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Most powerful GPU for older Dual-Cores

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 months
BUDGET RANGE: $100-$200(or moar if possible).

USAGE: Gaming, HD movie watching.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Geforce 7900 GS, 500w Cooler Master PSU.

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Compaq Presario sr2150nx, can only handle 2gb of memory(32-bit OS). Just purchased A Dynatron P985 92mm Ball CPU Cooler and an Intel Pentium D 820 Smithfield 2.8GHz LGA 775 CPU.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere with customer reviews.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Anything but: HIS, diamond, etc.

OVERCLOCKING: CPU(maybe) only would consider a fan upgrade type cooling.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1366x762( 50" plasma, and yes I know about plasmas' image burn risk).

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Must run pong on Uber-bacon-settings :kaola: joking aside, I really would like to play Skyrim on(at minimum) quality levels of an Xbox 360. If you have any advice for other upgrades I would love to hear them(Maybe a workaround for the system memory to get it to 4gb? upgrading the PSU, CPU, Is OK with me. Do not want a new Mobo.
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  1. 7770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102967

    cheap as hell after MIR, good quality and should fit your system well.

    Personally, I'd ditch the PSU as i think CM are some of the worst, but if you want to risk it it should run the card fine.

    EDIT: also, your CPU will really struggle with modern games. especially skyrim. I would save for an upgrade soon. a cheap h61 mobo and an Pentium g620 would be miles ahead of what you have now.
  2. welshmousepk said:
    7770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102967

    cheap as hell after MIR, good quality and should fit your system well.

    Personally, I'd ditch the PSU as i think CM are some of the worst, but if you want to risk it it should run the card fine.

    EDIT: also, your CPU will really struggle with modern games. especially skyrim. I would save for an upgrade soon. a cheap h61 mobo and an Pentium g620 would be miles ahead of what you have now.


    Thanks for the advice! But My problem is I am going to move to arizona soon for Tech-school. My finances will be ultra tight when I get there so I am looking to get the most out of this system. So if i can overclock my cpu alittle bit, find a powerful GPU that won't be bottlenecked by the Dual-core and do whatever else I can do to amp this system up will be all I can handle so I would say at max I could spend 350 for any more parts. But I have tried to find a way on newegg to build a decent pc for under $400 but it seems I am unable to. Maybe you guys know of a setup out there but for now I would appreciate it most if you guys would be gracious and help me basically push this system to the max. Thank you welshmousepk

    also I agree with you on the cooler master but, it was free from a buddy of mine...guess I see why.

    Here are some cards I was looking at and wondering if A: it would be bottlenecked, and B: if it would fit properly in my current slot.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814551001

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162079

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127609

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130652
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    steelmakerZ said:
    Thanks for the advice! But My problem is I am going to move to arizona soon for Tech-school. My finances will be ultra tight when I get there so I am looking to get the most out of this system. So if i can overclock my cpu alittle bit, find a powerful GPU that won't be bottlenecked by the Dual-core and do whatever else I can do to amp this system up will be all I can handle so I would say at max I could spend 350 for any more parts. But I have tried to find a way on newegg to build a decent pc for under $400 but it seems I am unable to. Maybe you guys know of a setup out there but for now I would appreciate it most if you guys would be gracious and help me basically push this system to the max. Thank you welshmousepk

    also I agree with you on the cooler master but, it was free from a buddy of mine...guess I see why.


    the PSU shoudl do fine for now, but personally i would have avoided it.

    If you have 400 in total, i will have a look and see what i can find. a lower end GPU and a CPU upgrade would be better overall, and you could add a second gpu later when you have more money. will post back.

    EDIT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078&Tpk=i3%202100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131716

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148243

    so that would be a very cheap upgrade. Depending on how much you can afford in total, you could even switch out the PSU to a corsair unit. those 3, plus the 7770 i linked earlier will really bring your computer up to the standard of modern games.
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