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February 7, 2012 12:27:12 PM

Hello,
well my parents got me a desktop , Gateway 4860, and currently it handles swtor with not lag and i play the game prefectly with not lag or choppiness but i want to play the game on high setting , what gfx could you guys recommend for this desktop ? thanks in advance and my budget is around $200

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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 12:32:58 PM

we need to know your power supply wattage rating
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February 7, 2012 12:38:18 PM

alvine said:
we need to know your power supply wattage rating


i googled it and is says this Maximum Power Supply Wattage 300 W, unless theres a particular place in the pc that will have this info
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 12:38:23 PM

While it may put you slightly over budget, the best bang for your buck is an HD 6870. That will allow you to play at maximum settings @ 1080p with no lag. What may put it over your budget is a good 400w+ PSU to replace your current one.

2 questions: what resolution is your monitor, and what CPU do you have?
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 12:41:14 PM

Hey joe, check this out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or if your a AMD person, a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
both will do nicely. oops. forgot. your probably not gonna change the PSU. So a lower watt GPU is recommended. AMD is the way to go for Low watt GPU's
I would look up one of the 6670 series. But i highly recommend getting a litte more power anyways. makes you future proof
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 12:41:45 PM

joecan said:
i googled it and is says this Maximum Power Supply Wattage 300 W, unless theres a particular place in the pc that will have this info


for that hd 6670 and above that will be riskier.
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February 7, 2012 12:43:53 PM

jessterman21 said:
While it may put you slightly over budget, the best bang for your buck is an HD 6870. That will allow you to play at maximum settings @ 1080p with no lag. What may put it over your budget is a good 400w+ PSU to replace your current one.

2 questions: what resolution is your monitor, and what CPU do you have?


for monitor im using my hdtv , which is a samsung 720p using 1360x768 resolution
cpu is I3 -2100 3.10 ghz
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 12:43:54 PM

There is a few Gateway 4860 types. Better change the PSU and buy an 6850.
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February 7, 2012 12:49:32 PM

sosofm said:
There is a few Gateway 4860 types. Better change the PSU and buy an 6850.

sorry to sound like a noob :/  but is there a command that will show me all the pc info , like power supply , cpu , gfx info , because im looking at the manual and nothing and there's a sticker outside the pc and it reads exactly as follow:

gateway model DX4860
rating 100-127/220-240Vac 6/3.15A(6/3.15A) 60/50 Hz
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February 7, 2012 12:57:11 PM

thanks for all the responses , you guys have been very helpful :D 
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 12:59:46 PM

Get a new PSU and get a 6770. Solid lower end card and with a PSU would come in under $200.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 2:11:10 PM

type dxdiag in run and hit enter, this will not give you psu info but just about everything else, personally Id buy a reliable PSU and get a 6870, but honestly # ~720p even a 6870 will be a bit overkill imo, even a 6770 would fair well at that res imo...

I have a backup rig with a oc'ed amd quad and a 5770 (6770) and it is a great performer at 720p
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February 7, 2012 3:04:13 PM

I would first upgrade the PSU as mentioned. I dont trust stock psu because they go cheaper alot of times and I learned my lesson not to go cheap on a PSU, but thats not saying you have to spend alot.. I found a Corsair 750 watt enthusiast for $95 new. Seasonic makes PSU for Corsair so Seasonic are good. A psu is going to lose wattage over time, up to 30% if your juicing it all the time over a few years, so I suggest going with more than you need.

If you are playing SWTOR, like any mmo, you do not need a very good card. I played SWTOR and WoW both in ultra with two Geforce 9800 GTX+ cards and pretty much had no problems at all.

That is the equivalent from what I have seen of 1 Geforce 550Ti which are selling for as cheap as $120 after rebate at a local Fry's if you want to get going fast.

You have Guild Wars 2 coming out at end of the year and do not know the specs, but probably will not be much different.

