Hi, im new to the forums and I was wondering if someone could help me out with choosing a good video card that will be able to run games on high settings (such as left 4 dead2). I don't know that much about video card specs so any help would be very appreciated. I'll post my computer specs below:
my monitor resolution is 1600x900. I think the power supply is 280W which is really low right? So i'm assuming I'd have to buy a new power supply..my budget for the card is below 100$ and whatever power supply is needed with it ill have to buy. but for the card itself no more than 100 dollars(hopefully a good amount below).
the gtx 260 seems really good from the reviews and comparisons i found online. Thanks for all the help everyone I think i'll go with the psu recommended and the gtx260. My only other concern is installation. I have no idea how to install either the power supply or the card and ive never actually opened my tower before. I'm wondering if I could call best buy or comp usa and have them install them for a price. How easy is it to install them myself?
The chain stores will rape you for simple computer tasks. Just look on youtube like purple suggested. Installing a psu can take a bit of time because it involves disconnecting/reconnecting a lot of cables but it's nothing particularly hard.
All your doing is adding a GPU to the current system so it shouldn't be to difficult.So what I suggest doing is taking the cover off of the case and studying all of the cables and connectors.Look at where their all connected and to.Take pictures if you feel it would help you.Everything should connect and look the same way with the new PSU as it did on the old PSU the only thing you will have to do differently is connect the PCI-Express power connectors to the card how many you need to connect to the card will differ as the 6770/5770 only requires 1 while the GTX260 requires 2.
And if you plan on getting that Antec 380 watt linked above you will need a molex adapter for the GTX260 because that 380 watt only comes with 1 PCI-Express connector.