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April 26, 2013 12:01:22 PM

I'm bit of a computer amateur and I was just wondering if thers anything that checks for graphics card instead of memory?BecausGigabyt e I would like to be able to play games like Witcher 2 on high quality but the what I have now is an integrated graphics Which consist of a gigabyte H61 and an Intel I5 3330

I have no idea what I should be looking for when buying a graphics card.

Any tips & advice greatly appreciated.

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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 26, 2013 12:20:00 PM

monitor size/resolution/budget/rest of hardware...... don't forget to list power supply.
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April 26, 2013 1:25:05 PM

+1 to what the above 2 guys said. Some more factors are like if you want to overclock or not, power consumption, specific game etc
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April 27, 2013 7:35:36 AM

Well I live in the Uk and i would want to spend up to 150 pounds on a graphics card that would suit games like Witcher 2, Black ops 2 and assassins creed 3
Aero Cool Syclone II Gaming Case With Side Window
Gigabyte H61MA-D3V
Intel I5 3rd Generation
Intel Ivy Bridge I5 3330 3.0ghz 6mb Cache
Intel 1155 socket
3 Ghz clock speed
8gb DDR3 1600mhz
120gb Sata Solid State Drive and a 500gb hdd
Onboard Graphics
750 Watt Branded Power Supply
Windows 8 64bit
The monitor is a Samsung 21.5 inch 1920x1080 Full hd
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 27, 2013 1:13:32 PM

2gig 6950/7850/7870/gtx660/on up. check local prices. bigger the card, better the performance.
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April 28, 2013 2:19:58 AM

would a GTX 650TI frim Gigabyte fit as well
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 28, 2013 2:38:00 AM

it would be okay too. better than some listed.
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April 28, 2013 3:14:03 AM

If you want to spend 150 pounds I'd search for a 7850 1GB, it should be possible to find on in this price range.
Will be better than 650Ti.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
April 28, 2013 3:45:17 AM

sorry, the 650 boost but not the 650ti. the ti is worse than the ones listed. stop trying to save money. a video card is too important.

shadow, why would you suggest a 1gig card. see his resolution?
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April 28, 2013 3:57:02 AM

Because it's the best gpu along with 650Ti Boost 1GB in his price range. 7850 / 650Ti Boost 1GB are still better than 7790 / 650Ti 2GB. Though I agree I'd would be best to add few pounds to get 650Ti Boost 2GB.
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April 28, 2013 10:29:24 AM

but even if it would be a 2gb 650 ti and not a 1 gb would that make a difference ?
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a b U Graphics card
April 28, 2013 11:11:40 AM

If you want to play assassins creed 3 above 25fps get an nvidia card. My 7950 wont hardly give playable frame rates on low but a 660 i had with the identical system played much better something like 40fps on med-high. Just a thought on that. I would also suggest a 650ti boost. If you can spend the extra get a 2gb version since some games use a little over 1gb at times.
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April 28, 2013 11:26:22 AM

Didn't know you can get it this cheap, looks like I had underestimated pound value. If you'll be using this shop then get a gtx 660 as suggested above, it's better than both 650Ti Boost and 7850.
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a b U Graphics card
April 28, 2013 11:29:38 AM

shadovraven said:
Didn't know you can get it this cheap, looks like I had underestimated pound value. If you'll be using this shop then get a gtx 660 as suggested above, it's better than both 650Ti Boost and 7850.


'Uk pricing" ;) 
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April 28, 2013 11:48:18 AM

Thank you very much for all the advice after re-thinking it very carefully i decided to buy the gtx 660 thanks again !!.
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