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Help with upgrading my desktop?

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December 30, 2011 9:21:04 PM

I'm hoping to replace the GPU in my computer with something better..and my budget is around $150.00. The graphics card I currently have can play a handful of games very well, but not as well as I would like. It may sound picky, but I'm very particular when it comes to overall performance. Here are my desktop's specs:

VISION A6 Technology by AMD
AMD Quad-Core A6-3600 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon HD 6350D graphics
Features a 4.0 GT/sec. HT3 system bus.
6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM
For multitasking power, expandable to 16GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media; also supports DVD-RAM.
4MB L2 cache
For efficient system processing.
1TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
AMD Radeon HD 6350D graphics
Feature up to 3065MB total video memory for lush images.
Multidisplay capable.
**I'm also pretty sure that it has a 300W power supply.

I'm also looking for a graphics card that is COMPATIBLE with my desktop, preferably NVIDIA or AMD/ATI to save me some money. Thanks!

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a c 198 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 9:52:21 PM

With 300W the best you could possibly get is a Radeon 5670 or a 6670. They both offer the best price/performance ratio and do not require an external power connector. I have used these cards in the past on 300W generic power supplies and they worked great. You might even be able to take advantage of Hybrid Crossfire, which switched back to the integrated graphics for energy efficiency.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 10:03:35 PM

It would be helpful if you listed the brand and model of the computer that you have so I can see what the motherboard is to make sure you have an available X16 slot for a video card. The intergrated graphics on that cpu will work together with a seperate video card from AMD to help with the performance. If you have a full X16 slot free on the motherboard then you could get this AMD video card;

ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
$159.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You do have to use an AMD video card to take advantage of the combining the intergrated graphics with the discrete card.
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a c 92 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 10:12:03 PM

get a 6570 or a 6670 and run it in crossfire with the onboard, you'd need to buy a new psu if you want to do anything better.

also asymmetrical crossfire with the apu will not work with higher video cards than the 6670.
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a c 254 U Graphics card
December 30, 2011 10:24:13 PM

ASUS EAH6770/DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$119.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$99.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are two other cards that I found that could be compatable with your system. The thing is that you are going to have to get a larger psu , the one you have will not be able to power any of the cards that I listed.

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$69.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $49.99 and free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is on sale with a rebate that ends up costing $50 so it would be a good choice to go ahead and get a power supply that will handle a good video card , because otherwise the video cards that work on a 300w psu are not very good at all.
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