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May 3, 2012 7:54:47 PM

I recently bought a PC. These are the Specs.
Specs:
Graphic: ATI Readon 5450 1gb
Case: Antec 900 gaming case with 120mm blue led fan PC
MB: Asus P5N-E SLI ready
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad q6600 2.4GHz
Memory: 3GB ram
HD: 150gb Velociraptor
DVD: LG DVDRW DL drive
PS: 500 watt

Windows 7 ultimate

My question is, can I and should I upgrade the graphics card? I dont know much about computers, would i need an external power source to upgrade the card? Which card should I get? I use the computer for gaming.
May 3, 2012 8:07:40 PM

yes you can, but why not play a few games and see if its working out for you. if you find that your lowering all your graphic settings and the game is choppy or unplayable then you prob should upgrade. 500w will take you pretty far for a single card solution if needed. i have played both WOW and SWTOR in low settings with cards worse than that.
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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 8:07:52 PM

A gtx550Ti, or radeon 6850, or 7770 would work for you with a 500 watt power supply. Any of these would be a significant increase in gaming performance
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May 3, 2012 8:09:48 PM

Thank you,
I will try lowering the res. I am playing SWTOR on a 32" monitor at the highest res and it gets a little choppy sometimes.
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May 3, 2012 8:13:03 PM

Sc00bster said:
Thank you,
I will try lowering the res. I am playing SWTOR on a 32" monitor at the highest res and it gets a little choppy sometimes.

thats a big monitor, nice. by default the ingame graphic setting are gonna be to high for that card in swtor. if you haven't done it already lower those from the game menu.
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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 8:17:27 PM

What's the native resolution of your monitor? And what is your budget?
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May 3, 2012 8:20:11 PM

Budget under $200 the monitor is a 720p LCD TV from best buy.
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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 8:25:54 PM

Oh wow, good thing you have a reasonably strong CPU. Maxing out 720p does not take much in a graphics card. For pretty much every game, you will get good performance at max settings with a $115 HD 7750, or great performance at max settings with a $140 HD 6850.
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a c 199 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 8:44:15 PM

Ok...if this was an eBay special, you did not get a gaming graphics card; the HD5450 is a HTPC card. Second of all, you probably got a Logisys or similar PSU-shaped object, perhaps good for half its label.
With a comfortable budget of $150-$175, you should be able to get a HD6770 and a 380W-430W Antec Earthwatts PSU. They will handle your resolution very nicely.
Edit: If the PSU you got is actually capable of 500W, then get a HD6850.
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May 3, 2012 8:51:46 PM

The PSU is a Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply so i guess its 430w not 500w
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a c 199 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 8:56:18 PM

No, it's actually around 350W. The little voltage switch gives it away as an older, inefficient, overrated design. It isn't as bad as a Logisys, Diablotek, or Apevia, but it isn't that great either. You could safely run a HD7750 or HD6670 on it.
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May 3, 2012 8:59:14 PM

Best answer selected by Sc00bster.
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a c 199 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 10:09:57 PM

Thanks. Modern games look pretty decent even with lowered settings, so a HD6770 or HD7770 should do pretty well for you.
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May 3, 2012 10:11:08 PM

Ok, just got home the PSU is actually a DYNEX 500w. is that actually 500w. will it power the 6850
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a c 199 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 10:23:58 PM

Oooh, no, that's one of the worst PSU-shaped objects out there:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/05/13/getting_best_... concerns a smaller one, but also made by Huntkey. Then go to HardwareSecrets; other than a couple of more recent ones, I think they blew up every Huntkey they tested.
So, you might be able to get 250W out of it. You might run a HD7750 on it, but your best choice would be to get a real PSU. A 380W Antec Earthwatts would have no trouble powering a HD6850.
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May 3, 2012 10:44:46 PM

Onus said:
Oooh, no, that's one of the worst PSU-shaped objects out there:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2008/05/13/getting_best_... concerns a smaller one, but also made by Huntkey. Then go to HardwareSecrets; other than a couple of more recent ones, I think they blew up every Huntkey they tested.
So, you might be able to get 250W out of it. You might run a HD7750 on it, but your best choice would be to get a real PSU. A 380W Antec Earthwatts would have no trouble powering a HD6850.

you will no doubt be able to run a 7750 since it powers directly from the pcie slot
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a c 273 U Graphics card
May 3, 2012 11:05:55 PM

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