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Need to upgrade my brother's GPU (currently Radeon HD 5750 1GB)

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February 8, 2013 2:14:49 PM

I helped my brother build his computer when I built my new one in April of 2011 and gave him a couple of my old parts. He added the SSD later, which is why he's got it on a SATA II Motherboard. I forgot to mention to look for SATA III in his motherboard (we're both pretty new to this). I'd like to buy him a new GPU as a gift. If I need to get a new PSU as well, that's fine. I'd like to spend somewhere in the $200-$400 range.

He uses his PC for gaming, I'd prefer Newegg, and he plays on 1920x1080. I prefer to stick with AMD and we're very open to overclocking. If you suggest a better single card that we could eventually save up to crossfire, that'd be preferable. Thanks in advance!


Here're his specs:


GPU: Radeon HD 5750 1GB

OS: Windows 7 64 bit
Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23"
CD/DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower with side fan


Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE
http://www.asrock.com/mb/amd/m3a770de/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition OC to 4.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5750 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24-40-2T F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 128 GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 8, 2013 2:31:49 PM

zack_of_steel said:
I helped my brother build his computer when I built my new one in April of 2011 and gave him a couple of my old parts. He added the SSD later, which is why he's got it on a SATA II Motherboard. I forgot to mention to look for SATA III in his motherboard (we're both pretty new to this). I'd like to buy him a new GPU as a gift. If I need to get a new PSU as well, that's fine. I'd like to spend somewhere in the $200-$400 range.

He uses his PC for gaming, I'd prefer Newegg, and he plays on 1920x1080. I prefer to stick with AMD and we're very open to overclocking. If you suggest a better single card that we could eventually save up to crossfire, that'd be preferable. Thanks in advance!


Here're his specs:


GPU: Radeon HD 5750 1GB

OS: Windows 7 64 bit
Monitor: Asus VH238H Black 23"
CD/DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower with side fan


Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE
http://www.asrock.com/mb/amd/m3a770de/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition OC to 4.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5750 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2GBx4) DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24-40-2T F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 128 GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hi - an excellent sub $200 card is the hd 7850(it OC's very well), huge perf incr over 5750 and allows
you to upgrade psu as well & keep under $250, & give you a hd start on saving for CF.
if you want to spend closer to the $400 amount then you'd consider the 7870/7950 & PSU.

Try to give me an idea of which way you want to go($200 -$400 is a lot of territory)
and I'll offer some suggestions.
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February 8, 2013 2:55:11 PM

toyftw said:
Hi - an excellent sub $200 card is the hd 7850(it OC's very well), huge perf incr over 5750 and allows
you to upgrade psu as well & keep under $250, & give you a hd start on saving for CF.
if you want to spend closer to the $400 amount then you'd consider the 7870/7950 & PSU.

Try to give me an idea of which way you want to go($200 -$400 is a lot of territory)
and I'll offer some suggestions.


Thanks for the quick reply. I'd probably go more to the lower end $200-$250 for now and eventually grab a second card to Crossfire later on. If I need to spend more than that for the required PSU for a decent pair of cards, I can.
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February 8, 2013 5:01:40 PM

zack_of_steel said:
Thanks for the quick reply. I'd probably go more to the lower end $200-$250 for now and eventually grab a second card to Crossfire later on. If I need to spend more than that for the required PSU for a decent pair of cards, I can.


Ok - I'll post some suggestions in a few min. I'll be recommending a
gpu & PSU, 400w might cut it with some of the cards, but I usually recommend
realhardtech's suggested PSU power rec. Some of the 7850's need 2 pci-e
connectors and I'm fairly sure your current PSU has only one. So, give me a few min,
I'll start digging now.

one inexpensive rec now, a psu if you are not going to CF:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $40 after mir & has 2 pci-e connectors
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February 8, 2013 5:20:13 PM

zack_of_steel said:
Thanks for the quick reply. I'd probably go more to the lower end $200-$250 for now and eventually grab a second card to Crossfire later on. If I need to spend more than that for the required PSU for a decent pair of cards, I can.


Start with hd7850, ex price/performance card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $189

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $190

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $195 out of these I actually believe the least expensive is best

next - a little better perf & a little more $$ gtx 660

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $210

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $195

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $214

Already gave you PSU if you are NOT going to CF/SLI, now I'll list a few that you can CF/SLI with,
more $$ obviously. If a psu listed has only 2 pci-e connectors you can use molex to pci-e adapters,
some gpu's even include one

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $96 & has 4 pci-e connectors

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $95 " " " "
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... modular version for $10 more

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $95 & 4 pci-e

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $58(thru 2/14) - 2 pci-e

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... nets to $70 thru 2/11*
* description says 4 pci-e in fact it has only 2, but ex quality unit at ex price.

I think the $189 card & $70 PSU are a great match for $259, but you can mix n match any combo
you wish. If you want to step up on GPU (7870/660ti) let me know.





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February 8, 2013 5:29:04 PM

The motherboard you have has two PCIe slots, but they run at x16 and x4; this is not good for Crossfire. I'd suggest a single powerful card.
The Seasonic-built Corsair offerings are decent, but the 500W V2 Builder was made by CWT, using some inferior Samxon capacitors from their "GF" line which is known to experience early failure. I'd look for an XFX PSU in the same wattage range (they're built by Seasonic), one of the Super Flower-built Rosewill Capstone units, or an Antec (either Seasonic or Delta).
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February 8, 2013 5:41:22 PM

zack_of_steel said:
Thanks for the quick reply. I'd probably go more to the lower end $200-$250 for now and eventually grab a second card to Crossfire later on. If I need to spend more than that for the required PSU for a decent pair of cards, I can.


onus is correct about cx500 having chinese caps. That is common among budget/opening
price point psu's. One of the reasons to step up in a brands line is to
get better quality, and I highly recommend doing so when finances allow.
I personally waited an extra month to get my psu for this reason.

I gave you some excellent step up psu's above. There is a lot
more promo deals right now on the 650's than 550's, so
from a price/value perspective that's the way to go &
I linked you several.

I also agree that a single gpu is preferable, especially with your mobo.
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