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August 22, 2013 1:21:42 PM

When I get to looking at video cards, I end up leaving the page more confused than I was before.

I am wanting to upgrade my video card since I use it mainly for gaming. Currently getting screen tears, etc. My fear is purchasing one and realizing it is incompatible (or worse actually downgrading!).

Here is my specifications:

Computer: Gateway FX6860-UR20P (I got a laugh, You are to Over Powered)
Processor: 3.40 gigahertz Intel Core i7-2600
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (x64)
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
Power Supply: 500W
Current Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5750 (PCI Express 2.1 x16 bus interface)
Memory: 8GB
CPU Socket: LGA1155 Socket

Motherboard: Acer IPISP-VR Rev. 1.01

CPU
Quote:
Socket Intel (LGA 1155): Core i7 (Quad),
Chipset: Intel H67
Integrated Graphics: Intel HD
Memory:

    4 * 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots – Dual Channel DDR3 1333 non-ECC , un-buffered memory (Max 16GB)

Expansion Slots:

    1 * PCI Express x16 (2.0)
    3 * PCI Express x1

    Storage: 6 * SATA II 3Gb/s connectors

    Audio: Realtek – High Definition
    Ethernet: Intel Gigabit – 10/100/1000Mb/s
    Rear Panel:

      1 * PS/2 green color for mouse
      1 * PS/2 purple color for keyboard
      1 * RJ45 LAN Port
      6 * USB 2.0 Ports
      1 * VGA Port
      1 * HDMI Port
      1 * Audio I/O


    Internal:

      1 * 4-pin CPU Fan connector
      1 * 3-pin SYS Rear Fan connector
      1 * 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
      1 * 24-pin ATX Power connector
      1 * Clear CMOS jumper
      1 * Front Audio header
      1 * Front Panel header
      3 * USB headers

    BIOS: Form Factor, Micro-ATX




    Video Card: Radeon HD 6750 - 1G GDDR5 Manufactured: 11/2/11
    Specifications:

    Quote:
    Brand: ATI
    Part Number: 288-7E160-A00AC
    Chipset Model Number: ATI Radeon HD 6750
    Compatible Port/Slot: PCI-E x16
    Memory Type: GDDR5 SDRAM
    Memory Size: 1GB
    Connectors: DVI Output, HDMI Standard Output, VGA D-Sub Output





    PSU: FSP Group Model FSP450-60EB



    I hope that is enough information to help me out. I am willing to spend up to 250.00 for a graphics card that will play the games that I have: http://steamcommunity.com/id/Sinfullysweet/games/?tab=a... (that shows what kind of games I play, sorry there is so many. Just want to be able to play the high end games seamlessly)

    I appreciate and value any help because I am completely lost as to what to look for.

    Thank you,
    Sinfullysweet

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August 22, 2013 1:55:42 PM

You'll also need a new PSU. Here is what I recommend you to get :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v32z
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v32z/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v32z/benchmarks/

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $174.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 16:55 EDT-0400)
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August 22, 2013 2:08:45 PM

Right, I forgot about the new PSU. Anyways the card I chose is more expensive, but is a much faster than the 7850. If it's too pricey go with Seladon's choice or a 7870.

Comparison: http://www.hwcompare.com/12035/radeon-hd-7850-vs-radeon...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($243.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $283.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 17:03 EDT-0400)
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August 22, 2013 2:34:59 PM

If I have to buy a new PSU, will definitely need the total under $250 for all. Have to convince husband that it is worth it and it is a deal. (He plays on console, where I play on PC so he doesn't understand the need for upgrades)

Bookmarking all these so that I can price shop and compare! (If anyone can find good ones at Tiger direct, that would be awesome, since I live near one)

And thank you for linking a hardware comparison chart!! That helps tremendously.

Edit: Also, would it be more beneficial to upgrade the PSU to 750 instead of 600?
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August 22, 2013 2:39:25 PM

RazerZ said:
Right, I forgot about the new PSU. Anyways the card I chose is more expensive, but is a much faster than the 7850. If it's too pricey go with Seladon's choice or a 7870.

