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New computer now need help with Graphics card

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February 25, 2010 4:27:12 PM

I just bought a ZT Affinity 7351ma
AMD Phenom™ II X4 Processor 955 (3.2GHz)
AMD 760G / SB710 chipset
8GB DDR3 SDRAM memory (16GB Max, 4 DIMMS)
Power Supply: 300W ATX
open slots
1 x PCIe x16
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

I will be gaming quite a bit as i used to be hardcore 3-5 years ago. Im pretty sure i need a new power supply and I want a new video card. My budget is $300 total.

I have been reading the forums and im more confused now than i was when i began. Help!

I will be playing all types of games. I dont know if i will be upgrading to 2 video cards in the future but right now my budget is the most important. I would like to have a kickazz card that would be good for at least a year, then i might upgrade. Which do i pick? 5770? GTX 260? 4890? Im confused.

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February 25, 2010 7:32:22 PM

I agree, get a 650Watt or more and the 5770 is the way to go! You can even run three monitors on that card! Great for World of Warcraft (WoW) etc.
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February 25, 2010 10:16:18 PM

wolf gave you great recommendations but my question is on your statement "upgrading to 2 video cards"

do you plan to get a new motherboard and go SLI/CF in the future?

if not you could probably drop down to a solid 500w+ PSU and save some cash while still running a 5770.
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March 2, 2010 8:33:14 AM

A quality 500 watt PSU should be fine for your system with a new HD 5770. A little bit less headroom, but still fully functional.

-Wolf sends
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March 9, 2010 3:47:31 PM

I just installed a Corsair 650W PSU. It was so much easier than i thought it would be. Now i just need to get that Sapphire 5770 video card! The installation of the PSU was so easy that my next computer i will just build myself.


Thanks all for the responses. This forum is great!
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April 25, 2010 1:50:57 AM

jd40 said:
I just installed a Corsair 650W PSU. It was so much easier than i thought it would be. Now i just need to get that Sapphire 5770 video card! The installation of the PSU was so easy that my next computer i will just build myself.


Thanks all for the responses. This forum is great!


Hey JD40 im in your exact position i have the exact same computer you bought from Costco (unfortunately ZT does not make them anymore) I was also considering on getting the corsair 650W PS but my only concern is does it fit the case *(i got the black one i know there was the grey one too which looked a little bigger).

Thanks please get back to me.
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