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Upgrading system for budget gaming, need advice

Hello, I've been upgrading parts in my PC whenever I've had the available funds to do so and I am nearly done, last parts to choose are PSU + GPU. I have browsed and read many reviews and articles and am still unclear about what the best choice will be for my setup and would love some help.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:November 28th - December 1st. BUDGET RANGE: USD $100-120 Before Rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Skyrim, Witcher II, Dragon Age O + II, GTA 4, HOM&M 6, Guild Wars 2 when its released, LoTRO Dead Island) Movies.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: NVIDIA EVGA 8400 GS 512MB, Compaq's stock 250W Bestec PSU (Again I am upgrading both PSU + GPU, do not plan to keep the 250w.)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU>AMD Athlon II x4 645 Propus 3.1ghz 95W, MOBO>Biostar A880G+ Micro ATX , RAM> Team-Elite 2x 2GB DDR3 PC3-10700(667 mhz).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Amazon, I like the free shipping.

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A

OVERCLOCKING: N/A or maybe just a moderate amount if it is safe. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not at this time.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768; This is the main cause of my indecision on a GPU, I have only a 17" CRT Monitor, I have concerns that If I were to purchase a more powerful GPU that the improvements would be lost on me with this monitor. However, even if that is true, due to my budget I intend to upgrade the monitor at a later time, it is not my greatest concern.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Again, I am looking for a GPU+PSU combo for my $100-$120 total budget, I will only be using 1024x768 res on a CRT monitor.

Thanks for any help!
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    Tough on that budget. If you get a new PSU the GPU is handicapped, and vice versa. With your PSU I'd upgrade now and buy a GPU when I have funds.

    This PSU would be good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    This GPU with the rebate if you need it now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150535
  2. My advice would be to upgrade your monitor now.

    17", cmon man. You can get a 22" for like $130. I upgraded from a 19" to a 22" about 3yrs ago and it was like night and day. You'll drool for days.

    I couldn't imagine what a 17" to a 22" would be like.
  3. chesteracorgi said:
    Tough on that budget. If you get a new PSU the GPU is handicapped, and vice versa. With your PSU I'd upgrade now and buy a GPU when I have funds.

    This PSU would be good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

    This GPU with the rebate if you need it now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150535



    Thanks for your response. I was actually looking at a 5670 myself, my plan before double guessing myself and posting here was to pick this GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141117 and
    this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031. This combo comes in at $119.99 which is the max of my current budjet, what do you think about that?

    From what I read I had wanted to pick a GPU that had DDR5 and also it is PCI-E 2.0 which is what is on my Mobo, not sure if that is a major issue or not though.
  4. geekapproved said:
    My advice would be to upgrade your monitor now.

    17", cmon man. You can get a 22" for like $130. I upgraded from a 19" to a 22" about 3yrs ago and it was like night and day. You'll drool for days.

    I couldn't imagine what a 17" to a 22" would be like.



    Ya It will be awesome when I do finally upgrade my monitor I'm sure. I have a really fixed budjet and although a new monitor would be badass I have to wait on it. The 8400 GS that I am using now is horrible for gaming and in general, it would not do the new monitor justice. Also my current PSU is dangerously underpowered.

    Trust me I won't put off a new monitor longer than I have too=)
  5. new egg has 620 watt antec on shellshocker for 35 bucks thats 80 plus.

    and get a hd5770 best bang for your buck right now.

    i got a used one for sale.. pm me if interested.
    i upgraded to a gtx 580 so its just sitting there.
  6. Best answer selected by andyse7en.
  7. HD4890 for $70;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103194
    Well over twice as powerful as the the HD5670 linked in the best answer you chose.
  8. jyjjy said:
    HD4890 for $70;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103194
    Well over twice as powerful as the the HD5670 linked in the best answer you chose.



    Thanks for this find! I hadn't ordered yet and I am glad that I didn't. This is $10.00 cheaper than what I was planning to buy (the biostar ddr5 1gb 128-bit HD 5670) and has +75mhz core speed and is 256 bit. From what I was reading, I should be able to OC this to 1ghz core speed because of the 2x 75w 6-pins, does that sound right to you?

    Updated my PSU choice to one that has the 2x 6 pins as well, still coming in under my budget, this is really alot better than I expected for what I can spend.
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