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Needing to Upgrade Graphics Card


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#1 marionyoshi

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Posted 06 February 2010 - 05:00 PM

Hello, I need help upgrading/finding a graphics card that will fit my system, and the games I play on it.

I am playing games such as Half Life 2 (and all the episodes), Team Fortress 2, and pretty much all the Valve games.

I can currently play them on low to medium graphics, while still experiencing small FPS issues when I look into a light, or have particles in my face.

Sites such as YouGamers.com and SystemRequirementsLab.com all say that my Graphics Card needs an upgrade, but I'm not sure which Graphics Card I need to buy. Here are my System Specs:

OS: Windows Vista Home Prenium
System Manufacturer: Gateway
Ram: 3G (3070MB)

Currect Graphics Card is: ATI Raedon HD 2400 XT

I do have some knowledge of a computer's internal parts, but I'm not quite advanced with it (I know how to take out and put in parts, and install software for it)

I hope to be able to play games with Medium to High graphics, and not experience FPS issues.

Thanks in advance.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 03:45 AM

There are a number of graphics card choices you have available. Below is a list and some of the benefits and information on them.

GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI Radeon HD 5670 - Starting at the bottom of the pack, this is considered a lower mid-range card. This has about the same performance as Nvidia's GT 240. However, it cannot handle high resolutions (1920 x 1200 and up) very well. This card requires at least a 400W power supply. Like all Radeon 5 series cards, this one allows for DirectX 11 and EyeFinity.

SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 - Gamers on a budget love this card as it offers excellent value versus performance. This is, depending on the game and driver, roughly equal to the Radeon 4870 in terms of performance, but is smaller, uses less energy, and produces less heat. Currently, a 5770 is a solid mid-range card. A 450W power supply is needed to use this card.

HIS H585F1GDG Radeon HD 5850 - This is one of the most powerful graphics cards on the market, right behind the Radeon 5870. The 5850 is about 80% as powerful as that card. This also blows away all Nvidia cards in terms of performance. Since this is a high-end enthusiast-grade card, it is expensive. The 5850 requires a 500W power supply.

Of all these options, if your budget allows, I say go for the 5770 as it is a great middle ground.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:33 PM

Okay, thanks, but how do I know what watt Power Supply I have?

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:39 PM

There should be a sticker on your computer's power supply that lists the wattage. You may have to open your computer's case to see the sticker.

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 09:44 PM

I see multiple wattage numbers (###W)

Which one is the one I should be looking at?

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Posted 07 February 2010 - 10:48 PM

Look for the total power.
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Posted 08 February 2010 - 12:06 AM

It currently says that I have a maximum of 300W on my Power Supply. Do I need to buy a new one?

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 12:13 AM

-Sorry for DP-

I got my eye on that Graphics Card, and stated by DJPace07, I need a 450W, but since I am running a Quad Core Processor, would I need a higher one? Should I go for the 500W Power Supply just in case?


EDIT:

I found this Power Supply, it's 450W. It's also made by the same Manufacturer as the one I currently have, so it will fit, right?


Here's the link where I can purchase it:

http://www.supernotebook.com/power-supply.php?psupart=457515

I can also include what cords I need to come with it, but I don't know that information. Should I seek professional help?

Edited by marionyoshi, 08 February 2010 - 12:27 AM.


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Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:47 PM

Your PC should be able to handle the 5770, in terms of processing power. I've never heard of Delta power supplies. Assuming your computer uses a standard ATX power supply and not a proprietary supply, you should change the manufacturer to another brand. Good brands to consider for power supplies are Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, PC Power, OCZ, and Thermaltake. Below are some choices.

Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W
Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W

A power supply comes with all necessary power cords.

Edited by DJBPace07, 08 February 2010 - 05:48 PM.

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#10 marionyoshi

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:11 PM

Which one would you suggest? I was reading the comments on them all, and I'm not sure.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 07:17 PM

Just a point to pick. It is not so much total watts as much as the amps available on the 12V+ rail. Modern motherboards/CPUs/videocards draw the vast majority of their power from this rail.

RainbowSix posted an example above of the CWT-450BD. It has a 20 amp 12V+ rail. The CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX linked above, while a 450 watt PSU, has a 33 amp 12V+ rail. Compare the 12V+ outputs of your PSUs.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 12:57 AM

The total watts are still important, however, but always consider the rails, especially the 12V+.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 02:29 AM

Hm, I think I'm going to look into this further with one of my friends, who knows quite a bit about computers. Thanks guys, you've really helped me with this! I can always rely on this site for computer help :thumbsup: .




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