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Good cheapish graphics card upgrade? [Gaming]

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November 1, 2012 10:45:51 PM

So my Dad recently got me a desktop which I plan to upgrade overtime - dependent on the cash flow - to be a fairly good gaming machine. However, the graphics card just won't do for gaming.
I wanted to upgrade the graphics card with a fairly good replacement until I have the money to get the one I really want. This means I want it to be good enough to handle games without a sporadic frame rate and to handle higher detailed graphics where possible, however I don't need it to be top of the line as it will be temporary.

My machines specifications, including the current graphics card:

Case : Galaxy 3 Gamers Style Midi Tower Case
Motherboard : Gigabyte H61M Motherboard Technology
CPU : Intel I5 2500K Unlocked CPU
Hard Drive : 1tb Sata Hard Drive
Memory : 8gb DDR3 1333 Memory
Graphics Card : Onboard Intel 3000 Graphics
Optical Drive : 24x Dual Layer Sata DVD Writer



I'm pretty new to building PCs, so I wanted your opinions on the best options for me before diving in and buying.

I have a budget of £150 / $242USD.

I was considering the ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650Ti, however at only 1gb... Thoughts?

All the best, and a preemptive thanks for the help. :) 
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November 1, 2012 10:57:14 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Here is the starting place. They recommend a 7870 or 660. Since the 660 is lower in power, I'd consider it first. Also, assuming you are using a single monitor at 1920X1080 or so, 1GB memory in the GPU is fine.
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November 1, 2012 11:02:34 PM

Honestly, you already have a pretty nice build there, aside from the integrated graphics.

A 650ti doesn't need more than 1gb vram, because it won't be maxxing out battlefield 3 or crysis 2 anyways. It's a good card.

The other option is to look at the equivalent Radeon cards - they offer a LOT more bang for your buck.
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November 2, 2012 7:27:30 AM

You have a 2500K on a H61...which will not overclock the 2500K. I wouldn't recommend the 650Ti though. If you can afford the 7850, it would be the much better choice.
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