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April 17, 2014 12:38:28 PM

Hi,
I thinking of buying a new graphics card to improve on my current one (as seen below) however I would like it to be easy to install, so don't want to buy an extra power supply or take any components out etc. as the computer is just 2 months old.

here are my current specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 4670
Operating System: windows 8.1 64 bit
Motherboard: Gigabyte H87M-HD3
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz (2x4GB)
Hard Drive: Seagate 1TB (Hybrid 8GB SSD)
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA
Sound card: Onboard 7.1 Audio
Internet: Wireless 802.11N 300Mbps MIMO PCI-E card
Graphics card: Intel Hd Graphics 4600
Monitors: LG 21.5" 22EN33S-B LED (1080p and D-SUB only)
PSU: 500W PSU

I have been looking myself, recently, and have found this :
http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-amd-radeon-r7-250...
I like the price and think that the specs are ok. However, I was wondering whether this will play newish games (GTAIV, General racing games etc) at higher setings than my intel hd graphics 4600 does and whether it will just plug in and play.
If not are there any similarly priced (up to £70 'ish) alternitives?

thanks in advance :) 

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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2014 1:08:13 PM

I would advise for 250x/7770 as both cards are great performers for the price. Also, If you can afford 260x, I would go with that.
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2014 1:53:42 PM

I recommend it. It's a very good price.
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April 17, 2014 1:59:30 PM

ak47jar3d said:
I recommend it. It's a very good price.


Thank you for your response :) 
Are graphic cards hard to install?
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2014 2:19:12 PM

Daniel Harvey said:
ak47jar3d said:
I recommend it. It's a very good price.


Thank you for your response :) 
Are graphic cards hard to install?


No. Just plug it into motherboard,plug power cables,screw it down and install drivers once you are done. Its very easy and I have done it more time than I can count.
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April 17, 2014 2:22:38 PM

A lot easier than I thought
Thanks again
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a b U Graphics card
April 17, 2014 2:28:13 PM

Daniel Harvey said:
A lot easier than I thought
Thanks again


No problem and we are here to help. :) 
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April 18, 2014 11:35:43 AM

ak47jar3d said:
Daniel Harvey said:
A lot easier than I thought
Thanks again


No problem and we are here to help. :) 


After looking to ensure this card is definitely compatible I found out that I went for the super budget psu - this one http://www.dinopc.com/shop/pc/500W-PSU-85p765.htm - will this card still work?
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a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2014 10:13:30 PM

In theory, it should work. Personally. I only use SeaSonic and xfx for all psu needs for there great reliability.
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April 19, 2014 1:32:20 AM

ak47jar3d said:
In theory, it should work. Personally. I only use SeaSonic and xfx for all psu needs for there great reliability.


I only ask this as when I re-create my build on Dino-PC but adding the r7 250 (250x not available) it come up with an error saying that it might not be compatible and instead recommend this 450w psu over the 500w psu? could this be something to do with my psu not having a "1X75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express"and instead have these - (I dont know which are relevent)
20/24-pin power
8-pin +12V power
4-pin +12V power
4-pin floppy drive
5-pin S-ATA
4-pin peripheral power

I dont reallly have the budget to buy a 250x AND a psu so would there be a less power hungry GPU that would work or do you think that the 250x would work (due to the included "6 PIN to 4 PIN Power Cable") ?
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a b U Graphics card
April 19, 2014 4:32:19 AM

Its probably as simple as converting a 4 pin to six pin with the appropriate cable. Also, it might be a red flag for the so called 500w if it natively doesn't have a 6 pin connector becuase it may be exaggerating watt output (most power supply won't give you the standardized continous wattage).
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April 19, 2014 4:34:26 AM

ak47jar3d said:
Its probably as simple as converting a 4 pin to six pin with the appropriate cable. Also, it might be a red flag for the so called 500w if it natively doesn't have a 6 pin connector becuase it may be exaggerating watt output (most power supply won't give you the standardized continous wattage).


great! thanks for your help :) 
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April 21, 2014 10:42:10 AM

ak47jar3d said:
Its probably as simple as converting a 4 pin to six pin with the appropriate cable. Also, it might be a red flag for the so called 500w if it natively doesn't have a 6 pin connector becuase it may be exaggerating watt output (most power supply won't give you the standardized continous wattage).


Hi, firstly - sorry for the double post,
secondly, I have found this gpu, according to this comparison, the gtx 750 is just £9 more expensive as the r7 250x but for 26% more preformance AND uses less power (solving the possible psu limitations)
a) is this true?
b) is it worth it?



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