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October 7, 2013 1:27:43 AM

I have a PC that I would like to upgrade to be able to play the latest games at decent fps. I am not that computer savvy when it comes to video cards and what is compatible with what. I am not looking for top of the line stuff here, just enough to play games like battlefield 4 with no problems at good fps. I thought about adding another graphics card but I don't know if it would mesh with my current card or mess everything up. I am willing to spend up to $300 but the cheaper the better. Here are my computer's specs:'

Type : Personal Computer / PC

Unit Dimension (DxWxH) : 20.51" x 7.28" x 17.52"

Shipping Dimension (DxWxH) : 25" x 12.5" x 21.5"

Chassis : Raidmax Viper Black Mid-Tower Gaming Case

Processor : AMD FX-6100 Zambezi / 3.3GHz (Max 3.9GHz)

Processor Socket : Socket AM3+

Cache Memory : 6MB L2 Cache

Motherboard : AMD 760G Chipset

Expansion Bays Total (Free) :

4 ( 3 ) x External - 5.25"
1 ( 1 ) x External - 3.5"
4 ( 3 ) x Internal - 3.5"

Expansion Slots Total (Free) :
1 ( 0 ) x PCI Express x16
1 ( 1 ) x PCI Express x1
2 ( 2 ) x PCI
2 ( 0 ) x DIMM 240-pin

Interfaces :
2 x PS/2 Style
6 x USB 2.0 ( 2 Front, 4 Rear )
1 x LAN Port
3 x Audio Jacks
1 x VGA D-Sub
1 x Serial Port: COM 1

RAM : 8GB DDR3 SDRAM / 16GB (Max)

Hard Drive : 2TB - SATA III - 7200 rpm

Optical Storage : 24x DVD±RW Dual-Layer Super-Multi Drive

Graphics Controller : NVIDIA GeForce GT640 - PCI Express x 16

Video Memory : 2GB Dedicated Video Memory

Digital Video Standard : 2 x DVI / mini HDMI

Power Supply : 500 Watt

Audio Output : Integrated - High Definition 5.1 Channel Audio

Networking : Integrated - 10/100/1000 Ethernet

Accessories Included : USB Gaming Keyboard & Mouse / Driver Discs / Power Cord

Operating System Provided : Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit Edition


Thanks for taking the time to check it out. I appreciate any feedback because I don't know what i'm doing :/ 
a b ) Power supply
a b à CPUs
a b } Memory
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2013 1:54:36 AM

I do not know if your PSU is god or not.
This is cheap video card that will perform better than your 640.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe metter buy is get 7970.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But then the PSU. You may need better PSU.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12i...

Or bit bigger because it is good to have more juice to feed power hungry video card..
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750xxxb...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbef...

October 7, 2013 2:04:29 AM

AxlFone said:
I do not know if your PSU is god or not.
This is cheap video card that will perform better than your 640.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe metter buy is get 7970.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But then the PSU. You may need better PSU.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12i...

Or bit bigger because it is good to have more juice to feed power hungry video card..
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750xxxb...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbef...



Ok, great thanks. I have a few other questions if you're willing to answer them. Can I leave the 640 installed or do I have to remove it? How do the two separate graphics cards work together? Also, with a bigger power supply am I going to need to upgrade any fans or anything like that? Thanks for the help.
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October 7, 2013 2:06:27 AM

AxlFone said:
I do not know if your PSU is god or not.
This is cheap video card that will perform better than your 640.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe metter buy is get 7970.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But then the PSU. You may need better PSU.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12i...

Or bit bigger because it is good to have more juice to feed power hungry video card..
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750xxxb...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbef...



One more thing. The 640 I have installed is not SLI or crossfire compliant, does that matter?
a b ) Power supply
a b à CPUs
a b } Memory
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2013 2:16:59 AM

mountainman1982 said:
AxlFone said:
I do not know if your PSU is god or not.
This is cheap video card that will perform better than your 640.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe metter buy is get 7970.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But then the PSU. You may need better PSU.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-s12i...

Or bit bigger because it is good to have more juice to feed power hungry video card..
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750xxxb...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bbef...



One more thing. The 640 I have installed is not SLI or crossfire compliant, does that matter?


Not really. You just need to buy one faster card. If you buy Nvidia card you can SLI it later if you'r MoBo supports SLI.

AMD cards can work only in CF but there is much more issues with drivers and stuff. So that is maybe such good idea.
You can look new AMD cards too. They are just coming out and they are maybe faster than old ones.
http://www.game-debate.com/news/?news=8996&graphics=Rad...


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