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November 23, 2011 11:02:49 PM

Currently I am running a NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT [Display adapter], a card which is quickly getting outdated, and I am looking to upgrade to a card with better results for gaming.

Mainly I'm concerned about running games such as "The Old Republic" and "World of Warcraft" with better graphical detail and smoother gameplay on my 34 inch screen.

I'm looking for a graphics card that will be compatible with my Motherboard and will be worth the upgrade, I'm willing to spend around 140.00

Here's some information about my PC that might help you answer my question! I greatly appreciate your time.

Board: ASRock N68PV-GS
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. P1.30 01/08/2009


3.00 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X4 945

ATA Channel 0 [Controller] (2x)
ATA Channel 1 [Controller] (2x)
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (2x)

CVT LCD TV [Monitor] (39.7"vis, March 2010)

4gb of RAM

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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 11:21:29 PM

The AMD 6850 is probably what you might consider. It's nearly 20 times more powerful than your current card based on the gigaflops. If you can find a great Black Friday deal, consider the 6870 instead, of which is nearly 30 times more powerful. If you want to go the Nvidia route, then the 550 Ti or 560 are your best bet (the latter only if you can find a great deal).

However, what PSU do you have? If you have a weak PSU, you won't be able to get a significant upgrade. If your PSU has no PCI-express power connectors available or is below 30 amps or 400 watts for the +12V rail, you won't be able to run the higher end cards.
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 11:22:04 PM

You can put Radeon HD 6790 in that. But, we need to know your PSU make/model first.
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November 23, 2011 11:31:52 PM

Ok, Im pretty sure my PSU is 450-500watts but I will check real quick.
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November 23, 2011 11:37:55 PM

ok its 400watts max Rosewell PSU
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 12:09:56 AM

How many amps do you have on the +12V rail(s)? This will determine the most powerful card you can get. A 400W PSU likely only has 30 or so amps total (15 amps if it's a 2-rail PSU, of which will be much more limiting).
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 12:18:49 AM

Give us the actual model # of the power supply.
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November 24, 2011 12:21:15 AM

13 amps it looks like
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November 24, 2011 12:21:51 AM

therre are 2 12+ with 13 and 14 amps
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November 24, 2011 12:23:00 AM

I don't know where to find the model number
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November 24, 2011 12:44:28 AM

Rosewill lc8400btx Model No
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 24, 2011 1:08:25 AM

The most I would try on that is a HD6770. Or you could replace it with something better. This is a great deal;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want it you would need to buy it now or the sale will disappear.
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November 24, 2011 1:11:07 AM

If I was to get that, what could I buy around 120$??
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November 24, 2011 2:53:53 PM

Best answer selected by Teapole.
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