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November 15, 2013 6:46:59 PM

Title says it all, i want a new card. My budget is 500$, I'm currently using two monitors, one is 1080p the other one i dont know. I'm planning on getting a third one so i need something that can support that. I live in Canada so i need something that can be shipped here. A new power supply would be needed too. Anything else i should change while im at it? By the way my case side pannel is always open, is it good or bad?

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GPU: 2048MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7670
CPU: AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core Processor, 3092 MHz
Motherboard: Acer Aspire M3450
RAM: 16.0 Go Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz

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November 15, 2013 6:58:28 PM

The video card you have right now can support up to 3 monitors. One of them needs to be display port (if your card has it). Another way is to grab a active display port to DVI or HDMI adapter and connect that to your 3rd screen.
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November 15, 2013 7:03:37 PM

Is this a prebuilt system ? You should have built your own PC.

anyway , here
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($78.59 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $378.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 22:01 EST-0500)

The HD 7970 also comes with 3 free games
http://www.amd4u.com/radeonrewards/
It qualifies for the gold class award

you can't go any higher than the HD 7970, you would have to stretch your budget to get the GTX 780

benchmarks



The HD 7970 requires 31 amps on the 12v rail and a max wattage of 550 watts , but the Seasonic S12 II 520 watt is enough. But if you don't feel comfortable with that you could get the 620 watt version
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November 15, 2013 7:17:37 PM

Just checked that Acer model and it doesn't seem to have that much room for large graphic cards.
This limits the choice of which graphic card to get. Most of them mid-range types can fit, but if you get that, then might
as well keep the one you got as IMO, I don't see the point of spending money to buy another card for a slight increase in performance, because it does not make sense.
However there is a one that will fit, since it's made for ITX cases
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
PSU
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?affiliateid=7474144&sku=77...
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November 15, 2013 7:23:12 PM

Another option is to buy a new case
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November 15, 2013 7:25:55 PM

shadow32 said:
And what size is your PSU now?

300w

IRONBATMAN said:
Is this a prebuilt system ? You should have built your own PC.


yeah its prebuilt, I know I should have built my own but I have no knowledge about parts and didnt knew this site. So as now I will just change/add stuff when I feel like it.

Well thanks for the help I'll go with ironbatman since its close to my budget,from what I see better than what I have and you know way more than me.
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November 15, 2013 7:26:16 PM

with a case and a step down to the HD 7950
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($220.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.42 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $329.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 22:25 EST-0500)
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November 15, 2013 7:43:35 PM

do remember to pick the most helpful comment as the solution so that you can close the thread and thank the person who has helped ypu. Same applies to all other threads.
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November 15, 2013 7:44:32 PM

IRONBATMAN said:
do remember to pick the most helpful comment as the solution so that you can close the thread and thank the person who has helped ypu. Same applies to all other threads.

I will but from the pics will can you tell if the 7970 will fit in there?
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November 15, 2013 8:03:52 PM

Ok so the 7970 wont fit because of the height it will collide with 3 little wire =/ . Guess I'll have to go with the 7950. From what I can see there isnt that much of a difference right?
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November 15, 2013 8:06:33 PM

I think the max would be a 10 FPS difference
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November 15, 2013 8:07:45 PM

Judging from that picture, the board is a microATX which has a length of 9.6" After that, I assume there spot is empty as there are wires showing. At the top is the 3.5" HDD bays, they're installed perpendicular to the case. Looking at the HDD, we know that physical dimension of a 3.5" HDD is 4" wide. with that info, it's 9.6" + 4" which gives us 13.6", this coverts to 345.44mm
So yes, it will fit a HD7970
The wifi card needs to be move to the next PCIe x1 slot as the video card are double slot wide.
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November 15, 2013 8:08:31 PM

All right thanks a lot for your help. It was greatly appreciated!
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November 15, 2013 8:11:26 PM

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Judging from that picture, the board is a microATX which has a length of 9.6" After that, I assume there spot is empty as there are wires showing. At the top is the 3.5" HDD bays, they're installed perpendicular to the case. Looking at the HDD, we know that physical dimension of a 3.5" HDD is 4" wide. with that info, it's 9.6" + 4" which gives us 13.6", this coverts to 345.44mm
So yes, it will fit a HD7970

nope the 3 wires on the bottom right of my motherboard will collide with the GPU I just mesured it.

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November 15, 2013 8:15:22 PM

unless they can be removed but I dont know what they are used for. Its written Serial ATA III beside them.
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November 15, 2013 8:23:18 PM

Those cable can be moved around, it's just for the HDD and DVD drive. They can either be tucked under the video card or over it. It doesn't matter. Just be careful with them as you don't want to snap the heads off from the motherboard connectors and damage it.
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November 15, 2013 8:23:26 PM

Hey batman i just checked reviews for the 7950 and there seems to be issues with the cooling. Got something for that?
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November 15, 2013 8:26:31 PM

lp231 said:
Those cable can be moved around, it's just for the HDD and DVD drive. They can either be tucked under the video card or over it. It doesn't matter. Just be careful with them as you don't want to snap the heads off from the motherboard connectors and damage it.

Not possible the plastic connector is too long and I cant move that.
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November 15, 2013 9:46:46 PM

did you check the review of the specific model ? different models that are manufactured by different companies have different cooling systems.
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