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January 27, 2013 11:29:43 PM

Hey id like to upgrade my graphics card as i think its the only thing stopping me playing higher end games i would like some advice on what to get and how to approach it thanks.

LENOVO Lenovo H420 Lenovo

8gb ram

3.30 gigahertz Intel Core i3-2120
32 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
3072 kilobyte tertiary memory cache

Intel(R) HD Graphics Family chip set
Dac type: internal
memory size: 1760 mb

Bus Clock: 100 megahertz

Im new to this so if theres any more information you need to help me just say.

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January 27, 2013 11:44:34 PM

A good entry level card is the 650ti, it should get you 1080p medium settings gameplay

This will only set you back $110

The next card I would consider would be the 7850 2Gb which will let you hit high/ultra settings 1080p
There is a 1GB version but in some games at 1080p it will be VRAM bottle necked

What power supply are you running right now?

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January 27, 2013 11:45:44 PM

depends on your budget, get a 7770 if you are low on budget. or get a 660Ti if you can. 7950 maybe?

also, since you have a prebuilt, check the PSU, you might need to get a better one if you want a powerful card. a good 550w (seasonic, antec, corsair, etc) is a good place to start.

for reference i have an x760 seasonic, (it is higher than what i need i know) and im using gtx 670 with 4ghz procie
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January 27, 2013 11:49:32 PM

Im pretty sure its a low 280 psu
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January 27, 2013 11:50:27 PM

Unless you've already updated your psu, as Cons29 and stickmansam have said you're going to have to upgrade its' power supply. A look at the specs reveals that it comes with a low end 280W psu.
Good luck

Edit: Lol Ashey_54 you beat me to it.
January 27, 2013 11:50:56 PM

So im not sure if i can get better than i have with that PSU
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January 27, 2013 11:52:59 PM

that won't cut it, maybe the 7770 but i personally would not risk it. get a better psu, it will serve you well.
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January 27, 2013 11:53:51 PM

You will probably need to get a new PSU with anything higher than a 7770/650ti - IRRC both draw less than 100W load but depending on how the rails are arranged, there may be issues

This is a really good and cheap PSU right now and is a good one
January 28, 2013 12:08:39 AM

Would there be any problems attaching this to my current setup or would everything be normal?
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January 28, 2013 12:31:14 AM

Almost all power supplies are a standard ATX format
The case you have also from what i can see on the net is a mid tower mATX case which can fit the PSU fine
January 28, 2013 1:33:07 PM

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January 29, 2013 5:55:15 AM

This would be my suggestion. It should be fine up to 7870 levels I think (7850 for sure)

Those two would have more life in them if you want to get a way stronger card in the future

This 7770 card if on a budget 720p ultra or 1080p low/med

The 650ti is priced too close to the 7850 to be competitive

This 7850 card for 1080p high gaming

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January 29, 2013 9:15:23 PM

Have fun building :) 
January 30, 2013 5:39:25 PM

I use HDMI cable to connect to my TV would the card be ok with that
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January 30, 2013 6:59:13 PM

Yep that 7770 has a HDMI out but you won't get audio out of it until you install the AMD drivers IIRC
January 30, 2013 7:15:35 PM

Ok thanks
January 31, 2013 4:05:06 PM

Hi sorry to bother again im kind of worried that the 450 w psu would run this card i linked are you sure it could handle it?
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January 31, 2013 4:58:29 PM

Yep the max power usage of the 7770 is about 100W

The XFX 450W can provide 34amps x 12v = 408w, which is plenty for a 7770 + cpu + other things

I once ran a 7850 (130W TDP) on 14amps x 12v = 168 watts

The XFX PSU's are pretty high on the quality and reliability scale
January 31, 2013 5:04:18 PM

Thanks for everything i ordered the PSU just waiting for some more money before i order my Card. :)