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Just got a new computer, need guidance with my video card options!!

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March 8, 2014 8:30:49 AM

Hello all, and thank you in advance.

I just bought a new computer, will post the DXdiag at the bottom of this post. The GPU that came with the computer is the amd radeon r7 250, w/2gb ddr3. After loading up the computer, the performance is playable, but a bit underwhelming (Playing thief on high graphics settings). With my specifications, I was wondering what the most cost effective route would be in amping up my graphics capability? Should I a) go with a new graphics card altogether (if so, what is a good option right now?), or b) attempt to crossfire with another r7 250 (is that even possible?).

I noticed that the motherboard isn't listed in dxdiag, it is: Gigabyte 970A-DS3P. Also, I have a 600 watt power supply (+80?)


DXDIAG info:

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System Information
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Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130318-1533)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: To be filled by O.E.M.
BIOS: BIOS Date: 02/21/14 11:51:11 Ver: 04.06.05
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor (6 CPUs), ~3.5GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8150MB RAM
Page File: 2972MB used, 13325MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode
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Display Devices
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Card name: AMD Radeon R7 200 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x6610)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6610&SUBSYS_23341787&REV_00
Display Memory: 1753 MB
Dedicated Memory: 2031 MB
Shared Memory: 3818 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: K224W D-sub
Monitor Id: HIT8007
Native Mode: 1680 x 1050(p) (59.852Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1247 (English)
Driver Version: 13.250.18.0
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 11/7/2013 09:39:30, 1318552 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: No
WHQL Date Stamp: None
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-2550-11CF-E870-3E03BEC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x6610
SubSys ID: 0x23341787
Revision ID: 0x0000
March 8, 2014 8:52:15 AM

Also, is there anyway to confirm what my GPU is from that dxdiag info?
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March 8, 2014 9:16:22 AM

You will get better answers if you edit your post to eliminate all the useless text.

My take is that a simple graphics card upgrade is a much better way to go.
You will eliminate play issues such as stuttering and image tearing.

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March 8, 2014 9:45:30 AM

geofelt said:
You will get better answers if you edit your post to eliminate all the useless text.

My take is that a simple graphics card upgrade is a much better way to go.
You will eliminate play issues such as stuttering and image tearing.



Thank you very much, edited out a lot of the noise. If I were to upgrade the card, what cards should I be looking at? I know I don't want to spend more than $200.00. With that in mind, is an upgrade even worth it?
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March 8, 2014 9:59:57 AM

Even if you have CF capability, I would not go that way.
Your R7-250 is a decent entry level gaming card that goes for about $100 new. It should have some resale value.

With a $200 budget, you can get a GTX660 which is a significant jump in capability
Unfortunately, the R9 cards currently have inflated prices, so the equivalent performing R9-270X will be priced at $250 or more.
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March 8, 2014 10:05:29 AM

atchleyjoe said:
geofelt said:
You will get better answers if you edit your post to eliminate all the useless text.

My take is that a simple graphics card upgrade is a much better way to go.
You will eliminate play issues such as stuttering and image tearing.



Thank you very much, edited out a lot of the noise. If I were to upgrade the card, what cards should I be looking at? I know I don't want to spend more than $200.00. With that in mind, is an upgrade even worth it?


Assuming you have a psu of about 550 watts or more, this should be a great upgrade, as long as you consider 40fps on ultra in most games playable :p 
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March 8, 2014 10:06:15 AM

geofelt said:
Even if you have CF capability, I would not go that way.
Your R7-250 is a decent entry level gaming card that goes for about $100 new. It should have some resale value.

With a $200 budget, you can get a GTX660 which is a significant jump in capability
Unfortunately, the R9 cards currently have inflated prices, so the equivalent performing R9-270X will be priced at $250 or more.


Well, this is awkward :p 
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March 8, 2014 10:07:46 AM

Catphamileez said:
atchleyjoe said:
geofelt said:
You will get better answers if you edit your post to eliminate all the useless text.

My take is that a simple graphics card upgrade is a much better way to go.
You will eliminate play issues such as stuttering and image tearing.



Thank you very much, edited out a lot of the noise. If I were to upgrade the card, what cards should I be looking at? I know I don't want to spend more than $200.00. With that in mind, is an upgrade even worth it?


Assuming you have a psu of about 550 watts or more, this should be a great upgrade, as long as you consider 40fps on ultra in most games playable :p 


I do have a 600 watt PSU, I'm looking at tiger direct and looks like the gtx 660 or the r9 270 are both $250.00. Am I just looking in the wrong places?
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March 8, 2014 10:12:21 AM

atchleyjoe said:
Catphamileez said:
atchleyjoe said:
geofelt said:
You will get better answers if you edit your post to eliminate all the useless text.

My take is that a simple graphics card upgrade is a much better way to go.
You will eliminate play issues such as stuttering and image tearing.



Thank you very much, edited out a lot of the noise. If I were to upgrade the card, what cards should I be looking at? I know I don't want to spend more than $200.00. With that in mind, is an upgrade even worth it?


Assuming you have a psu of about 550 watts or more, this should be a great upgrade, as long as you consider 40fps on ultra in most games playable :p 


I do have a 600 watt PSU, I'm looking at tiger direct and looks like the gtx 660 or the r9 270 are both $250.00. Am I just looking in the wrong places?


Click the "this" in my post, haha ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )
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March 8, 2014 10:14:16 AM

Catphamileez said:
atchleyjoe said:
Catphamileez said:
atchleyjoe said:
geofelt said:
You will get better answers if you edit your post to eliminate all the useless text.

My take is that a simple graphics card upgrade is a much better way to go.
You will eliminate play issues such as stuttering and image tearing.



Thank you very much, edited out a lot of the noise. If I were to upgrade the card, what cards should I be looking at? I know I don't want to spend more than $200.00. With that in mind, is an upgrade even worth it?


Assuming you have a psu of about 550 watts or more, this should be a great upgrade, as long as you consider 40fps on ultra in most games playable :p 


I do have a 600 watt PSU, I'm looking at tiger direct and looks like the gtx 660 or the r9 270 are both $250.00. Am I just looking in the wrong places?


Click the "this" in my post, haha ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... )


Ahh, thanks man. Apparently I'm colorblind today =)
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