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July 26, 2012 4:52:08 AM

computer specs:
HP Pavilion h8-1234 PC
AMD six-core fx-6120 processor
10gb ddr3 system memory
radeon HD 7450 graphics card with 1gb ddr3
beats audio

I'm looking for a better graphics card that can run games with high resolution settings. it doesn't have to be the ultra high, but better than normal. I'm trying to stay under $200. I believe i have plenty of memory, but after doing some research it seems that the current graphics card can only run medium to low settings. I played a game and discovered it could barely handle medium settings. any suggestions?

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a b U Graphics card
July 26, 2012 5:02:34 AM

unless you want to upgrade the 300w psu on your motherboard. Get a hd7750.

the hd7770 might work too but don't get the ghz edition since it draws a lot more power.

Just double checked, the hd7770 would work on your psu. HIS hd7770 icooler edition is a good low power model.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/HD_7770_iCooler/...
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a c 191 U Graphics card
July 26, 2012 7:21:15 AM

I would have to say the 7770 would be pushing it on that power supply. It should run yes, but that is kinda pushing the bill on a power supply that is not good to begin with.

You have a few options here. You can either get a 7750 with no power supply, which would be decent.

You could get a new power supply and a new graphics card, which would be the much better option (and put more resale on your computer!)
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July 27, 2012 12:40:07 AM

Thanks for the help. I'm looking into the 7770 with a 550 w power supply. I just have to make sure it will fit.
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 12:52:30 AM

peevshot said:
Thanks for the help. I'm looking into the 7770 with a 550 w power supply. I just have to make sure it will fit.


well, if your getting a 550w psu, then you may consider getting the hd7770 ghz edition/ hd6870. Sapphire vaporx is a good one. I looked into the dimension of your mobo any of these cards should fit without any problem.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 2:30:31 AM

Make sure its actually a good PSU as well. Want to keep that thing awhile.
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August 4, 2012 7:19:57 AM

Deemo13 said:
Make sure its actually a good PSU as well. Want to keep that thing awhile.

I've looked at a lot of power supplies and they seem to be running $20-$30. how do i know if it's a good one?
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a b U Graphics card
August 4, 2012 8:24:54 AM

generally, it depends on the brand and the ratings on the 12V rail. Most of the antec, corsair, silverstone, coolermaster, OCz psus are known to be reliable. You should stay away from some random dodgy brand psu cause they tend to fail more often than not.

Corsair cx430 or a corsair cx500 are the most ideal psu for your needs.
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September 11, 2012 6:10:35 PM

I plan on purchasing this same PC myself in the next day or two. I have an Antec HCG 620 watt PSU(89.00 from Newegg) and a NVidia GTX 550ti graphics card(110.00 from Best Buy) that I will swap in from my old PC. That was a 7yr old machine. Dual core that was just not worth upgrading anymore. Hopefully the parts I have will fit. I believe they will. I'll let you know how that turns out. Good upgrades for about 200.00. I puchased the PSU and Vid card a few months ago.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
September 11, 2012 6:12:14 PM

Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling are good brands.
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