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Upgrading Graphic Card for Dummies

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November 8, 2012 1:13:33 PM

Hello,
I've purchased a CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA 250 for son's Christmas. Comes with a Nvidia GT610 Graphics card. Know I need to upgrade the video card before giving to him but really don't understand all the hi-tech jargon. Even as a total novice I can tell that the $1,000 cards are the best, but can't afford them. He plays COD, Assasins Creed, Halo. Any suggestions to help this "dumb" mom??
a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 1:21:28 PM

budget?
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November 8, 2012 1:26:38 PM

a $100 dollar video card will do that's HD 7750 and he can play at a 720p tv or monitor. It all depends on the resolution of the monitor he will be playing at also the budget. That pc has a 500watt power supply so most cards should work..
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November 8, 2012 1:27:00 PM

rgd1101 said:
budget?


$200 or less :( 
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November 8, 2012 1:28:01 PM

arnoldlouie said:
a $100 dollar video card will do that's HD 7750 and he can play at a 720p tv or monitor. It all depends on the resolution of the monitor he will be playing at also the budget. That pc has a 500watt power supply so most cards should work..



He plays on a HD tv.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 1:28:24 PM

So, 1080p. For $200, you're looking at an HD 7850. Best in class at that price point.
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November 8, 2012 1:33:15 PM

willard said:
So, 1080p. For $200, you're looking at an HD 7850. Best in class at that price point.



HD 7850 - is that a Nvidia or AMD? Do I just "search" for HD 7850 video card?
I am totally a novice at this gaming computer stuff :) 
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November 8, 2012 1:33:46 PM

Yes, go for the HD 7850.
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November 8, 2012 1:41:35 PM

Did a search for HD 7850 and now I need to know if I need to order a 1 GB or 2 GB??
This is complicated stuff for a non-gamer!!!
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November 8, 2012 1:41:43 PM

Thats AMD, Just search it newegg or any website.. You will see some price differences because of overclocked versions and brand. It may be okay to look for the cheapest.. unless you see a lot of bad feedbacks.
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November 8, 2012 1:43:38 PM

arnoldlouie said:
Thats AMD, Just search it newegg or any website.. You will see some price differences because of overclocked versions and brand. It may be okay to look for the cheapest.. unless you see a lot of bad feedbacks.


So am I supposed to get an overclocked version?? 1 GB or 2 GB?
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November 8, 2012 1:45:32 PM

The 2gb is better since it has more memory for high resolution gaming. But 1 gb is also okay. Please post the link of the one that you like so that people here can comment if it's good or not.
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 1:47:56 PM

If money is a bit tight, just get a 1GB version.
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November 8, 2012 1:50:48 PM

Stinkboat,

Amazon, newegg, pcpartpicker will probably have the best prices on a "HD 7850". Then you'll have to pick a brand. I have an ASUS and MSI. I have not had any problems with either.

1. Remove the old card (ebay ?)
2. Put new card in
3. Attach the power supply to the card (6 pin connector)
4. Start computer
5. Download latest "catalyst" driver from AMD

XFX HD 7850 on newegg (just checked) $155 after a $20 rebate. Prices will continue to drop between now and Christmas. Longer you wait, the more money saved.

Good Luck !!

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November 8, 2012 1:51:33 PM

Like with most things.. more expensive is better.. I would assume you're son is young and just wants to play with computer games... I'd suggest you'd get the cheapest 1 gb version since I don't see him overclocking or anything.
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November 8, 2012 1:55:18 PM

He is 15 and plays Halo, Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed - all in multi-player.
Really trying to impress him with mom's "knowledge" at Christmas! LOL :) 
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 2:18:39 PM

Good choice, mommy. My dad bought me a video card for Christmas when I was 14 (though this was in 1998), and I learned a lot about computers installing it. I started off just wanting to play better games, but ended up getting interested in computers in general.

Fast forward another 14 years and I'm a software engineer making triple the national average salary. Computers have been good to me.
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November 8, 2012 2:18:59 PM

Thanks to all for your advice. So glad to have found this site!!
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November 8, 2012 2:26:30 PM

willard said:
Good choice, mommy. My dad bought me a video card for Christmas when I was 14 (though this was in 1998), and I learned a lot about computers installing it. I started off just wanting to play better games, but ended up getting interested in computers in general.

Fast forward another 14 years and I'm a software engineer making triple the national average salary. Computers have been good to me.




Just read a little more about this video card:

Cons: 2x6pin PCIE connectors required. This is only a con if you don't plan to overclock, as then the supplied/available power is overkill.

Does this mean it won't fit the gaming computer I've already purchased??
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 2:36:32 PM

The guy who wrote that didn't know what he was talking about. The video card will draw as much power as it needs, not an amount based on the number of power connectors.

That said, the fact that it needs two 6 pin connectors is worth noting. Low end power supplies, like the ones that come in pre-built computers, commonly only have one 6 pin connector. Lucky for you, there are adapters you can use to turn common 4 pin molex connectors into the necessary 6 pin connector. The video card may come with one of these, but if not you can always buy one for a few dollars.

Definitely recommend somebody other than me (about to head into work) take a look at the PSU and video card to see if you need an adapter.
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November 8, 2012 2:53:15 PM

arnoldlouie said:
Yes, go for the HD 7850.



Do you think I will have to have some kind of adapter since this card is a 2x6pin power connector??
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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 3:06:54 PM

From what i could google and find out is it has a TT case so my only guess would be that it has a thermaltake powersupply. Also the only GUA 250 computers that i could find had gt520 cards in them with a 500watt powersupply. looking on newegg both TT 500watt powersuplies they sell have a 6Pin and 6+2 pin. Dont quote me on it but i think she will be ok, not knowing what the powersupply is and only guessing off of google from what i could find.
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November 8, 2012 3:10:33 PM

stinkboat said:
Do you think I will have to have some kind of adapter since this card is a 2x6pin power connector??

mine came with an adapter, (7870, has 2x6pin) but the psu should have a spare.
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November 8, 2012 3:25:07 PM

stinkboat said:
Do you think I will have to have some kind of adapter since this card is a 2x6pin power connector??


The card that you posted don't have any adapter included. You could just buy a molex to 6 pin adapter or you could search for a card that has an adapter.. Please check the psu that you have..most 500w already has 2 6 pin.
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November 16, 2012 9:30:15 AM

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