60" LED 3D TV used with PC.

My husband uses our Sharp LC60LE835U Quattron 60-inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED-LCD HDTV as the monitor for his desktop, and I'm wanting to upgrade the graphics card for him as an anniversary present. Currently he has AMD 760G installed, AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL! We both are dedicated Guild Wars 2 players, and the current graphics card isn't coming close to what he expects as far as gameplay. I would really like any type of recommendation as to what card I should be looking for. I currently run the game on max settings with my laptop (Asus G73SW), and I know that he would like the same thing. Im not looking to spend a fortune, but I do understand that its going to cost a bit. Any advice? Thanks in advance!
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  1. DarkRites said:
    My husband uses our Sharp LC60LE835U Quattron 60-inch 1080p 240 Hz 3D LED-LCD HDTV as the monitor for his desktop, and I'm wanting to upgrade the graphics card for him as an anniversary present. Currently he has AMD 760G installed, AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL! We both are dedicated Guild Wars 2 players, and the current graphics card isn't coming close to what he expects as far as gameplay. I would really like any type of recommendation as to what card I should be looking for. I currently run the game on max settings with my laptop (Asus G73SW), and I know that he would like the same thing. Im not looking to spend a fortune, but I do understand that its going to cost a bit. Any advice? Thanks in advance!


    Do you have a budget? And maybe post the specs of the computer so we can know which graphics card is the ideal solution for you.
  2. Glad to see some female gamers. Posting the specs of your machine would be great for us to assist you
  3. Here's the model desktop he's using. Not by the computer itself, or would give you more detailed information.

    http://www.asus.com/Desktops/Essentio_CM1630/#specifications

    As far as budget, I'm willing to work around what is needed.. I understand I'll probably have to shell out quite a bit for a card to run what I'm asking. I'm assuming somewhere in the ballpark of $400.
  4. DarkRites said:
    Here's the model desktop he's using. Not by the computer itself, or would give you more detailed information.

    http://www.asus.com/Desktops/Essentio_CM1630/#specifications

    As far as budget, I'm willing to work around what is needed.. I understand I'll probably have to shell out quite a bit for a card to run what I'm asking. I'm assuming somewhere in the ballpark of $400.


    Asumming that your current CPU is something like a low end dual core Athlon, I would get this CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1724262&CatId=4432 , this GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404, this PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045&Tpk=vp450 . You'll be good to go to play on maximum settings.
  5. I couldn't agree with samuel more
  6. Well its hard to tell whether or not he has a AM3 or a AM3+. Also the power supply is peaked at 350 watts peaked which as the computer is made from ASUS I'm sure is okay may not be enough for a card that you are after. I agree with the others what kind of budget are you working with and what are you willing to do with the computer.
  7. Heres a little more specific information, not sure if it will change any of your suggestions.

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 830 Deneb 45nm Technology

    RAM: 6.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 669MHz

    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. CM1630 (AM3)

    Graphics: SHARP LCD (1360x768@60Hz)
    AMD 760G (Microsoft Corporation WDDM 1.1) (ASUStek Computer Inc)

    Hard Drives: 932GB Seagate ST31000528AS ATA Device (SATA)
  8. Honestly, Im willing to do whatever it takes to get this desktop where he wants it. If I have to do it one part at a time, so be it. So, for the moment I'm not concerned with budget, just trying to find out what I need, and what I'm going to be spending.
  9. That helped yes :)

    Your ram is operating at a higher clock speed but that gives me a idea. You are probably using 1333 mhz modules for your memory which is just fine.

    Well you are using a 1080p screen so based on the power supply maybe these two things would get your husbands computer on the right footing.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $268.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 21:21 EST-0500)
  10. Also if he needed more processing power he could always purchase a AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz AM3 (non plus) chip. Unless you knew for certain he has A AM3+ board which by your latest post it doesn't look like it.
  11. That resolution didn't make sense so I looked the manual up online. I understand now with your laptop that is the best resolution you can probably get but with the new card expect to for to 1920x1080.

