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August 9, 2012 5:34:56 AM

Forgot to mention that I don't mind playing games from low to middle settings as long as they can play well.
August 9, 2012 5:35:30 AM

Hello there my name is Juan and these are my computer specs. I went and bought an AMD Radeon HD 6770 and sadly it didn't work because it was too big and my power box didn't have the proper cable to feed the Graphics card so I had to return it to Newegg for a refund.

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD Athlon II X4 640 30 °C
Propus 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
FOXCONN 2AB1 (CPU 1) 45 °C
Graphics
F19 (1366x768@60Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series (XFX Pine Group) 52 °C
Hard Drives
977GB Hitachi Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 SATA Disk Device (SATA) 35 °C
Optical Drives
hp DVD RW AD-7251H5 SATA CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

Please tell me what would be a good graphics card for my computer because there are some games that coming up that sadly my current graphics card can't handle like Prototype 2, Darksiders 2 and Sleeping Dogs. If you need to add more info please let me know.

After checking out the Power Supply for the PC it appears that I really need to upgrade it to handle more newer graphics card because mine can only handle up to 250 watts max.
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August 9, 2012 12:03:53 PM

HD7750.
most powerful card that could run without auxiliary power.
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August 9, 2012 12:52:22 PM

Funny thing is, you say it didn't work because of your case size and power supply, yet you don't exactly mention what kind they are.
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August 9, 2012 3:48:56 PM

greghome said:
HD7750.
most powerful card that could run without auxiliary power.


I see some good ones on Newegg.com which would you recommend.
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August 9, 2012 4:35:47 PM

Mate,
Start by upgrading your power supply.
At least a 650w and from a good brand. You could use this in future builds as well.
Look for brands such as OCZ, Corsair, Seasonic, etc
From here you can run any single graphics card flawlessly!!
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August 9, 2012 4:56:01 PM

lyall007 said:
Mate,
Start by upgrading your power supply.
At least a 650w and from a good brand. You could use this in future builds as well.
Look for brands such as OCZ, Corsair, Seasonic, etc
From here you can run any single graphics card flawlessly!!


Super thanks for the answer I shall start searching for a good power supply.
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August 9, 2012 6:02:33 PM

Juanblue85 said:
Super thanks for the answer I shall start searching for a good power supply.


Juan,

It is good that you are checking out a new PSU (power supply unit) because the majority of the PSU's that best buy uses are very cheap and of low quality. Anyone who is an expert on building PC's will tell you that having a high quality PSU is VERY important! For if the cheap one fails it can kill all the rest of the components in your computer...not good at all. Not to mention you won't get the maximum performance out of your other components. Anything over 400W will be good for you. 600W would be great if you plan on building a much more powerful computer in the future, but it is unnecessary if you plan on sticking with a low power graphics card like the Radeon HD7750.

I always recommend Seasonic, here is a good one for you :) 

Seasonic 430W for $59.99 + Free Shipping - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Very high quality - will outlast the rest of the components in your computer. Also, with power consumption consistently dropping lower every generation, I have a good feeling that within a few years a quality 430W PSU will be able to run a top of the line single card system, so it should be rather future proof as well :) 

Good luck.
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August 9, 2012 6:10:36 PM

amk09 said:
Juan,

It is good that you are checking out a new PSU (power supply unit) because the majority of the PSU's that best buy uses are very cheap and of low quality. Anyone who is an expert on building PC's will tell you that having a high quality PSU is VERY important! For if the cheap one fails it can kill all the rest of the components in your computer...not good at all. Not to mention you won't get the maximum performance out of your other components. Anything over 400W will be good for you. 600W would be great if you plan on building a much more powerful computer in the future, but it is unnecessary if you plan on sticking with a low power graphics card like the Radeon HD7750.

I always recommend Seasonic, here is a good one for you :) 

Seasonic 430W for $59.99 + Free Shipping - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Very high quality - will outlast the rest of the components in your computer. Also, with power consumption consistently dropping lower every generation, I have a good feeling that within a few years a quality 430W PSU will be able to run a top of the line single card system, so it should be rather future proof as well :) 

Good luck.


