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amd radeon hd 6450 upgrade with $300 budget

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June 26, 2014 7:54:36 PM

I'm pretty new to the PC world. I only recently started buying some games for the PC and I was really bummed out when my newest game(Plants VS Zombies:Garden Warfare) wasn't really working properly.Poor framerate and very laggy.

My PC is a.. Lenovo
Windows 7
My current GPU is AMD Radeon HD 6450
12 GB of RAM
Intel(R) Core(TM)i7-2006 CPU @ 3.40 GHz 3.40 GHz
1.5TB (1.14 TB free out of 1,33 TB(memory)
Monitor Display(1600 x 900)[recommended]

I use this computer for essentially everything. Surfing the web, playing videos on youtube. Some games... I would like to expand my library but in the meantime I will just be playing Plants VS Zombies Garden Warfare. I also play a MMORPG with the following requirements.
CPU: PentiumⅡ400
Operating System: Window 98/ME/2000/XP/vista
HD Space: 2.0G
RAM: 256MB RAM
Graphics Card: support more than DirectX7.0
Sound Card: support DirectX sound card
Because I'm pretty involved in the game, I open anywhere from 4-10 clients at a time and would like to know If i could open more with a better GPU.

I don't really know what would be the best place to shop.. I normally go to frys and buy what they tell me would be a good idea.

Would really appreciate any advice...If I'm missing anything please dont hesitate and ask :) 

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June 26, 2014 8:10:01 PM

Other than your gpu, your pc specs seem to be really good. Do you have a good quality power supply?
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June 26, 2014 8:14:20 PM

Online is always good. Newegg, Amazon, etc. When it comes to computer hardware, most stores don't have a clue what they are talking about and just want a quick sale.

A helpful tool for pricing and such is-
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

I'd recommend a R9 280X. ~300 and has solid performance. Make sure you use a NON-REFERENCE card though. This is very important. AMD's reference cards run hot and loud. Non-reference cards use different cooling designs, and often perform better in all aspects.

I recommend - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-r9280xtdbd

Something to check is to make sure it fits your case. Also make sure your PSU is large enough for this GPU. This card will be able to run both of those games easily.

A cheaper, smaller, and less power consuming option is the GTX 750 Ti. This is ~$130. Its performance isn't nearly as good though.
Feel free to ask any questions.
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June 26, 2014 8:15:17 PM

I'm not entirely sure how to go about finding my power supply... its the one that came when I bought the pc from Frys
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June 26, 2014 8:19:20 PM

Fallen29 said:
I'm not entirely sure how to go about finding my power supply... its the one that came when I bought the pc from Frys


Do you have a link to the specific PC you bought? Can you actually get in and see the PSU in your computer? Take the side panel off if you can, then write down the name and number printed on the side of the PSU if it has any. The PSU will be a box-shaped component with many cables coming out of it. Be careful, PSUs can hold deadly charges even when unplugged. So don't go pokin' it with a stick.
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June 26, 2014 8:19:42 PM

Cyroburn101 thank you!
What is a PSU?

Is installing a GPU "simple" or should I have a professional do it for me?
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June 26, 2014 8:22:19 PM

Fallen29 said:
I'm not entirely sure how to go about finding my power supply... its the one that came when I bought the pc from Frys


You would have to open up your pc case and look at the sticker. The 750 ti is very power efficient, but if you have a $300 budget, you could get a better performing card.
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June 26, 2014 8:32:42 PM

Fallen29 said:
Cyroburn101 thank you!
What is a PSU?

Is installing a GPU "simple" or should I have a professional do it for me?


PSU is the Power Supply Unit. It takes energy from the wall outlet and feeds it to your computer basically. As I said, its a box-shaped component with many cables coming out of it inside your computer. Its also where the cable you plugin to the wall comes from.
Installing a GPU is very simple. Just find the correct slot on your motherboard (probably the one your older card was plugged into) and then taking a extra power connecter from the PSU and plugging that in. There are plenty of videos out there and reading material. If necessary I can find one if you have trouble.

You could have a professional do it, but its really not necessary, and you'll have to pay a good bit of money for a simple swap.

If you are interested in the 750 Ti, it uses little power while giving some decent performance for its price and power consumption. Some models don't require anything other than sliding it into the motherboard. Its performance is not nearly as good as a $300 GPU such as the 280x.
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June 26, 2014 8:38:24 PM

My PSU has a little sticker and it says 10A 125 V
Would the XFX Radeon R9 be compatible with my PC?
Would I have to buy a better PSU?
If you guys think its a good fit then I'l try it out :) 

I was trying to find my PC on Frys.com but I could not :( 
I bought the PC in 2012 and they only have some new models
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June 26, 2014 8:48:46 PM

Fallen29 said:
My PSU has a little sticker and it says 10A 125 V
Would the XFX Radeon R9 be compatible with my PC?
Would I have to buy a better PSU?
If you guys think its a good fit then I'l try it out :) 

I was trying to find my PC on Frys.com but I could not :( 
I bought the PC in 2012 and they only have some new models


I'm not entirely sure how to get the psu wattage from that bit of info, tbh. For your other question though, most likely yes, your pc is compatible with r9 series cards as most new motherboards are. For $300, like the other poster said, you could get an r9 280x. For that card, a quality 500w psu would most likely be fine.
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June 26, 2014 8:59:41 PM

Fallen29 said:
My PSU has a little sticker and it says 10A 125 V
Would the XFX Radeon R9 be compatible with my PC?
Would I have to buy a better PSU?
If you guys think its a good fit then I'l try it out :) 

I was trying to find my PC on Frys.com but I could not :( 
I bought the PC in 2012 and they only have some new models


I believe that's a 1250w PSU. In which case you could run 3 R9 280Xs. So I think you'll be fine with one.
If you are doing the swap yourself, make sure you read some instructions and/or watch a few videos to know what your doing. Just search something like GPU install, and work from there.
Pro-tip - Power off the computer. Unplug the computer. Then hit the power switch again. This can take away some of the built up charge in the PSU. This won't be too big of an issue since your not messing with the PSU though.
Also be sure to connect the card to the power supply properly.

Enjoy the new GPU!
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