Hi evryone, im ooking to impoove the capability of my desktop to improove my gaming ability
The base unit is a Dell XPS 430
I have ade a few hanges since i got it.
Processor - Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz
Installed RAM - 6GB DDR3 PC3-8500 2 x 2gb and 2x1gb
Running 64 bit windows 7 ultimate
CURRENT GRAPHICS CARD IS - ATI RADEON HD5450 - 1GB DDR3 ( PCI EXPRESS 2.1 )
Generally speakng I play the TOTAL WAR series of games, but just recently am really getting into COD. Love Black Ops 2, but it lags a bit on my system, so want to improove, but pennies are tight as baby boy is due on April 1st.
Ok so you have a total of 360w that can be used total combined on both of your 12v rails... but each rail can output 216w (12v x 18amps) max. One rail will be used for your CPU while the other will go to your GPU. So you have 216w that can be used for your GPU (Your CPU should never use more than 144w so your GPU will be able to use its full amount). That being said... You could get away with using even a GTX 680... although that will push the limits of your rail so i would not recommend it. For a better balance with your CPU and other system parts, I wouldn't recommend anything over a GTX 660 or AMD 7870.
That is by far the cheapest AMD 7850, so if you go with any other model you will be looking closer to 150-170 price range... For that price i would get the 7850 i have linked. If you don't want that maker you will have to drop down to the AMD 7770 for around ~100.
Performance order 7850 > 650 Ti > 7770. Each with about 10-20% performance deference between.