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Looking to upgrade need some advice please

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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    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.

    [edit]
    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.
  5. thanks for all the great help and advice much appreciated and imw ell on my way
    [edit]
    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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