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Need help changing from a gt430

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February 6, 2012 3:50:43 PM

Hey guys, so i recently got a new desktop, but the graphic card is starting to annoy me. I wasn''t really into gaming when i first got it so I went with the gt 430 1Gb DDR3 and tbh it really sucks. I can barely get 50 fps in mw2 1920-1080 with everything turned off and I cant run skyrim at all in full HD with everything turned off and im really not going with anything lower than 1920-1080 because my monitor is kinda big and anything lower is just ugly.
So can you guys please recommend any better GPUs that would last me a while. I have a price budget of around 250-300 USD but Im guessing id have to upgrade the PSU too because its crap : /

I'll primarily use the card for some hardcore gaming, watching movies and the occasional photo editing.

Thanks for the help!

P.S, I currently have a Phenom II x4 and 4gigs of ram if it makes any difference xD

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February 6, 2012 5:01:20 PM

Hey thanks a lot for the replies, my current PSU is around 300W, sorry I can't find the exact number right now im not at home : / but it would be great if i could upgrade my GPU to something decent without needing to upgrade PSU. The gt 430 needs 300W recommended so I think I can manage something decent without upgrading the PSU, meh im not sure : /
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February 7, 2012 10:49:17 AM

Well you will not upgrade to something decent with just a 300W PSU, probably max is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which is probably not much more than your GT 430... maybe just 10%-20% increase. Now, it's maybe that you don't want to pay over $250, so what you can do is get a lower card and cheaper PSU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not much as future proof as the one before, but it should be enough for your games for a cheaper price.

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