Trying to upgrade my Pre-Built PC to Gaming Level
I want to upgrade my PC but I've never done this before i have a ASUS M11BB( motherboard) with a AMD A10-6700 APU Processor, no dedicated graphics card, 12GB of RAM, a Power Supply of between 300-400W cant remember exactly. If you could tell me or point me in the right direction to make this a half decent gaming PC please tell me what new parts ill need to get
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Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
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Should be able to run modern games around med- high settings. It will be a huge upgrade from your APU's igpu.
You would need a PSU upgrade because it's likely that your PSU won't be able to handle this graphics card upgrade.
Here is what I would upgrade to:
This will run most games on high settings and the power supply leaves room to grow. The rest of your PC is fine. However remember that the processor part of your APU isn't that fast; it will bottleneck multiple cards or a high end card such as the 780ti or 290X.