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Do i need to upgrade CPU as well?

Hey all. Let me just preface this by saying I don't know too much about building computers, but I like to believe i'm not a complete moron.

So recently in the middle of a game of League of Legends, my UI got all weird and started tearing. i tested it in saints row 3 as well and it did the same thing, though not as much. This has never happened to me before but my computer is about 3-4 years old and the card is about 2 years old.

now i see alot of artifacts(i think that's what it's called, basically little squares appearing randomly) but they disappear if i move a window over it or change the screen. I have tried re-seating and cleaning the card, updated to newest drivers and even beta drivers. no change. so i guess my card is dying and i need an upgrade. PLEASE HELP!

i've been away from the scene and don't know what's new anymore, but basically i want a card that will run most new games on high. my 460 has been able to (while cooking eggs albeit) for the most part but it's time is passed.

specs: (im not sure what i should include here so im just gonna throw a bunch of lines from cpu-z here)
CPU: Intel Core i5 750
8gb RAM DDR3
Mainboard: gateway FMP55
1.5TB HDD and an extra 500G HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1gb
PSU: 650W

300-ish dollar budget but im hoping i dont have to spend that much.
Basically i need to upgrade my Graphics card but im worried if i do, my cpu will bottleneck it. is this true? if so what should i upgrade to? i was told a 7850 2gb would work for me.
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  1. That cpu is still a good one, you can get a 660 gtx for ~220$.
    Or if you're open to the amd side, the 7870 tahiti le for 240$.
    Also what's the brand and model of the psu ?
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

    This GPU has 95% performance of the $300 7950 but costs $50 less. It can also be overclocked efficiently due to the good fans. I would recommend that you spend $30 and buy the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU cooler for your CPU. if your CPU ends up being a major bottleneck, you can just overclock your CPU with the cooler to lessen the bottleneck.
  3. djangoringo said:
    That cpu is still a good one, you can get a 660 gtx for ~220$.
    Or if you're open to the amd side, the 7870 tahiti le for 240$.
    Also what's the brand and model of the psu ?

    http://www.computerliquidators.ca/hardware/mios-ky-650atx-650w-atx12v-power-supply.html this it it.
    im not really biased against amd or the other, mostly because i dont have sufficient knowledge for a good opinion, which would you consider better?

    @plasma i really have no knowledge on overclocking, like at all. it just seemed too complicated for me and ive been scared to try it. i'm willing to learn though! i would just need that cooler thing to do it?
  4. Never heard from that psu, it doesn't show how many amps it has on the +12v rail.
    It's probably rubbish, you might as well get a new psu.
  5. Yea i bought it at some shady computer place for the 460 :P. heres what it says on it:
    +3.3V: 16A ... +5V: 18A ... +12V1: 11A ... +12V2: 11A ... -12V: 0.5A ... +5VSB: 2A
    would this be alright?
  6. Downloading OCCT right now, ill get back with the test results. Seriously thanks for the advice, the 460 really has been enough so i guess i wouldnt need an upgrade of that yet, but i do expect to do alot of pc gaming in the months to come with these new games like starcraft 2, bioshock infinite, and metal gear rising. i suppose i should give the 460 a shot at running them first before i go for a upgrade though.
  7. qwertysoares said:
    Yea i bought it at some shady computer place for the 460 :P. heres what it says on it:
    +3.3V: 16A ... +5V: 18A ... +12V1: 11A ... +12V2: 11A ... -12V: 0.5A ... +5VSB: 2A
    would this be alright?


    No, it's insufficient, you have a psu with two +12v rails with 11A, replace the psu, it probably has that total of 11A.
    It's really rubbish.
    Be ware you stress out the psu, you might overload it and that psu probably doesn't have any protection, you might have fireworks or it take the motherboard out with it.

    Since you're from Canada get this psu : http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180AC2961&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manfuacture=XFX
    It's a quality psu, with free shipping.
    For the card : http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=16950BD4289&vpn=AX7870%202GBD5-2DHPPV3E&manfuacture=Others
    or http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11830BD6980&vpn=GV-N660OC-2GD&manfuacture=GIGABYTE
  8. buy a new PSU and a GTX660 then you'll have a GPU for when you go to upgrade your CPU/Mobo at a later time.
  9. djangoringo said:
    No, it's insufficient, you have a psu with two +12v rails with 11A, replace the psu, it probably has that total of 11A.
    It's really rubbish.
    Be ware you stress out the psu, you might overload it and that psu probably doesn't have any protection, you might have fireworks or it take the motherboard out with it.


    ok i will order a new PSU right now actually. Thanks everyone here for the advice.
    so is http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026&Tpk=Corsair%20CX%20430 a good one? or do i need a better one? i don't know too much but 430W sounds kind of low right?
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  11. ya, the corsair and a 7870 is a great upfrade for the core i5
  12. Best answer selected by qwertysoares.
  13. Thanks very much guys, i'll reply back in a few days and let you know how it goes :)
  14. He's from canada, and the xfx 550 pro for 60 canadian dollars ain't an overpriced psu, it's a quality one, seasonic oem, and no the antec neo isn't better, the xfx is based on a more recent seasonic unit, the antec neo 620 is more expensive there : http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031
    If you think a no name brand psu with two +12v rails with 11A, which probably the second one is a fake one isn't a problem, you're wrong, the psu is to take in consideration, you can have crashes and bluescreens with it, with high ripple and noise levels.
    If he wants to determine if other parts are as well defective, check the ram with memtest 86+, the hdd with hirenboot, and check the cpu and gpu temperatures, but the psu must be replaced.
    That 7870 is a tahiti le not a standard 7870, it's not overpriced, again those prices are from Canada not USA, a 660 gtx is a good card for the price.
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