Ideal gfx upgrade to play swtor

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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  1. we need to know your power supply wattage rating
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. Hey joe, check this out:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130660
    or if your a AMD person, a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521
    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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. There is a few Gateway 4860 types. Better change the PSU and buy an 6850.
  8. 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
  9. for you it will be better to get both psu and gpu in that budget.

    for psu.:- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096 sesaonic s12 620w best quality psu for its price.

    for gpu.:- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    sapphire hd 6850 its one of the best gpu for its price and performs over the price.
  10. thanks for all the responses , you guys have been very helpful :D
  11. Get a new PSU and get a 6770. Solid lower end card and with a PSU would come in under $200.
  12. in that budget hd 6770 will not be an good choice you can get hd 6850 which is more powerful and better then hd 6770.

    sapphire hd 6850 review.

    http://www.fudzilla.com/reviews/item/21971-sapphire-hd-6850-reviewed/21971-sapphire-hd-6850-reviewed?start=4
  13. 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
  14. For 720p 6850 will work great ~$120(272Watts under load) and also 6770(260W under load) ~$80
    When it comes to your PSU perhaps it you should get better one at least 500W.
    So I would suggest this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    good luck
  15. 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
  16. 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=N82E16817371033

    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.
  17. 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
  18. 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=N82E16817371034

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

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

    as already mentioned:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    and here are a couple more:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371051

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028&cm_sp=Cat_Power_Supplies-_-Spotlight-_-17-139-028

    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)
  19. 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 :)
  20. 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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