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Upgrading GPU (and PSU?)

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December 10, 2012 4:24:45 PM

Hi! Seeking advice for upgrading GPU, and probably PSU.
HP ENVY h8-1400z Desktop PC
• Windows 8 64
• AMD FX-6120 six-core processor [3.6GHz, 6MB L2/8MB L3 Cache]
• 6GB DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
• 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
• No secondary hard drive
• 1GB AMD Radeon HD 7570 [DVI, HDMI, DP, VGA adapter]
• 300W Power supply
• SuperMulti DVD Burner
• Premium Wireless-N LAN card and Bluetooth(R)(1x1)
• 15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 2 USB 3.0 (top)
• No Additional Office Software
• No additional Security Software
• No TV Tuner
• Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound

This is what I have right now, with HP W2371d 23-inch Diagonal LED Backlit Monitor.

I play occasionally, usually real-time strategy games with the newest being Civ IV or V & Red Alert 3. My wife will also be doing a lot of graphically intensive work, such as editing photos and creating infographics.

What would you suggest I upgrade to in terms of GPU and potential PSU? Looking at no more than $500 for both. Hoping a potential solution will be relatively future-proof, but I'm not interested in SLI/Crossfire solutions.

Many thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 4:50:53 PM

With the games you play I won't recommend anything more than a HD7770 . A corsair CX450 should pair well with this GPU.

If you want to spend the entire 500 ,then go for HD7950/GTX 660ti and corsair TX650 v2.

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December 10, 2012 4:57:55 PM

sayantan said:
With the games you play I won't recommend anything more than a HD7770 . A corsair CX450 should pair well with this GPU.

If you want to spend the entire 500 ,then go for HD7950/GTX 660ti and corsair TX650 v2.


I second this GPU wise, really dont see much reason to go over a 7770/650ti but if your going all out and personally i love my Sapphire 7950. Ive OC'd it to be on par with a GTX 670.

650ti-$180 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7770-$140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My 7950-$300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply wise i have used the Antec Truepower 750w in my own build along with a few friends builds as well. Its a very solid psu for just at $100(On Sale).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 10, 2012 5:29:53 PM

Thanks, guys. With all the GPUs out there I didn't want to have to splurge if I didn't have to.

I'm intrigued by Assassins Creed III; would any of those three be able to run it reasonably well? I don't have to have everything turned way up.
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 5:41:51 PM

Assasins Creed III is more CPU bound. All them should run the game well given that you have a good cpu. I'm sure your cpu will bottleneck the 7950 in this game.
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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2012 5:47:59 PM

Expect medium to high with 7770. If you want just a bit more performance I'd look at the 7850 (I don't really see a point in spending more for the 2 GB version though, even if I listed it).
7770- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7850 1GB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
7850 2GB- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There are also quite a few PSU I'd recommend over that one above for $100. Although you really only need a CX 430. From cheapest to most expensive all will work with either card listed above.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (modular)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (best make)
As I already said all will work just fine (even if some are slightly better).
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December 10, 2012 7:14:22 PM

Best answer selected by Cmdr_Keen.
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December 10, 2012 7:14:42 PM

Thanks for all the help, guys! Once I make my decision, get the items in, and install them I'll let you know what I think.
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