I just got a Geforce GTX 560 which is about $175 after rebate, but is a major jump in performance from the 550Ti. I saw framerate go up about 25% in SWTOR, and my computer buddies run all their games on ultra with a GTX 560 with no problems. Personally, I am thinking the GTX 560 is a bit of overkill, for mmos even, but there are more knowledgable people than me
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 3:14:37 PM

vrumor said:
Get a new PSU and get a 6770. Solid lower end card and with a PSU would come in under $200.

+1

An HD 6770 is perfect for 720p, and your CPU is definitely strong enough for any game. With the cheaper GPU (that $135 HD 6850 sure is tempting, though), you can get a lower-wattage PSU, like:

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

I'd say with your budget, get the Sapphire HD 6850 and the Earthwatts 380, you won't be disappointed. Also don't let any naysayers tell you that's not enough wattage. That PSU is very capable. Could handle a 125w CPU + a 150w GPU without breaking a sweat, and your system will draw much less than that.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 3:24:59 PM

angry12345 said:
I would first upgrade the PSU as mentioned. I dont trust stock psu because they go cheaper alot of times and I learned my lesson not to go cheap on a PSU, but thats not saying you have to spend alot.. I found a Corsair 750 watt enthusiast for $95 new. Seasonic makes PSU for Corsair so Seasonic are good. A psu is going to lose wattage over time, up to 30% if your juicing it all the time over a few years, so I suggest going with more than you need.

If you are playing SWTOR, like any mmo, you do not need a very good card. I played SWTOR and WoW both in ultra with two Geforce 9800 GTX+ cards and pretty much had no problems at all.

That is the equivalent from what I have seen of 1 Geforce 550Ti which are selling for as cheap as $120 after rebate at a local Fry's if you want to get going fast.

You have Guild Wars 2 coming out at end of the year and do not know the specs, but probably will not be much different.

I just got a Geforce GTX 560 which is about $175 after rebate, but is a major jump in performance from the 550Ti. I saw framerate go up about 25% in SWTOR, and my computer buddies run all their games on ultra with a GTX 560 with no problems. Personally, I am thinking the GTX 560 is a bit of overkill, for mmos even, but there are more knowledgable people than me


+1 agreed, you make some good points here, many games are just not that demanding, especially at 720p Id say 9800gtx+ SLi is more comparable to a gtx 470/560 but either way its still a darn powerful combo for medium/high gaming today
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 3:27:17 PM

yeah plus if you get a 6850 or a 6770 you can run it on this psu instead of spending a hundo... yep thats about 28 amps on the 12v rails I have this in a backup rig running an oced amd quad and a 6850 without issue::

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

I have the 380w model which is basically the same btw, here is it:

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

there is def better deals on psus but here are some other recs:

as already mentioned:

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

and here are a couple more:

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

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

the cx are the low end but this is still a decent deal too, just depends on how much you want to spend but with the 750w units you give yourself headroom for potential Xfire or SLi setups



check this out although if you intend on going for more powerful gpus in the future id probably just grab a tx750w or seasonic equivalent, heck my xfx 650w psu runs the rig in my sig (gtx560 SLi and an oc'ed 2500k)
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February 7, 2012 3:45:22 PM

thanks for all the info , budget wise , i can go for more , but then i get the weird stares from the wife as far as justifying spending money for gaming lol, and im not really looking for something extremely powerful just something that will let me run SWTOR on max setting , since i usually tend to stick with one game for a long time , been playing LOTRO since beta and just now switching to SWTOR, again thanks for all the info and replies :) 
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 4:02:55 PM

joecan said:
thanks for all the info , budget wise , i can go for more , but then i get the weird stares from the wife as far as justifying spending money for gaming lol, and im not really looking for something extremely powerful just something that will let me run SWTOR on max setting , since i usually tend to stick with one game for a long time , been playing LOTRO since beta and just now switching to SWTOR, again thanks for all the info and replies :) 

Haha, I love/hate those weird stares! Promised my wife that I wouldn't spend any more on my computer for at least a year. Then I'm upgrading to a Sandy/Ivy Bridge i3 build.
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