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January 29, 2013 5:04:11 AM

Hello everyone, I am in need of an upgrade for a new graphics card. I am new to graphics cards and not nearly as experienced as most people on this website so am just looking for a bit of guidance! Here are my computer specs.

Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor
Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6450
Gaming graphics 4863 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 451GB Free (919GB Total)

Heres my PSU

At the moment im looking at http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-HD7750-1GD5-V2-Radeon-GDDR5-...


P.S I have $200 on amazon so if it'd be appreciated if it was on Amazon. Thanks very very much! Rob :) 

P.S.S I know sometimes people have troubles with images so heres the imgur link http://imgur.com/j6IgXnR

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a c 178 U Graphics card
January 29, 2013 5:35:40 AM

I would reccomend you to get gtx 650 ti + corsair cx 500w psu.
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January 29, 2013 6:07:38 AM


I don't understand how you have 4863 MB Total available graphics memory since that figure is your total graphics memory only if you were using your CPU's onboard graphics which your possessor doesn't have.

My guess is that is just the default setting in your bios that your CPU would use if it had that capability but since it doesn't the only graphics memory that you do have is the vram that is on your graphics card which I would guess is 512MB or 1GB.

The card you have chosen is OK for the $100 price range but there are certainly better options if you could spend more.

That said a HD 7750 is still a marked improvement over the card that you have but there are 2GB versions in the same price range that would be a better choice.

My vote goes to this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Unless you need the Display Port It has better connectivity and 2GB vram :sol: 
a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2013 6:11:49 AM

^ nah man the 7750 can't use up that muhc memory before the gpu and memory bandwidth become issues

The 650ti is only $10 more and outperforms the 7770
7850 > 650ti > 7770 > 7750/650 > 640/6670 GDDR5
January 29, 2013 6:35:32 AM

stickmansam said:
^ nah man the 7750 can't use up that muhc memory before the gpu and memory bandwidth become issues

The 650ti is only $10 more and outperforms the 7770
7850 > 650ti > 7770 > 7750/650 > 640/6670 GDDR5

That 650ti is a better card no doubt but, it's $40 more than the one I linked too and I was trying to stay within his price range.

And lets face it as long as we are talking more, for only $25 more than that 650ti he could get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which has 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 instead of the 650ti's 128-bit and beats the 650ti by an even wider margin than the 650ti beats the 7750. :sol: 
January 29, 2013 6:44:14 AM

Here is a link to the Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7750 2GB DDR3 2x DVI-D/HDMI/D-SUB PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card GV-R775OC-2GI (the 7750 I posted a Newegg link to) On Amazon like you requested for the same $99 price tag : http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B009LTUDDK/ref=d...

And the Amazon link to the 605ti: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B009WIW87E/ref=d... Cheapest price w/Shipping: $151.99

And the Amazon link to the http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B008RLXK38/ref=s... Cheapest price w/Shipping: $188.00

Edit: and for that price you would be better off with the one "starcraftgod" recommends below : http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp... Cheapest price on Amazon w/Shipping: $194.99 But, now we are getting way out of your price range.

:sol: 
a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2013 6:47:33 AM

I see the 7770 as $100
and the 7850 at $170
are you seeing something I'm not seeing?
The 650ti is only $110
January 29, 2013 7:03:03 AM

stickmansam said:
I see the 7770 as $100
and the 7850 at $170
are you seeing something I'm not seeing?
The 650ti is only $110


When I follow the newegg link you posted I get $139.99 for the 650ti and for the newegg link I posted for the 7850 I get $164.99 although it's more on Amazon.

But if he could get the 650ti for $110 sure that's a no brainier, go for it. The only problem is that when I search amazon the cheapest price I come up with is $151.99 w/Shipping
:sol: 

P.S. another good place for GPU Benchmarks is here: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/GPU12/372
a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2013 7:04:34 AM

The 650ti has a $30 MIR and MSI is pretty good with MIR's
So $139 - $30 = $109 + $1 Mail
January 29, 2013 7:16:04 AM

stickmansam said:
The 650ti has a $30 MIR and MSI is pretty good with MIR's
So $139 - $30 = $109 + $1 Mail


Ok, I see it now. Your right that is a good deal with the rebate. I don't usually look at that cus I never seem to turn them in.

Only problem now is he needs to buy from amazon but, if he can buy from Newegg that would be a good deal providing (unlike me) he turns in the rebate.

I also just noticed that Amazon has a $20 rebate, however for both the Amazon and the Newegg rebates he has to purchase by 1/31/13

In all fairness though I have to say I HATE REBATES because I never turn them in. If it were me and I had to stay at around $100 I would buy the 7750 in my original recommendation.

It's not the best card no doubt but, It's the best one I've seen for the price.

As far as PSU's go my Amazon recommendation is the Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS here: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Watt-EPS%C2%A0-CX... price w/Shipping: $49.99
:sol: 
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