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December 30, 2010 5:46:55 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my computer's graphics card and processor, but I'm clueless about graphics cards. I'm already looking at a processor, but when it comes to looking for a graphics card, for me it's back and forth between things. Like, one cards better than the other, but oh, this card's better than that one, but not completely, so go with this one instead. xD I just want one simple answer, haha. So, should I just save my money for now, or is there a solution to my problem? :D 

I have about $250 - 300 to spend (but $50 of that, which would be making it $300, is a Best Buy giftcard, so I just say $250 :p ), and my current setup is:

- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- AMD Athlon II X2 245 (2.9 GHz, dual-core) Regor 45nm Technology
- 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 535MHz
- a BIOSTAR Group MCP6P3 nVidia Motherboard
- a 480W power supply
- 512MB GeForce 9500 GT (This is primarily what I want to upgrade, but to what I have no idea. I want to be able to play at least BF:BC2 and games of that level on max settings.)
- 245GB WD Hard Drive
- And an integrated Realtek HD sound card.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, since I really want to be able to play Bulletstorm on at least medium settings when it comes out. xD Thank you!

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December 30, 2010 6:50:28 PM

Leave the cpu and buy this. It can be easly "modded" into a more expensive 6970 totaly free. Its a great card for the money and you should be able to max bulletstorm.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is how to mod it:
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...
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December 30, 2010 6:59:30 PM

boldor said:
Leave the cpu and buy this. It can be easly "modded" into a more expensive 6970 totaly free. Its a great card for the money and you should be able to max bulletstorm.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is how to mod it:
http://www.techpowerup.com/articles/overclocking/vidcar...



Thanks for the input. Do you think I'll have to upgrade anything else? (Motherboard, power-supply, etc.)

Here's my motherboard's specs -

http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/content.php?S_ID=46...

And, as I've said before, I have 480 Watts on my power supply, so I don't want to burn anything out. xD

Also, my case - http://www.logisyscomputer.com/viewsku.asp?SKUID=CS51WB...
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December 30, 2010 7:29:52 PM

Your components are compatible with this gfx card, possibly aside from your power supply.

As for the Gigabyte version of the card (you can really chose which one u want) here is what they reccomend:

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A power supply that provides at least 550-watt and with one 75w 2x3-pin PCIe power
and one 150w 2x4 pin PCIe power connector is required. The power supply should be
with a known brand and certified to conform to safety regulations


So it should be a 550~ but if i remember correctly its less. Then it depends also what brand of psu u have, good brands can handle higher wattage. So its really a matter of googling/checking comment reviews on the specific card you want to buy.
If I would guess, id say you will be fine but dont trust me in that.

Your case is fine.
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December 30, 2010 7:43:14 PM

boldor said:
Your components are compatible with this gfx card, possibly aside from your power supply.

As for the Gigabyte version of the card (you can really chose which one u want) here is what they reccomend:

Quote:
A power supply that provides at least 550-watt and with one 75w 2x3-pin PCIe power
and one 150w 2x4 pin PCIe power connector is required. The power supply should be
with a known brand and certified to conform to safety regulations


So it should be a 550~ but if i remember correctly its less. Then it depends also what brand of psu u have, good brands can handle higher wattage. So its really a matter of googling/checking comment reviews on the specific card you want to buy.
If I would guess, id say you will be fine but dont trust me in that.

Your case is fine.


It's the PSIe connectors and pins and stuff I'm a bit worried about, haha. xD I'll just get one and see how it goes, if I need to upgrade something, I'll save the card for later and upgrade my PSU when I get the money. Thanks a lot!

EDIT: I'm looking at an image of it, and I'm not seeing the blue monitor port (which is what I need). D: Is this a problem for me? Or am I just missing something? xD

EDIT: Nevermind, just gotta get those adaptors. Sorry, brain-fart there. Haha. XD
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December 30, 2010 7:43:37 PM

Best answer selected by lokhaim.
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December 31, 2010 8:11:31 AM

You will probably get needed psu molex -> 6-pin adapters aswell as dvi-vga with the card. Happy gaming :) 
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December 31, 2010 3:01:03 PM

Don't do it. That card (6950) is way too much GPU for your needs.

Reasons:

1. It's over your stated budget. (Not available at Best Buy.)
2. Your PSU might not be able to properly power it.
3. You will almost certainly need an adapter to hook it up to your PSU.
4. If you're using a VGA connector, your resolution is low, which requires a far less powerful GPU.

Suggestion:

Visiontek Radeon 6870 at Best Buy, $250

1. Same price at NewEgg!! (very rare, and a really good deal)
2. It includes the adapters that you'll need.
3. It is still much more powerful than you need.
4. 500 watt PSU is recommended. You should be fine.
5. Same price at NewEgg!! (it deserves to be mentioned twice)

Happy Hunting!
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