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Need help upgrading GT 230, $100 budget

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March 27, 2012 9:06:42 PM

APPROXIMATE DESKTOP (with old GPU) PURCHASE DATE: January 2011

BUDGET RANGE: ~$100 give or take (rebates are fine)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: VFX (After Effects), web browsing and watching HD movies, light MMORPG gaming (none at the moment..but looking forward to Blade & Soul Online).

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: nVidia GT 230, 350W power supply (don't know brand)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: MSI MS-7613 (Indio) motherboard, Intel Core i5 750, 8GB ram

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, eBay (but other sites are fine if they're cheaper)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Whatever brand is popular amongst the GPU community.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (in the future)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Any

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560 x 1440 (YAMAKASI CATLEAP Q270 SE 27" LED 2560X1440 WQHD DVI-D Dual Computer Monitor)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have the HP Pavilion Elite e9260f desktop (see link below for FULL spec), and I didn't really upgrade anything manually. I'm not really a serious gamer that plays BF3, MW3, or any of that. I just want a SMOOTH experience with my new monitor (see above) when working with After Effects, watching HD movies, and light MMORPG gaming. When you suggest a GPU, if possible, please suggest an affordable PSU to go with it too if my current PSU can't handle the suggested GPU. Thanks.

Current desktop: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...

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March 27, 2012 10:21:47 PM
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Just checked Newegg: This is with rebate, best deal I could find: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$99.99 and the 550Ti is a relatively powerful card, especially compared to a GT230. However, most cards around that price won't run on your 350w PSU, so look at something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
just because it's always helpful to have a bit of spare power.

Back onto the GPU, I prefer using my nVidia system for AAE because it seems to be a lot less problematic. My AMD cards are good for gaming but not for working.

Good luck!
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March 28, 2012 1:03:38 AM

FtsArTek said:
Just checked Newegg: This is with rebate, best deal I could find: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$99.99 and the 550Ti is a relatively powerful card, especially compared to a GT230. However, most cards around that price won't run on your 350w PSU, so look at something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
just because it's always helpful to have a bit of spare power.

Back onto the GPU, I prefer using my nVidia system for AAE because it seems to be a lot less problematic. My AMD cards are good for gaming but not for working.

Good luck!


Thanks. That seems like an awesome card. I decide to get these GPU and PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-341-...

Can you tell me if the GPU and PSU are compatible together? And will the PSU has all the slots/wires for my other components in the desktop (from the spec sheet in post #1)?

Also, what does AAE stands for?
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March 28, 2012 1:49:51 AM

the power supply is kind of overkill, the one I linked should work with the 550 ti no problem.
March 28, 2012 2:08:55 AM

esrever said:
the power supply is kind of overkill, the one I linked should work with the 550 ti no problem.

LOL. It's ok. I want to be kinda future proof (at least a couple of years). So the PSU I link will have all the slots for the 550 ti (cause I don't understand the PCI-Express Connector: 2 x 6+2-Pin part)?

Edit: Ok, I bought the PSU and GPU that I linked above. Hope everything will work out fine with no problem. Thank for the help guys.
April 7, 2012 12:08:43 AM

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