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Advice on the purchase of a new GPU

Hi -

Due to my old graphics card seemingly being fried (thread here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2781654/blue-dots-messed-resolution-code-gpu-recognized.html), I am forced to purchase a new one.

My computer (four years old, for the record) has the following specs:
CPU: i5-2500K @ 3.3, stock aircooler
MoBo: MSI P67A-C45
PSU: Corsair TX650
RAM: 8 gigs, Corsair (frequency escapes me - 1440 Hz?)

Now, I realise that I do not have to spend a great deal of money for GPU for a mediocre-at-best build like this, but I suppose I will have to/want to upgrade in a few years time, meaning that I may be better off getting a decent GPU that can last past that.

Keep in mind that I live in Denmark, and thus prices are significantly higher than those you'd find in the US (and somewhat higher than those in the rest of the EU). The maximum I would be willing to spend is 250 euros, but I suspect getting one with decent longevity can be done for a bit less than that (and I would certainly prefer that).

I primarily play World of Warcraft for the time being, but I'm looking to get around playing Witcher 3 in the very near future, and I would like to keep my options open past that (Ultra settings on the more demanding games isn't a must, but it would be nice).

I would greatly prefer purchasing it in-person, and from what I've found looking around a bit, these two retailers are the only ones with shops in my vincinity:

http://www.computercity.dk/computert...are/grafikkort
http://www.webhallen.com/dk-da/compu...price_max=2000)

Finally, my computer is pre-built (I suppose that's the term for it), meaning that I have little clue on how to install a new graphics card -- would a bit of looking at YouTube vids be sufficient for me to be able to do it myself?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Your links are broken, at least for me in the US. Installing a new graphics card is very easy to do. Most current cards require power direct from the power supply but you can find some that do not, the GTX 750Ti comes to mind. But it shouldn't be a limitation with that PSU. It should be as easy as taking the side panel off, pulling out the blank bracket over the PCI-e slot putting the GPU in and hooking up the power cables if there are any.
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    evela said:
    Hi -

    Due to my old graphics card seemingly being fried (thread here: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-2781654/blue-dots-messed-resolution-code-gpu-recognized.html), I am forced to purchase a new one.

    My computer (four years old, for the record) has the following specs:
    CPU: i5-2500K @ 3.3, stock aircooler
    MoBo: MSI P67A-C45
    PSU: Corsair TX650
    RAM: 8 gigs, Corsair (frequency escapes me - 1440 Hz?)

    Now, I realise that I do not have to spend a great deal of money for GPU for a mediocre-at-best build like this, but I suppose I will have to/want to upgrade in a few years time, meaning that I may be better off getting a decent GPU that can last past that.

    Keep in mind that I live in Denmark, and thus prices are significantly higher than those you'd find in the US (and somewhat higher than those in the rest of the EU). The maximum I would be willing to spend is 250 euros, but I suspect getting one with decent longevity can be done for a bit less than that (and I would certainly prefer that).

    I primarily play World of Warcraft for the time being, but I'm looking to get around playing Witcher 3 in the very near future, and I would like to keep my options open past that (Ultra settings on the more demanding games isn't a must, but it would be nice).

    I would greatly prefer purchasing it in-person, and from what I've found looking around a bit, these two retailers are the only ones with shops in my vincinity:

    http://www.computercity.dk/computert...are/grafikkort
    http://www.webhallen.com/dk-da/compu...price_max=2000)

    Finally, my computer is pre-built (I suppose that's the term for it), meaning that I have little clue on how to install a new graphics card -- would a bit of looking at YouTube vids be sufficient for me to be able to do it myself?

    Thanks in advance.


    mediocre? i would call it a high build. you made some very good choices with parts.

    you could easily overclock your cpu to at the very least 4 ghz ( probably 4.5+ ) and have a damn awesome gaming rig.

    just make sure to buy an aftermarket cpu cooler first

    http://www.webhallen.com/dk-da/computerkomponenter/223258-msi_radeon_r9_380_2g


    that was the best deal i could find in your budget


    a LOT faster then your old card XD
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