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May 27, 2013 4:54:57 AM

hey guys about 6-8 months back i bought a prebuilt pc overall i am very pleased with it and its capabilities i am jsut looking forward to getting some better peformance out of it here are my specs (as given by everest):

cpu: ntel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz

GPU:Nvidia geforce gt-520

Memory : 6gb ddr3

os: win 7

im not entirely sure about the rest but anything else you wanna know i can surely find out it is a prebuilt gateway system.

a gateway dx4860-EF31P to be exact like i said its got pretty good overalll performance id just like to upgrade the graphics card a bit and my main issue with that is the psu. im not completely new to computer building/upgrading ive jsut never been comfortable upgrading and quite frankly iid like your opinion on the matter

thank you in advance

stephen

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May 27, 2013 5:02:40 AM

You have only 300W PSU. You better to upgrade the PSU too, if you want to get a good GPU.
I would recommend at least HD7850, but you need definitely a stronger PSU....even for HD7770, you will need to upgrade the PSU too...
Basically, if you would like to upgrade the GPU of a pre-built system, you would have always to upgrade the PSU too.
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May 27, 2013 7:00:58 AM

Upgrading isnt as scary as some people think; especially a GPU. You literally pull out the old one (if you have one) and put in a new one, install some drivers and you're good to go. You do need to think about the PSU like Guanyu said.
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May 27, 2013 11:27:03 AM

guanyu210379 said:
You have only 300W PSU. You better to upgrade the PSU too, if you want to get a good GPU.
I would recommend at least HD7850, but you need definitely a stronger PSU....even for HD7770, you will need to upgrade the PSU too...
Basically, if you would like to upgrade the GPU of a pre-built system, you would have always to upgrade the PSU too.



could you guys recommend a good psu ? or at least the rating i should get? as for graphics is radeon the betterway to go in your opinion? ive always run nvidia so ive always beeen hesitant to switch lol . thaks for all the help guys it is all appreciated p.s. i order from www.tigerdirect.ca
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May 28, 2013 5:36:25 AM

If you are planning to get a single HD7850 or GTX650Ti, I would suggest PSU rating between 500-600W.
Any PSU from Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, Silverstone, Tagan and PPC will do the trick.

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I see no real difference getting Radeon or GeForce, just pick the one you like.
At the moment, I like HD7850 or HD7870 better than GTX650Ti, but it is only my personal preference without any particular reason.
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June 1, 2013 2:23:28 AM

thanks for all the great help and advice much appreciated and imw ell on my way
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I see no real difference getting Radeon or GeForce, just pick the one you like.
At the moment, I like HD7850 or HD7870 better than GTX650Ti, but it is only my personal preference without any particular reason.
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