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December 24, 2012 9:05:44 PM

Hi , just bought a new computer and im hoping to upgrade the video cardright now it has a radeon 7350 in it and im hoping to put something in it that will be able to play most current games on medium to high settings for under 200$ I will be playing at 1920x1080 and mostly play league of legends , starcraft 2 but i want to be able to run more graphics intensive games
The computer has an i5 2320 , 8 gm ram and the only issue is that it has only a 300 watt power supply. Any advice on if a psu replacement and a new vid card is required or if there is a vid card that can work with this psu , would be greatly appreciated.
December 24, 2012 9:26:07 PM

and im not opposed to any company or store etc , just looking for something good :) 
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 9:37:22 PM

There are a few HD 7850 2GB for about $175 after rebate on Newegg. Or you can spend a bit more for these two to hit your budget limit.

XFX Core Edition FX-787A-CNFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB ($200 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZOTAC ZT-60901-10M GeForce GTX 660 2GB ($195 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You'll need a new PSU. Here's a good one for $40 after promo code and rebate:

XFX Core Edition PRO550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 365 U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 9:39:35 PM

Unless you upgrade the power supply, the best graphics card you can hope for is the Radeon HD 7750. Pretty impressive performance for a graphic card that can work with a 300w PSU, but it will not live up to your expectations.
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 9:40:40 PM

If your PSU budget is separate from your GPU budget, then go for either the HD 7870 or GTX 660.
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December 24, 2012 9:49:07 PM

no they arent separate , im looking to spend around 200 all for psu and gpu or just gpue that can work with surrent system
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December 24, 2012 9:57:52 PM

because a psu will be about 80-100 what vidcard would be reccomended for under or around 100, could go to 150 if the performance is much greater
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a b U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 10:00:19 PM

The PSU doesn't need to be $80-100. The one I listed for $40 is fine for all the cards above (HD 7850, HD 7870, GTX 660) with plenty to spare. You can get the HD 7850 1GB for $150. I'd recommend going with 2GB though. But if your budget is really limited, it might have to do.
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December 25, 2012 12:51:36 AM

thanks a bunch , really appreciate it :)  might try my hand at a boxing day psu and vidcard etc but appreciate all the reccomendations
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December 25, 2012 12:51:53 AM

Best answer selected by canuckboss_92.
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a b U Graphics card
December 25, 2012 12:57:04 AM

You're welcome!
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