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Want to know which graphics card is compatible to my motherboard


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#1 eo.faroque

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:55 AM

I am willing to buy Sapphire R7 250 1GB DDR5 for high graphics gaming.
 

My PC configuration:
Processor: i3 530 2.93 Ghz

Ram: 2 GB

Resolution: 1600x900 with integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics)

PCI slot: e x 16

Motherboard: HD55HC
 

1. Will my computer support this GPU?
2. It seems to be a very big GPU in size. Can anyone please tell me whether this card will fit on this motherboard, there are four RAM slot perpendicular to PCI slot?

3. Right now i am using cheap power unit of 400 watt. Please suggest me what power box should I buy.

Please let me know if any other information is required.

Thnx in advance.
 


Edited by eo.faroque, 17 February 2014 - 09:10 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:32 AM

What games are you going to be playing?  The R7 250 is a little better than an integrated graphics card, but it isn't what I would call a mid-range or even gaming graphics card.  If you are not going to be gaming or do anything graphically intensive, that card should work.  Your motherboard has the PCI-Express X16 slot, so it will fit.  In terms of size, if your computer case is large enough, it will also work.  I suggest getting at least a 500W power supply, the CORSAIR CX series CX500 should be enough power for the R7 250.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 09:14 PM

an r7-250 isn't going to play games on a 1600x900 very well past moderate levels but the required power is around 65 watts on it. an i-3 should be ok with an r7-260x 2gb gddr5 (115 watts) or an hd7770 1gb gddr5 (80 watts). those two can be obtained for a little more money than an r7 250 and provide a richer media environment. the power supply would need to be upgraded as suggested.  i would pick the r7 260x 2gb for your display size.


Edited by synergy513, 19 February 2014 - 10:42 PM.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 12:07 AM

Hi, also another upgrade you might to consider is a ram upgrade to 4GB which will help the game run sufficiently without holding back and also allow you to run background services like a VOIP software eg. TeamSpeak, Ventrilo etc.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 01:58 PM

Thanks  every one for your opinion.
May be I should agree to synergy513 and go for R7 260x 2GB.
One more question, instead of 2gb is it ok to go for r7 260x 1GB and increase ram to 4GB as killerx525 said?


Edited by eo.faroque, 24 February 2014 - 01:59 PM.


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Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:46 PM

the 1gb vram should be fine except for the extreme games, i thought that the 1600x900 display would necessitate the 2gb, but it is just below the threshold, so 1gb will be ok.

 

 the 4gb RAM total is in a range that  allows multiple operations without compromise.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:05 AM

Thnak you synergy513



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Posted 25 February 2014 - 07:52 AM

The 1GB version of the card should be good enough for that resolution, however, depending on the games you play and the graphical options you select, 1GB may not be enough.  Certain options, like Super Sample Anti Aliasing (SSAA) need quite a bit of graphics memory.  There is often not much price difference between a 2GB card and a 1GB card, so I would go for the 2GB if it is within the budget.

 

As an alternative to a 260X, the EVGA 01G-P4-2751-KR GeForce GTX 750 1GB is equivalent to the 260X in many games and goes beyond it in others.  If you can find a good deal, a GTX 750 Ti card would be good.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 09:13 AM

Thank you DJBPace07 for your suggestion.
Price of "GTX 750 Ti" is almost out of my budget.

As you guys suggestions, I have ordered Sapphire R7 260X 2GB GDDR5 OC (1GB of VRAM is not available) and Corsair 500W Gaming Power Supply.
For the timing
I'm not upgrading the RAM due to insufficient budget. If the pc seems to be slow, thn i might add 2GB of RAM.

I'll get the delivery by tomorrow. Still I have 12 hours to change the order. Please suggest me if any changes is required.
 

While ordering, the salesman where asking me which casing do I use, and I have no idea about the model number, I just said the brand is VISION. So do I need to check the casing? Please help me.

 

My next tough task is to install the PSU. I never tried installing it.

Once again a huge thanks to everyone for helping me.

(I apologies for my poor English)


Edited by eo.faroque, 25 February 2014 - 09:21 AM.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 06:43 AM

Don't worry about not getting the 750 Ti, it's only about 10% or so better on average than a 260X.  The PSU installation is fairly simple, just try to remember all the places inside your computer where the current PSU connects. 


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 10:46 AM

the casing info is relevant so that the r7 260x will fit in there. it isn't a very long card, but it is double slot thickness.. sometimes the card thickness will cover up other motherboard slots which annoys the crap out of users sometimes. in this instance  the case size is less important than the motherboard expansion slot layout.


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Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:29 PM

Don't worry about not getting the 750 Ti, it's only about 10% or so better on average than a 260X.  The PSU installation is fairly simple, just try to remember all the places inside your computer where the current PSU connects. 

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:46 AM

Add a case fan it helps every thing in the box.


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