Comparison: http://www.hwcompare.com/12035/radeon-hd-7850-vs-radeon...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($243.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $283.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 17:03 EDT-0400)


Will there be a conflict since the one you linked is a PCIE 3.0 instead of PCIE 2.1?

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August 22, 2013 2:45:00 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
RazerZ said:
Right, I forgot about the new PSU. Anyways the card I chose is more expensive, but is a much faster than the 7850. If it's too pricey go with Seladon's choice or a 7870.

Comparison: http://www.hwcompare.com/12035/radeon-hd-7850-vs-radeon...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($243.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $283.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 17:03 EDT-0400)


Will there be a conflict since the one you linked is a PCIE 3.0 instead of PCIE 2.1?



Yes, 750W would be great for future upgrades, and there won't be a conflict because PCIE3.0 can fit in the PCIE2.1 mobo :) .

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August 22, 2013 2:47:05 PM

RazerZ said:
Sinfullysweet said:
RazerZ said:
Right, I forgot about the new PSU. Anyways the card I chose is more expensive, but is a much faster than the 7850. If it's too pricey go with Seladon's choice or a 7870.

Comparison: http://www.hwcompare.com/12035/radeon-hd-7850-vs-radeon...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($243.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $283.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 17:03 EDT-0400)


Will there be a conflict since the one you linked is a PCIE 3.0 instead of PCIE 2.1?



Yes, 750W would be great for future upgrades, and there won't be a conflict because PCIE3.0 can fit in the PCIE2.1 mobo :) .



Awesome, that is what I was worried about. The slots on this mobo is so funky it is unreal. Have only one PCIE 16bit, and two additional PCIE 1bit.

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August 22, 2013 3:05:33 PM

Updating the original post. Opened up my case and found out the mother board was wrong, so was the video card in it, and so was the power supply. *groans* Last time I trust programs to tell me what my hardware is....
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August 22, 2013 3:10:15 PM

So what do you actually have then ?
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August 22, 2013 3:12:22 PM

Seladon said:
So what do you actually have then ?


Just updated it. Grabbed the model numbers and vendors. Those are exactly what is in the pc. Why it is registering (even with AMD) as 5750 I have no clue.

But everything I listed now was per the stickers on the actual items. (Just to make double sure I am about to pull out the video card and double check it) Something isn't adding up, sticker says 6750 but computer says 5750

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August 22, 2013 3:23:46 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
Seladon said:
So what do you actually have then ?


Just updated it. Grabbed the model numbers and vendors. Those are exactly what is in the pc. Why it is registering (even with AMD) as 5750 I have no clue.

But everything I listed now was per the stickers on the actual items. (Just to make double sure I am about to pull out the video card and double check it) Something isn't adding up, sticker says 6750 but computer says 5750



Don't sweat it, the recommendations we said still apply :D .
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August 22, 2013 3:23:47 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
Seladon said:
So what do you actually have then ?


Just updated it. Grabbed the model numbers and vendors. Those are exactly what is in the pc. Why it is registering (even with AMD) as 5750 I have no clue.

But everything I listed now was per the stickers on the actual items. (Just to make double sure I am about to pull out the video card and double check it) Something isn't adding up, sticker says 6750 but computer says 5750



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August 22, 2013 3:40:58 PM

RazerZ said:
Sinfullysweet said:
Seladon said:
So what do you actually have then ?


Just updated it. Grabbed the model numbers and vendors. Those are exactly what is in the pc. Why it is registering (even with AMD) as 5750 I have no clue.

But everything I listed now was per the stickers on the actual items. (Just to make double sure I am about to pull out the video card and double check it) Something isn't adding up, sticker says 6750 but computer says 5750



Don't sweat it, the recommendations we said still apply :D .


