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December 24, 2013 11:24:44 AM

I need help to figure out what graphics card i want to pick.

Heres my specs:
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit
CPU
Intel Pentium G645 @ 2.90GHz 38 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Foxconn 2ADA (SOCKET 0) 28 °C
Graphics
S230HL (1920x1080@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics (HP)
Storage
223GB Seagate ST240HM000-1G5152 (SSD) 35 °C
Optical Drives
hp DVD-RAM SW810
Audio
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

I currently have a 300 watt PSU

My budget is around 70-80 $$$ for both psu and video card
At most 120-150$$
That includes the card and the PSU

Whats the best graphics card I can get with in my budget. But still have room left over for a power supply.
Also my dad is worried about putting in a new power supply because he thinks its a lot of work.

PS: Me and my dad tried a radeon hd 6450 it worked for 15 min but then stopped working. Today i realized its recommended power supply it said was 400 watts so i was thinking thats why it was not working after a while just fyi.

Doesnt have to be heavy duty just has to get the job done on a game like minecraft.
a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2013 11:29:50 AM

$150 for good card and psu? Yeah, nope. Best to save up more. $150 alone won't get you a decent card to run modern games and good PSU is atleast $60+
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2013 11:49:27 AM

Your CPU is kind of weak, so there's no point in getting a very powerful card anyways.

For now, I would suggest you get something like a Radeon 7750 for around 100$. Since this card doesn't require any additional connection from the PSU, you wouldn't have to replace it. 300-Watt is enough for this card so you would be all set.

If you want more performance for gaming (it always depends what games you're playing and what resolution/settings you're using) but the next logical step would be to upgrade the CPU (you got a 1155 socket so you could get a i5-3570K quad-core eventually). Then you could replace the PSU + GPU as well. But of course it would cost you a lot more. I'm just saying this could be an upgrade path if you have more budget in the future.

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a c 149 U Graphics card
December 24, 2013 12:46:03 PM

I do NOT agree you can simply say a "300W is adequate" as we know little about that power supply. Based on the other parts chances are it may have issues even an HD7750.

It MIGHT work, I just can't be certain.

HD7750: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-hd77501gd5...

HD7770: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr777...

PSU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-vp450

Antec VP450 review (conclusion): http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Antec-VP450-Powe...

Again, you can try just the HD7750 listed here without a new Power Supply but I don't recommend it.
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December 24, 2013 12:46:20 PM

But it says 400 watts recommended for the 7750
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a c 149 U Graphics card
December 24, 2013 12:52:28 PM

proatgramming said:
But it says 400 watts recommended for the 7750


That's an ESTIMATE and says nothing about the quality, amperage distribution of the power supply itself, or the other parts in the system.

I studied electronics and have built many PC's. So you can take my advice any way you'd like. It is POSSIBLE that your 300W would work with an HD7750, but I do NOT recommend it.

It's not as simple as "it's 300W" or "it's 400W"; if you need more detailed information I can provide it.
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a c 149 U Graphics card
December 24, 2013 1:00:26 PM

Update:
I don't want to assume it's an ATX power supply since I don't know what case you have. Maybe you can confirm that. The ATX is basically the DIMENSIONS of the PSU:

"ATX power supplies generally have the dimensions of 150 × 86 × 140 mm (5.9 × 3.4 × 5.5 in) and share a common mounting layout of four screws arranged on the back side of the unit."
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2013 1:06:23 PM

Going for a 7750 is a great choice because it doesn't need any other power connectors and its a fairly good card for the money. It will infact work on a 300 watt PSU. I have an XFX 7750 in my wife's Hp computer and it runs fine with the 300 watt powersupply.
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December 24, 2013 2:14:45 PM

Im looking for something cheaper like a cheaper graphics card
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a b U Graphics card
December 25, 2013 8:56:52 AM

photonboy is right. I said 300-Watt will be enough, and although it will be true in a majority of scenarios (even if the card asks for 400-Watt, these requirements are always exaggerated). However, since we don't know the brand & model of the PSU it might be worth checking to make sure. Not all PSU has the same efficiency and will deliver all their power with stability. For instance, even if it says 300-Watt it could start to show some instability from 225W or 250W and above if it's a cheap brand.

proatgramming: Could you please tell us the brand & model of your current PSU?

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December 25, 2013 11:06:52 AM

UPDATE THIS IS HUGE INFO::::::::::::: I JUST GOT 200 DOLLARS THIS CHRISTMAS AND MY DAD IS PAYING FOR A 600 WATT POWER SUPPLY

i HAVE A $200 BUDGET FOR A GRAPHICS CARD WHATS THE BEST ONE I CAN GET.
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a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2013 12:49:13 AM

proatgramming said:
UPDATE THIS IS HUGE INFO::::::::::::: I JUST GOT 200 DOLLARS THIS CHRISTMAS AND MY DAD IS PAYING FOR A 600 WATT POWER SUPPLY

i HAVE A $200 BUDGET FOR A GRAPHICS CARD WHATS THE BEST ONE I CAN GET.


Get an R9-270X It's just about 200 dollars and it can play any games on high settings at 1080p :) 
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a c 149 U Graphics card
December 26, 2013 2:17:28 AM

$200 graphics card:

**Before you read the rest, be aware that prices in North America will probably DROP in a month or so for many of the AMD cards. I don't recommend some of the cheaper R9-270X cards from Powercolor or similar.**

Here is a SUMMARY BENCHMARK averaged of several games. Look for the best $200 card using this as a guide:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/R9_270X/26.html

What I discovered was the best card just BELOW the $200 mark is a GTX660. The best card just ABOVE the $200 mark is the new R9-270X so I recommend that.

They don't seem to be in stock where I'm looking though. I strongly recommend one with a good cooler. MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, and EVGA (EVGA with ACX cooler) are good examples.

Here's what an example of a good R9-270X card:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-2GB-2xDVI-Graphics...

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-R9270X-DC2T-2GD5-Graphics-Ca...
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a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2013 7:39:45 AM

First get a decent PSU. 600-Watt is just the amount of power, but it doesn't say anything on the quality. Some PSU might advertise as 600W, but fail to deliver more than 450W reliably. Last thing you want is a cheap unit causing instability, or worst damaging other components like your brand new video card.

Personally, I'm a big fan of Corsair PSU, especially their TX and HX series. I got the HX650 myself. But if it's too expensive check the TX series. I think XFX are also making very good PSU and are a little cheaper than Corsair, so you could take a look at those too.

The other problem as I said from the start is that your CPU is kind of weak. So even if you get the fastest video card on the planet, your CPU could be a bottleneck in certain games. You don't have to spend the whole 200$. Maybe something like a Radeon 7850 2GB would be the maximum I would get.

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