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Upgrading from onboard 3450 to 7750/7770

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June 29, 2012 12:28:41 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap

BUDGET RANGE:is a short term solution before i buy a laptop so $100-150

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming. want to max dota 2, tiberium wars 3, red alert 3, aoe3, play skyrim on maybe medium settings

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: onboard radeon 3450 (rly bad) and not sure about the PSU ( i bought the PC prebuilt) but i think that it is a 300w PSU (dont know about any connections on it though)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: here is my complete system specs

Summary

Product Name
Aspire M5201
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 1
Chipset
ATI RS780+SB700
Processor
AMD Phenom(tm) 9650 Quad-Core Processor
System Memory
4096 MB
Hard Drive
WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B0 ATA Device, 596.17 GB
Generic- Compact Flash USB Device, 0 Bytes
Generic- MS/MS-Pro USB Device, 0 Bytes
Generic- SD/MMC USB Device, 0 Bytes
Generic- SM/xD-Picture USB Device, 0 Bytes
CD/DVD Drive
PIONEER BD-ROM BDC-202 ATA Device
Video
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
Total Available Graphics Memory
2175 MB
Audio
AMD High Definition Audio Device
AMD High Definition Audio Device
Realtek High Definition Audio
Network
Marvell Yukon 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
D-Link WUA-2340 USB Adapter
UUID
00226803EF0720081018074903000000
Serial Number
PTSAZ0X02584106A922702
BIOS Version
R01-B2
BIOS Release Date
08/15/2008


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anything in CAnada

PARTS PREFERENCES:want a cheep card that dosnt need PSU upgrade

OVERCLOCKING: noSLI

CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want it to be cheep and able to play the games i listed on max (except skyrim)


the exact computer is a acer aspire AM5201 - E5621A
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June 29, 2012 12:36:10 AM

Do a Google search for the specs of your PC eventually you should fine the power supple wattage. Most prebuilt PC seems to come with a 300w PSU which is generally enough for the Radeon HD 7750. At least a 350w PSU would be required for the Radeon HD 7770.
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June 29, 2012 1:42:25 AM

I'd also suggest a 7750, just because you have a low end PSU. It doesn't need the power supply connected to it. The 7750 is definitely a great upgrade from onboard graphics.
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