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Upgrading guidance (gaming) 1366x768 display, 300-watt supply

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July 8, 2012 6:21:44 AM

I should notify you before we begin that I am looking for the cheapest possible solution.

I recently acquired a Dell Inspiron 660 with:

Intel Core i3-2120 3.30Ghz

6 gigs of RAM

Windows 7 home premium (64-bit)

Integrated Intel HD graphics

300-watt power supply

Obviously I didn't buy this machine expecting to have a top-of-the-line gaming rig out of the box, but I am planning to transform it over time into a decent and perhaps even high-end rig (if practical/possible). I'm not a computer expert, so bear with me if I start to sound like I don't know what I'm talking about.

Anyway, what I want to focus on in this discussion is the graphics (NOTE: I'm using ONE monitor with a 19", 720p screen, with a max resolution of 1366x768, so let's work within those parameters). I realize that my power supply is limiting, but I know it can be upgraded, if I'm not mistaken. However, I'd prefer to keep it as simple as possible. Is there a graphics card in existence that could run most new games (e.g. The Witcher 2, Skyrim, Arkham City) on medium or possibly high settings at a good frame-rate with my power supply? If so, that would be the way to go. But like I said, I am willing to upgrade if necessary.

So, considering all of that, what are your recommendations for graphics cards?

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated, and feel free to convey any additional advice or wisdom if it will help my cause.

Thanks in advance,
Alyosha.

P.S. Including prices in your replies would be nice.
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July 8, 2012 6:49:52 AM

Yes, upgrading your PSU will be very useful. 300w is very small. Get around 500-750 and you'll be fine.
July 8, 2012 6:54:31 AM

Aleonris said:
Yes, upgrading your PSU will be very useful. 300w is very small. Get around 500-750 and you'll be fine.


How much would that cost on top of the card?
July 8, 2012 7:07:26 AM

Yours? Yes. the 5750 only uses roughly 80 watts of power. but of course, I am recommending these PSUs for futureproofing. If you are planning to only get that PSU, then you're fine. But if you can afford it right now, you could save alot of money by buying a good PSU and a better GPU. Such as a GTX 570, GTX 670 or a 7950. They are pretty expensive, though. (570 is only about $230).

How much are you willing to pay?
a c 212 U Graphics card
July 8, 2012 7:11:06 AM

The 7770 would be the only current generation choice at $150.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/77...

Quote:
500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology.


Other choices

$130 - Radeon HD 6790 or GeForce GTX 560 SE
$145 - Radeon HD 6850

I'm gonna make an educated guess and say that the Dell doesn't offer CF as an option.

As for the PSU ..$43

CORSAIR CX600 V2 600W
$10 off w/ promo code EMCNCNE23, ends 7/1 + $20 MIR = $27 off

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



July 8, 2012 7:20:27 AM

Aleonris said:
Yours? Maybe. the 5750 only uses roughly 80 watts of power. but of course, I am recommending these PSUs for futureproofing. If you are planning to only get that PSU, then you're fine. But if you can afford it right now, you could save alot of money by buying a good PSU and a better GPU. Such as a GTX 570, GTX 670 or a 7950. They are pretty expensive, though. (570 is only about $230).

How much are you willing to pay?


Right now? Not that much.

Would the 5750 be a good "quick fix" until I can for sure get a good GPU and PSU?
July 8, 2012 7:27:08 AM

Yep. You'll be fine for a little while.

But I'm not too sure about this one, like Jacknaylor said, you may be able to get a 6790 which uses 150w. I doubt it would work with a 300w PSU.
July 8, 2012 7:27:19 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
The 7770 would be the only current generation choice at $150.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/7000/77...

Quote:
500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector recommended
600W power supply (or greater) with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connectors recommended for AMD CrossFire™ technology.


Other choices

$130 - Radeon HD 6790 or GeForce GTX 560 SE
$145 - Radeon HD 6850

I'm gonna make an educated guess and say that the Dell doesn't offer CF as an option.

As for the PSU ..$43

CORSAIR CX600 V2 600W
$10 off w/ promo code EMCNCNE23, ends 7/1 + $20 MIR = $27 off

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the info.

I'd say what you guys have provided is more than enough for me to go on right now. You've both been a tremendous help.
July 8, 2012 7:32:48 AM

You are very welcome. Ask anything whenever you like.
a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2012 8:42:02 AM

the 7750 is plenty at that res, and there's no need to change the PSU.
July 8, 2012 8:57:19 AM

I really disagree with a lot of this advice. Why in the world would you get a 5750, 5770, or even 6850 when you could get a 7770 for around the same price. It's by far more efficient in performance per watt. Threw in a 430, 500, or 600 (any would do) Corsair PS and you'll be good to go.

To be honest, your 300W could probably push the 7770 just fine. I run a Corsair 430 v2.
July 8, 2012 8:57:46 PM

Well, I'll mull it over. The VisionTek 7750 at $104.99 is a very attractive price.
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