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GPU and PSU? Looking for upgrade to play upcoming games comfortably

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December 26, 2011 1:54:04 AM

Hello,

I was looking for some advice on which graphics card to buy. I mostly play MMO/fantasy type games on my computer. I currently play Skyrim, but it tends to freeze up my computer so that I have to do a hard reset. Honestly, I'm not even sure it's my graphics card that is causing this problem, but I'd like to upgrade for future use anyways. Other games I would like it to handle would be games like the new Star Wars MMO, and other upcoming MMO's such as Guild Wars 2. Playing Skyrim on High settings would work for me for the moment though.


Here are my current system specs. I'm not an expert so let me know if I need to supply more info:

ACPIx64 based PC

8GB DDR3

1TB hard drive

Processor : Intel core i7 CPU 860@2.80Ghz 2.8Ghz

OS: Windows 7 64bit

Current GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT230

PSU: 350W power supply


Also, it would be helpful to know what card I could put in here where it would start to bottleneck. Like at what card would it start to outdo my current system. I'm also open to upgrading PSU if that is what is holding me back.



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December 26, 2011 3:49:21 AM

What's the budget?

Here is a list of budget you will look at:

$200 w/o shipping = GPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $150
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45

$350 w/o shipping = GPU:
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $90
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $240

Higher than that the CPU would bottleneck. And Also Quick! Most of them are on discount currently!!!
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December 26, 2011 4:07:08 AM

Hehe, the budget is basically whatever I can convince the wife isn't too crazy to spend on my gaming needs :) 

Personally, I'm gonna shoot for the higher end I think so I can max out the usefulness of what I currently own. I would say that $300 is probably the top end of what I'm willing to spend.

If the PSU and GPU are the only real things holding me back from being set for awhile I'll possibly go with an option similar to #2.


Btw, thanks for the reply
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a c 175 U Graphics card
December 26, 2011 4:19:46 AM

Welcome, Have a good Day :) 
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