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#1 samuel3

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:09 AM

Hello Im looking for a new graphics card that will support games like Call of duty.. How would I go about looking into one I dont want to spend loads of money.. Would anything need to be changed in the motherboard?


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:38 AM

Well...what's wrong with your current video card/chip?

 

Is this a replacement or an upgrade?

 

Please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
 
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Posted 08 July 2014 - 11:45 AM

I cannot play some games on better graphics one game that is in beta the settings are on very low and I still lag.

 

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/fY3NnEfgmHbyfklAjTgUoKt



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:10 PM

Your motherboard has integrated graphics, so adding a dedicated card will definitely improve the graphics performance.  

 

The one thing that the Speccy doesn't provide is the make and model of your PSU.  This is important because your current PSU may not have enough wattage to run some of the graphics cards out there.  So you will need to either be aware of the wattage and current rating for the PSU and check the cards you are interested for their suggested system requirements.  The other option would be to be willing to upgrade the PSU in order to purchase the graphics card you want.

 

You should also post the amount of money you are willing to invest in a new graphics card.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

How do I find out my PSU? And Im looking for no more then £80



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:36 PM

SIW will show the manufacturer and model of the PSU.  It may show the wattage current ratings as well.  It has been a while since I last used it and can't now that I'm running Windows 8 without purchasing the Pro version.  It works just fine in Windows 7.

 

When you go to install it you will see a page with the option to perform a Custom installation, use this option.  When you click on this option a box will open asking you if you want conduit to be loaded on your computer.  Remove the check from the box, you don't want anything except the SIW installed.

 

This is a good practice with almost all downloads now as third party software is added to the download to generate more revenue for the company producing the software.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:48 PM

It's using motherboard integrated graphics (Radeon 2100) which aren't designed with gaming in mind.  It has a x16 PCIe slot so you should be able to fit a graphics card.  To choose a graphics card the first thing to consider is your existing system.  For example:

 

Does the case have room for a full height card or is it limited to low profile cards?

What power supply (PSU) does it have and what wattage is it rated at, and ideally also look up how many amps at 12v it can deliver?  This will be on a label attached to the power supply (you may need to unbolt it from the case to see the label).

 

The next is budget.

 

Virtually any discrete graphics card will be an improvement over what you have now.  Assuming you have a power supply that can handle them (and that you don't have a case that restricts you to low profile cards), the fastest new card in the budget I could find was:

 

Nvidia Geforce GTX 750 1Gb.  You should have a PSU with a minimum of 300w (and 18 Amps @ 12v) to use this card safely.

 

The AMD solutions generally require more power than the above, for example the slightly cheaper R7-250X is recommended to be used with a 400w PSU.


Edited by jonuk76, 08 July 2014 - 12:52 PM.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 12:51 PM

what icon? http://puu.sh/a2mEw/9e68b2e60d.png



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:12 PM

The other thing I noticed in your Speccy report is that your CPU is running hot.

 

 

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AMD Phenom X4 9550
Cores: 4
Threads: 4
Name: AMD Phenom X4 9550
Code Name: Agena
Package: Socket AM2+ (940)
Technology: 65nm
Specification: AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core Processor
Family: F
Extended Family: 10
Model: 2
Extended Model: 2
Stepping: 3
Revision: DR-B3
Instructions: MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, AMD 64, NX, VMX
Virtualization: Supported, Enabled
Hyperthreading: Not supported
Fan Speed: 3214 RPM
Bus Speed: 200.9 MHz
Rated Bus Speed: 1004.6 MHz
Stock Core Speed: 2200 MHz
Stock Bus Speed: 200 MHz
Average Temperature: 75 °C

Caches
L1 Data Cache Size: 4 x 64 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size: 4 x 64 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size: 4 x 512 KBytes
L3 Unified Cache Size: 2048 KBytes

Cores

Core 0
Core Speed: 1105.1 MHz
Multiplier: x 5.5
Bus Speed: 200.9 MHz
Rated Bus Speed: 1004.6 MHz
Temperature: 75 °C
Threads: APIC ID: 0

Core 1
Core Speed: 1105.1 MHz
Multiplier: x 5.5
Bus Speed: 200.9 MHz
Rated Bus Speed: 1004.6 MHz
Temperature: 75 °C
Threads: APIC ID: 1

Core 2
Core Speed: 2210.1 MHz
Multiplier: x 11.0
Bus Speed: 200.9 MHz
Rated Bus Speed: 1004.6 MHz
Temperature: 75 °C
Threads: APIC ID: 2

Core 3
Core Speed: 2210.1 MHz
Multiplier: x 11.0
Bus Speed: 200.9 MHz
Rated Bus Speed: 1004.6 MHz
Temperature: 75 °C
Threads: APIC ID: 3
 

 

It looks to be under light load, as two of your cores are running at half speed, yet the fan is spinning at over 3000 rpm and your core temperature is 75 degrees,  I suspect it will be overheating when under load (like when you run a game), and this will cause performance problems.  At the least you should clean out the dust from the processor heatsink, and any that has collected around any of the cases fans or air intakes.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

Try Power Policy.

 

If this doesn't work there are two other options, Belarc Advisor will have it for sure, or you can open the case and look to see what it is.  

 

If you open the case be sure to touch the metal of the case before touching anything inside, and make sure the computer is off and the power cord unplugged from the wall.


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 02:12 PM

Computer is at 60 Degrees now I had a the game running at the time

 

C:\Program Files\Belarc\BelarcAdvisor\System\tmp\(SAM-PC).html - Can u see this?



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:59 AM

No, that file is on your hard drive (drive C:).  No-one here has access to your hard drive.  You'd have to upload it to a hosting site in order to share it (maybe Dropbox or similar).  Or copy the content as text and paste it into a post here, if that is possible.  To do this open up the file (it should open in your default browser, being a HTML file) and highlight the text and select copy.  Then paste it into a post here.

 

Really, I don't think any software will be able to give the specs of the power supply.  There is no "data" connection between the computer and most power supplies, so no way for the PSU to "report" it's specifications to software.  The most sure way to find them is to look for the label, which might look something like this:

 

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Take note of dc3's safety instructions if you open up the computer.


Edited by jonuk76, 09 July 2014 - 05:12 AM.

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:10 AM

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Boot Mode: BIOS (Secure Boot not supported)   Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA74GM-S2H
Enclosure Type: Desktop Processor a   Main Circuit Board b 2.20 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:06 AM

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 08:03 AM

I cannot see any specs for the power supply in that report.  Your best bet is to open the case and look.  The power supply is bolted to the case by (usually) 4 screws.  You may need to take the screws out and carefully slide the PSU out of the case to see the label.  You should hopefully be able to do this without disconnecting any of connectors.


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