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Upgrading My Graphics Card Need Assistance!

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August 12, 2011 5:24:13 AM


Hey guys I'm thinking of upgrading my gaming computer so here i am!!! Need a bit of help tho if you didn't notice.

What I need help with is related to upgrading my computers graphics card.

Here it is:

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

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I was told that some computers dont take certain graphics cards???(Not sure To be honest)
Also not sure if ill have enough wattage or power supply to support it. Ummm Also saw in the reviews that it doesnt fit in some desktop towers? How can i tell???

My computer specs are:

Prcessor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 B55 Processor 3.20Ghz
Installed Memory(Ram): 4.00GB (3.75 GB usable) <--Upgraded a week ago ;3
Windows 7 64-bit
My screen is a 19inch non widescreen sony piece of doodoo > Upgrading next
Power Supply 500W
Display adapter: ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics
Not sure what my motherboard is :/  If thats needed or not.

Help will be greatly appreciated!

Also is 500w good enough? Or do i need to upgrade?
August 12, 2011 6:04:12 AM

:/  knowone knowsssssssssssssssssss
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August 12, 2011 6:07:58 AM

I recon the better GPU in that budget range would be the Radeon 5770.
A 500w PSU should be enough, just make sure it has good quality.
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 12, 2011 4:31:48 PM

I say get a 5770 (aka 6770) instead.
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August 12, 2011 5:38:47 PM

zhongyan said:
I recon the better GPU in that budget range would be the Radeon 5770.
A 500w PSU should be enough, just make sure it has good quality.
Has good quality?
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August 12, 2011 5:41:41 PM

TBH I wanna keep with the Geforce GTS 450. Just because my friend has it and i feel safer in my mind because I've seen his computer function with it xD I have one more final question if you guys could help me out. I'm wondering if my connectors and such will be fine with the video card i linked up there or do i need to buy some??? And your sure 500W is good for that video card?? :p 
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 13, 2011 5:29:37 AM

A decent 500W is good enough for that video card but a 5770 would be faster and use less power. It's up to you though.
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August 13, 2011 2:32:37 PM

AustinFernandes said:
TBH I wanna keep with the Geforce GTS 450. Just because my friend has it and i feel safer in my mind because I've seen his computer function with it xD I have one more final question if you guys could help me out. I'm wondering if my connectors and such will be fine with the video card i linked up there or do i need to buy some??? And your sure 500W is good for that video card?? :p 


Whats your PSU Brand/Model?
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a c 620 U Graphics card
August 13, 2011 4:49:05 PM

If you are comfortable with your Nvidia card selection, and your friend is happy with his, then by all means stick with it. Don't be afraid to overclock the GTS 450. It has a lot of headroom for overclocking, and will deliver a decent boost.

Your PSU is plenty for that card.




If you wanted a higher performing alternative within that budget range, check out the GTX 550 Ti for the exact same price (after rebate):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 14, 2011 5:07:42 PM

Thanks guys this really helped alot :)  Will be coming back soon to tomshardware for all my computer needs. I thank you greatly ^.^
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