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November 19, 2012 5:19:36 AM

Hey guys,
I've been using my Dell Vostro 200 for over 5 years now, and I decided that I want to upgrade my graphics card, which is currently a Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family. I mainly want to play games like League of Legends and Skyrim. My fps for LoL is ridiculously low ranging from 05-25 on a lucky day. I was wondering which graphics card has the best quality/price ratio. I'm not too tech savvy :/ 

Also, any recommendations of a nice gaming keyboard? One that doesn't make too many clicky sounds and looks aesthetically pleasing at the same time :D 

Your help is appreciated
Thanks

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a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2012 5:51:48 AM

The best in my opinion is the 7870. The gtx 660 is also decent if you prefer nvidia products.
The problem is that your cpu is probably a significant limiting factor. It would be helpful if you could give us better information on the exact cpu in your system, along with the other components (RAM, PSU wattage, etc.) and also if you could measure the dimensions for graphics cards fitting into your case as it appears to be quite a tight fit for modern cards. Primarily length.
Because your cpu is probably a significant limiting factor I wouldn't be surprised if a 7770 is your best option. Also you may need a better power supply to run the new graphics card.
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November 19, 2012 6:11:31 AM

7750
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2012 9:45:17 AM

Yeah unless you also upgrade the power supply to like a 450w unit you'll be stuck with the 7750, and even if you go up to the 7770 or 7850 the core 2 duo at 2.2 ghz is going to be severely limiting your framerate making the extra expense meaningless. I'd try a 7750 and see if it works without a psu upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b U Graphics card
November 19, 2012 11:45:42 AM

kevin83 said:
Yeah unless you also upgrade the power supply to like a 450w unit you'll be stuck with the 7750, and even if you go up to the 7770 or 7850 the core 2 duo at 2.2 ghz is going to be severely limiting your framerate making the extra expense meaningless. I'd try a 7750 and see if it works without a psu upgrade.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't think being "stuck" with the HD 7750 is such a big deal... It's still around 10 times better than the pathetic onboard graphics. And unless you plan on playing some seriously demanding games (2011, 2012 shooters) you'll be all right, even at 1080p.

It is also the best bang for the buck right now, too.
November 22, 2012 1:07:28 AM

I found out my PSU is actually 160W. What power source do I have to get that would work with the graphics card and what video card could fit, because the mini tower doesn't have to much space?
a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 1:51:47 AM

JustANormalGuy said:
I found out my PSU is actually 160W. What power source do I have to get that would work with the graphics card and what video card could fit, because the mini tower doesn't have to much space?

No way - are you sure it's not the slim-tower version? If so, you might be better off getting a new computer. I'm sure you can find an i3 minitower for around $300 this weekend. Buy an HD 7770 to go with it.
a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2012 5:35:58 PM

You have 2 options. You can buy a new case and power supply, put the old system in the new case, and add a graphics card, or you can buy a new computer.
November 22, 2012 11:56:39 PM

I'll just look at the sales this weekend I guess, if I can't find anything good, I'll reply again :D  Thanks guys