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December 6, 2012 3:46:45 PM

I've half decided i'm going to be buying the Sapphire Radeon HD7770 Graphics Card (1GB, GDDR5) but i don't know if it will work with my current setup. What do you need to know about my PC?

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a c 112 U Graphics card
December 6, 2012 3:50:57 PM

You need to know if you have a pcie 1.0/1.1/2.0/3.0 slot and a decent psu with 400w with a 6 pin pcie.
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a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2012 4:01:46 PM

u've got a really nice PC!!
it's just that the PSU is just 300W,
and with an i7 CPU, getting a low end card like the 7770 is just a shame,
what is your budget?
a c 112 U Graphics card
December 6, 2012 4:07:08 PM

Yes, the 300W power supply won't do for that card, you have a pcie slot x16 though.
Either buy a 6670 amd or 7750 or buy a new power supply with ~450w (from a good brand).
December 6, 2012 4:25:54 PM

I'm fine with getting a new power supply. I know it's a shame. Just remembered i've got a student loan coming in at the end of the month. Combine that with christmas and £150 is probably the most i'd spend. Maybe add £20 if it's worth it.
December 6, 2012 4:39:10 PM

That looks good to me. Is there any difference between the model if it's made by MSI, Saphire , ASUS etc.? I know someone who sells computer components, unfortunately not upgrades like sound/graphics card, so the power supple should be a bit discounted. I've noticed there's quite a big jump between price between the £90 range to the £140. Sucks.
a c 112 U Graphics card
December 6, 2012 4:45:02 PM

MSI is a good brand, in the top brands AMD overall (ASUS, Sapphire, Gigabyte and MSI) and that 7770 is a ghz edition(means it's overclock to 1000mhz).
About the psu, it's the best price i see for a quality(xfx is a good brand) psu 450w.
December 6, 2012 4:51:06 PM

There are a couple of options depending on how much of a discount you manage to get for the PSU.

An OC'd 7770 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-HD7770-Graphics...

Cheap 7850 http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon-Edition-Graphics-E...

Another option is to see if you can hang on till after crimbo and go for something with a bit more of a kick like a 660 or 7870. Amazon seems fairly decently priced with a 660 running about 180 right now http://www.amazon.co.uk/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-Graphics-Car...