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March 20, 2013 7:58:39 AM

I have a zt-ga-h67ma-usb3-b3 desktop computer. It's a great computer, but it recently slowed down a bit. After some digging around, I decided the built-in graphics card wasn't cutting it for me. So, I tried to find my gpu specs so I could know what to look for, but my computer just calls my gpu "Intel(R) HD Graphics". I am not very well acquainted with how hardware works, so I could really use some help on this. Thanks in advance!

P.S. I mostly use my computer to surf the web, but I also do a lot of gaming. I'm not sure if that matters, but just in case.

P.P.S. Also, sorry if it takes me a little while to reply.

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a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2013 8:21:39 AM

Your compuer has got integrated graphics. That means no extra GPU but one built in your CPU. That kind of graphics really arent good for gaming.

You could tell your budget and your PSU. For normal gamer hd7750 graphics card is good (by normal I mean battlefield 3 on somewhere low settings and 1080p screen). You also dont need high end PSU for this card beacuse it powers of pci-e conectors. And it costs less than 100$/€ This card is a big upgrade from Intel HD. For more you could choose 7770 (120$), 7850 (200$), 660 (210$), 7870 (230$). For 7770 you dont need high end PSU but for other listed cards you might need better (stock ones are pretty lame usually).
March 20, 2013 4:52:03 PM

tadej petric said:
Your compuer has got integrated graphics. That means no extra GPU but one built in your CPU. That kind of graphics really arent good for gaming.

You could tell your budget and your PSU. For normal gamer hd7750 graphics card is good (by normal I mean battlefield 3 on somewhere low settings and 1080p screen). You also dont need high end PSU for this card beacuse it powers of pci-e conectors. And it costs less than 100$/€ This card is a big upgrade from Intel HD. For more you could choose 7770 (120$), 7850 (200$), 660 (210$), 7870 (230$). For 7770 you dont need high end PSU but for other listed cards you might need better (stock ones are pretty lame usually).


Thanks for your quick reply.
I'm the kind of guy who likes to shop around a bit before making a decision. So, what kind of specs should I look for? And how do each of the specs affect the performance of the computer?

Thanks again!:) 

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a b U Graphics card
March 21, 2013 8:56:59 AM

Xander Hus said:
tadej petric said:
Your compuer has got integrated graphics. That means no extra GPU but one built in your CPU. That kind of graphics really arent good for gaming.

You could tell your budget and your PSU. For normal gamer hd7750 graphics card is good (by normal I mean battlefield 3 on somewhere low settings and 1080p screen). You also dont need high end PSU for this card beacuse it powers of pci-e conectors. And it costs less than 100$/€ This card is a big upgrade from Intel HD. For more you could choose 7770 (120$), 7850 (200$), 660 (210$), 7870 (230$). For 7770 you dont need high end PSU but for other listed cards you might need better (stock ones are pretty lame usually).


Thanks for your quick reply.
I'm the kind of guy who likes to shop around a bit before making a decision. So, what kind of specs should I look for? And how do each of the specs affect the performance of the computer?

Thanks again!:) 


Your wellcome!

Im that knid of guy too so I made lots of things to get best as I can.
GPU is one of the most important components in your computer. That integrated graphics of yours are made so regualar peoples dont need to buy specific graphics card and spend more money. It matters a lot what do you do with your computer. If you use it for youtube and wikipedia integrated is great. But when you come to battlefield 3, crysis 3, GTA 4... you need specific graphics. It depends a lot what games will you play, your budget and your power supply unit (PSU). My recomended cards are on other post. Ill give you some benchmarks on the end of that post.
Now lets say what matters most to least at graphics card. GPU (actual graphics processor (gk 104 for example) that process things). Power usage (with too high power usage or if your PSU doesnt have 6-pin power connectors card wont work good/ will be overheated). Cooling (usually fans that keep GPU cooled. May need 6-pin power connector. With better fans and lower temp your graphics life can expand). Multiple HDMI/VGA connectors (only if you need eyefinity/surround(multi screen)). Clock speed (you can overclock card if you want so not much important and 50MHz doesnt bring MUCH advantage). Buy new cards not used!!!

Links for benchmarks:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/medal-of-honor-warfighter...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/far-cry-3-performance-ben...

And for your Intel HD:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/memory-bandwidth-scaling-...
March 22, 2013 10:30:30 PM

tadej petric said:
Xander Hus said:
tadej petric said:
Your compuer has got integrated graphics. That means no extra GPU but one built in your CPU. That kind of graphics really arent good for gaming.

You could tell your budget and your PSU. For normal gamer hd7750 graphics card is good (by normal I mean battlefield 3 on somewhere low settings and 1080p screen). You also dont need high end PSU for this card beacuse it powers of pci-e conectors. And it costs less than 100$/€ This card is a big upgrade from Intel HD. For more you could choose 7770 (120$), 7850 (200$), 660 (210$), 7870 (230$). For 7770 you dont need high end PSU but for other listed cards you might need better (stock ones are pretty lame usually).


Thanks for your quick reply.
I'm the kind of guy who likes to shop around a bit before making a decision. So, what kind of specs should I look for? And how do each of the specs affect the performance of the computer?

Thanks again!:) 


Your wellcome!

Im that knid of guy too so I made lots of things to get best as I can.
GPU is one of the most important components in your computer. That integrated graphics of yours are made so regualar peoples dont need to buy specific graphics card and spend more money. It matters a lot what do you do with your computer. If you use it for youtube and wikipedia integrated is great. But when you come to battlefield 3, crysis 3, GTA 4... you need specific graphics. It depends a lot what games will you play, your budget and your power supply unit (PSU). My recomended cards are on other post. Ill give you some benchmarks on the end of that post.
Now lets say what matters most to least at graphics card. GPU (actual graphics processor (gk 104 for example) that process things). Power usage (with too high power usage or if your PSU doesnt have 6-pin power connectors card wont work good/ will be overheated). Cooling (usually fans that keep GPU cooled. May need 6-pin power connector. With better fans and lower temp your graphics life can expand). Multiple HDMI/VGA connectors (only if you need eyefinity/surround(multi screen)). Clock speed (you can overclock card if you want so not much important and 50MHz doesnt bring MUCH advantage). Buy new cards not used!!!

Links for benchmarks:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/crysis-3-performance-benc...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/medal-of-honor-warfighter...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/call-of-duty-black-ops-ii...
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/far-cry-3-performance-ben...

And for your Intel HD:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/memory-bandwidth-scaling-...



Sorry for getting back so late. Thank you very much, you've been very helpful! I'm still not sure what graphics card I'm going to get, but I now feel confident that I can make a good decision. Thanks again!

Xander
March 23, 2013 1:54:26 AM

money is everything
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