Thanks, still disturbing that the computer is registering a huge downgrade from what I actually have. Just put the card back in, about to upload pic and information I pulled.
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August 22, 2013 3:47:47 PM

OK there is the official information, pulled directly from my own pc. =)Sorry for the confusion.
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August 22, 2013 3:50:50 PM

Too bad you didn't build a pc on your own they used really cheap parts :( 
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August 22, 2013 3:57:02 PM

RazerZ said:
Too bad you didn't build a pc on your own they used really cheap parts :( 


I agree so much. My husband bought the computer as a christmas gift for me and he isn't computer savvy. But I am not complaining, he tried =) I have always dreamed of building my own pc. But for the time being all I can do is upgrade everything I can as I get the money =)
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August 22, 2013 4:30:08 PM

One last question, I noticed there are many versions of the video cards.

For example:
~MSI
~Sapphire
~XFX
~Gigabyte
~Visiontec

What is the difference in quality of manufacturers? Or does that play a part?
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August 22, 2013 4:39:33 PM

Get the cheapest, they all perform around the same. Some run a bit cooler, but that's about it.
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August 22, 2013 4:42:51 PM

Seladon said:
Get the cheapest, they all perform around the same. Some run a bit cooler, but that's about it.


Thanks, anything to save money and help convince my husband that I really need this would be great.
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August 22, 2013 4:55:26 PM

It looks good.
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August 22, 2013 4:57:09 PM

I wish I could select Seladon and Razer both as the solution. Both of y'all have been a godsend of information and help!
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August 22, 2013 5:02:34 PM

The purpose of choosing a solution is to make someone else that has the same problem as you did find his full solution, or what gets the closest to it, in one single message. I'll let you choose with that info.
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August 22, 2013 7:09:10 PM

Ahh it doesn't matter, I'm just glad I helped :) .
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August 31, 2013 1:21:50 PM

Just wanted to give an update, I wanted to thank you both for helping me out so much. I ended up ordering the following:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $319.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 16:20 EDT-0400)


Since it was a combo deal, I thought I couldn't go wrong. Was this a good choice?
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August 31, 2013 1:31:05 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
Just wanted to give an update, I wanted to thank you both for helping me out so much. I ended up ordering the following:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $319.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 16:20 EDT-0400)


Since it was a combo deal, I thought I couldn't go wrong. Was this a good choice?


Well it's not to bad, but you could have saved $30 and have got a more reliable PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 1000W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $289.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 16:29 EDT-0400)
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August 31, 2013 1:38:44 PM

Ah! Thank you for telling me that asap. I cancelled the order. Rather go with something definitely more reliable. (again you guys/gals are lifesavers)
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August 31, 2013 1:39:51 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
Ah! Thank you for telling me that asap. I cancelled the order. Rather go with something definitely more reliable. (again you guys/gals are lifesavers)


Smart move ;) .

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August 31, 2013 1:40:33 PM

Do I have to go with a 1000w or will a 600w-700w be sufficient enough?
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August 31, 2013 1:46:04 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
Do I have to go with a 1000w or will a 600w-700w be sufficient enough?


Depends if you want to upgrade the GPU in the future, or add another one. If not then this would be the best option,

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-ocz550fty

If you do choose to upgrade you will need a PSU of 750w+.
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August 31, 2013 2:50:56 PM

Awesome. I don't plan on updating the GPU at all in the future. That suggestion will save me a TON of money.
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August 31, 2013 2:53:44 PM

Sinfullysweet said:
Awesome. I don't plan on updating the GPU at all in the future. That suggestion will save me a TON of money.


Hope all goes well and good luck with the build :) 
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August 31, 2013 3:27:39 PM

That's a good choice.
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August 31, 2013 3:49:45 PM

Seladon said:
That's a good choice.


Thanks! I had to find a happy medium, one that was easy on my husband's wallet, yet would be sufficient enough to do what I was wanting to do. Just game. (I usually either hook it up to my monitor via HDMI or to our 60" plasma via HDMI) So as long as it does that, we have a happy family!

And that 550w will definitely run that video card correct? (husband is concerned wanting to make sure if he needs to just go ahead and get the 1000w to be on the safe side)

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