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Upgrade Graphics card for diablo3

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May 17, 2012 12:16:59 AM

I have Diablo 3 and it plays sluggish (with lag) in lowest possible settings. I know I need a graphics card, but want to spend little as possible.

I have a Gateway DX4300-11 desktop. I'll list some of the specs, let me know if you need more.
Wind7 home prem
300w power supply
1- pci -exp x16 slot (2.0 i believe)
1- pci x1 slot (i have an ana/dig tv tuner installed, i don't need it)
8gig ddr2 800 (pc2-6400)
Phenom II X4 (805) 2.5ghz
1tb hd @5400rpm
Onboard video: ati radeon HD3200 (hdmi) @1280x720

Ive been looking around and think the best deal would be a:
Geforce GTX 550 Ti
and
a new powersupply? no clue on what to get, brand or wattage.

Thanks in advance,
I'm sure a lot of people are asking very similar questions.
Adam
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May 17, 2012 12:40:53 AM

The reason that Diablo 3 is kind of sluggish is because you are trying to run it with onboard graphics and you need a discrete card to get better gameplay. You have said that you want to spen as little as possible but you did not give an amout so what I will be suggesting is going to be a shot in the dark.

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
$89.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $69.99 final price and free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$129.99 and a $40 rebate that makes the final price $89.99 and a free game.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The video card has a hefty rebate and free game so it is certianly a good deal and while the power supply is more than you need it also has a rebate and gives you a chance to get a good sized psu. I personally am not a big fan of the 550Ti and would rather see you get a 560Ti but I'm sure that it would be over what you want to spend. Even a 560 would be better.

ZOTAC ZT-50708-10M GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$174.99 and a $30 rebate that makes the final price $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-50302-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$209.99 and a $30 rebate makes the final price $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This chart will show you where cards fall in the order of best to last.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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May 17, 2012 2:12:24 AM

I would like to spend between 100-150 total. I don't play many computer games; only ones really Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, Minecraft, and League of Legends. Everything but Diablo 3 plays fine. I think my specs are good for a few more years outside a video card. I would rather get a slightly better graphics card and skimp on the powersupply (if possible).
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May 17, 2012 4:56:23 PM

Could I get away with a cheaper graphics card without upgrading powersupply? I know 300w is next to nothing.

I can run the game on 800x600 on low settings and I can get a solid 25fps with my current setup. At least now I can somewhat tolerate it atm until I can upgrade.

Thanks
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