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looking to upgrade from RADEON HD 6450

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October 12, 2013 12:35:43 PM

I built a computer on Cyberpower on 3/21/2012 and I went with the cheaper 6450 gpu to save some money and have regretted it since I got the PC, guess I didn't do enough research on it.
I mostly play indie games on Steam but I really like Skyrim, Payday 2, and Fallout NV and I can only play them with really low settings, which makes it difficult to shoot anything in Payday 2 and makes the other games look like crap.
I'm looking to upgrade for better FPS with higher settings and possibly the better texture packs with Skyrim. My budget is around $250 and I prefer Newegg, maybe Amazon.
What would be some options around that price range, and would my power supply be adequate or should I upgrade?

Current build,
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3
Processor: AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core Processor ~3.6GHz
x2 4GB CORSAIR VENGEANCE 1600MHZ DDR3
BLACK 500W POWER SUPPLY ATX (generic brand?)

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October 12, 2013 1:06:23 PM

for $250 you can get a 7970 on ebay most likely, or a 7950 just about anywhere, they would be a huge upgrade. I'm surprised you can even play anything, the 6450 is intended just to run two monitors for productivity, not intended for gaming at all. With this upgrade you will need a new PSU as well, a good 7950:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a good PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This brings you just under $250 after rebates, and will be a great upgrade.
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October 21, 2013 11:49:18 AM

Jaxem said:
for $250 you can get a 7970 on ebay most likely, or a 7950 just about anywhere, they would be a huge upgrade. I'm surprised you can even play anything, the 6450 is intended just to run two monitors for productivity, not intended for gaming at all. With this upgrade you will need a new PSU as well, a good 7950:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a good PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This brings you just under $250 after rebates, and will be a great upgrade.


package just arrived, really excited :)  went with the 7950, hoping to have it up and running later today, thanks!
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October 21, 2013 11:52:48 AM

nice, have fun :) 
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October 21, 2013 11:58:07 AM

Casey Koss said:
Jaxem said:
for $250 you can get a 7970 on ebay most likely, or a 7950 just about anywhere, they would be a huge upgrade. I'm surprised you can even play anything, the 6450 is intended just to run two monitors for productivity, not intended for gaming at all. With this upgrade you will need a new PSU as well, a good 7950:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a good PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This brings you just under $250 after rebates, and will be a great upgrade.


package just arrived, really excited :)  went with the 7950, hoping to have it up and running later today, thanks!


i'd be excited too, you should see a huge difference, let us know how it works :) 
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October 22, 2013 10:50:27 PM

looks to be working. the card is pretty big, I have a Cooler Master HAF 912 and there is less than an inch of clearance to the HD cages. only problem was routing the new power lines. there are a couple extra lines that I'm not really using that I had to tuck away. after I turned it on I did get a BSOD but I was plugging in my headset into the back (usually use the front) so it might have been from that, haven't had a BSOD on this PC before, hasn't happened since Monday night.
Skyrim looks amazing with the HD textures and Ultra settings :) 
Loving this!
Thanks!
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October 22, 2013 11:00:48 PM

I'm glad you got it all working well, it'a a whole different ballgame huh?
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