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December 29, 2012 10:07:23 PM

I currently have an ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics card. I get extremely low fps when I play almost any game. I would like to play games like DayZ, Skyrim, MW3, and SC2 on fairly good graphic settings. I currently play DayZ on all very low graphic settings and it's extremely hard to play! What graphics card would you recommend me buying for about $100 or less.

My exact computer: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume...

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December 29, 2012 10:21:15 PM

TheBigTroll said:
here you go
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=73018&vpn=HD7770-DC-1G...

you might need to use a power adaptor (should be included) if the psu in your system does not have a 6 pin power connecotr.


I would prefer buying it on Amazon, because I have a gift card. Do you see it on Amazon? I couldn't find it.
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December 29, 2012 10:55:48 PM



Your PC only has a 250w PSU. Definitely not powerful enough to use a Radeon HD 7770 which i would not recommend unless you had at least good quality 350w PSU. If you had a 300w PSU, then I would have recommended the Radeon HD 7750 which delivers very good performance for the amount of power it consumes. It consumes slightly less power than the Radeon HD 6670, but it's performance is close to the Radeon HD 6770.

Unfortunately, you only have a 250w PSU and the best graphics card I can recommend is the Radeon HD 6570 unless you want to spend more money to replace your power supply. There are 2GB versions of the Radeon HD 6570, but it is a waste of money. 2GB of VRAM is only useful if the video card is powerful enough to play games above 1920x1200 resolution. The Radeon HD 6570 is far from a powerful graphics card, but it is the best performing card you can buy with your budget and current power supply.

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PCI-E-Graphics-Cards-HD657XZD...




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December 29, 2012 11:02:26 PM

it still should be able to handle it nicely. you arent going to run the cpu at its max load of 95w nor will the 80w GPU even come close to 80w (more like 65w at full load.) it should still be good
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December 29, 2012 11:02:46 PM

7750 would be max. To be honest you are better off getting a power supply first before even thinking about discrete graphics with a grand total of 7 amps on your PSU.
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a c 363 U Graphics card
December 29, 2012 11:15:15 PM

While the 250w PSU may be able to power a Radeon HD 7750 it will be push the PSU close to it's maximum output on the 12v rail which is the most important rail in the power supply since many devices draws power from including all the power hungry devices draws power from it (CPU, GPU, fans, hard drives, optical drive, etc).

Without knowing the specs of the power supply, I would guess the maximum output is around 180w on the 12v rail. The longer a PSU operates nears it's maximum output the short the lifespan will be. Usually when a PSU dies it simply dies, but if you are unlucky then an electrical surge can be discharge which can damage 1 or more components. If you are really unlucky, then your entire PC is fried.

If you are going with the Radeon HD 7750, then fine. But I would look to replace the PSU with at least a good quality 300w PSU within the next 6 months (max and that's pushing it) if not sooner.

Good PSUs are Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Enermax, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Fortron (FSP).
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December 29, 2012 11:25:50 PM

jaguarskx said:
While the 250w PSU may be able to power a Radeon HD 7750 it will be push the PSU close to it's maximum output on the 12v rail which is the most important rail in the power supply since many devices draws power from including all the power hungry devices draws power from it (CPU, GPU, fans, hard drives, optical drive, etc).

Without knowing the specs of the power supply, I would guess the maximum output is around 180w on the 12v rail. The longer a PSU operates nears it's maximum output the short the lifespan will be. Usually when a PSU dies it simply dies, but if you are unlucky then an electrical surge can be discharge which can damage 1 or more components. If you are really unlucky, then your entire PC is fried.

If you are going with the Radeon HD 7750, then fine. But I would look to replace the PSU with at least a good quality 300w PSU within the next 6 months (max and that's pushing it) if not sooner.

Good PSUs are Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Enermax, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Fortron (FSP).


Thank you so much for your advice. I'd rather be safe and get a better PSU. Other than the brand and amount of watts, what should I look for in power supplys?
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December 30, 2012 2:00:55 AM

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