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Graphic Card Upgrade Advice?

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August 10, 2012 3:11:30 AM

I'm building a new gaming computer and I've prepared which parts I'm getting aside from the graphics card, and i got around $130 left.

What I already have:

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

CPU: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor


Like I said I only have about $130 left on my spending limit and I'm looking for a decent gaming graphic card to get. I order my parts from newegg, so I'd prefer ordering the graphic card from there too. Any advice or suggestions on what i should get would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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August 10, 2012 3:23:45 AM

This http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $129.99

Or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $129.99

Neither are "great" gaming cards, but they will get the job done reasonably well.

Also, that Raidmax PSU is junk and you don't need 730W anyway.

MUCH better unit that is just fine for that system http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99

You may already have that Raidmax PSU, but I'd STRONGLY recommend returning it and getting that Antec unit.
August 10, 2012 8:33:49 AM

Seconding most of what DJDeCiBeL said. I think 7770 is probably the best in that price range but it and other cards for that price use so little power that 730 is overkill. Get a better power supply brand with lower wattage for similar price like the Antec listed above or...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 175 U Graphics card
August 10, 2012 8:39:53 AM

Like Djdecibel, I would suggest changing that PSU. If you mind rebates, you can go with an HD 6850, which is faster than the 7770. Still not 'great' gaming card, but the best for the price.

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

Still with rebates it is $5 more than your budget, but it will be pretty good for you.

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