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Upgrading an Intel HD Graphics Card. Budget is under 100 dollars.

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January 13, 2014 12:07:10 PM

Hey guys. I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card to run games like Diablo 3 and Battlefield 3 smoothly. I have a 125 dollar budget. Thanks!
My Specs:
CPU: Intel(R) CORE(TM) i3-2130CPU @3.49 GHz 3.40 GHz
RAM: 6 GB
System Type: 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor.
Display: 1600 x 900 monitor.

Thanks so much!

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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 12:10:31 PM

the 7790 by amd is the fastest card you can get for your budget. It will require a 6 pin pci power connector (or 2 molex if you have them as it comes with an adapter).
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 12:11:20 PM

as far as which variant and by which company, msi, asus, xfx are all good brands and just look up reviews to find the best one, as well as even find one you like the looks of better if you care about that
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January 13, 2014 12:35:53 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
the 7790 by amd is the fastest card you can get for your budget. It will require a 6 pin pci power connector (or 2 molex if you have them as it comes with an adapter).


How can I check if I have a 6 pin pci power connector?
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 13, 2014 12:42:04 PM

google what a 6 pin pci power cord looks like, and see if you have a spare one not being used in your system. if you do not, you may not have a compatible power supply, but it if has 2 spare molex (google this for image as well) then you can use the 2xmolex to 6 pin pci adapter that comes with the card
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January 14, 2014 11:42:17 AM

Brantyn Gerik said:
google what a 6 pin pci power cord looks like, and see if you have a spare one not being used in your system. if you do not, you may not have a compatible power supply, but it if has 2 spare molex (google this for image as well) then you can use the 2xmolex to 6 pin pci adapter that comes with the card


are you sure my processor will be able to handle the graphics card?
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 11:56:40 AM

Yes. Though if you plan to make another upgrade, i would upgrade your cpu instead of going even further with the gpu
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January 14, 2014 12:54:13 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
Yes. Though if you plan to make another upgrade, i would upgrade your cpu instead of going even further with the gpu


how well will it support the GPU?
which cpu do you recommend me getting?
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 2:59:35 PM

the only real upgrade for you is to go with an i5 of that generation (prices range from 180-230 depending on the model) Most gamers will recommend the i5-3570k as it is overclockable, but regardless of that, provides great performance in all games and won't bottleneck even the most powerful cards (price is currently around $200 in north america). But really, you don't need to upgrade your cpu with this gpu
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January 14, 2014 3:15:02 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
the only real upgrade for you is to go with an i5 of that generation (prices range from 180-230 depending on the model) Most gamers will recommend the i5-3570k as it is overclockable, but regardless of that, provides great performance in all games and won't bottleneck even the most powerful cards (price is currently around $200 in north america). But really, you don't need to upgrade your cpu with this gpu


can i run battlefield 3 with high settings smoothly with this setup?
also, your thoughts on me getting the GeForce GTX 660 instead? will my cpu be able to support this gpu?
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January 14, 2014 3:17:39 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
the only real upgrade for you is to go with an i5 of that generation (prices range from 180-230 depending on the model) Most gamers will recommend the i5-3570k as it is overclockable, but regardless of that, provides great performance in all games and won't bottleneck even the most powerful cards (price is currently around $200 in north america). But really, you don't need to upgrade your cpu with this gpu


will the GeForce GTX 660 be needed to run games like battlefield 3 on high and ultra?
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 3:19:16 PM

The 660 should be able to run it on high fairly smoothly, while ultra may be slightly lower than optimal framerates
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 3:20:09 PM

remember, people pay up to $500 just to max out crysis 3 these days, so try not to get your expectations too high for your budget
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January 14, 2014 3:22:26 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
The 660 should be able to run it on high fairly smoothly, while ultra may be slightly lower than optimal framerates


Do you recommend that i should get the 660 or the 7770 taking cost into consideration?
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a c 98 U Graphics card
January 14, 2014 10:34:49 PM

the 660 is faster, but more expensive. Go with what you are willing to pay for, knowing that the more you spend, the more you get. i can't really help you more than that

the 7790 is about the best card for extremely low cost
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