Help on upgrading graphics card.

Hi! I'm a new member fresh off the batch, so do forgive me for any lacking pieces of information. I bought a HP-Pavillion p-7 1254 well over a year ago, and since then, I've noticed a reoccurring theme: Its graphics card is not all up to today's modern PC-gaming standards. I've been scouring the web for a good graphics card, and all I've found wwere these two cards: Raedon HD 7750 and 6670. I'm looking to play games such as Skyrim and GW2, amd my budget is around $100-200'ish.

-Do you think this is a good choice?
-> If not, please suggest another and please be detailed!
-Thanks in advance! :D

Specs: AMD A6-3620 APU Processor
AMD Raedon HD 6530D Graphics Card
8 GB RAM
300W PSU
1 TB Hard Drive

Here's the link for anything I missed: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&docname=c03135882
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  1. you will also need to upgrade the PSU most likely. 400W (or greater) power supply recommended
  2. +1 to that. Check what PSU you already have, but it's probably not great. As for graphics card, $200 could get you a GTX660 and it's a thing of beauty. Best bang-for-the-buck by miles. Do you know what you have already? If it's sub-6670 then you're gonna see a colossal improvement.
  3. ^ +1 GTX 660 will be a great card for your budget.
  4. The 7750 has a max watt of only 55w, which should work well with my A6-3620 (2.2 Ghz) processor and 300w PSU. -I'll give my comp's specs in a few.
  5. 55w?
  6. My mistake idk what I was thinkin' with the 55w.
  7. Nevermind, what are your specs?
  8. Refresh the page. I edited the post and placed a link.
  9. I'd prefer a ATI Graphics card over other brands.
  10. Neocyte said:
    I'd prefer a ATI Graphics card over other brands.


    Then I'd recommend an AMD 7850 at your budget.
  11. ATI no longer exist... you're maybe thinking of AMD now. They don't appreciate your brand loyalty anyway (none of them do - these are colossal tech corporations with billions of dollars, driven purely by profit), but if you really don't want nVidia hardware, a 2GB 7850 would do.
  12. Commandermadi said:
    Then I'd recommend an AMD 7850 at your budget.


    Haha great minds think alike :-)
  13. sam_p_lay said:
    ATI no longer exist... you're maybe thinking of AMD now. They don't appreciate your brand loyalty anyway (none of them do - these are colossal tech corporations with billions of dollars, driven purely by profit), but if you really don't want nVidia hardware, a 2GB 7850 would do.


    nVidia also is driven purely by profit dude... Something like Phsyx is a pure marketing trick for example.
  14. Commandermadi said:
    nVidia also is driven purely by profit dude... Something like Phsyx is a pure marketing trick for example.


    You maybe missed the 'none of them do' part :-) And I used to think that about PhysX because it's what everyone told me. I have a Radeon so haven't had the chance to play with PhysX myself. But somebody posted this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAfzjTAhpBk&feature=player_embedded

    I have to admit, that's pretty damned cool :-D
  15. sam_p_lay said:
    Haha great minds think alike :-)


    Actually I went strongly into reading more and more about graphics card the last couple of weeks thanks to you. You were one of the firsts to recommend the GTX 670 for me over the AMD 7970 while others recommended the latter one so I was confused and I had to curiously read almost every and each review in and outside toms :))
  16. Hehe well I'm flattered :-D Did you buy the GTX670? It's a really awesome card - I'd love to own one, but I'm gonna hold off until next year's models. If GTX700 is as big an improvement over GTX600 as GTX400 was over GTX200 then it'll be worth the wait!
  17. Yes I ordered it like 6 hours ago. Should arrive here on Dec 26 tho and I can't wait. I ordered the Gigabyte Windforce 3x one after a long time of confusion between rather to choose it or the Asus Direct CU ii non top.
  18. Ah nice! I have to admit I'm a bit jealous :-) I'm gonna hold off on DLCs 3 and 4 of Borderlands 2 until I get a GeForce for the PhysX. Did you see that video ^? What hardware are you upgrading from by the way? Gigabyte are an excellent manufacturer - they're my combined top choice for motherboards / graphics along with MSI / EVGA. Anyway it's late where I am so I'm gonna grab some sleep. Have fun with your GTX670! :-) And OP, have fun with whatever you choose!
  19. Commandermadi said:
    Then I'd recommend an AMD 7850 at your budget.

    And you're sure that I will be able to install it? Have you checked the nooks 'n crannies of my pc to see if the specs matched?
  20. sam_p_lay said:
    Ah nice! I have to admit I'm a bit jealous :-) I'm gonna hold off on DLCs 3 and 4 of Borderlands 2 until I get a GeForce for the PhysX. Did you see that video ^? What hardware are you upgrading from by the way? Gigabyte are an excellent manufacturer - they're my combined top choice for motherboards / graphics along with MSI / EVGA. Anyway it's late where I am so I'm gonna grab some sleep. Have fun with your GTX670! :-) And OP, have fun with whatever you choose!