Thanks so much for this I'll order one right away. Can't believe Best Buy had to put such a poor Power Supply.
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August 9, 2012 6:21:23 PM

Juanblue85 said:
Thanks so much for this I'll order one right away. Can't believe Best Buy had to put such a poor Power Supply.
Rosewill Capstone 450W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made - 80Plus GOLD - Excellent quality - 37 amps 12V power. $69.99 20% off w/ promo code RWGG08, ends 8/12
Free Shipping FIVE YEAR warranty
This is simply top of the line at a modest price

Seasonic S12II 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made. 30 amps 12V power. Only 80Plus bronze. $59.99 5 year warranty.
Doesn't compete well with the newer Rosewill Capstone, but it is Seasonic and brand loyalty is understandable.

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August 9, 2012 6:24:53 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Rosewill Capstone 450W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Superflower made - 80Plus GOLD - Excellent quality - 37 amps 12V power. $60 FIVE YEAR warranty
This is simply top of the line at a modest price

Seasonic S12II 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seasonic made. 30 amps 12V power. Only 80Plus bronze. $59.99 5 year warranty.
Doesn't compete well with the newer Rosewill Capstone, but it is Seasonic and brand loyalty is understandable.


Thanks for the prices but I just ordered the one amk09 just listed and its in the process of shipping now.
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August 9, 2012 6:30:20 PM

Juanblue85 said:
Thanks for the prices but I just ordered the one amk09 just listed and its in the process of shipping now.
No worries oh well.
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August 9, 2012 9:46:34 PM

No problem, seasonic is one of the best brands available. Oh yes about the case, you can get a cheap case but a mid-tower case like these:

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

It should fit 6770 Easily by the way. If you want a better case, you can either get one of these. It is pretty expensive but you will benefit from it because the case is the component which usually last longest.

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

And oh about the graphics card, what is your new budget?
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August 9, 2012 10:12:19 PM

If you're getting a new PSU, might as well consider getting a HD7770 as well.........That baby OC'es like hell.

Get a Sapphire HD7770 OC'ed to 1150mhz core, 115% of stock. :) 
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August 9, 2012 10:16:54 PM

greghome said:
If you're getting a new PSU, might as well consider getting a HD7770 as well.........That baby OC'es like hell.

Get a Sapphire HD7770 OC'ed to 1150mhz core, 115% of stock. :) 


That looks like a good one and i'm going to write it in my notebook for later. At the moment I had enough funds to get the new power supply but I'll wait to get the graphics card but that one you listed looks great.

went to youtube and saw this card in action and boy it makes GTA IV which runs horribly on my pc look and play very smooth now that's what I like. definitely going to pick this card up.
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August 10, 2012 8:29:42 AM

Get the normal version and OC it yourself....seems like the SOC HD7770 still uses the same cooler as the stock 7770
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August 10, 2012 11:23:43 PM

amk09 said:
Juan,

It is good that you are checking out a new PSU (power supply unit) because the majority of the PSU's that best buy uses are very cheap and of low quality. Anyone who is an expert on building PC's will tell you that having a high quality PSU is VERY important! For if the cheap one fails it can kill all the rest of the components in your computer...not good at all. Not to mention you won't get the maximum performance out of your other components. Anything over 400W will be good for you. 600W would be great if you plan on building a much more powerful computer in the future, but it is unnecessary if you plan on sticking with a low power graphics card like the Radeon HD7750.

I always recommend Seasonic, here is a good one for you :) 

Seasonic 430W for $59.99 + Free Shipping - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Very high quality - will outlast the rest of the components in your computer. Also, with power consumption consistently dropping lower every generation, I have a good feeling that within a few years a quality 430W PSU will be able to run a top of the line single card system, so it should be rather future proof as well :) 

Good luck.


Hey there wanted to thank you again I got the new one in and used my iPad to see the video on how to install it and it went in really easy now I'm rocking with my new power supply now to save up some more money for that graphics card. :D 
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