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$~350 PSU and GPU Upgrade Help

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September 17, 2012 9:34:51 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: December 25th 2012

Budget Range: $300-$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Recording, Videos, Surfing Internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) PSU/CPU/RAM

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: / / /

Location: Calgary, AB, Canada.

Parts Preferences: No specific brands. Whatever works.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Currently have a Dell Studio XPS 8100, want to upgrade a replace parts. Currently have 6gb of ram and for what I am doing, should I upgrade to 8gb or even 16gb? Also, if its worth it, should I just build a new computer and gain that experience? If so, budget will change to ~$750-900

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Mainly for gaming, only getting around 22-29fps in Guild Wars 2 on lowest setting.

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Currently, I have a Dell Studio XPS 8100, 6gb of Ram (DDR3 1066-1333Mhz Available), Radeon HD 5450.
I would like to get the best psu and gcard for around ~$300-500, unless reccomending I build a brand new computer.

I am 17, so this would be the first build for me, but I would love to gain that experience, I will be going into Computer Science in University.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks for your time :) 

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September 17, 2012 9:40:21 PM

You most likely won't have to build your entire PC due to how modern the components are, just upgrade a few parts here and there; which should increase your FPS significantly..that HD5450 is a lousy card for gaming :lol: 

ANYWAY, long story short, here are upgrade parts -

The total comes out to around $360 but it's worth every penny IMO :) 

Considering your PC has a SB chip, the only thing holding you back is your GPU.

HD7950 is a little slower than the HD7970 and a little faster than the HD7870, taking that into consideration, looking at that chart, you should get around 70FPS @ 1080p on the 'Best Appearance' preset :) 
September 17, 2012 9:44:22 PM

Thank you for the great answer and fast reply! I do know that my PC is pretty new, but if I do upgrade can I use the parts for my mother's eMachine EL1200? It's really weak, and I know the ram isn't compatible but will the gcard work? The Radeon 5450?

Also, it seems the Newegg CA and Newegg USA are different prices and don't include the same items. Here's both
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September 18, 2012 12:59:57 AM

mocchan said:
We would have to know the exact model name to see what kind of PSU it came with :) 

Also, this is the card for CA -

Ahh, thanks, not as cheap as the US one unfortunately. And eMachine el1200 06w is the computer.

This is the link for the computer, reason I want to upgrade it is because my mom can't even watch YouTube in fullscreen at 320p.