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Graphics Card The Culprit??

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June 14, 2012 3:42:59 AM

Hey guys I have a "Dell Studio XPS 7100" computer. The computer Seems to struggle to run games such as "Call of Duty Black Ops", "Battlefield Bad Company 2", and "Assassins Creed" on normal-high settings. I'm not experienced in computer hardware but I'm guessing it has to be the graphics card.

Dell Studio XPS 7100 Specifications - (Specifications of this computer on the internet is different to mine)

[CPU] AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 820 Processor 2.80Ghz
[RAM] 6.00 GB
[GPU] ATI Radeon HD 5450
[HARD DRIVE] 1.0 TB SATA
[PSU] 350W-450W (Not Sure Will Check On it)

I mainly play Call of Duty 4 Promod. At the moment I can achieve 125fps with everything low but it would be great to have a crisp and smooth image on 125fps without lag.

In my opinion the graphics card is the culprit, but if it is something else it would be appreciated if someone could point it out.

Budget for a gaming graphics card AU$50-100 (another AU$50 if its must)

Thankyou

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a b U Graphics card
June 14, 2012 3:52:43 AM

GPU is definitely the culprit.

Unfortunately I'm not very familiar with Australian parts suppliers. Do you have a preferred store?
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a c 191 U Graphics card
June 14, 2012 4:17:55 AM

The GPU is definitely too slow for most of those games. The 5450 is more for just displaying HD video and such.

And +1 to what blade said, I'm not sure of Australian parts and stuff.
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June 14, 2012 7:32:23 AM

Thankyou guys for helping and confirming my problem, I'll research a little further on the choice of graphics card.

To Blade: http://www.umart.com.au/newindex2.phtml?bid=2 This is where I mainly order my computer parts.

Thanks Again Everyone
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a c 92 U Graphics card
June 14, 2012 7:53:56 AM

Gigabyte ATI HD6570 OC PCI-E 2.1 1GB GDDR3 DVI HDMI

thats probably the best card in your price range but if you want something more powerful:


Sapphire HD6770 1G GDRR5 PCIE HDMI

links don't work for that site it seems
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June 14, 2012 8:01:39 AM

YUK!!!! CPU is also bad, at least upgrade to a X4 965 and in terms of a video card go for a 7850 just to make it wirth spending... 7770 will give you half ass graphics at 1920x1080
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June 14, 2012 8:05:25 AM

power supply has to go too, maybe a X650 seasonic would be a nice replacement.... your cpu wouldnt be that bad if you could overlock it, but you cant so go for the best AM3 cpu you can get maybe a X4 965 ore if your motherboard can take it a six core cpu, obviousle consider an aftermarket cooler..... do this and gor for at least a 7850 and you got yourself a tough gaming computer with not much spent
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a c 92 U Graphics card
June 14, 2012 8:10:19 AM

^ those things are obviously out of the OP's budget.
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June 14, 2012 8:20:36 AM

didnt see the budget limiti.... my bad
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