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Advice on upgrading my video card?


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Hello, I built this computer a year or two ago and never really gave it a proper video card. Right now it has an integrated Radeon 4200 built into the motherboard. Could somebody help me find a video card that would work for me? I use my computer primarily for gaming so something that will allow me to run high end graphics would be nice! Thank you so much!

The motherboard I am using ATM is:
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Edited by Captain B, 26 February 2012 - 01:14 AM.

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Hi Captain B. :welcome:

Your Mobo has one PCIe 2.0 x 16 slot, so no problem using a discrete graphics card.

Before we can help, more information is needed.

Your full hardware specs, including case and PSU. Size of the PSU will mostly determine the size of theGPU.

OS?

Your budget?

Where you live?
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I have as follows:
LITE-ON 24X CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS324-08

OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular High Performance Power Supply

Foxconn TLM776-CN300C-01 Black/ Silver Steel MicroATX Mini Tower (But If this doesn't work I have a nice Mid Tower I am looking at.)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor HDZ720WFGIBOX

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

I am using windows XP at the moment. I would like to spend less than $400 on the graphics card alone, but something a little over would be fine.

I live in Springfield, Oregon.
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Thanks for the info.

AS you suspect, the case , in my opinion, would not be suitable. Just the one 80mm fan and no option to add more, and when adding a mid range GPU, would have a very hard time keeping the system cool.

The 500w PSU is the min. requirement for many low/mid range cards but is further limited by the low amps on the 12v rails. leaves you no wiggle room if you enhance the system later.

The integrated graphics. This page shows Overall Rank: 729, The first graph shows the relative performance of the video card compared to the 10 other common Video cards in terms of PassMark G3D Mark.

http://www.videocard...+Radeon+HD+4200

Edited by iammykyl, 27 February 2012 - 01:27 AM.

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So what would you recommend i do then? I would very much like to upgrade my graphics card. i was looking primarily at the: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
Video Card, or the: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card.

Even if I were toNOT get one of these, is there a preferable case and/or PSU that u recommend I buy?
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Had to post that first bit as am having trouble with my editor.

The 560 ti is about $250 the 570 $350.

At the bottom of this page for reviews for the selected card at the top.

http://www.gpureview...1=641&card2=640

You would need a case and a 650w PSU,

Edited by iammykyl, 27 February 2012 - 02:25 AM.

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Ok so I was browsing newegg for a PSU, and I found this deal there: http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.829186 do you think that PSU and Case would be fine with all my other specs and the 560 ti ?
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Not sure about the psu I have the raidmax hybrid 2 630 watt but the Haf 922 its what I use for my gaming rig it has plenty of room and cable managment is good also overall a great case I recommend it alot
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The Cooler Master GX 650. I would not buy.

http://www.hardocp.c...supply_review/9 FAIL.

GX 750 http://www.hardwares...y-Review/917/10 Only safe to 450w

Consider these,

http://www.hardwares...-Review/1418/11 My #1 choice.

http://www.hardwares...-Review/1418/11

http://www.newegg.co...D182%2D132%2DTS

Case is good.


Edit link.

Edited by iammykyl, 28 February 2012 - 03:13 AM.

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Ok i'll take ur advice on the Rosewill, but what about this case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066
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Ok i'll take ur advice on the Rosewill


:no: No. My apologies, the links where not correct :blush: . The OCZ is the better PSU and works out cheaper.

The Antec Three Hundred is an excellent case, good build, great cooling and air flow control, one of my favourite cases, did not suggest it this time as many users do not like the lights.

Just so there is no confusion. Please list what you have decided on in your next post.
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SO I AM PLANING ON GETTING:
OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB
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PSU. Video card and case are correct.

Info. http://www.diy-gamin...ild-a-Computer/
When working on the PC. Always unplug the computer from the wall socket and take anti static measures.

You will need to take the I/O shield from the old case and install in the new one.
Thy to leave the HDD bay at the end of the PCIe 2.0 x 16 slot empty, this will make connecting the power cable easier.

Take particular care with regard to the Mobo stand offs. They may come pre installed in the case. Check that they match exactly the screw holes pattern in the Mobo, No extra ones.

If you have any problems, post.

Please keep us informed of how thing progress.
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Ok well it may be a little while before I get all the parts ordered. but thank you so much for your help!

And th I/O Shield? what would this be? I dont seem to remember anything when I built my current one.

Edited by Captain B, 29 February 2012 - 12:13 AM.

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Have a look at this page. Take care when removing it from the old case as you do not want to damge it, If it has been fitted correctly, to remove, it should be pushed into the case from the outside.

http://www.pcguide.c...NewIOShield.htm
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