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Need help uprgading my Graphic Card

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January 12, 2012 8:56:35 PM

I would like to upgrade the Graphic Card on my PC from a GeForce520 which doesn't seem to be performing very well when playing Games.

I currently have a 460W power supply (PSU ACBEL API5PC57) which I don't really want to have to upgrade too.

Unfortunately I'm clueless when it comes to Hardware so any helpful suggestions would be most welcome. :) 

Many Thanks

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January 12, 2012 9:13:09 PM

ummm... what MoBo and the slot type do you have....

That will help.
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January 12, 2012 9:25:43 PM

Hi :) 

Also what is your budget for a graphics card ??

All the best Brett :) 
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January 12, 2012 9:39:58 PM

This is the best single-GPU card on the market (that's in stock).

Diamond hd7970

We're going to need to know your budget and whether or not you have a PCIe motherboard to give a good recommendation, though.
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January 12, 2012 9:57:53 PM

hapkido said:
This is the best single-GPU card on the market (that's in stock).

Diamond hd7970

We're going to need to know your budget and whether or not you have a PCIe motherboard to give a good recommendation, though.

wow, lol, jumping straight to it eh?

OP - we need to see your full system specs to be able to help you properly
January 13, 2012 7:53:43 AM

Firstly many thx for the fast response to my question :) 

Quote:
ummm... what MoBo and the slot type do you have....


I'm not quite sure how to ascertain what kind of MoBo I have :(  However the slot type is PCI Express


Quote:
Also what is your budget for a graphics card ??


While the Diamond hd7970 looks very shiny it's a little over the budget. The whole machine cost around $1000 so I wouldn't really want to invest more than $200-300

Some other info if it helps:

The PC is a HP Pre Built

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2,66 GHz
Memory: 8GB RAM
GPU: GeForce GT520 (Originaly came with a GeForce GT230)
HD : 500gb Sata 7200 U/min
PSU: 460W PSU ACBEL API5PC57


Again many thanks in advance for your time and effort :) 
January 13, 2012 8:16:26 AM

maybe a gtx 560 or a 6870 in that case then also taking into consideration your psu. how many amps on the 12v rail ?
January 13, 2012 8:20:32 AM

Good graphics card uhave already But system slow in graphics,reason want more power so change psu into above 750W u get the speed
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January 13, 2012 10:44:49 AM

hitechgowthaman said:
Good graphics card uhave already But system slow in graphics,reason want more power so change psu into above 750W u get the speed

Do not listen to this - your gpu is definitely what is holding you back. I suggest as earlier said a 560 or 6870. Unless your psu is a good brand, and since you didn't specify ill assume.it isnt. Antech, corsair, and seasonic are the most reliable brands 500w or more if you upgrade your gpu. You may even can go with a 6770 if your current psu is quality with a 6 pin pcie connector. This would keep you from having to buy a new psu as well
January 13, 2012 9:38:05 PM

Yes I didnt quite understand the "change psu into above 750W post either"

However have just ordered a

GPU: ZOTAC GTX-560 Ti 448 Limited Edition, 1.28GB

&

PSU: Seasonic X-560 (SS-560KM) Gold

As I understand, that should do the job nicely. Once again thank you all very much for the effort and time you put into giving me advice. It's much appreciated. :)  :)  :) 
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January 14, 2012 1:42:23 AM

LittleLupo said:
Yes I didnt quite understand the "change psu into above 750W post either"

However have just ordered a

GPU: ZOTAC GTX-560 Ti 448 Limited Edition, 1.28GB

&

PSU: Seasonic X-560 (SS-560KM) Gold

As I understand, that should do the job nicely. Once again thank you all very much for the effort and time you put into giving me advice. It's much appreciated. :)  :)  :) 

Great choices! Have fun with your new card, you will love the difference
!