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April 7, 2013 4:18:16 AM

I have a really crappy graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GT220) and want to upgrade to enable me to get better FPS is games such as ARMA or Dayz. I have been recommended to look at the Radeon HD 7770 as an affordable option that will allow me to do so.

My question is - should I go for this card or are there better quality cards out there for a similar price? (around £100-£120)
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Thanks for replies guys I have updated the post with my system spec information:

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name ALBY-PC
System Manufacturer To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1055T Processor, 2800 Mhz, 6 Core(s), 6 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. P1.40, 25/08/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United Kingdom
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Alby-PC\Alby
Time Zone GMT Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 4.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.54 GB
Total Virtual Memory 8.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.57 GB
Page File Space 4.00 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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April 8, 2013 5:34:20 AM

Thank you for your help I have updated the thread with my system information. I hope this will be able to assist you in your assistance.

I have a 500W power supply and a Asrock N68C-S UCC motherboard (that for some reason has 2 DDR2 slots and 2 DDR3 slots but cannot be used at the same time?).

Thamks again
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April 8, 2013 6:08:18 AM

The only potential problem is the power supply. 500W doesn't say much, because a 500W power supply can be crap or great depending on the model. It's sufficient for any of these graphics cards if it's of decent quality and has the necessary 6-pin PCIe connector.
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April 8, 2013 6:59:08 AM

Sakkura said:
The only potential problem is the power supply. 500W doesn't say much, because a 500W power supply can be crap or great depending on the model. It's sufficient for any of these graphics cards if it's of decent quality and has the necessary 6-pin PCIe connector.


500 WATT ATX POWER SUPPLY , its a cheap one - that is all the info I can see on it. I think it is this one (http://www.amazon.co.uk/500-WATT-ATX-POWER-SUPPLY/dp/71...).

I dont see any 6-pin PCIe adapters you mentioned. (Googled a picture)I do have 2 spare leads at the moment but I have no idea what they could be (one similar to a telephone jack with 4 small holes, and 1 longer thin adapter with 4 circular holes). Is it possible to get an adapter for one of these leads? will I need to upgrade my PSU? or is there an alternative graphics card I could choose?

Sorry for the crappy information once again.
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April 8, 2013 7:39:21 AM

500W, £12. That's an unrealistically low price, meaning it's most likely crap. The apparent absence of a 6-pin connector points to the same conclusion.

One of the spare leads is probably a 4-pin molex. It is possible to convert that (usually two of them) to 6-pin PCIe, but it's still not a good solution. The 4-pin molex connectors are designed to run low-power devices like fans or old harddrives; running a graphics card off them may be unsafe (it'll draw more power via that route than the power supply was designed for).

I would recommend a new power supply from one of the reliable brands (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX etc.)
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April 8, 2013 7:43:05 AM

As for identifying the connectors, here's a useful pic:



(note that the 20-pin has since been replaced with a 24-pin in most cases; it looks the same, just that bit longer)
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April 8, 2013 8:21:53 AM

Sakkura said:
As for identifying the connectors, here's a useful pic:



(note that the 20-pin has since been replaced with a 24-pin in most cases; it looks the same, just that bit longer)


Yeah you were correct its a Molex. I knew I would be opening a can of worms with this. I know I must be annoying you by now but can you recommend to me a graphics card and PSU combination that would be suitable for the rest of the components that I have listed above because I really have no idea what to get (if you didn't already guess).

I was originally looking to spend around £100-£120, if i can get the 7770 at £80 (http://www.ebuyer.com/477622-xfx-hd-7770-core-edition-1...) that would give me around £40-£50 for a PSU.

If you can recommend a combination for me (you seem to know your stuff) I would be extremely grateful.
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April 8, 2013 9:05:25 AM

The 7770 seems like the best option. It allows a reasonable budget for a power supply. £40-50 will get you a good, solid power supply.

I'd probably recommend an XFX Core Edition 450W. Plenty of power for your current build, and excellent quality. Goes for £41.something delivered:
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupp...
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April 8, 2013 9:11:22 AM

Sakkura said:
The 7770 seems like the best option. It allows a reasonable budget for a power supply. £40-50 will get you a good, solid power supply.

I'd probably recommend an XFX Core Edition 450W. Plenty of power for your current build, and excellent quality. Goes for £41.something delivered:
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/powersupp...


Thank you very much for your help
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April 8, 2013 9:23:01 AM

You're welcome. By the way, if you can go a bit above the £50 limit, the 550W version of that power supply would leave you future-proofed for nearly any graphics card upgrade.
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