First of all, you guys need to know that I'm sort of a noob in this area so please be understanding. Alright, let's get to the tricky technical part now, I'm looking to upgrade my Dell XPS 8300's video card to a Radeon HD 7850 or a Radeon HD 7870. Could you guys help me determine which video card is better for me and what I have to upgrade in my pc setup so I can install them? I want to play games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3 on 1920x1080 high/max settings.
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2320 CPU @ 3.00GHz
CPU Speed: 3.0 GHz Performance Rated at: 8.25 GHz
PSU: 460w (not sure yet)
RAM: 16 GB
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit.
Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 6450
If you guys need any more information on my pc's setup, feel free to ask.
7850 will be able to handle gaming at 1080 on high settings.
I have a Sapphire 7850 OC, and I can play Tomb Raider(very demanding game) on high settings and it I get 40-50 FPS. Jump to Ultra settings, especially with TressFX enabled, it drops to 30 FPS. 7870 can handle higher details better, but costs more. If you can afford it, go for the 7870. But if not, the 7850 will work very well, but might not be able to handle the highest settings on some games.
Minimum 500W PSU requirement for most video cards now, so look to upgrade yours to a higher quality PSU than what Dell installs. Corsair, Seasonic, XFX are good brands.
Other than that, make sure to upgrade to the newest version of Catalyst Control Center for drivers.