    Expect to buy a new power supply with the card as 350W is fine for integrated graphics but not for another GPU. The good thing are good power supplies are not that expensive.
  12. I agree a budget is needed. And yes I would go this route in terms of upgrading PSU>GRAPHICS>CPU
  13. jnkweaver said:
    That resolution didn't make sense so I looked the manual up online. I understand now with your laptop that is the best resolution you can probably get but with the new card expect to for to 1920x1080.

    The most important thing we still need to know is your budget. Expect to buy a new power supply with the card as 350W isn't good with much. The good thing are good power supplies are not that expensive.


    You obviously didn't read the entire post...
  14. Sorry if there was any confusion, he sent me the specs that he got from speccy. Now that I know whats needed, I can focus on the budget aspect. Honestly, I cant afford much right now, so I'll need to save up. He just recently got out of the military, and I'm the only one working. Our anniversary is a little over a month and a half away, so hopefully I can save up by then.
  15. Quote:
    You obviously didn't read the entire post...


    I did but she responded while I was writing that.
  16. bigshootr8 said:
    That helped yes :)

    Your ram is operating at a higher clock speed but that gives me a idea. You are probably using 1333 mhz modules for your memory which is just fine.

    Well you are using a 1080p screen so based on the power supply maybe these two things would get your husbands computer on the right footing.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $268.98
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 21:21 EST-0500)


    I used this to pick out the parts. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-performance-benchmark,3268.html

    Guild wars supports up to 8 threads apparently, so she might as well get the 6 core Phenom and the 7870 which has 60FPS average on maximum settings 1080p. ^^
  17. DarkRites said:
    Sorry if there was any confusion, he sent me the specs that he got from speccy. Now that I know whats needed, I can focus on the budget aspect. Honestly, I cant afford much right now, so I'll need to save up. He just recently got out of the military, and I'm the only one working. Our anniversary is a little over a month and a half away, so hopefully I can save up by then.


    Yea I would say you should expect to pay betwen 200-300 dollars on something that would help him max out the game. If it makes you feel any better you can inch him there and give him lovin till it gets there :bounce:
  18. samuelspark said:
    I used this to pick out the parts. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-performance-benchmark,3268.html

    Guild wars supports up to 8 threads apparently, so she might as well get the 6 core Phenom and the 7870 which has 60FPS average on maximum settings 1080p. ^^



    I'm just unsure her AM3 board would support a FX bulldozer or piledriver chip.
  19. What about something like this?

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yars
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yars/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yars/benchmarks/

    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $357.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 21:41 EST-0500)
  20. Would need to upgrade the CPU with that card bro :P
  21. bigshootr8 said:
    Yea I would say you should expect to pay betwen 200-300 dollars on something that would help him max out the game. If it makes you feel any better you can inch him there and give him lovin till it gets there :bounce:


    This is why we can't have women and nice things here... Women mainly.
  22. bigshootr8 said:
    I'm just unsure her AM3 board would support a FX bulldozer or piledriver chip.


    that's why I picked a Phenom II x6 1045T
  23. bigshootr8 said:
    Would need to upgrade the CPU with that card bro :P


    Can't she always upgrade it later? :P It's not like a very bad CPU.
  24. Ah I hadn't seen that Sam I saw a FX-6300 you linked
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
  25. bigshootr8 said:
    Ah I hadn't seen that Sam I saw a FX-6300 you linked
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286


    Yea. That's what I suggested if she had an AM3+ board. Fixed it now though.
  26. I would just like to say thank you guys so much for all the help! I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to computers, but the physical aspect of this had me stuck!
  27. Every month Tom's does a best gaming graphics card for the money. Here is this months
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

    If you were doing it today and could afford it I would suggest
    Corsair TX650 $80 after rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020
    and HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB $195 w/shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406
  28. DarkRites said:
    I would just like to say thank you guys so much for all the help! I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to computers, but the physical aspect of this had me stuck!


    No problem are you feeling a bit better about the situation now then you had prior?
  29. Most definitely, yes! I was afraid the graphics card that would be needed itself would be more than all the parts prices combined. So overall, good news! Now.. Time to save.
  30. Pinch the pennies miss!
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