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July 15, 2012 5:10:28 PM

Hello, I have been wanting to replace the video card since I got this computer for gaming purposes. I'm looking to spent around $300 total but I am not sure on what I should get and if it will run properly on my computer. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated :)  Here are my specs:
AMD Athlon(tm( II X4 635 Processor 2.90 GHz
4.00GB(3.75GB usable)
64-bit OS windows 7
600GB Hard drive
I am not sure what type of fan I have but I am planning on replacing that too. Thanks again for the help!
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a c 106 U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 5:16:01 PM

A $300 video card is overkill for your anemic CPU. If you can overclock your CPU that would certainly help. What kind of PSU do you have?
July 15, 2012 5:16:10 PM

I am not very familiar with graphic card performance, but you should list what games you want to play and at what resolution. It will help other members in suggesting a video card for you.
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a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 5:17:32 PM

The best card for ~$300 is definitely the Radeon HD 7870.

But it might be best to upgrade to a Phenom II X4 955 and a 7850 for about the same price.
July 15, 2012 5:22:15 PM

ama2028901 said:
Hello, I have been wanting to replace the video card since I got this computer for gaming purposes. I'm looking to spent around $300 total but I am not sure on what I should get and if it will run properly on my computer. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated :)  Here are my specs:
AMD Athlon(tm( II X4 635 Processor 2.90 GHz
4.00GB(3.75GB usable)
64-bit OS windows 7
600GB Hard drive
I am not sure what type of fan I have but I am planning on replacing that too. Thanks again for the help!
A

I really just want to play WoW getitng ready for the new expansion soon. I really don't need anything too crazy I just want something better. The one that I have now is Nvida GeForce 6150SE.
July 15, 2012 5:23:52 PM

ama2028901 said:
Hello, I have been wanting to replace the video card since I got this computer for gaming purposes. I'm looking to spent around $300 total but I am not sure on what I should get and if it will run properly on my computer. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated :)  Here are my specs:
AMD Athlon(tm( II X4 635 Processor 2.90 GHz
4.00GB(3.75GB usable)
64-bit OS windows 7
600GB Hard drive
I am not sure what type of fan I have but I am planning on replacing that too. Thanks again for the help!
A

Also I'm unsure of the power supply but looking at the graphic card that it came with I'm guessing I will have to replace that as well.
a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 5:24:01 PM

Even with a phenom II x4 955, 7850 will be bottleneck. You need to upgrade both cpu and gpu matching with cpu. Do not overkill by wasting money on high end gpu.
a c 212 U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 5:32:58 PM

The 660 Ti is set to drop in about 2-3 weeks; given how the 680 and 670 turned out against the 79xx series, I wouldn't be making any decisions until then
a b U Graphics card
July 15, 2012 5:34:29 PM

mubin said:
Even with a phenom II x4 955, 7850 will be bottleneck. You need to upgrade both cpu and gpu matching with cpu. Do not overkill by wasting money on high end gpu.


Hardly any at all though, and in most games it won't. I do agree that something like a 2500K is a much better choice, but the 955 will do fine.
July 15, 2012 8:00:34 PM

I think I'm going to go with this EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI and get a power supply for 550 watts
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2012 9:00:38 AM

claysm said:
Hardly any at all though, and in most games it won't. I do agree that something like a 2500K is a much better choice, but the 955 will do fine.


But high cpu intensive games will perform less then 2500k and in most game it wont as you say.
a b U Graphics card
July 16, 2012 9:03:36 AM

ama2028901 said:
I think I'm going to go with this EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI and get a power supply for 550 watts


This gpu is good but a cpu upgrade will be handy.
a c 106 U Graphics card
July 16, 2012 8:14:37 PM

I'm guessing you have a pre-built so overclocking is out of the question and upgrading your CPU is questionable. A decent 550W PSU and a GTX 560, or a Radeon 6870 would be a good upgrade for you. I say you invest a little more on the PSU side though and step up to a 600W-700W PSU (the cost increase is relatively small) that you would have no trouble using in your next build, but that's just me :D 
July 17, 2012 2:31:08 AM

Yeah I mean I really don't need anything super high end. I just want to be able to play my game with something higher then 15fps lol. I'll take a look at that though. Thank you :) 
a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2012 6:25:23 PM

You will get more then 30fps.
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