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Buying a New Video Card


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#1 Cartoon Shark

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 02:39 AM

Hello!

Pretty soon, I'm going to be getting a new video/graphics card. The current one I have is outdated and has some overheating problems, so I really need one!

First of all, just wanting to make sure; I want a video card that is compatible with my Motherboard, correct? If not, please correct me!

I've inserted a Speccy screenshot so you can help me figure this out. I want to get a video card that is within the $100 price-range, but also has a good rating on it. Something that is more expensive, because I figured good gaming cards cost a lot, is alright but I want to try and get a lower priced card. I do a LOT of gaming, so I want something that will support all of my games. Even now I can't play certain games, because I have an outdated video card. I especially need a card that can support DirectX 9. The one I currently have can't support that yet. Being able to play a lot of the newer games would be great too!

Thanks for the help!

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/nZayD86qoa3KkLemdi6siHv

Edited by Cartoon Shark, 05 June 2011 - 02:48 AM.


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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:04 AM

What is the wattage of your power supply?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:12 AM

I'm not exactly sure. How do I check that?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:17 AM

Open your computer up and have a look at the sticker on the power supply. It should say something like (number)W

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:19 AM

Alright, it says HX620W.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:22 AM

That model tells me you have a Corsair power supply which is a superb brand and your power supply has 620W. Well for $100, you can get this card. Or if you want a better then that, you can spend a bit extra and buy this card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:27 AM

Yes, it's a Corsair. I don't know much about it, but it's good to know I've got a good brand! I just want to make sure; I play all of my games on a 1440 x 900 resolution, so with these ones you've provided (I'm going to aim for the more expensive one), can I run my games without much lag or problems? I also want to make sure I can play MOST of my games on High settings, so with these cards can I be able to do that?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:30 AM

What games do you plan to play?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:43 AM

These are the games I own, and I plan to maybe get my hands on some newer games like The Sims 3.

Team Fortress 2
Left 4 Dead 2
Spore
Audiosurf
The Sims 2
Garry's Mod
Minecraft
Portal
Half Life 2

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:48 AM

All i know that all those games will work, even my brother's old X1650 will run those games without lag. Also you need 2 slots for the graphics card.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:51 AM

Reading the reviews about the more expensive one you provided, I'm a bit skeptical. Hopefully I'll be able to get the drivers figured out, I just definitely want to make sure I'm getting the best for my money! I'm not sure how many slots I have though, how can I check to make sure I'll be able to fit the card in my case?

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 03:55 AM

Depending where your current graphics card is positioned, there should some long metal piece. I can't really explain it.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:01 AM

I don't see anything like that anywhere. I'm probably looking at the wrong side, however. My case is opened on the left side and not the right side. Or maybe my current graphics card is covering this up? All I can really do now is provide you with a picture of the inside of my computer.

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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:02 AM

Based from the pictures, it should fit perfectly :thumbup2:

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 05 June 2011 - 04:03 AM

Alright, good! I'll be sure to look into this graphics card. One more question, though. If I spend a little bit more, is there a better one I can get? If not, this is great! Thanks!




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