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April 11, 2012 2:36:51 AM

Hello, and thanks ahead of time for the help.

Alright, so I've been considering a new graphics card for a while now as my current one (ATI Radion HD2400PRO) is getting severely outdated. I'm looking for a gaming based card.

My current GPU as stated before is the ATI Radion HD2400PRO and if I'm reading this sticker correctly the output of my power supply is 350W.

Here are some images that may help in assisting me, mostly more computer specs.

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I'm try for under the $120 range and I'd like for it to be able to run most modern games on at least medium settings, though I'm always looking for highend recommendations.

Something I had recently been looking at is the following card; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
, but seeing as it's PCIe 2.1 and to my knowledge my current motherboard is incompatible with 2.1, I don't think I'd be able to install said card.

Looking for any advice, thanks again!

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April 11, 2012 2:49:12 AM

Hi! Welcome to the forums.

Well, you have a Q6600, that's the good news. It's still a decent CPU.

PCI-E 2.1 is backwards compatible with 2.0.

The 6750 is a great option. However it requires a PCI-E connector. The best GPU available right now that doesn't require a PCI-E Connector is the AMD 7750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I think this is probably the best you can do. The 5770 would be an option if your PSU wasn't so old.

The 7750 is a great card, one that comes in right at your budget. Check out some benchmarks and see if you like it!
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April 11, 2012 2:52:09 AM

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April 11, 2012 3:00:27 AM

striker410 said:
Hi! Welcome to the forums.

Well, you have a Q6600, that's the good news. It's still a decent CPU.

PCI-E 2.1 is backwards compatible with 2.0.

The 6750 is a great option. However it requires a PCI-E connector. The best GPU available right now that doesn't require a PCI-E Connector is the AMD 7750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I think this is probably the best you can do. The 5770 would be an option if your PSU wasn't so old.

The 7750 is a great card, one that comes in right at your budget. Check out some benchmarks and see if you like it!



Thanks for the welcome, and thank you so very much for your answer!

I was just looking at the official site of this card and it seems a bit edgy for my system.

I currently have 3.25GB/4.00GB RAM usable (Don't have the times/resources to install 64bit) and it sees the card need a minimum of 4.00GB along with 400W power supply. As mentioned by my post, I don't meet either of those requirements, am I going to have overheating, slowdown etc issues with this card with said specs?

I'm truly hoping that those are just overestimates and I can run this card because looking at reviews and benchmarks, it's more than good enough for me.

Source : http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/77...
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April 11, 2012 3:15:06 AM

no problem.

RAM would have nothing to do with anything. 64-Bit vs 32-Bit is not an issue.

It does recommend a 400w power supply. However, GPU manufacturers often overstate the requirements, as oftentimes PSU's are absolute crap. A simple way to check would be to add up the MAX your system will draw. The 7750 draws 75 watts at MAX, the CPU draws 95w at MAX. Add in another 75w for hard drives, fans and DVD drives and it comes to 245w. You won't be getting anywhere near the 350w peak. Here's a PSU calculator that's regarded as quite reliable. http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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