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Is an upgrade worth it?

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November 22, 2011 5:23:56 PM

Hello. I've been considering updating my graphics card, but I'm not sure if it will be worth it.

I was just looking for some advice.

My PC is around 2 years old, I got it in late 2009.

My specs:

AMD Phenom II X2 Dual Core 550 3.1Ghz
Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3P Motherboard
8GB 800Mhz DDR2 RAM
XFX Radeon HD 4650 1GB PCI-E
640GB SATA II Hard Drive + 1TB External Hard Drive
LG Bluray Drive
ISO 480-PP Power Supply (420 watts I think)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'm using a widescreen monitor.. running in 1600x900

I know that this setup is outdated, obviously there's Quad Core now and DDR3, etc.

It runs games at lower/medium settings, occassionly higher if it's an older game. It's struggling quite a lot on some of the latest titles.

many thanks

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a c 181 U Graphics card
November 22, 2011 11:32:39 PM

upgrade to a Radeon 6770 or a 6850 low profile card the xfx. 400w should power the 6770 but not sure about the 6850. Google the xfx 4650 and check out some of the sites. just make sure that your power supply will power what type of card you want. It also depends on how much you want to spend on the upgrade.

One more thing I prefer the Nvidia cards myself. The GTX 460 would work good for you also but it is not as good as the 6850. Toms hardwear has a site to compare GPU's.

I am still learning how to post web links here. You will just have to serch unless somebody else could show you where to look. I am still trying to copy a thread and repost to a new thread.
a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2011 11:48:34 PM

Your power supply only has 18amp on the 12v line.
Not a good thing.
You will need to upgrade it for a stronger card.
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a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2011 11:59:34 PM

I rather recommend you upgrade to "Windows XP 32-Bit... Windows 7 uses too much resource even Windows Aero uses some of your system resource such as graphic VRAM around 90MB...

Best option for now is sell that computer for around $200-$300 and buy an AMD Phenom II X4 with 8GB DDR3 1600MHz and a 600w PSU from antec or corsair...
November 23, 2011 1:01:51 AM

many thanks for the replies.

I prefer the ATI cards as they're usually cheaper than Nvidia. I didn't know about needing to upgrade the power supply as well.

Is there a considerable difference between the 6770 and 4650? would I need a new power supply?

I think I might stick with what I have for a while longer.

!