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March 18, 2012 7:58:32 PM

I'm looking to upgrade my current video card. I have a very budget computer (Specs to follow). Being that I have a generic 420watt PSU I think it would be best if I got a card that could be fed via the PCI-e slot without needing a connection directly to the PSU. My current PSU doesn't have a connector for a video card anyhow.

AMD 5050e 2.6GHZ Dual Core
4 GB GSkill DDR2 (400Mhz)
500 GB WD HDD
Biostar TF720+ mobo
Raidmax Scorpio Case (420w PSU)
Radeon HD 4650 (512mb)

I want to be able to run Borderlands 2 with decent settings this fall. I would prefer 1920*1080 with lower settings then a lesser resolution with higher settings. The Radeon HD7750 is to the best of my knowledge the best card that can be run without drawing power directly from the PSU. It seems like that would be my best option. According to the Best Graphics for the Money this month, getting any version of the HD7750 is going to be six steps higher then where I am now. Newegg has 3 cards listed for the same price

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

I can't really tell anything different between them. The HIS has a higher Effective Memory Clock while the Gigabyte has a higher core clock. Both of those lead me to believe that something is overclocked. The Sapphire is the only one that takes up 2 slots. I have the space for it, and I am tempted to say that it should cool better as it uses the second slot for exhaust. Is there any real difference between the cards? I'd like to purchase the card within a week or so. Is one of the cards a better buy then the others, and if so, why? Thanks a lot guys and gals.

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a c 85 U Graphics card
March 18, 2012 8:08:52 PM

the his is faster but they naerly have the same specs use that to compare both card http://www.gpureview.com/
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 18, 2012 8:28:49 PM

I'm only seeing one card in that link.

What is your budget?

Your PSU can support a 7770(with a molex adapter).But I wouldn't suggest going any higher because it will likely get bottlenecked.

The stock clocks for the 7750 is 800mhz core and 1125mhz memory.Both of those cards are O.C.'d.Honestly it the O.C. part doesn't really matter because you can O.C. to those speeds yourself.And in reality those clocks will only net you abgout a 1-5fps gain.

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March 18, 2012 8:44:51 PM

The 7750s all are priced at 109.99 + 6.98 shipping. Ideally I wouldn't spend more then 125.00 total for the card including shipping. I hesitate to get anything more then the 7750 as I have a generic PSU that came with my case
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 18, 2012 8:57:42 PM

Even if it's only capable of putting out 300 watts that's fine.The 7770 consumes about 80 watts.With your 45 watt processor your entire PC isn't consuming more than 200 watts.

Anyway if you must go for thr 7750 I suggest going for the Sapphire card.It has the external exhaust and Sapphire makes good cards.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 18, 2012 10:42:00 PM

I was going to add that with such a low TDP card the external exhaust doesn't really matter but I decided not to.Really theirs nothing special about one card from the next with a low end card.They are all mostly the same hardware wise.Just depends which company has a better rep.
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March 26, 2012 12:06:20 AM

I ended up going with the Sapphire card. I've already installed it. I'm liking it thus far. Thanks all
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 26, 2012 1:44:11 AM

Good for you.

Your welcome.
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