Hi all, so recently I purchased a computer from HP (specs below) and at the time I didn't know that I wanted to game with it. Now I'm not looking for super performance but I want to get good performance from games like Battlefield Bad Company 2 and the upcoming Battlefield 3. Currently my graphics card, does run BF but at a meager 30 or so fps. I currently have a 300 watt power supply and want to upgrade it to a 600 watt power supply: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Memory-Compatible-Certifi....
I'm torn with what graphics card I should get. I'm not interested in high end cards as much as just a "good enough" card to run games at a reasonably good frame rate and resolution so I am looking at the following card:
So my question is, is it as simple as swapping out my current power supply and throwing in a new card, or am I just showing my ignorance as it relates to computer hardware? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Are my choices good ones or are there better options for me?
My PC specs are as follows:
Intel Core i5 CPU 760 @2.80GHZ
6 GB (3 x 2 GB) DDR3 PC3-10600
1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3G
GeForce GT420 (2 GB)
Motherboard: MSI MS-7613
power supply 300 watt
you dont need a 600w psu to run a 6850. a good 450w unit from antec, seasonic, ocz or corsair is more than enough with some headroom to not be pushing it too hard. Just make sure there is Physically enough room in the case to fit the gfx card and psu. Some video cards are quite long. There are some shorter length 6850's available. I would also advise against Sapphire cards, apparently warranty support is horribble. http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Eyefinity-Display-Express-H68... this HIS unit is much better, HIS are much more reputable. Also make sure your case has at least 1 decent exhaust fan to remove all the hot air.