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March 23, 2013 7:15:33 AM

This is my computer right now:

http://valid.canardpc.com/2741972

I want to be able to play and record games with higher fps. Specifically Vindictus
When i run the game, the GPU usage is always 99%.

What can i upgrade to within my budget range? What would be the best?

And i only have a 460 Watt power supply
a c 182 U Graphics card
March 23, 2013 7:38:44 AM

if you good psu then hd 7770 or hd 7750
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March 23, 2013 7:40:29 AM

swilczak said:
This would be about the best you can get for 100, it's much better than what you have. You may need a molex to 6 pin pci express adapter with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How can i determine if i need a molex to 6 pin PCI adapter? I don't want to have to buy the two items separate or buy it and not need it :o 
a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2013 7:51:55 AM

Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
This would be about the best you can get for 100, it's much better than what you have. You may need a molex to 6 pin pci express adapter with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How can i determine if i need a molex to 6 pin PCI adapter? I don't want to have to buy the two items separate or buy it and not need it :o 

This card does require a 6 pin connector, so you could open your case and look to see if there is an extra 6 pin cable or you can go with the 7750, but make sure it's the ddr5 1gb model. You could also look up specifications of your power supply online, but that may be hard to do.
March 23, 2013 8:31:18 AM

swilczak said:
Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
This would be about the best you can get for 100, it's much better than what you have. You may need a molex to 6 pin pci express adapter with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How can i determine if i need a molex to 6 pin PCI adapter? I don't want to have to buy the two items separate or buy it and not need it :o 

This card does require a 6 pin connector, so you could open your case and look to see if there is an extra 6 pin cable or you can go with the 7750, but make sure it's the ddr5 1gb model. You could also look up specifications of your power supply online, but that may be hard to do.


I found the same card but under MSI, but its 5 dollars more expensive (technically 10 dollars cheaper after the rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
should i go with this card instead? MSI seems like a better company than HIS. And the dimensions of this card is smaller than the dimensions of HIS's
a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2013 8:43:28 AM

Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
This would be about the best you can get for 100, it's much better than what you have. You may need a molex to 6 pin pci express adapter with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How can i determine if i need a molex to 6 pin PCI adapter? I don't want to have to buy the two items separate or buy it and not need it :o 

This card does require a 6 pin connector, so you could open your case and look to see if there is an extra 6 pin cable or you can go with the 7750, but make sure it's the ddr5 1gb model. You could also look up specifications of your power supply online, but that may be hard to do.


I found the same card but under MSI, but its 5 dollars more expensive (technically 10 dollars cheaper after the rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
should i go with this card instead? MSI seems like a better company than HIS. And the dimensions of this card is smaller than the dimensions of HIS's

I'm not sure if it's a better company. I would just read some of the reviews and see if people have had issues with the card. They are essentially the same thing because they are both AMD GPU's, MSI and HIS just make the heat sink and fan, and sometimes they overclock it a little bit.
March 23, 2013 9:36:33 AM

swilczak said:
Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
This would be about the best you can get for 100, it's much better than what you have. You may need a molex to 6 pin pci express adapter with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How can i determine if i need a molex to 6 pin PCI adapter? I don't want to have to buy the two items separate or buy it and not need it :o 

This card does require a 6 pin connector, so you could open your case and look to see if there is an extra 6 pin cable or you can go with the 7750, but make sure it's the ddr5 1gb model. You could also look up specifications of your power supply online, but that may be hard to do.


I found the same card but under MSI, but its 5 dollars more expensive (technically 10 dollars cheaper after the rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
should i go with this card instead? MSI seems like a better company than HIS. And the dimensions of this card is smaller than the dimensions of HIS's

I'm not sure if it's a better company. I would just read some of the reviews and see if people have had issues with the card. They are essentially the same thing because they are both AMD GPU's, MSI and HIS just make the heat sink and fan, and sometimes they overclock it a little bit.


I've decided to go for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... since it has the best ratings along with xfire support maybe for future upgrades.

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/2136/20130323122303....

i found this inside the computer, is this the 6 pin connector that you were talking about?

If it is i should run into no problems if i were to upgrade to this right?

I'm being very careful since its my first time doing this

Thank you for all of your help! i really appreciate it.
a b U Graphics card
March 23, 2013 9:43:07 AM

Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
Tommy Lin said:
swilczak said:
This would be about the best you can get for 100, it's much better than what you have. You may need a molex to 6 pin pci express adapter with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


How can i determine if i need a molex to 6 pin PCI adapter? I don't want to have to buy the two items separate or buy it and not need it :o 

This card does require a 6 pin connector, so you could open your case and look to see if there is an extra 6 pin cable or you can go with the 7750, but make sure it's the ddr5 1gb model. You could also look up specifications of your power supply online, but that may be hard to do.


I found the same card but under MSI, but its 5 dollars more expensive (technically 10 dollars cheaper after the rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
should i go with this card instead? MSI seems like a better company than HIS. And the dimensions of this card is smaller than the dimensions of HIS's

I'm not sure if it's a better company. I would just read some of the reviews and see if people have had issues with the card. They are essentially the same thing because they are both AMD GPU's, MSI and HIS just make the heat sink and fan, and sometimes they overclock it a little bit.


I've decided to go for http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... since it has the best ratings along with xfire support maybe for future upgrades.

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/2136/20130323122303....

i found this inside the computer, is this the 6 pin connector that you were talking about?

If it is i should run into no problems if i were to upgrade to this right?

I'm being very careful since its my first time doing this

Thank you for all of your help! i really appreciate it.

Yes that is the right connector, you will have no problems with the upgrade. You have two connectors so you should be able to run crossfire in the future, just make sure you check the PSU calculator on newegg.com before running crossfire.
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