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Upgrading from ATI HD 4650 1Gb

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August 23, 2011 10:55:31 AM

Okay my issue is that I would like to upgrade for Battlefield 3 and my current set up is even unable to run BC2 properly (I have to run it windowed and at low settings).
I hope to achieve 1080x1920 res and more than medium settings but I am not too bothered about MSAA. I will only be upgrading my GPU and PSU and my budget is under £100. I have looked at Radeon HD 5770 1GB but I don't know whether this will be capable.

Current set up -
AMD Phenom X2 545 @ 3.0ghz
21.5" HP monitor
Windows 7 64 Bit Home Edition
ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB
(I will be upgrading PSU according to the choice of GPU)


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August 23, 2011 11:19:04 AM

Save up a little more and dump a 6950 in there. Will eat bf3 for breakfast.
August 23, 2011 11:29:33 AM

Don't think you'll be able to buy a decent psu and gpu for that price. A good psu goes for about 90 and a good gpu is about the same or more.
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August 23, 2011 11:32:01 AM

Wich psu you got now by the way ?
August 23, 2011 12:41:34 PM

It's a 405w Channel wells PSU, I think it's quite an obscure brand since I can't find any on the internets. It's pathetic so I have to upgrade that. Thanks for replying though (:
August 23, 2011 12:47:02 PM

I think the maximum I can spend is £150 on both components
August 23, 2011 1:14:47 PM

Your budget does not help nor does bloated and excessive UK prices :s
I suggest that you upgrade your psu first and try to find more money for later when it comes to the card. I am not so sure about the second hand market in the UK either but it is worth a shot if you can get something in good condition at a fair prices.
August 23, 2011 1:19:35 PM

For your investment of £150 you will find little change in the capability of your system. You will likely have to invest more in order to get the change you desire. Save up more cash and hope prices drop.
August 23, 2011 1:40:49 PM

nforce4max said:
No that is a generic brand and don't trust them.

K, so should I only go with Corsair and Coolermaster?
August 23, 2011 2:13:29 PM

Corsair is better, Coolermaster is also oke but not so with the lower priced stuff. Antec is also oke.
August 23, 2011 2:15:08 PM

Antec is also good but go with something that is worth your time. Choosing from a god brand is the first step then it is rating and quality is the next. Get a 80+ Bronze or Silver rated 500W or better psu. Those types of units are very reliable and come with energy saving features built in those reduce how much power is wasted during normal use.
August 23, 2011 2:37:42 PM

It is below Bronze rating but if that is what you can afford then go for it. The item is in retail packaging and is unopened.
August 23, 2011 3:04:40 PM

So the best bets for the gpu is the 6950?
I know that this supports stereoscopic 3d which I don't really want, so would this card almost be more expensive because of this unwanted feature?
August 23, 2011 3:16:57 PM

With your budget your options are very much limited but get a Good psu first then save up and consider a gpu upgrade later. 500w quality unit is enough for one 6950 but nothing more.