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Good GPU under $250

While playing any newer game (for instance State of Decay) all movement is blurry and choppy. Unless I put it on the lowest quality graphics and lower the resolution down to 4:3 ratio but then I'm just playing a dual game. I'm scared to even try BF4

I believe it probably has to do with my GPU, It was a cheap one I picked up just for HDMI. 44.95 at http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX42968

Here are my main specs.

If there is anything else I should upgrade or something I missed telling you let me know please! All drivers are up to date


Mouse and Keyboard: Came with a late Y2K model dell. (Side question: is it worth to upgrade these even though they still work....or is this ignorance on my part?)

Mainboard : ASUS M5A97 R2.0
BIOS : AMI (OEM) 2006 10/01/2013
Total Memory : 7.9GB DIMM DDR3

Processors
Processor : AMD FX(tm)-4350 Quad-Core Processor (2M 4T 4.21GHz, 2.21GHz IMC, 2x 2MB L2, 8MB L3)
Socket/Slot : AM2r2/AM3

Chipset
Memory Controller : AMD F15 (Orochi) CPU HT Hub 2x 2.41GHz (4.82GHz), 2x 4GB DIMM DDR3 1.61GHz 128-bit

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module : G.Skill F3-17000CL11-4GBXL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-17100U DDR3-2134 (11-11-11-29 5-40-13-6)
Memory Module : G.Skill F3-17000CL11-4GBXL 4GB DIMM DDR3 PC3-17100U DDR3-2134 (11-11-11-29 5-40-13-6)

Video System
Monitor/Panel : BNQ BenQ GW2450H
(1920x1080, 24.0")
Video Adapter : ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series (2CU 80SP SM5.0 650MHz/500MHz 30% OC, 1GB DDR3 1GHz 64-bit, PCIe 2.00 x16)

Graphics Processor
OpenCL GP Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series (80SP 2C 650MHz/500MHz 30% OC, 1GB DDR3 1GHz 64-bit)
Compute Shader Processor : ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series (80SP 2C 650MHz/500MHz 30% OC, 1GB DDR3 1GHz 64-bit)

Storage Devices
WDC WD10EZRX-00L4HB0 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 5400rpm) : 932GB (C:)
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSB0 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW) : N/A (D:)

Logical Storage Devices
Hard Disk (C:) : 931GB (NTFS) @ WDC WD10EZRX-00L4HB0 (1TB, SATA600, 3.5", 5400rpm)
Optical Drive (D:) : N/A @ HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSB0 (SATA150, DVD+-RW, CD-RW)

Peripherals
LPC Hub Controller 1 : ATI (AMD) IXP SB600/700/800 SMBUS Controller
LPC Hub Controller 2 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 LPC host controller
LPC Legacy Controller 1 : T2 87-21
Audio Device : ASUS IXP SB600 High Definition Audio Controller
Audio Codec : Realtek Semi High Definition Audio
Audio Device : HIS (Hightech Information Systems) Manhattan HDMI Audio [Mobility Radeon HD 5000 Series]
Serial Port(s) : 1
Disk Controller : ASUS SB700/800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
USB Controller 1 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB OHCI0 Controller
USB Controller 2 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB EHCI Controller
USB Controller 3 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB OHCI0 Controller
USB Controller 4 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB EHCI Controller
USB Controller 5 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB OHCI2 Controller
USB Controller 6 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB OHCI0 Controller
USB Controller 7 : ATI (AMD) SB700/800 USB EHCI Controller
USB Controller 8 : ASUS ASMedia XHCI Controller
SMBus/i2c Controller 1 : ATI SB800 SMBus

Network Services
Network Adapter : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (Ethernet, 100Mbps)
Network Adapter : TAP-Windows Adapter V9 (Ethernet, 10Mbps)

Operating System
Windows System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home 6.01.7601 (Service Pack 1)
Platform Compliance : x64

Windows Experience Index
Current System : 4.1
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  1. If your PSU is a very good 450W or just a 500W, the 760 is a good option.
  2. Ahh yes, see I knew I forgot a detail.

    I currently have a cougar RS650 650W power supply

    and because I already have an Radeon card, I would like to keep it in that same brand, unless Geforce is a better solution
  3. Best answer
    the closest amd is the 270x, the 760 is markedly better. at that price nvidia is offering the better solution. Look at evga, asus, and msi for a card of your liking.
  4. woltej1 said:
    the closest amd is the 270x, the 760 is markedly better. at that price nvidia is offering the better solution. Look at evga, asus, and msi for a card of your liking.


    So I have been looking.....I think Ill go with your advice and Save a few more dollars and get the best 760...or its next step up like the 780. I presume the more dedicated ram on the card makes it better? because the 760 has many options to choose from! currently looking at a 4gb MSI or EVGA both same price point

    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX48193
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX47604
  5. the only reason to buy the 4gb version is to SLI it with another 4gb. If you never plan to SLI stick to the 2gb, you won't see a performance difference. The next step up is the 770 which is at a good price right now around $300.
  6. woltej1 said:
    the only reason to buy the 4gb version is to SLI it with another 4gb. If you never plan to SLI stick to the 2gb, you won't see a performance difference. The next step up is the 770 which is at a good price right now around $300.



    hopefully last question, with the brand are its smaller names like you mentioned already (evga, asus, and msi) but you didn't mention anything about Zotac!
    The two I am looking at are
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX47332
    http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX50312

    Sorry im being difficult just wanna be sure before i spend the money lol
  7. I wouldn't go with zotac, they're more new and not known for high end stuff. When compared to evga, asus and msi, even gigabyte, there isn't much of a reason to get zotac. The amp card is their best offering though so it isn't terrible.
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