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Graphics Card Upgrade! Need Answer Quickly (Please Help)

I'm looking for a new graphics card for my PC and if necessary I will upgrade the power supply. I have this:

Name: Inspiron 660

Processor: Intel i5-3340 CPU 3.10GHz

RAM: 8 (7.87 usable)

System Type: 64 bit

Graphic: Intel HD Graphics ( Now do you see why I need a new graphics card)

Power supply: I'm not sure and I can't really open it up, but I did some reading and it might be a 220 or it could be a 300 I have no clue. If i need to open it up (if there is no other way) i might be able to (with some help/ instructions on how to find what i need)

I want to play games like Skyrim, Rust, Civ V, Chivalry, ect.

I don't have a budget yet but I would like links to products and insight from people who know what there talking about.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. If there is something noobish about this question or something else i need to upgrade please inform me. Thanks again. (:

If there is anything else i would nedd to upgrade please include that too! Thanks again...
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  1. You really need to open your case up on your own. You don't need to move any parts around but you really need to figure out what wattage your power supply is. An average mid rand graphics card usually says that it requires 450-500 watts. Once you know that, then go from there. If it's what you think it is (220-300) then I really recommend that you upgrade your power supply. Look at seagates or thermaltakes. Based on your processor I'd recommend a Nvidia 650Ti Boost 2GB. Or if your looking for something newer at a price point of 180-200 I'd look at the ASUS R9 270 Direct CUII 2GB card. The R9 is newer but nvidia cards tend to be better. It just all depends what your budget is.
  2. Spartan191 said:
    You really need to open your case up on your own. You don't need to move any parts around but you really need to figure out what wattage your power supply is. An average mid rand graphics card usually says that it requires 450-500 watts. Once you know that, then go from there. If it's what you think it is (220-300) then I really recommend that you upgrade your power supply. Look at seagates or thermaltakes. Based on your processor I'd recommend a Nvidia 650Ti Boost 2GB. Or if your looking for something newer at a price point of 180-200 I'd look at the ASUS R9 270 Direct CUII 2GB card. The R9 is newer but nvidia cards tend to be better. It just all depends what your budget is.


    Do you have any recommendations on a power supply if it is below standard? Also would there be anything cheaper? I would be willing to pay this, but if i can save some that would be great.
  3. When it comes to the power supply you can't really cut corners man. If you get a cheap one it could short out or fail on you and kill every part in your system. Trust me, I've learned this the hard way.
  4. Go with a Seasonic or Corsair power supply, I suggest you get gold certified however bronze should be good enough.

    If you can't spend over 200 the 650 ti boost is a great option however if you can spend more the gtx 760 will be under $300 dollars and will give you much more performance.
  5. Spartan191 said:
    When it comes to the power supply you can't really cut corners man. If you get a cheap one it could short out or fail on you and kill every part in your system. Trust me, I've learned this the hard way.

    Would these do?

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/xfx-ultra-overclock-edition-radeon-hd-7770-1gb-ddr5-pci-express-3-0-graphics-card/5619352.p?id=1218677497053&skuId=5619352

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/evga-600b-600w-active-pfc-power-supply-black/2427003.p?id=1219072713094&skuId=2427003
  6. Best answer
    If you want to spend under 200 the following links would be much better choices because xfx doesn't have the greatest reputation and the card you selected might not have enough power for gaming. Evga is known for their graphics cards however the company has a good reputation so I'm assuming the power supply is decent however for gaming I would recommend a gold certified higher end power supply.

    My old power supply was the corsair cx 600 and I recently upgraded to a ax 860 i and my system stability and performance improved.


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130909

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119
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