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#1 Drugalore

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 10:44 PM

Hi all,

 

My wife bought me a new computer for my birthday and it's a pretty good system (I think) but it could use a new video card. Here is a link to the computer she bought:

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/iBUYPOWER-Black-Gamer-Power-WA550B-Desktop-PC-with-AMD-Quad-Core-FX-4300-Processor-8GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-and-Windows-7-Home-Premium-Monitor-Not/23745948

 

My question is, am I at all limited in what video card I choose by the mother board in this system which is a Gigabyte GA78LMT-USB 3. I do know that I will have to upgrade the power supply for a new card which I will do once I find a card. I apologize if this is a dumb question but it has been years since I even thought about upgrading my PC. Also, if you have any recommendations that would be great as well. $300 would probably be the most I am willing to spend at this time. I thank you in advance for your time.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 10:59 PM

So now you have NVIDIA GeForce GT630 and want to feel difference.Also I didn`t find what is your PSU at this moment.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:00 PM

So now you have NVIDIA GeForce GT630 and want to feel difference.Also I didn`t find what is your PSU at this moment.

It is 300W, so probably not enough for anything decent I assume?



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:08 PM

300W means nothing.It may be made from serious brand or fake one.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:14 PM

This shop is for all in one solutions.Give me link from the shop you have chosen.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:15 PM

is 300 the budget for a psu AND a card?

 

the fx 4300 pairs up well with the sweet midrange cards like the 7870 (r9 270x) or gtx660 which is in the  range and that leaves room for a nice 650 watt corsair tx psu.

 

me personally, i would go with the gtx 660

 

http://www.walmart.com/ip/EVGA-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-660-2GB-GDDR5-PCI-Express-3.0-Superclocked-Graphics-Card/21899798

 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=gtx+660+&N=-1&isNodeId=1 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=r9+270x&N=-1&isNodeId=1

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=hd7870&N=-1&isNodeId=1

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

 

 

i think if a card is more powerful than those the cpu won't deliver the data efficiently to utilize it best.


Edited by synergy513, 11 March 2014 - 11:43 PM.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:27 PM

The 300 would be for just the card. PSU's seem to be relatively cheap in comparison so I'm not too worried about that. I'll look into the cards you mentioned, thanks very much.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

is 300 the budget for a psu AND a card?

 

the fx 4300 pairs up well with the sweet midrange cards like the 7870 (r9 270x) or gtx660 which is in the 220 dollar range and that leaves room for a nice 650 watt corsair tx psu.

i3 is better than FX4300.



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:32 PM

The 300 would be for just the card. PSU's seem to be relatively cheap in comparison so I'm not too worried about that. I'll look into the cards you mentioned, thanks very much.

According to your CPU one Videocard for 300$ is useless,because CPU and Videocard are working together when you play games.


Edited by Alex&Vanko, 11 March 2014 - 11:54 PM.


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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:04 AM

i like the i5 as much as anyone ever could, it is what i recommend in builds, but the OP just wanted to upgrade his gpu and psu so as to engage efficiently with his existing cpu


Edited by synergy513, 12 March 2014 - 12:17 AM.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:13 AM

G'day mate, you can get a very decent power supply for a reasonable price like the Corsair CX-600 which would allow you to run almost any graphics card on the market and in theory, future graphics card assuming it uses the same standards. For $300,  you can get a pretty sweet mid-range graphics card for your system like the EVGA GTX760 SuperClocked ACX which will certainly give you a huge boost in FPS for the games you play.


Edited by killerx525, 12 March 2014 - 12:13 AM.

>Michael 
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:26 AM

we have an enthusiast triangle which is real easy to slip off - topic.

 

would the fx 4300 be efficient with the 760? i guess it would depend on the application. i see the 760 is less cost it looks like and is on par with the more expensive 660ti.

 

the upper crust amd cards are just getting inflated to the sky it looks like. last summer a 7870 could be acquired much less expensively than they are now.

 

 

sigh..i am still waiting for that one account to engage the 7990.


Edited by synergy513, 12 March 2014 - 12:32 AM.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:32 AM

would the fx 4300 be efficient with the 760? i guess it would depend on the application. 

 

the upper crust amd cards are just getting inflated to the sky it looks like.

In terms of bottlenecking(efficient), it should be minimal as most games today are GPU bound although the OP can always overclock the CPU to push out a little bit more performance or change out the CPU later down the road. Although if the GPU chosen was a GTX770/R9290 or above then i would avoid it or switch out to a higher end CPU. I remember some time last year, there was a review on how much bottleneck there would be when a i3 is paired with GTX680 and the performance gap was somewhat large but it was still capable of pushing out enough FPS for it to be playable.

 

When i saw the inflation of the R9 290X im like "O.O y u do dis AMD" as i was planning to purchase a Asus R9290X DCII for aobut $550 on Amazon as that would save me heaps of money since over here in Australia, the local price was around $800ish.


Edited by killerx525, 12 March 2014 - 12:37 AM.

>Michael 
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Posted 12 March 2014 - 05:41 AM

Thanks for all the responses, has been extremely helpful.

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Posted 12 March 2014 - 09:23 AM

I don`t like GTX 750 Ti.You can take this MSI GTX660 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127756

And one PSU Seasonis are very good.You can use it in next configuration.Modular and next generation - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151106


Edited by Alex&Vanko, 12 March 2014 - 09:25 AM.





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