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GPU upgrade recommendation for Gateway DX4860-UR20P

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November 4, 2011 6:31:03 AM

Hey guys, I recently purchased a Gateway DX4860-UR20P,
I really want to upgrade my graphics card. It currently has Intel HD Graphics 2000 (I haven't upgraded anything inside yet). There are some good games that are out that I want to play (BF3 for one).

I am mostly going to use it to play Battlefield 3 (and future proofing if it can be done).
I will be using a LG IPS231P-BN 23" IPS Monitor 1920 x 1080.
Can anybody recommend a specific brand that will work with my rig?
My budget will be around $250-300.
Thanks in advance guys.

Here are some info on the Gateway DX4860-UR20P:

Processor 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-2300
Cache L3: 6MB
System Bus 5GT/s
Memory Slots: 4x DIMM
Type: DDR3
Installed: 6GB (3x 2GB)
Capacity: 16GB
Graphics Display Intel HD Graphics 2000
Storage and Expansion
Hard Drive Bays: 1x
Installed: 1.5TB (Variable Rotation Speed)
Type: SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner

Reads
DVD: 16x
CD: 40x

Writes
DVD-R: 16x
DVD-RW: 6x
DVD-R DL: 8x
DVD+R: 16x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD+R DL: 8x
DVD-RAM: 5x
CD-R: 48x
CD-RW: 32x
Bay Expansion 2x Internal 3.5" (1x Occupied, 1x Available)
2x External 5.25" (1x Occupied, 1x Available)
PCI Expansion 1x PCI Express x16 (1x Available)
3x PCI Express x1 (1x Occupied, 2x Available)
Input/Output
Ports 10x USB 2.0 (2x Front, 2x Top, 6x Rear)

2x PS/2
Storage None
Display 1x VGA
1x HDMI
Video 1x HDMI (only one HDMI port)
Audio 1x 1/8" Headphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Mic-In
3x 1/8" (3.5mm) 5.1 Output
Memory Card Slot Multi-in-1 card reader supports CompactFlash (Type I and II), CF+ Microdrive, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC), Secure Digital (SD), xD-Picture Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
Communications
Wired 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wireless 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi
General
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Electrical Requirements AC: 100-240VAC
Consumption: 300W
Environmental Requirements Not specified by the manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.09 x 14.21 x 15.07" / 18 x 36.09 x 38.27cm
Weight 23 lb / 10.4kg
a c 109 U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 7:09:48 AM

everything should work as long as your psu and case can fit the card.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 9:33:38 AM

http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/PT.GCCP2.0...
Is that your PC? It only has 300W PSU, so you're stuck with low end gpu like GT240, HD5670 or something that doesn't need an extra 6pin power connector.
Surely GT240 and HD5670 won't give you anything if you play at 1920 x 1080. You must get higher card to play BF3 at 1920 x 1080 with decent setting... :) 
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November 4, 2011 1:46:41 PM

amuffin said:
everything should work as long as your psu and case can fit the card.

Thanks for the reply, but how would one know which will fit ? Is it just trial and error? If so that will be a pain in the butt
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November 4, 2011 1:49:30 PM

wa1 said:
http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/PT.GCCP2.0...
Is that your PC? It only has 300W PSU, so you're stuck with low end gpu like GT240, HD5670 or something that doesn't need an extra 6pin power connector.
Surely GT240 and HD5670 won't give you anything if you play at 1920 x 1080. You must get higher card to play BF3 at 1920 x 1080 with decent setting... :) 

Thanks for the quick reply and you are correct sir, that is my pc. I am willing to upgrade my PSU, but I just need some guidance as to which one will work with my set up.... How would I know which PSU to get for my PC? I have read and searched but to no avail.... Thanks again.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
November 4, 2011 3:24:06 PM

You really get a PSU based on what GPU you get. If you want to play BF3, you are going to want something like a GTX560 or Radeon 6950. The rest of your system checks ouut fine. To run something like a 6950 or 560, you will need a GOOD NON-GENERIC 500-600w PSU. Corsair and Thermaltake are examples. Generally the good ones are going to sell more, so when looking, you can sort by that.
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November 4, 2011 7:57:14 PM

Thanks for the quick replies guys.... I looked at all of your recommendations and they seem great but I have one concern. Will they fit on my pc? I mean are the psu all the same sizes? Do they come with kits to make installation compatible? I have the same concern for the gpu as well.... Sorry for the questions but I just want to know before I commit and make the purchase.... Thanks guys.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
November 5, 2011 9:10:51 AM

use a ruler ;-)
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