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February 23, 2011 4:08:02 PM

Hello,

I am trying to upgrade from a Nvidia 9300 Ge to something better but not outrageous
February 23, 2011 4:09:57 PM

budget?your existing powersupply?resolution?
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February 23, 2011 4:14:57 PM

^^ and also what you will be doing with it
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February 23, 2011 4:18:40 PM

budget...between 1-200 dollars

screen resolution is 1980X1200, mostly used for Blu-ray movies and gaming (WoW, City of Heroes, Halo etc)

Power supply id Have to look up I am unsure at the moment, but I can tell u Processor is an Amd Quad Core 2.2

anything else you need know let me know...Im pretty handy with a computer I just dont know one card from another
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February 23, 2011 4:25:03 PM

if you got $100 budget!then hd 5750/gts 450/250 are available choices.
if you got $70 budget!then your best bet would be Hd 5670/9800gt.
here is hd 5670:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here is gts 450:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here is gts 250:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
here is hd 5750:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Here is Performance List:
1:GTS 450
2:HD 5750
3:GTS 250
4:9800GT
5:HD 5670.
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February 23, 2011 4:29:16 PM

Also power supply is only a 350w but thats easily changeable if needed
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February 23, 2011 4:31:59 PM

Now not to sound like a complete noob but what are the difference between a PCI Express x16 2.1 and express x16...and will a 2.1 work
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February 23, 2011 4:32:38 PM

yes go with atleast 550w power supply from a brand like corsair to run that hd 5870.
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February 23, 2011 4:33:24 PM

pci express is backwards compatible no problem there.
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February 23, 2011 4:34:36 PM

ssantmyers said:
Now not to sound like a complete noob but what are the difference between a PCI Express x16 2.1 and express x16...and will a 2.1 work


What motherboard do you have?

Run CPU-Z if you're unsure, check the "Mainboard" tab and let us know the model.

EDIT: Although yes, if you have 2.1, it's fine.
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February 23, 2011 4:35:11 PM

O.k. Cool. So just for clarification. on the 5770 that I posted earlier...is that just too much for my screen basically...I only ask because that it was someone else recommended and looking at stats n comparing it seems pretty much same as the 5870 that was posted

Again I apologize I just want to make the best choice
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February 23, 2011 4:36:59 PM

Motherboard = M2N78-LA (Violet)
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February 23, 2011 4:44:00 PM

the 5870 is a much better card over the 5770 but for what you are doing on it i would think the 5770 would do well for you
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February 23, 2011 4:45:52 PM

Ok..I have no problem spending 200 on a card I just want to make sure its the best that I can get for what my computer will hold that is all that matters to me...
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February 23, 2011 4:49:03 PM

for almost any card you get you will need a new psu and if you get a 5870 for under 200 and dont mind spending that much go for it you pc will last longer with out needing a upgrade and right now you will have a great time playing games and watching movies on a great card
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February 23, 2011 4:50:02 PM

will a 550 work I dont need to go too something like an 800 do i
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February 23, 2011 4:55:52 PM

yes that would work the minimum for the 5870 is 500w just check to see if i comes with 2 pice 6pin power connectors for the card also having 1 good 12v rail in the psu with good amps is a must if you are going to get that close to to the minimum
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February 23, 2011 4:55:53 PM

Ok so if I combined the Radeon 5870...or the asus 5770 which ever with a CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W


that should provide the boost I am looking for if I am comprehending everything you guys are telling me
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February 23, 2011 4:57:57 PM

yes that should be fine
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February 23, 2011 5:01:50 PM

Now I know this isnt the right thread but one last question...does the fact that im running a 2.2 pose any problems even though it is a quad core..the cpu is fast enough to handle the demands?
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February 23, 2011 5:06:28 PM

yes you are fine 2.2 times 4 = 8.8ghz :)  most games only need a dual core running 2.5ghz to run fine. also at the resolution you are running most of the stress is on the gpu not the cpu so you should be fine. one last thought is that you could always get a nice cpu cooler and over clock if you feel you need a bit more power
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February 23, 2011 5:13:14 PM

Ok sounds great...the combined 350 was abit more then I intended but if its an upgrade thats not gonna flake out on me in the near future I can deal

Thanks for all the help :) 
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February 23, 2011 5:16:19 PM

no prob good luck
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