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Finally upgrading from integrated graphics! Recs?

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November 17, 2011 3:15:27 PM

Hi there~

Long time lurker finally on the path to better graphics here! I've had this PC for about a year and just haven't been able to afford anything but my dear mother has offered to get me one for Christmas. Woohoo!

Here's what I've got:

Acer Aspire AM3300-U1332 with a monitor resolution of 1600x900

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 810(2.60GHz)
Memory: 6 GB DDR3
HDD: 1TB
VGA: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Integrated
Power: 300w

I also have a Corsair 650w PSU that is still new in box that I have yet to shove in this one (Assuming I can! It was purchased to 'fix' an older system but it was fried in too many other areas already).

I'd like to keep the budget below or around $100.

I'm not a hardcore gamer but I do appreciate pretty graphics. Sims 3, Aion, and Skyrim are some of the more graphics-hoggy games I've got on here. They can run, just slowly and with really low settings.

Any suggestions would be uber appreciated! I was leaning towards a Radeon HD 5670 but wasn't sure if that was my best option. Thanks muchly!

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November 17, 2011 3:25:40 PM

AMD GPUs have the advantage of good power for the price. Thus, the 5670 is a decent card for your budget. If you want fancy graphics, then you might want to consider getting a 5770 or something. It's over your budget, but you might be able to find a special or something where you can get it within your budget.
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November 17, 2011 3:32:42 PM

A power supply model would be appreciated. Otherwise here are your two best bets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GT440 1GB GDDR5 (will be more than enough for all games at low settings and 1280x720)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HD5670 1GB DDR5 (also good enough for new games with low graphics and 1280x720)

BUT For your system I would recommend something along the lines of these two cards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GTS450 1GB GDDR5 ( A true gaming graphics card, capable of maxing most games out with your resolution.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HD5770 1GB GGDR5 (also a trooper that will max most games out with that resolution.)
Both of the cards I recommend ar the same price and perform very similar. HD5770 is above with maybe about 5%. But for future reference I recommend the GTS450 since nVidia tend to be more popular among game developers.
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November 24, 2011 1:03:21 PM

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