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September 17, 2012 5:39:26 PM

I've been looking to upgrade my PC's video card and I've been wondering if there some good video cards around the range of $100-$170. Some info for looking for a card, no I don't want a top end high graphics one, I just want one that can run games at medium settings with no hassle. Plus I know my psu isn't at the range for today's cards but I'm willing to spend some more money on it.

PC Specs
PSU 300 watt
Intel Core i3-2120 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz
6GB of RAM

If this doesn't help here's a link to the current PC I own

http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/DT.GDDAA.0...

EDIT: Also something that run two monitors forgot to add that

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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 5:46:35 PM

A 6870 - maybe 7850 if you can get it on sale
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 5:49:30 PM

I forgot, you may need to upgrade your PSU.
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September 17, 2012 5:54:41 PM

The 6870 is probably the best performer you will find in that range but.... Stretching just a little ($200ish) would get you a 7850 which uses much less power and performs quite well. With the 6870 you would most likely need a new psu, I'm not so sure you would with the 7850. Check out your system on one of the online power calculators to see.

A decent, not to be taken as gospel roundup of graphics cards by price: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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a b U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 5:55:57 PM

the best card you can get for that price would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 or for 189 the 7850 which is a more modern card with a few less stream processors
but you will need to upgrade your psu if you want to run it.

i would get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i dont see any psu requirments it may be close you should check you build here http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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September 17, 2012 6:20:30 PM

Hi guys I have the same query any advice would be much appreciated thanks !

I'm looking to upgrade my rig as it stands, mainly my CPU.

My rig:

CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) 9950 Quad-Core Processor 2.6

RAM: 4G ( ram that came with the bundle i bought some time ago now nothing special)

Video card: GeForce GTX 560 Ti

Sound card: none (On board)

OS: windows 7 64 bit

Case Antec 900

Ideally I think i need to invest in a new bundle perhaps? But I'm not to sure. I would just like to run most games i.e. "guild wars 2" on high spec. i have a budget around about £300 pounds. Any help/ advice on how to make my gaming more satisfying would be a great help thank you!
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September 17, 2012 6:24:09 PM

the great randini said:
the best card you can get for that price would be http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 or for 189 the 7850 which is a more modern card with a few less stream processors
but you will need to upgrade your psu if you want to run it.

i would get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i dont see any psu requirments it may be close you should check you build here http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp


I like what I see but I was wondering if my PSU will be able to handle this http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-nVidia-GeForce-PCI-Express-0.... Plus I am thinking about getting the 6870 but will have to look into it.
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September 27, 2012 12:58:46 AM

Best answer selected by DeizelVolt.
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May 6, 2013 2:00:32 PM

All righty well I went with the MSI Radeon 7750 since it's an entry gaming card and doesn't need a lot of PSU usage. As well thank you all for the help and I'll go with the Radeon HD 6870 once I need a video card upgrade in the future.

(Mods feel free to close this thread as well)
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