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Looking to upgrade my GPU, for Diablo III

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May 21, 2012 11:07:50 PM

My current card is a GeForce 8400 GS, which is apparently insufficient. I hear this place is "the authority on tech," so it seems as good a place to ask as any.

90% certain my motherboard's an Asus P5LP-LE. Belarc Advisor and CPU-Z both list it as "ASUStek Computer Inc. Leucite 2.00." This is the P5's pdf manual, which includes its specs.

My father, who's also a longtime Blizzard fan impatient to play D3, gave me a piece of paper that says "560ti Nvidea" [sic]. I don't know where he looked for information, but from googling it, the 560 seems quite modern. Will it work for D3, and would it fit my mobo? If not, any alternative suggestions?

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May 21, 2012 11:22:29 PM

The 560Ti is a good card and will work with your mobo, but without knowing your PSU wattage and specs, I can't guarantee it will run.
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May 21, 2012 11:31:46 PM

How can I find that?
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May 21, 2012 11:50:16 PM

Yeah loon, that's my box. Are the PSU specs there somewhere?

Edit to add: How's the temperature on the 560? I installed Speedfan about a week back and I've noticed that my current GPU averages 80+ degrees Celsius when I'm not even' playing anything.
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May 22, 2012 12:10:56 AM

The HD5870 can run everything MAX at 1920x1080 and get 120FPS average.

You can buy an HD6850 for as little as $100 on sale (newegg, ncix etc) which is my recommend unless there are different games.

Power Supply:
- GPU temp isn't really an issue, and it's possible Speedfan isn't properly reporting your GPU temp. Unless the GPU has artifacts etc it doesn't really matter.

*You need to physically look at your power supply so we can find the details. It's not enough just to say it's a "280 Watt PSU"; find a name, a model number or something that can be Googled because many pre-built systems don't come with PSU's which can handle much of a graphics upgrade.
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May 22, 2012 1:44:22 AM

Yinyang107 said:
Yeah loon, that's my box. Are the PSU specs there somewhere?

Edit to add: How's the temperature on the 560? I installed Speedfan about a week back and I've noticed that my current GPU averages 80+ degrees Celsius when I'm not even' playing anything.

i didn't ee any PSU specs . .but another concern is the Pentium D thats in it that will limit what card to get; a 560 is an overkill with that
some possible other choices like the 6770:

but you mat get stuck with something along the lines of a 440 :( 
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May 22, 2012 2:21:32 AM

By the Pentium being a limiting factor, do you mean it wouldn't take full advantage of a 560 ti?

Also, I looked inside the case, and my PSU is the HP-D3057F3R.
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May 22, 2012 2:38:20 AM

Yinyang107 said:
By the Pentium being a limiting factor, do you mean it wouldn't take full advantage of a 560 ti?

Also, I looked inside the case, and my PSU is the HP-D3057F3R.

unfortunately yes.
also that PSU does not have a PCI power connection for a graphics card so that would limit the choices to a card that does not need an additional power supply from the 75 watts supplied by the pci x16 on the motherboard.
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May 22, 2012 2:52:12 AM

if you dont have a 6 pin connector on the psu, the highest card you can get is a 7750. unless you change the psu.
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May 22, 2012 3:35:34 AM

Would a 7750 be good enough?
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May 22, 2012 3:39:04 AM

Yinyang107 said:
Would a 7750 be good enough?



to maximize settings, no. to comfortably play the game with mid settings, yes.
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May 22, 2012 4:14:23 AM

I guess that if it's the best option it'll have to do. Thanks your all the help, folks.
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May 23, 2012 3:02:24 PM

Bump for one last question: with the 7750, how long is it likely to be before I need to upgrade again?
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May 23, 2012 3:10:40 PM

If u'll play games like bf3 i think u'll need to upgrade. If u wanna play only D3 then go with what others said. I'd recommend a hd 6850 or 6870.

6870 can run most games easily at a decent resolution
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May 23, 2012 4:23:23 PM

Yinyang107 said:
Bump for one last question: with the 7750, how long is it likely to be before I need to upgrade again?

to upgrade from the card your think of would also need to get another PSU that has a 6 pin PCI connection and a CPU to avoid a bottleneck.
the PSU is no problem but with the CPU it will need some thought about the cost effectiveness of spending money on an old socket 775 platform.
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May 23, 2012 5:08:46 PM

Alright, thanks again.
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