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What graphics card could I upgrade to?

Hello, I was wondering if I could upgrade my graphics card to a better one so i could run skyrim,bf,gw2 at mid/high? I could upgrade my psu if needed.

These are my specs.
CPU: Intel Pentium E2180 @ 3GHZ (oced)
Ram: 2x2 GB DDR2 Ram @1000Mhz (oced)
HD: 500GB 7200RPM
GPU: GT 520 (oced)
OS: Windows 7
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  1. What is your current PSU?
  2. My psu is Bestec 250Watts. I know it is bad and I am willing to upgrade. Ironically it could handle the overclocks.
  3. you should tell your budget first and screen resoultion of your screen.

    i would reccommend you to upgrade your cpu as it is old and games you mentioned need better cpu
  4. Best answer
    LOL your current hardware isn't high end. Go for an HD 7770. You will get some bottlenecking but would still give you a MASSIVE upgrade.
    You could always use the HD7770 in a later build if you wish.

    What resolution do you game at?

    How much can you spend?

    I would suggest an Antec NEO ECO 520W for a new PSU...
  5. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

    Quote:
    The Radeon HD 7750 is the fastest graphics card you can get right now that doesn't require an auxiliary power input; it draws all that it needs from a 16-lane PCIe slot. If you're upgrading an older machine with limited power supply capacity, that's an attractive point to consider.

    And it's a decent performer, too, particularly in light of AMD's most recent Catalyst driver packages. The GeForce GTX 650 delivers comparable performance, but its typical $120 sticker price is too close to the higher-performing Radeon HD 7770.
  6. My budget would be around $150. My screen res is 1650x1050. I do not intend to max the res but it would be nice if I could.
  7. jonjonjon said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html

    Quote:
    The Radeon HD 7750 is the fastest graphics card you can get right now that doesn't require an auxiliary power input; it draws all that it needs from a 16-lane PCIe slot. If you're upgrading an older machine with limited power supply capacity, that's an attractive point to consider.

    And it's a decent performer, too, particularly in light of AMD's most recent Catalyst driver packages. The GeForce GTX 650 delivers comparable performance, but its typical $120 sticker price is too close to the higher-performing Radeon HD 7770.


    He will not run even an HD7750 on that 250w PSU.
  8. Novuake said:
    LOL your current hardware isn't high end. Go for an HD 7770. You will get some bottlenecking but would still give you a MASSIVE upgrade.
    You could always use the HD7770 in a later build if you wish.

    What resolution do you game at?

    How much can you spend?

    I would suggest an Antec NEO ECO 520W for a new PSU...


    Oh, Cool. What settings will I get to put the games on if I upgrade to the HD7770 with the new psu?
  9. yea i missed the part where he said he had a 250 watt psu. either way he probably wouldn't need much more before the cpu is a bottleneck.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750-benchmark,3135-6.html
  10. ichikara said:
    My budget would be around $150. My screen res is 1650x1050. I do not intend to max the res but it would be nice if I could.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006662&isNodeId=1&Description=HD+7770&x=0&y=0

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Those 2 will do fine... Come to :

    $155... Sure you can spare 5 dollars! LOL
  11. Novuake said:


    Hehe, I'll probably be getting it during boxing day. On Black Friday, I saw the HD 7770 for $69 after rebates @ NCIX. Hopefully it would be the same price during boxing day. Thanks for the help!
  12. Best answer selected by ichikara.
  13. ichikara said:
    Hehe, I'll probably be getting it during boxing day. On Black Friday, I saw the HD 7770 for $69 after rebates @ NCIX. Hopefully it would be the same price during boxing day. Thanks for the help!


    Just don't get the reference design is you can avoid it. They are louder and hotter. The Sapphire HD7770 Vapor-x(Duel fan) actually overclocks very well if you are into that sort of thing.
  14. ichikara said:
    Oh, Cool. What settings will I get to put the games on if I upgrade to the HD7770 with the new psu?


    uhm you should be able to max most games(without too much AA) on that resolution. Battlefield 3 being a clear exception though.
  15. Ahh, kk. Got it! Thank you!
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