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

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
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  1. Also, is there anyway to confirm what my GPU is from that dxdiag info?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. Best answer
    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=N82E16814127756 )
  9. 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=N82E16814127756 )


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