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I need help with a PC upgrade (gpu)

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June 12, 2013 7:25:31 AM

Hi, my birthday is coming up and I'm really looking into a first good upgrade for my PC so i can start playing some new PC games. Ive done a good amount of research and I'm stuck right now.
Here's what I want:

AMD Athlon II x4 640 3.0 GHz quad core-$67 (CPU)

ASRock FX Socket AM3 Plus NVIDIA GeForce 7025 A V GbE Micro ATX-$44(MOBO)

Corsair (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory-$53

Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer-$22

What I'm stuck at is the GPU upgrade. At the moment I have a GEFORCE 8800 gt 512m GPU. I realize that it can not run directx11 and that most of the current games nowadays require directx11. What I'm looking for is a good upgrade for it at a low cost. I do not want to cross the 250$ line total for my upgrade (Im at $186). I would really appreciate some help here.

Thank you :) 

PS- I might be able to ask for a better GPU from my parents if I get a job (I will be turning 16)

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June 12, 2013 7:31:44 AM

The parent idea is the way to go. $64 is not gonna get you a GPU that's a good upgrade from an 8800GT.
June 12, 2013 7:35:06 AM

I realize that, I just don't want to ask for too much ^.^
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June 12, 2013 7:37:00 AM

Fair enough, but just don't go any lower than GTX650-level if you want a decent improvement (and ideally something better). Maybe if you buy used you could get something faster?
June 12, 2013 7:48:06 AM

A gtx650 looks like a good upgrade, I will look into finding a used one on amzaon. Thanks for the help :) 

BTW- lets say I wait and save up to buy the graphic card and stay with the 8800gt for a month. Can it handle borderlands 2, bf3, and black ops 2? Thanks.
June 12, 2013 7:53:06 AM

Well it depends on settings and resolution. Assuming you play at lower settings (and assuming DX11 isn't required), Borderlands 2 should be fine, Blops 2 a bit more demanding but probably fine at very low settings. Battlefield 3 you may struggle with. Borderlands 2 should keep you occupied for a long time though. Good luck finding a good deal :-)
June 12, 2013 7:54:49 AM

Cool, I cannot wait till I get these parts!
June 12, 2013 7:55:46 AM

I know how you feel! I'm getting a new graphics card arriving Friday/Monday and I can't wait :-D
June 12, 2013 8:12:26 AM

Do you think this is real? Its on an oced 8800gt with a dual core and 4 gigs of ram. I'm going with a quad core and 8 gigs of ram. In the video there seems to be good fps and good quality.
June 12, 2013 8:16:40 AM

That's 720p - extremely low resolution. If that's what you play at though, you make it a lot easier on your hardware.
June 12, 2013 8:19:49 AM

I see, I guess low res will have to do it then until I get my 650. Too be honest though I don't really care about the quality, I like the gameplay. Quality is a nice thing though xD
June 12, 2013 8:19:51 AM

I see, I guess low res will have to do it then until I get my 650. Too be honest though I don't really care about the quality, I like the gameplay. Quality is a nice thing though xD

bf2 bad company should be good right?
June 12, 2013 8:25:05 AM

Bad Company 2 is actually fairly demanding (though not compared to BF3 or Crysis 3 etc). It will need at least as much muscle as Blops 2. You'll probably be fine on very low settings though. What res is your monitor?
June 12, 2013 8:32:43 AM

I'm running my monitor at 1280x1024. Its native resolution is 1680x1050. It's a 22 inch LCD monitor (hp w2207)
June 12, 2013 8:39:58 AM

Don't you want to maintain aspect ratio? If you used 1440x900, your image won't be horizontally stretched but you maintain the performance benefit of 1280x1024.
June 12, 2013 8:41:29 AM

It feels really weird at 1440x900 resolution
June 12, 2013 8:45:46 AM

Haha it's because of what you've become used to. 1280x1024 is 5:4 (i.e. only a tiny bit wider than it is high) so nearly square. You're stretching that square across a widescreen display so you end up smearing the picture horizontally. 1440x900 maintains the 16:10 ratio so things look correct. Up to you of course - both are effectively equal interms of performance. 1440x900 is just more correct.