    I am upgrading from a 2GB Gigabyte GTX 650. And the same for the motherboard, its a gigabyte as well. I dunno why but I am love Gigabyte products :)
  21. Neocyte said:
    And you're sure that I will be able to install it? Have you checked the nooks 'n crannies of my pc to see if the specs matched?


    I am not sure as I think you will need 500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector to install that card. And.. for how much is that PC already?
  22. Commandermadi said:
    I am not sure as I think you will need 500W (or greater) power supply with one 75W 6-pin PCI Express power connector to install that card. And.. for how much is that PC already?

    Specs and a link is already posted.
  23. I found this nice-looking graphics card. Will I be able to install it into my pc?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130840
  24. Yes, I guess 650ti will work on your specs :)
  25. Yeah if you can take a GTX660, you can definitely take a GTX650 Ti. It's smaller and draws less wattage. The GTX660 will deliver over 50% more performance though, so they're not as close as the model numbers would suggest. The lineup is actually really unevenly-spaced - GTX680 for example is around 5% above GTX670. Some very small gaps, and some huge ones. That said, most current games can be maxed at 1080p, AA and high settings on a GTX650 Ti. Some of the more demanding games you'd need to disable AA or drop some settings. With a GTX660, you'd have more than enough muscle for everything maxed except Far Cry 3.
  26. I've narrowed down to three excellent graphics cards that don't require a huge amount of power: AMD Raedon 6670, 6770, and 7750. Which one is the best?
    Which one(s) can I use without having to buy a new power supply?
  27. the 7750 is the best among those
  28. Yeah 6770 or 7750 is the way to go. 7750 will deliver the same results but with very low power consumption (75 watts for the GDDR5 version, which is the one you want).
  29. What's the difference between GDDR5, DDR5, and DDR3?
  30. At a given clock speed, GDDR5 is twice as fast as DDR3. There is no DDR5. Anything labelled as that will be GDDR5.
  31. If I were to upgrade my current card to an AMD Raedon HD 7750, what fps/setting would I get for Skyrim? It seems like a very good card, and the best part is that I don't need to buy a new power source. :D
  32. Neocyte said:
    If I were to upgrade my current card to an AMD Raedon HD 7750, what fps/setting would I get for Skyrim? It seems like a very good card, and the best part is that I don't need to buy a new power source. :D


    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2012/02/15/amd-radeon-hd-7750-1gb-review/6
  33. It wasn't really a statement - it's a benchmark. It's all down to the settings you're happy to play at though. Drop the image quality and it'll run faster.
  34. Neocyte said:
    Doesn't this contradict your statement?
    http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:System_Requirements


    As Sam said, it was a benchmark. Moreover, in the link you posted, it says that the HD 7750 can play the game at extremely high details right? but your link didn't also say "How smooth" it will play at these extreme details :)

    In summary, all cards can play all games on any graphic settings, but being "smooth" or not depends on what fps satisfy you.
  35. Yeah that's it - you can use ultra and AA at 1080p and you'll be around 30fps, a little less in some places, a little more in others. Disable antialiasing and you should have consistently smooth gameplay, unless you're somebody who demands 60fps. I'd personally keep the AA and drop from ultra to high for the best overall combination of quality and performance.
  36. Ty you guys so much!
    Final Choice: AMD Raedon HD 7750.
  37. Pleasure :-) Have fun with Skyrim!
  38. Have fun :) Hope you will enjoy it.
  39. well hope you do coz i didnt :(
  40. Last questions:

    -Will my processor seriously bottleneck the performance I get out of the 7750?

    -Should I even dare think about getting a new psu, or do you guys think I'll be fine without one?
  41. - No

    - No
    :)
  42. Ok. So I went to a local computer store, and the vendor said he would be able to order the AMD Raedon HD 7750 1-GB GDDR5 card for me. However, he said that I would have to get a new power supply because it didn't have the specified pci connector. Is this true? I don't mind getting a 50$-ish power supply.
  43. it comes with a 1 x 6 pin PCI-E Power Adapter which you will need 2 power connectors free or the ability to hook it up to 2 connectors
  44. So , essentially what you're saying is that, I have to get a new power supply?
  45. I would just to be sure
  46. 7750 does not need a pci connector !! your vendor is mad. your power supply will be just fine
  47. I'll ask him about it when the order comes. Thanks!
  48. I just got it, and it's frikin' amazing. Many thanks!
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