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December 3, 2012 5:37:27 PM

Hi, I am in desperate need of a graphics card upgrade but do not know which to buy.
I have a budget of £200 (which $320-ish) don't worry about giving me links for american websites, i can find the UK equivalents.

My specs:
Manufacturer/Model: Packard Bell IMEDIA B2316 AIO
Processor: Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20 GHz 2203 Mhz 2 cores
RAM: 2GB

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (Service Pack 2)

Basically, everything is out-of-the-factory parts. I know it's not great.
I am looking for the best card that will run on my system, for my budget.

Thanks in advance guys!

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a c 186 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:49:33 PM

Wow!Your in a hard place.That cpu is so out dated.I don't know what to recommend.I think a 7850 would be pushing it maybe not wait for more replies.
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:50:38 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Wow!Your in a hard place.That cpu is so out dated.I don't know what to recommend.I think a 7850 would be pushing it maybe not wait for more replies.

+1 :p  ima agree you after this no need for me to type oO
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:50:42 PM

Your system is pretty outdated and any video card you buy in that price range will be severely bottlenecked by that CPU. If i was you i would look into upgrading your CPU/Mobo/Ram and run on integrated graphics till you can get together some more money for a video card.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 5:53:36 PM

yeah thats what i was saying :S. maybe a cpu upgrade first? what mother board do you have?
December 3, 2012 6:32:26 PM

Thanks for all of the replies guys, I do realise that my system is pretty outdated - what cpu do you recommend (or other parts)?

As for my motherboard - i dont know but i searched on google and http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/327010 said 'Packard Bell BV MCP73VT-PM'
I'm not sure on the reliability of this, or if this is the exact one how would i find out without taking off the casing on my pc (im new to this)
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:39:27 PM

Is your budget going to remain ~$320? And what components do you hope to get his this $$? (CPU+Mobo+Ram+graphics card? or just CPU+Mobo+Ram?) I ask this because I would get an intel cpu if you think you will be able to get a graphics card soon, if not get an AMD with the best integrated graphics and sometime down the road get a dedicated graphics card. Just need to know what your future plans will be to recommend anything.
December 3, 2012 6:49:16 PM

Derza10 said:
Is your budget going to remain ~$320? And what components do you hope to get his this $$? (CPU+Mobo+Ram+graphics card? or just CPU+Mobo+Ram?) I ask this because I would get an intel cpu if you think you will be able to get a graphics card soon, if not get an AMD with the best integrated graphics and sometime down the road get a dedicated graphics card. Just need to know what your future plans will be to recommend anything.


I not too sure, my budget would still be $320, maybe $350 if i needed to.
I would like to get an intel, however the amd's are cheaper, it would be a while before I could save up this amount again (6 month).
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:13:14 PM

sun285 said:
I not too sure, my budget would still be $320, maybe $350 if i needed to.
I would like to get an intel, however the amd's are cheaper, it would be a while before I could save up this amount again (6 month).


i3-3220: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$120

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$80

8gb ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$40

7750: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$90
OR
7770: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$120 if your PSU can support it.

total = $330-$360 (this price does not include an OS)

Maybe someone else could give him a second opinion I didn't spend very much time putting this together. What is your current PSU/case?
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:25:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $365.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 16:22 EST-0500)
- For upgrading the GPU a tier above 7770 i built an AMD (just for a choice). If you want intel build Derza's build is good
- NO PSU in build
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:39:07 PM

technoholic said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $365.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 16:22 EST-0500)
- For upgrading the GPU a tier above 7770 i built an AMD (just for a choice). If you want intel build Derza's build is good
- NO PSU in build


Since his computer is a prebuilt machine, it probably has a crappy psu so the 7850 will be too power hungry unless hes willing to go over and get a new psu.

So i think Derza's build is more balanced with the i3 and radeon 7750. I think you might need to get a new case too because the prebuilt systems are hard to work with, but it varies.
December 3, 2012 7:43:21 PM

Thankyou to both of you guys, these suggestions are great.
To answer previous questions, i have a 230VAC psu and a standard packard bell case.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:43:50 PM

Well that 7770 card also requires 450w+ any way
a c 186 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:43:59 PM

technoholic said:
+1 :p  ima agree you after this no need for me to type oO
:lol:  :lol:  :lol: 
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:50:08 PM

sun285 said:
Thankyou to both of you guys, these suggestions are great.
To answer previous questions, i have a 230VAC psu and a standard packard bell case.


What is the model number of the PSU?
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:57:24 PM

Well it is hard to draw an upgrade path for a pre-built machine. Wish we could help you bro but currently whatever you touch in that pc, it will cost money. Perhaps save up some money and build a new rig later?
December 3, 2012 8:05:35 PM

Derza10 said:
What is the model number of the PSU?


I don't know, how do i check?
December 3, 2012 8:07:37 PM

technoholic said:
Well it is hard to draw an upgrade path for a pre-built machine. Wish we could help you bro but currently whatever you touch in that pc, it will cost money. Perhaps save up some money and build a new rig later?

Tbh it is looking that this is gonna be the only option as I would need to upgrade the cpu, motherboard, graphic card, RAM and psu. Then buy a case for it adn probably a cooling system. :o 
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:08:22 PM

sun285 said:
I don't know, how do i check?


Should have a sticker on the PSU that says model number, you will need to open the case to see it.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:13:13 PM

sun285 said:
Tbh it is looking that this is gonna be the only option as I would need to upgrade the cpu, motherboard, graphic card, RAM and psu. Then buy a case for it adn probably a cooling system. :o 


It would really make things a lot easier if you did lol. You will most likely need a new PSU, case, cpu, mobo, gpu, and ram. You can reuse your HDD, maybe your dvd rom (if it isn't a dvd rom then you should get one but they are cheap $13-$15).
a new case can be as cheap as $30-$50 and same goes for the PSU.

You can build a decent computer for around $500, just not really at $350 :-/
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:17:46 PM

Think this way: in a couple of months there will be new generation GPUs in the market and the current generation will probably get cheaper
a c 87 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:27:57 PM

I can help you out with used parts - I recently side-graded into a smaller case and have a z77 motherboard and 750w corsair power supply on my hands.

PM me?
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:34:18 PM

DarkSable said:
I can help you out with used parts - I recently side-graded into a smaller case and have a z77 motherboard and 750w corsair power supply on my hands.

PM me?


Remember hes in UK, not sure where you are from just shipping might be an issue on cost. (and if you are in the US maybe i can buy them from you for my wives computer lol)
a c 186 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:39:00 PM

sun285 said:
This is the American version http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qMJH
:lol:  we understand parts no matter where there from ;)  i think it's decent you have no budget left for a card though or do you ?
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:40:10 PM

Yea give us a budget and we can help you out a lot more with a complete build.
a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 8:49:13 PM

LOL i think you are joking with that HDD
December 3, 2012 8:58:48 PM

With a complete build, probs about £400-ish
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