I have an older hp d5000t that has been treating me pretty well. I have recently gotten into SCII and if Diablo III is anything like the first two, I plan on spending a lot of time on that. I can play SCII on low right now, but after playing on ultra on my friend's computer I am itching for an upgrade.
I play at 1080p on a 24" monitor.
CPU: Core 2 Quad Q9450
Ram: 6GB DDR2
2-320 GB 7200 RPM drives
2-1.5 TB 5400 RPM drives
Currently have the stock video card, not worth mentioning.
when you did those calculation did it factor in how much power one of those GPU's when playing one of the graphic intensive games you are trying to play? the card could most likely run fine if doing any 2D or office work on it but the big thing is how much power will the card be drawing when it is being tasked
7750 should be fine for the PSU, but a 385 watt power supply is pretty weak and could lead to premature failure of some components (including that brand new video card and the PSU). All in all it seems like a well rounded PC, it is a core 2 quad not core 2 duo right?.
Just my two penceworth but what is your budget, Darren 5531? It might be better to upgrade the PSU in order to open up other options on the graphics side, 1080 is a large resolution after all. I'm not suggesting you sell body parts, though
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Coozie7, I don't have a set budget, but it would be hard to justify spending too much with the lack of gaming I do. My main concern is that I will be CPU limited, especially for starcraft II. Another concern of mine is the motherboard capable of handling a new power supply?
If I have a $200 budget for a new power supply and graphics card, what do you suggest?
I can wait a few weeks/month for the right deal to come around.
It's an older CPU, but at such a high video resolution (assuming you set the game to 1080 ) even a fast card may turn out to be the 'bottleneck'.
As long as any replacement PSU is fairly modern, it will connect with your system with no problems at all, the key is to get a good brand, cheap PSU's often lack the protection found in better quality units and almost always fail to reach their declared output.
As for card choice there are plenty around but it'll obviously depend on where you live as to which deals are available. And they change. All the time. You can either wait until the new Fermi cards are released and decide then (my choice) or, as we say in the UK 'strike while the Iron is hot' and grab the best deal on the day you go shopping.
Just one last point: check the power connectors on any card you look at, some require two others one, although most cards come with at least one adaptor to covert a pair of 4-pin molex to a single 6-pin PCI-E it will be a little annoying if you have to pop out to the shops to buy a converter as soon as you unwrap that shiny, new card