, the bundle he currently has only draws around 250watts.
  6. I am sad to say this but as I look at my power supply, I am kinda ashamed compared to what you guys are saying ... Its 377 W
  7. We will need to know your PSU specifications as well as your monitor resolution to find a suitable upgrade for your graphics card.

    Also it would be nice to know what case you are using, how many expansion slots are free for the new graphics card, whether there is a 6-pin power connector from your PSU.
  8. I just checked his motherboard, it has 1 pci-ex slot and 2 pci slots
  9. LayZPanda said:
    I am sad to say this but as I look at my power supply, I am kinda ashamed compared to what you guys are saying ... Its 377 W


    I'd suggest the safest card to buy is a HD 7750. It is the most powerful GPU available that does not require an auxiliary power input. It uses only 55W, will fit in a single slot, and benefits from the latest driver updates. Can be had for under $100

    Hope I helped you. Have fun :)
  10. Dual Screen with 1440x900 resolution.
    Power supply is 377 W
    Case??
    2 expansion slots
    Yes there is a 6-pin power connector
  11. Does this HD 7750 (Asus), is it compatible with my motherboard? Cause that is what I am worried about
  12. LayZPanda said:
    Dual Screen with 1440x900 resolution.
    Power supply is 377 W
    Case??
    2 expansion slots
    Yes there is a 6-pin power connector


    Hmm that opens up a lot of options. But still, 377W is a little low. If you upgrade your PSU, you'l be able to use a much more powerful card that will give you some serious eye candy for your 19" monitors.
  13. Good one huilun.
  14. so new PSU?
  15. LayZPanda said:
    Does this HD 7750 (Asus), is it compatible with my motherboard? Cause that is what I am worried about


    The 7750 will probably work with anything that has a PCI-E X16 slot, as long as the card is single slot.
  16. I looked at system requirements of the AMD Radeon HD 7750 graphics card. I saw that it requires 400W of PSU (recommended)
    Will this at any point be a problem to me?
  17. And what is this AMD crossfire technology?
  18. LayZPanda said:
    so new PSU?


    Depends on how much you are willing to spend. $100 for a 7750 is a guarantee quick fix solution. Anything more means you need to buy a PSU for a more powerful (and expensive) card so thats like over double the cost.

    The 7750 will work with 377W don't worry. They've been known to work with sub-300W systems.

    Crossfire is basically a feature that allows you to add another similar AMD graphics card to a second PCI-E X16/X8 slot on your motherboard. Both cards work together for better performance but you will not get close to double performance.
  19. Crossfire, is running two or more graphics cards on one board, your motherboard doesn't support it.
  20. huilun02 said:
    LayZPanda said:
    so new PSU?


    Depends on how much you are willing to spend. $100 for a 7750 is a guarantee quick fix solution. Anything more means you need to buy a PSU for a more powerful (and expensive) card so thats like over double the cost.


    I think I will stick with the 7750
  21. Sorry, let me get this straight.
    IF I do purchase the AMD Radeon™ HD 7750 Graphics Card, when I install it in, I will be able to play Skyrim with almost no problem?
  22. should, unless the power supply can't handle it, you will need to install new graphic drivers though.
  23. You will probably not be able to max out Skyrim but it will run. No estimate on how well it will run as the 7750 is still a low end card despite being a massive leap from your old GeForce 8100
  24. installing the graphic drivers is no problem. Its just whether the card will work without breaking down or something
  25. an amd 7750 is equal to about a gt 640-gtx 650, it should play skyrim easily but not at max.
  26. Ok last last question
    Can you give some links to the recommended AMD Radeon HD 7750 Graphics Card please (under a £100?)
    Also is there any risks that will literally screw me over?
  27. Best answer
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=GX-183-MS
    If the computer turns off while playing a game it means you need a new power supply.
  28. ok THANK YOU ALL
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