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What cards could I put into my sytem

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January 28, 2013 5:33:11 PM

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.

Any suggestions of good cards to suit my needs.

Thanks

Rob
( Essex - UK )

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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 5:48:15 PM

AMD 7750 might be your best bet... What are your PSU specs?
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a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 5:50:38 PM

What's ur budget on a graphics card, as you desperately need a new one?

Give a few prices like: ideal spending amount, highest, no cheaper than, anything cheaper than_but the cheaper the better.
January 28, 2013 5:59:07 PM

Hi my PSU says 375w max - Its the original PSU that came in the system. - guessing that will need upgrading too.

January 28, 2013 6:01:56 PM

Price wise Im thinking £150 as a max. esp if need to upgrade psu too. But if really worth spending a little more I could possibly do it.

( Im in UK - not sure if that makes a difference )

Really appreciate the speed of replies guys - thanks - didnt expect anything so quick :-)
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 6:09:55 PM

Do you have the model number of the PSU? or maybe the 12v rail(s) amperage?
January 28, 2013 6:40:52 PM

OK not exactly sure what im looking for but heres what it says on the side of it

Input 100 - 120V ~ / 11.4A, 50-60HZ
200 - 240V ~ / 6.1A

Output +5V === / 22.0A -12V === / 1.0A

375W MAX +12VA === / 18.0A +3.3V === 17.0A
+12VB === / 18.0A +5 VFP === / 2.0A
MAX COMBINED POWER ON +5V AND 3.3V IS 150W
MAX COMBINED OUTPUT CURRENT ON +12VA AND 12VB OUTPUT IS 30A


I hope that makes some sense to someone. :-)
January 28, 2013 6:42:05 PM

psu model N375P-00 E173738 - if that helps
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 8:13:35 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 8:16:47 PM

Err just saw your budget... Ok so you will be looking at the AMD 7850 or GTX 650 TI.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-GeForce-Graphics-Dual-link...

Or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Club-3D-Overclocked-Graphics-Pr...

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.
January 29, 2013 3:09:33 PM

Thanks to everyone for all your help - Really appreciate it :-)
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