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November 11, 2012 9:20:58 PM

Hey guy, soo yea im new to all this computer stuff never touched the hardware, so im basically a noob lol so please dont tear me up lol i got a HP Pavillion p7-1054 stock my specs are

AMD Athlon 2 X4 645
Processor 3.10 ghz
6 GB DDR3 Ram
Windows home 7 premium 64 bit
Radeon 4200
1600x900 monitor

ill also put up a link just to be sure, in case if i missed somethings lol http://bizsupport1.austin.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport...

not really a hardcore pc gamer i play TF2, NS2, Guild Wars 2, Killing Floor im looking to upgrade to a Radeon HD 7770 or the 6870 just want some High to Ultra graphics on most games out there in the market such as Red Orchestra , Crysis or BF3 ive never touched my pc so im not sure if there are other components i must add besides the gfx card, or if u guys think another higher performance card will be better than please feel free to tell me
the most im willing to spend is about 200$ or maybe a bit more
Please help this noob cookies will be awarded :D 

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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 12:24:04 AM

Yea also you wont be able to get a card any better really due to your processor.
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 12:24:13 AM

A radeon HD 6870 would be good or even a 6850, it just depends on the price. Thats providing you have a 450w+ PSU with 1 6-pin PCIe connector
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November 12, 2012 12:35:22 AM

Will the radeon 6870 be able to run most games on high or ultra setting though? and regards to the processor so the highest card my processor can handle is the 6870 is that what ur saying? sorry still learning here lol
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 12:37:49 AM

Yeah it will. A 6870 is still decent nowadays, it'd play (for example) BF3 1080p on high so you should almost max most games.
You heard of a bottleneck?
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 1:09:42 AM

You should really get an HD 7850 2GB. I'm sad to admit it, but my favorite card is showing its age already... Passable for Crysis and BF3 on Ultra @ 900p, but not ideal. Newer games favor the newer architecture of the HD 7850.
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November 12, 2012 1:12:11 AM

calumconroy said:
Yeah it will. A 6870 is still decent nowadays, it'd play (for example) BF3 1080p on high so you should almost max most games.
You heard of a bottleneck?


Im not familiar with bottlenecking can u please explain
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November 12, 2012 1:15:27 AM

jessterman21 said:
You should really get an HD 7850 2GB. I'm sad to admit it, but my favorite card is showing its age already... Passable for Crysis and BF3 on Ultra @ 900p, but not ideal. Newer games favor the newer architecture of the HD 7850.


If i were to buy the 7850 though would it require me buying a stronger motherboard or processor? or can my current computer run the card fine? in other words is there any other requirements that are needed besides a good power supply for the card
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 1:17:39 AM

I agree with jessterman but it might not be in your budget.
Bottlenecking means when your processor (CPU) isn't good enough to keep up with your graphics card (GPU). Lets say if you used your processor with a gtx 670, your CPU wouldnt be able to keep up. This would mean that the GPU wouldnt run at full potential.
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November 12, 2012 1:20:28 AM

icewater said:
If i were to buy the 7850 though would it require me buying a stronger motherboard or processor? or can my current computer run the card fine? in other words is there any other requirements that are needed besides a good power supply for the card

It would bottleneck so you would most likely need a new processor and motherboard as athlon and thier motherboards are old tech.
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November 12, 2012 1:27:19 AM

icewater said:
Will the radeon 6870 be able to run most games on high or ultra setting though? and regards to the processor so the highest card my processor can handle is the 6870 is that what ur saying? sorry still learning here lol


My friend has FX 6100 + HD 6870 and he plays Sleeping Dogs in Ultra Graphics at 1080p with 22 FPS

So I think you can play most games at High {Not Ultra} with 6870 at a playable Fps.

But 22 fps is still very playable.
My 9400GT runs the game at 16 Fps on 800x600 on Low Graphics and I can still play. LOL :bounce: 
I am upgrading to a GTX 660 now and maybe play on Ultra with i5.
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November 12, 2012 1:27:35 AM

calumconroy said:
It would bottleneck so you would most likely need a new processor and motherboard as athlon and thier motherboards are old tech.


ok well i got cash but i wanted to keep it under 200 but i can get more. what kind of processor and motherboard would u recommend me getting if i were to get the 7850 and what are the usual prices for those would u say?
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 1:41:52 AM

icewater said:
ok well i got cash but i wanted to keep it under 200 but i can get more. what kind of processor and motherboard would u recommend me getting if i were to get the 7850 and what are the usual prices for those would u say?

I say stick with what you have right now - you can still game smoothly with that CPU. The situation may change next year if you like to play the newest, most demanding games, but for now a GPU upgrade is all you need. Go ahead and shell out the $200 for an HD 7850 or $230 for a GTX 660 if you can stretch it.
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 1:42:21 AM

Well i'm english and *** me its half 3 in the morning here so as you can imagine i'm tired so i cant be bothered working out prices.
An i3 3220 you can get about £80, you can get a decent cheap socket 1155 motherboard around £50, and ram about £30. (Again sorry for currency)
The i3 will almost level with i5s in gaming as it will in general desktop performance, it is dual core but it has 4 threads for the extra speed boost.
And don't worry - an ivy bridge i3 can support up to a gtx 670 without bottlenecking.
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November 12, 2012 1:59:49 AM

well thanks guys and sorry didnt know it was that late for you lol, well im a do some researching and give it some thoughts on what u guys have told me and if anyone else has an reccomendations feel free to post
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:07:55 AM

Okay let us know what you decide!
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November 12, 2012 5:54:33 PM

Ok well i was looking at the card prices on newegg (if u guys now a better site with cheaper deals that would be great) and the Radeon 7850 is about 30-40$ more of the 6870 and has some real good improvements so im thinking of leaning on the 7850, however im kinda stuck on which brand to choose, i want to get the sapphire version, but im not sure if there a reliable and good card company maker
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 6:04:19 PM

7850 is a great card for the price from ATi. You wouldn't be able to get a bettercard to go with your Athlon without bottlenecking it.
This would be the best 7850 on newegg for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You only really need more than a 1gb card if you're using over 1080p so that is the best - sapphire are a great radeon make too.
The other alternative is this:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX785...
To be honest i'd prefer the Sapphire as it has the 2 fans as opposed to the XFX's 1.
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November 12, 2012 7:58:11 PM

calumconroy said:
7850 is a great card for the price from ATi. You wouldn't be able to get a bettercard to go with your Athlon without bottlenecking it.
This would be the best 7850 on newegg for you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You only really need more than a 1gb card if you're using over 1080p so that is the best - sapphire are a great radeon make too.
The other alternative is this:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX785...
To be honest i'd prefer the Sapphire as it has the 2 fans as opposed to the XFX's 1.


ok thanks Calum for being so helpful u really helped this noob out lol, definatly gunna go with the sapphire u reccomended, however now i only need one more thing :D , the power supply this card need about 500w minimum if im correct, BUT i dont wanna go cheap on the power supply because ive heard theres ALOT of poorly made PS that burn out, so what are some of the best, great quality, basically they dont cheap out in there products by using crappy materials.
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November 14, 2012 3:30:00 PM

Best answer selected by icewater.
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