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Does it makes sense to replace my graphics card?

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August 2, 2013 8:40:04 AM

My pc ( an HP ) is getting a little behind with some games, I have to change the graphics settings to the lowest, and sometimes I can't even play the game.
I am thinking about replacing my graphics card, but I am wondering if that would help.

My current specs are:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 2.66GHz
RAM: 4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 333Mhz ( 5-5-5-15 )
Graphics: 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series
Hard drive: 7200 RPM Seagate 500GB
It's an HP computer, so a very big Graphics card can't fit I think and my price range is up to about 175 euro's.
If you need more info please tell ;) 
Thanks already,
Ahmed
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August 2, 2013 8:48:00 AM

Your card is archaic. Replace it! Does your motherboard have a PCIE x16 2.0 or 1.1 expansion slot?
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August 2, 2013 8:48:03 AM

Well what power supply does it have in? Your best bet would probably have to be the HD7750, which uses very little power and does not need a PCI-e power connector.
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August 2, 2013 8:50:57 AM

slomo4sho said:
Your card is archaic. Replace it! Does your motherboard have a PCIE x16 2.0 or 1.1 expansion slot?


It doesn't say in Speccy, it shows only this:
Slot Type PCI
Slot Usage In Use
Bus Width 32 bit
Slot Designation PCI-E x16
Slot Number 0
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August 2, 2013 8:52:53 AM

Novuake said:
Well what power supply does it have in? Your best bet would probably have to be the HD7750, which uses very little power and does not need a PCI-e power connector.

Thanks!
I don't know how much power it has, but I think it's low.
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August 2, 2013 8:55:48 AM

You are gonna have to find out, open the chassis and look at the wattage sticker on the side of the PSU, post a photo if possible.
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August 2, 2013 9:02:14 AM

Novuake said:
Well what power supply does it have in? Your best bet would probably have to be the HD7750, which uses very little power and does not need a PCI-e power connector.

Without replacing the PSU (and we'd need to know the form factor of your case to know what to suggest), this is indeed the best you'll do.
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a c 160 U Graphics card
August 2, 2013 9:10:16 AM

Technically its just a 228W PSU. Very few amps on the 12v rail.

I would suggest getting a new one. A reliable 400-450w will do. Then you can add a GTX650ti / HD7770, which should be within your budget.
What website do you normally purchase on?
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August 2, 2013 9:14:40 AM

Novuake said:
Technically its just a 228W PSU. Very few amps on the 12v rail.

I would suggest getting a new one. A reliable 400-450w will do. Then you can add a GTX650ti / HD7770, which should be within your budget.
What website do you normally purchase on?

Thanks I think I will do that.
I just go to my local computer store and just order it from them. My father and he are friends so it's cheaper sometimes :) 
Do you think those cards can run games like GTA IV and Crysis 3 on medium quality?
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August 2, 2013 9:16:45 AM

gekkeabt said:
Novuake said:
Technically its just a 228W PSU. Very few amps on the 12v rail.

I would suggest getting a new one. A reliable 400-450w will do. Then you can add a GTX650ti / HD7770, which should be within your budget.
What website do you normally purchase on?

Thanks I think I will do that.
I just go to my local computer store and just order it from them. My father and he are friends so it's cheaper sometimes :) 
Do you think those cards can run games like GTA IV and Crysis 3 on medium quality?


Depends on the resolution, but even at low resolution, your older dual core CPU will hold you back in those 2 games as they are VERY CPU intense.

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August 2, 2013 9:17:45 AM

Make SURE they don't sell you some cheap "house brand" like Diablotek, Ultra, Dynex, etc. Get Seasonic, Antec, perhaps Corsair (if it's modular), FSP, or Enermax.
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August 2, 2013 9:20:59 AM

Novuake said:
gekkeabt said:
Novuake said:
Technically its just a 228W PSU. Very few amps on the 12v rail.

I would suggest getting a new one. A reliable 400-450w will do. Then you can add a GTX650ti / HD7770, which should be within your budget.
What website do you normally purchase on?

Thanks I think I will do that.
I just go to my local computer store and just order it from them. My father and he are friends so it's cheaper sometimes :) 
Do you think those cards can run games like GTA IV and Crysis 3 on medium quality?


Depends on the resolution, but even at low resolution, your older dual core CPU will hold you back in those 2 games as they are VERY CPU intense.



Uuh, that's bad. I think I have to save some money so I can buy a whole new pc then, because otherwise I would have to replace every part, and my case isn't even big enough...
Thanks for your help anyways!
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August 2, 2013 9:21:56 AM

Onus said:
Make SURE they don't sell you some cheap "house brand" like Diablotek, Ultra, Dynex, etc. Get Seasonic, Antec, perhaps Corsair (if it's modular), FSP, or Enermax.

That's why I have you guys to tell me what to buy :p 

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August 2, 2013 9:22:26 AM

gekkeabt said:

Uuh, that's bad. I think I have to save some money so I can buy a whole new pc then, because otherwise I would have to replace every part, and my case isn't even big enough...
Thanks for your help anyways!


Well by just replacing the graphics card and PSU you will already see a massive improvement. So its worth it while you save up for a new CPU/mobo/RAM and chassis. At least that is what I think.
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August 2, 2013 9:25:22 AM

Novuake said:
gekkeabt said:

Uuh, that's bad. I think I have to save some money so I can buy a whole new pc then, because otherwise I would have to replace every part, and my case isn't even big enough...
Thanks for your help anyways!


Well by just replacing the graphics card and PSU you will already see a massive improvement. So its worth it while you save up for a new CPU/mobo/RAM and chassis. At least that is what I think.


If I were rich...
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August 2, 2013 10:26:36 AM

No need to buy another psu. You can buy a zotac 630 gpu which is recently re-launched with a kepler gpu. These gpus are used in 700 series card and are ultra power efficient with maximum power consumption of 25 watts and will play almost all the pc games at med-high settings. I don't think so if you can play the crysis 3 with this configuration still.
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August 2, 2013 11:32:23 AM

A GT630, while an improvement, I don't think is worth the money saved, since it will likely need to be upgraded almost immediately. Better to buy the PSU and a decent card from the outset.
Another less expensive but still quality PSU would be an Antec VP-450. With a total budget of 175 euros though, I'd think a good PSU and a HD7770 are likely within reach, unless the case is low-profile, in which case you'd be limited to a HD7750.
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