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Budget/Cheap new graphics card upgrade for gaming??

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May 24, 2013 8:06:26 AM

I would like to get a new graphics card for my pc. My budget is about £40, and the absolute limit is about £50. I really don't mind second hand cards, as long as they will work obviously.

I know I'm not likely to get full 1080p high graphics yet, but I want a decent gpu to get me started. I am only 15 years old but I hope to get a job in the summer so then I can upgrade more stuff.

I have looked at a few graphics cards like the radeon hd 6670. What do you guys think? Or any other suggestions?

I have a pci-e x16 1.1 slot, but I don't know how much space there is on my motherboard to fit an upgraded graphics card, so I uploaded few pictures of my motherboard: http://flic.kr/ps/2t4aLu

My system Specs are: HP p6300uk
AMD Athlon II X2 215 (Dual core, 2.7 GHz)
3.00GB Ram (apparently only 2.75GB is usable)
Nvidia Geforce 6150 SE Nforce 430 256mb - Terrible I know!
WD 500GB HDD
300W PSU
Asus 22 inch 1080p **VGA ONLY**

I would like to play popular multiplayer or single player games like:
Battlefield 3
Portal 2
F1 2012
Simulator games
CS:GO
Crysis 1/2/3
Tomb Raider
Far Cry 3
....

Thanks guys!


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a c 206 U Graphics card
May 24, 2013 8:13:28 AM
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Because of your weak power supply (300w), your upgrade options are limited. You need to stick with a GPU (video card) upgrade that does not require external power. The HD6670 will perform much better than your current GPU.

Good luck!
May 24, 2013 9:23:23 AM

10854829,0,232581 said:
Because of your weak power supply (300w), your upgrade options are limited. You need to stick with a GPU (video card) upgrade that does not require external power. The HD6670 will perform much better than your current GPU.

Do you mean I can use the HD 6670?

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a b U Graphics card
May 24, 2013 10:22:28 AM

Go for a 7730 when it comes out. It'll fit your needs easily.
a c 206 U Graphics card
May 24, 2013 10:25:59 AM

The HD6670 should be fine in this system. However, I do not recommend overclocking it, adding additional stress to your weak PSU.
May 24, 2013 1:27:02 PM

If you are able to spend a little more money I would pick the radeon hd 7750.

It is better than the radeon 6670 at 1080p and the best part is is that it doesn't require any additional external power such as a 6 pin PCI-E power connector. You just plug it into the slot and you are ready to game! They also make a low profile version too in case your computer case is low profile. It would really help your 300 watt PSU breath a little bit more than a radeon 6670 would.
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