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February 10, 2014 10:51:02 PM

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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February 10, 2014 10:53:39 PM

If your PSU is a very good 450W or just a 500W, the 760 is a good option.
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February 10, 2014 11:00:15 PM

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
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February 10, 2014 11:14:17 PM

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.
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February 12, 2014 11:18:39 PM

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
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February 13, 2014 12:03:54 AM

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.
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February 13, 2014 10:50:45 PM

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
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February 13, 2014 11:04:14 PM

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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