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Changing video card from GT 430 to GTX..Recommendations?

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October 23, 2012 1:51:43 PM

Hello,

My budget is about 150 to 200, no more than that unless I wait a few more months. I was told before that a GTX card would be so much better, and now I'm deciding to take the plunge. Please note, I'm not interested in researching for myself, the reason I came here is for recommendations for a card. I have a Gateway GM5480E that is fully upgraded, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GT 430 4GB video card, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2.13 Ghz Processor. Let the suggestions begin!
a b U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 1:59:11 PM

Radeon HD 7850 2GB for $184.99 after $10 rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's the limit that your CPU can handle before it starts to bottleneck the GPU, and there's still the probability that it would still have a 10%-ish bottleneck.

Edit: if you have a good PSU that can handle the power draw. If not, you need a 7770 which would not be bottlenecked by your CPU, but you wouldn't get nearly the performance of the 7850.
a b U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:04:08 PM

I would recommend the 7770 by AMD. This will be considerably faster than what you have. No, its not a Nvidia GTX, but for the money, its the fastest card.
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October 23, 2012 2:20:29 PM

Sorry, forgot to mention. It needs to be single slotted as I'd have to remove a component if I were to get it to fit correctly and am not sure how to do that.
a b U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:27:31 PM

check gtx 660 also
October 23, 2012 2:32:06 PM

bigcyco1 and akshayghai29785, yeah those cards you recommend are dual slot, I can only put in a single slot card unfortunately. GTX 660 was recommended a while ago for me but I can only find dual slotted ones.
a c 236 U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:33:28 PM

Unless your power supply has been upgraded, it is likely that you do not have the power to run a $150-$200 graphics card.
Gateway and other prebuilt vendors typically supply a psu only strong enough th run the purchased configuration.
Perhaps in the 350w range.
Go check. If your psu is >400w, or if your psu has a 6 pin pci-e power connector, then it should have the power for a strong card.

Without replacing the psu, the strongest card you can buy that wil run is the amd 7750. It is a $100 class card.
Here is one example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you wish to avoid changing graphics crivers, the GT640 is priced a bit lower, and will not be quite as strong as the 7750.
Here is one example. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either card will be a considerable jump in capability over your current GT430.

Should you be wanting to spend your $200 budget for the strongest graphics , then you can buy a replacement psu like the Corsair
CX430 @$24 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And a much stronger GTX650ti for $170:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 185 U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:36:20 PM

geofelt said:
Unless your power supply has been upgraded, it is likely that you do not have the power to run a $150-$200 graphics card.
Gateway and other prebuilt vendors typically supply a psu only strong enough th run the purchased configuration.
Perhaps in the 350w range.
Go check. If your psu is >400w, or if your psu has a 6 pin pci-e power connector, then it should have the power for a strong card.

Without replacing the psu, the strongest card you can buy that wil run is the amd 7750. It is a $100 class card.
Here is one example:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you wish to avoid changing graphics crivers, the GT640 is priced a bit lower, and will not be quite as strong as the 7750.
Here is one example. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Either card will be a considerable jump in capability over your current GT430.

Should you be wanting to spend your $200 budget for the strongest graphics , then you can buy a replacement psu like the Corsair
CX430 @$24 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And a much stronger GTX650ti for $170:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
+1 i agree with all this ;) 
October 23, 2012 2:36:52 PM

Do any of you read my posts? I CANNOT fit a dual slotted card in my machine without removing components, which I DO NOT want to do. As far as upgrading the PSU? I want to do that so I can get a stronger card, but again, it needs to be a single slot card, not dual.
a c 236 U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:40:15 PM

ShadoGazer said:
Sorry, forgot to mention. It needs to be single slotted as I'd have to remove a component if I were to get it to fit correctly and am not sure how to do that.


What is now installed in the adjacent slot?
If there is another open slot of the same type, it is trivial to change slots.
Perhaps a pic of the area would clear things up.

If your space is truly single slot, you will be limited in your options for a strong graphics card.
Stronger cards generate lots of heat and need good cooling.
About the best card you can use with a single slot might be the 7750 from powercolor.
No psu change needed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I recall I saw something stronger , but I can't remember what it was.
a c 185 U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:41:21 PM

ShadoGazer said:
Do any of you read my posts? I CANNOT fit a dual slotted card in my machine without removing components, which I DO NOT want to do. As far as upgrading the PSU? I want to do that so I can get a stronger card, but again, it needs to be a single slot card, not dual.
Never seen your org. post say that i see your comments mentioning it now i think my browser is needing cleared up or the site is lagging i didn't see that at first sorry
October 23, 2012 2:48:27 PM

geofelt said:
What is now installed in the adjacent slot?
If there is another open slot of the same type, it is trivial to change slots.
Perhaps a pic of the area would clear things up.

If your space is truly single slot, you will be limited in your options for a strong graphics card.
Stronger cards generate lots of heat and need good cooling.



I THINK the modem is in the next slot over, if I'm not mistaken. How easy would it be to pull that out? It's dialup I think, so it's not really needed since I have a cable modem. With that said, I can possibly throw in a dual slotted card depending on how easy it would be to pull the modem out, put the new card in and run the computer.

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a c 236 U Graphics card
October 23, 2012 2:52:59 PM
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ShadoGazer said:
I THINK the modem is in the next slot over, if I'm not mistaken. How easy would it be to pull that out? It's dialup I think, so it's not really needed since I have a cable modem. With that said, I can possibly throw in a dual slotted card depending on how easy it would be to pull the modem out, put the new card in and run the computer.


If you do not need the dial up modem, go ahead and pull it out. Should be very easy to do.
Then check out the functioning of your pc to verify that all is good.
Assuming you are successful, you will have expanded your graphics options.

And... replacing a psu is a much more daunting operation.
If that intimidates you, stick with a single slot 7750.
October 23, 2012 3:05:13 PM

Well, I replaced the CPU while my hands were shaking due to the fact I was afraid to fry my motherboard, so.....but people say that's really easy compared to other things. So the 7750 is what I'm going to go with I guess. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone, sorry I got a bit upset there for a bit. I suppose if I really wanted to, I could talk to my friend who is good with computers, and have him install a new PSU for me but he's not very reliable as far as availability to help most times heh. again THANKS!
October 23, 2012 3:05:27 PM

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