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A good upgrade from my current graphics card

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December 13, 2012 5:31:36 PM

Hi guys, Im pretty much a noob on graphic cards and I'm thinking to buy a new card soon for better PC gaming experience.

Sadly, I do not count with much budget and I could spend max $200 USD.

My current card (came with the PC) is an AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB.
My processor is an i5-2300 @2.80Ghz (4CPUs) ~2.80Ghz (took it from dxdiag lol)

If its needed i might upgrade the processor in a long future :p 

For some new games I have to put low settings and lower resolution and they run with low FPS but old games like half life 2 runs perfect at high settings.

Example: Black ops 2 runs at 20-24 fps at very low settings and resolution (not 800x600 tho)

Im not of a really HARDCORE PC gamer, I'd confort if the game runs at 60fps with high settings lol i believe thats good for me (not sure how people reaches +100fps :0 i always tho the best was +60fps cuz it looks pretty smooth for me xD).

Anyways any card recommendations that could cost around $100~$200?

Oh and if it matters my PC is a Dell XPS 8300 :3

Thanks c:
December 13, 2012 5:46:38 PM

hi mate
well since the HD6450 is a entry level card you would see a significant improvement with a card such as the "GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-2GD Radeon HD 7850 2GB "( ) .. however this requires a 500w or better psu and the HD7850 pretty much takes up all your budget
so with that in mind you could opt for the "PNY VCGGTX650T1XPB GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB "( ) which would leave you around $60 for a 500w psu .. for the psu i would recomemnd the "COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply "( ) which is more than capable of powering the GTX650ti and has 2 x +12v rails with 16A on each rail .. this more than meets the required 26A amps requirement for the GTX650ti .... it also has 2 x 6pin pci-e power connectors which are also a plus
in terms of performance ( and taking into consideration your core i5 2300 ) you should be able to run black ops 2 at around 45fps at medium settings at 1920x1080...... and older games such as half life 2 will run at very high detail and 1920x1080 resolution .. that said source games like hl2 and left 4 dead use a engine which is essentially 7 years old so with a card such as the GTX650ti you wont have any problems maxing these out
in regards to frames per second as long as you acheiving 40+ fps you ok ... going for 100fps makes no sense since you wont see any difference between 50fps and 100fps .... the advantage of more powerful cards is you can start to use anti aliasing and anisotropic filtering which fine tune the visuals in your games.... that said i very rarely use these when gaming and not because my card isnt powerful enough but ( apart from a few games ) i cant honestly see the difference
i hope this helps ....
a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 5:55:12 PM

This is defiantly the card for you, the HD 7850, only 180$

This card crushes your curent card in benchmarks

And will be the best for your money, toms hardware just featured it as the best buy for its money in the 170 to 250 range

But you might need a new PSU, at least 500W, I would recommend 600+ Watts and at least 80% bronze star
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a b U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 5:58:33 PM

HD7850 is the best value that you can get in your price range. I recommend one from Sapphire.
a c 185 U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 6:16:17 PM

I would recommend a 650 TI or 7850 nothing less.
December 13, 2012 6:16:59 PM

just checked my PSU and its 460W, I guess i'll have to change it too lol and well i guess i'll go for the 7850 one (: thanks a lot for the help oh and my max screen resolution is 1600x900 so i guess it should perfom better :p 

thanks again :D 
a c 91 U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 6:32:38 PM

just what are the specs. I looked and came up with 37 different things. the power supply in every one wasn't the greatest. what is your monitor size/resolution ? and pull the side off and look at the specs on the power supply. and see if there are enough connections so you can power a graphics card.

look in the device manager and see what hardware you have. ( google it )
December 13, 2012 6:52:58 PM

Ok this might get things clearer

(I should clean it XD)

My resolution is 1600x900
QuadCore Intel Core i5-2300, 2900 MHz (29x100)
Pegatron Raedon HD 6450 1GB

My PSU its on Chinese LOL but it says 460W in one part.

o.o I believe that should be enough info?
December 13, 2012 7:21:46 PM

I will just repeat as other guys said: -new PSU 600W will be more okay (not some cheap ones! Buy only form good brands like Corsair, Seasonic,...)
-Radeon HD 7850 2GB
-Other thing are OK
a c 91 U Graphics card
December 13, 2012 8:33:43 PM

there's a big difference in power supplies. couldn't read the side of yours but don't think it would measure up. I don't see the specs on the one you listed other than watts......... watts don't mean crap.

you also need a way to connect power to the new card. didn't see any extra connections on yours and you need to add 2 - 4pin molexs to pci-e 6pin adapter for the new card.

and since you posted that stuff has the budget gone up ?

December 13, 2012 8:45:56 PM

It would be a total of $226. I really don't know then what its necessary on a PSU to be able to use that Radeon HD 7850 Graphic Card D: God I feel so dumb lol.

According to the images available of the PSU I posted, it comes with this: