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January 2, 2013 9:33:20 PM

Hello.

I have a terrible graphics card (Radeon HD 4200) and I'm looking to upgrade mine.

I'm gonna get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, I don't know much in this area of technology, so I have some questions. I have a HP Pavilion p6710f. The specs of the computer are here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02...

The first thing that I need to know is; will this card install into the motherboard?


And I have a few more questions.
I asked someone about it, and they said that I won't have enough power supply. Then, they gave me a link for a new power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I need a new power supply, what are some other ones that are recommended and cheap?

My goal is to be able to run games smoothly.

Also, the guy also gave me another link to the same graphics card, but with GDDR5: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74741&vpn=HD7750-1GD5-...

Which graphics card is technically better? I'm sure it depends on what I'm doing, and that would be gaming. Should I get GDDR5 or the 2GB memory one?

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January 2, 2013 9:42:38 PM

You will definately need a new(and more powerful) PSU, at least 400 Watts from a good brand(Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, PCP&C, Antec). A good rule of thumb: expect to pay around 10 cents per watt for a good PSU anything less(unless on sale) only gets you junk.

What resolution will you be using to game? for 1920x1080 (or lower) go with the GDDR5, for higher resolutions the 2 gb extra memory would be more useful than GDDR5.
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January 2, 2013 9:45:47 PM

clarkjd said:
You will definately need a new(and more powerful) PSU, at least 400Watts from a good brnd(Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, PCP&C, Antec).

What resolution will you be using to game? for 1920x1080 (or lower) go with the GDDR5, for higher resolutions the 2 gb extra memory would be more useful than GDDR5.


My resolution can only go to 1680x1050.

Should should I go for the GDDR5? Does that mean that it will run smoother than the 2 GB one at lower resolutions?
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January 3, 2013 11:14:18 AM

MeicoPotato said:
My resolution can only go to 1680x1050.

Should should I go for the GDDR5? Does that mean that it will run smoother than the 2 GB one at lower resolutions?

I don't think that you would notice that much of a difference at that resolution. Its just that at that resolution, you wouldn't be using(or needing) 2 GB of Vram. If you anticipate getting a higher resolution monitor, then you might want to get the 2 GB card, just for future use. Are the cards the same price? If not, then I would say go with the less expensive one.

Good Luck!
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January 3, 2013 12:20:32 PM

for 1080p resolutions you don't need more than 1gb of v ram...1gb of gddr 5 ram is more than enough.

if you plan to upgrade to higher resolutions only then does going for the 2gb version makes sence.
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January 10, 2013 2:41:42 AM

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