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GPU upgrade for Simcity

Hi all,

I'm a console gamer and play the occasional C&C or strategy type games, and I'm looking forward to trying out the upcoming SimCity. I believe the maximum possible upgrade for me is a 7750 or a 7770 with my current 300W power supply. I dont play PC games often enough to need a gaming PC, but was wondering if upgrading the PSU would be more cost effective (would be able to get a better bang for buck) when I buy a GPU?

I am considering this PSU (for $20 seems a great deal) -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-TechBargains&cm_mmc=AFC-TechBargains-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA&Item=N82E16817139026

I dont have any video card ideas, what would you recommend between the 7750 and 7770, and what would you recommend if I upgrade my PSU modestly? I just want to play the occasional game so want to stick to about $150 total.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Intel HD Graphics 2000
300W ATX power supply

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Gateway DX4860-UB33P Core i5-2320 Quad-Core 3.0GHz 8GB 1TB Integrated high definition audio with 5.1 channel support

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: in order of preference Amazon (to use a gift card), Newegg and like sites (tigerdirect)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Needs to fit.

OVERCLOCKING: No

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not important, as high as I can get for my budget.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Thank you for your advice! :sol:
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  1. Corsair is a good brand PSU.

    The Radeon HD 7750 is the best card you can get for a 300w PSU. The Radeon HD 7770 generally needs a good 350w+ PSU. I never played SimCity, but I think the Radeon HD 7750 should be more than enough.

    The closest game to Simcity that I play is Cities XL 2012, it definitely is not a graphically demanding game since I can play it on my laptop with an Intel HD 3000.
  2. corsair is a good brand, but iirc that model is done too cheaply. Even on newegg there are alot of 1 star feedbacks when the units have died soon after purchase...
  3. If you want to play Simcity, you should be able to play it with your Intel HD Graphics 2000.
  4. jaguarskx said:
    Corsair is a good brand PSU.

    The Radeon HD 7750 is the best card you can get for a 300w PSU. The Radeon HD 7770 generally needs a good 350w+ PSU. I never played SimCity, but I think the Radeon HD 7750 should be more than enough.

    The closest game to Simcity that I play is Cities XL 2012, it definitely is not a graphically demanding game since I can play it on my laptop with an Intel HD 3000.



    Sounds like a similar game, I will take a look at that, thanks! So you think I wouldnt need the PSU for a game like SimCity (the upcoming 2013 one - just for clarification) and could get a 7750? Is there a good brand I could look at for a 7750?
  5. jemm said:
    If you want to play Simcity, you should be able to play it with your Intel HD Graphics 2000.



    Do you mean the upcoming 2013 game? I can hardly play anything with my onboard GPU :)
  6. Would it make sense to buy the 450W PSU for $20 to buy a 7770 instead of a 7750?
  7. Best answer
    It is very strange you say "you can hardly play anything with my onboard GPU"! Perhaps you are attempting to play games at high resolution and settings, eh?

    Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 Performance http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/11

    See the SimCity Graphics card requirements:

    ATI X1800 or better*
    nVidia 7800 or better*
    Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
    (*Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support)

    Anyway, the PSU you´ve listed for $20 is definitely a good deal, I´d get that! ;)

    With $139.99 you should be able to get a GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838

    GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review: Nvidia's Last Graphics Card For 2012 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-benchmark-gk106,3318.html
  8. The system requirements for SimCity 5 is pretty low. Unless you plan on playing other PC games that are graphically demanding, the Radeon HD 7750 should be more than enough. Naturally, the Radeon HD 7770 is more powerful and can last you longer should you decide on playing more intensive games, but you also need to spend a little more for it.

    http://www.simcity.com/en_US/buy/simcity

    Radeon HD 7750 or HD 7770 is not really going to make much of a difference for that game.
  9. jemm said:
    It is very strange you say "you can hardly play anything with my onboard GPU"! Perhaps you are attempting to play games at high resolution and settings, eh?

    Intel HD Graphics 2000/3000 Performance http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/11

    See the SimCity Graphics card requirements:

    ATI X1800 or better*
    nVidia 7800 or better*
    Intel 4100 Integrated Graphics or better*
    (*Minimum of 256MB of on-board RAM and Shader 3.0 or better support)

    Anyway, the PSU you´ve listed for $20 is definitely a good deal, I´d get that! ;)

    With $139.99 you should be able to get a GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838

    GeForce GTX 650 Ti Review: Nvidia's Last Graphics Card For 2012 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-benchmark-gk106,3318.html



    Haha this is true, I've had poor experiences with my older desktops with integrated graphics so never really tried to see what they can do! I am surprised with the SimCity requirements, I assumed that they would be high. Thank you for your advi
  10. jaguarskx said:
    The system requirements for SimCity 5 is pretty low. Unless you plan on playing other PC games that are graphically demanding, the Radeon HD 7750 should be more than enough. Naturally, the Radeon HD 7770 is more powerful and can last you longer should you decide on playing more intensive games, but you also need to spend a little more for it.

    http://www.simcity.com/en_US/buy/simcity

    Radeon HD 7750 or HD 7770 is not really going to make much of a difference for that game.



    I'm getting the impression that I will be okay with just a 7750 then, does it matter which brand I get? Thank you for your input, this helped!
  11. I think SAPPHIRE is much better than XFX.

    A SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB costs $94.99 after $10.00 rebate at Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
  12. jemm said:
    I think SAPPHIRE is much better than XFX.

    A SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB costs $94.99 after $10.00 rebate at Newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969


    Thank you! Do any of 7750 cards come any higher than 128-bit (Memory Interface)? I am thinking higher is better unless mistaken.
  13. You are correct, higher is better, but all Radeon HD 7750/7770 are 128 bit.
  14. Thank you for your answers!
  15. Best answer selected by wicke.
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