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February 14, 2013 4:57:30 PM

I recently built a budget gaming pc consisting of:

GIGABYTE H61M-DS2 Motherboard
Intel G860 dual core 3.0 GHz CPU
XFX Radeon HD 6770 GPU
4GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
Storm 600w psu - (this was relatively cheap, £25, could be a worry for future upgrades?)
500 GB Western digital HD

I'm not overly keen on overclocking to be honest, so I could stick with the little H61M-DS2 Motherboard and fit an i3-i5 in there?

I don't have a clue on the graphics card, something better than my current one at about £100-150 if possible. Aswell as this, would I need any other upgrades, I'm not exactly wanting to play all the latest games on ultra with full FPS, just medium-high will suffice

Thanks.

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February 14, 2013 5:20:25 PM

If you are not happy with your gaming performance, i suggest getting a 7770/7850 and if you are not happy with the speed of your day to day web browsing etc, get an i3 3220.
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February 14, 2013 5:44:48 PM

Can't afford that $200+ card man, it would blow up my pc anyway lol. Would the 7850 be compatible with my system/motherboard? Aswell as this, does it require 2 6 pin pci-e's? In that case I would need to get an adapter, my cheap PSU only came with one 6 pin
February 14, 2013 5:53:28 PM

Thanks alot Camohanna. Just to confirm, they would both run on my motherboard? What about my PS, it was fairly cheap, the specs are -

Storm 600w psu with 120mm fan
Improved Spec now with 4+4= 8pin connector and 4 x SATA
Dual +12V technology; Version 2.2 psu
Silent fan operation with noise level <23dBA
PFC Power Factor Correction
24 Pin;1 x 4 pin +12V; 1 x 6 pin Pci-e; 4 x SATA;3 x 4 pin power; 1 x floppy connector
Cable length 50cm with full braided cable sleeve
Rear on/off power down switch
Over voltage and circuit protection +3.3, +5V, +12V
CE/FCC UL approved
EMI Filter built in
Colour retail boxed
For Socket 775, Am2 and all backward CPU's
ROHS Compliant
Dimensions W 150 H86 D 140mm
+3.3V 24A; +5V 32A; +12V1 21A+12V2 22A; -12V 0.6A; +5vsb 2.0A
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February 14, 2013 6:05:18 PM

The 6770 is approximately equal to the 7750 in sheer graphics power

Getting more ram wouldn't hurt and you can go up to an i5 in CPU if you need for games like (bf3 64 man, etc)

I would not get anything stronger than a 660/7870 with that CPU if you plan to play MMO's but for single player/rpgs it should be fine

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=118,114,...
February 14, 2013 6:07:59 PM

Oh? What's better for the money then, a 7850 or a 7870?
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February 14, 2013 6:23:08 PM

7850 or if you can afford it, 7870
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February 14, 2013 6:25:31 PM

The 7870 is a better value buy if you don't consider overclocking since the 7850 gains more by overclocking than the 7870
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February 14, 2013 6:26:32 PM

stickmansam said:
The 7870 is a better value buy if you don't consider overclocking since the 7850 gains more by overclocking than the 7870


Yep.
February 14, 2013 6:28:33 PM

Thanks, looks like I'll be going with the 7850 as it should suffice, now one thing, it seems there are a few models/variants of the 7850, which is the one I should be getting?
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February 14, 2013 6:29:32 PM

MRnightmuffin said:
Thanks, looks like I'll be going with the 7850 as it should suffice, now one thing, it seems there are a few models/variants of the 7850, which is the one I should be getting?


Cheapest with a custom cooler. Post it and i will say if its good.
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February 14, 2013 6:39:39 PM

xfx one is better, has a cooler
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February 14, 2013 6:39:46 PM

What resolution will you be playing at?

The aria one is a 1gb while the amazon one is 2gb

For 1080p I suggest 2gb while for anything less (720p, 900p) 1gb should be fine
February 14, 2013 6:46:15 PM

Im yet to find my HD monitor (the one Ill be gaming on) But I'm sure it's 1080p, seems like it's best to go with the Amazon 2GB one to be honest. I can't seem to find any information regarding whether it needs 1-2 6 pin PCI-E's, do you guys know?
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February 14, 2013 6:49:51 PM

MRnightmuffin said:
Im yet to find my HD monitor (the one Ill be gaming on) But I'm sure it's 1080p, seems like it's best to go with the Amazon 2GB one to be honest. I can't seem to find any information regarding whether it needs 1-2 6 pin PCI-E's, do you guys know?

Look it up on the manufacturers website
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February 14, 2013 7:35:19 PM

The 7850 only requires 1 6 pin pcie AFAIK
February 14, 2013 8:00:14 PM

Yes the cheaper one has only 1 Gig of memory I would go with a 2Gig models.
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