My friend has asked me for advice for getting a new GPU for his PC (he currently has a dell), since his integrated graphics arnt cutting it. He has a $350 budget for a new GPU and power supply. The main reason I am asking for advice is I am not sure what the most powerful GPU i can get will be without getting bottlenecked by the dual core processor, i believe its around 2.5GHZ but im not positive. If you guys could help me out id appreciate it
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 2 weeks
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: integrated graphics, 250w power supply
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Athlon II x2
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Microcenter, Newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1980x1020
The most powerful card without causing a bottleneck would be a 6670.Technically the 6670 should run on that 250watt PSU but it would be near max and since you have the cash you might as well upgrade the PSU for the future.
It's $380 in total and their's a $20 MIR on the GTX560 so then it comes to $360.All the items have Free Shipping so you don't pay any extra.
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I believe my friend has an Athlon II x2 3.1 GHZ, 4 GB DDR3 or DDR2 (Ill call him and ask right now) , motherboard unknown (probably asus or foxconn, its a standard dell mobo) 500gb sata 3gb/s drive no ssd, standard dell case and power supply @ 250w
If all you can choose from is within the free mobo bundle get the Phenon ii x4 965 and the Gigabyte combo.That Gigabyte board has an AM3+ socket so you can at least upgrade to a bulldozer CPU in the future.