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Looking to upgrade graphics card. Suggestions?

Posted 14 October 2014 - 11:09 PM

I have a new gaming computer that I had built. Told the guy I wanted to run Skyrim on high at the minimum, but it struggles. I think I may need to upgrade the graphics card in the machine. Looking for compatible suggestions. Price rage <= $250.
Current hardware:

Processor: AMD FX 6300 6 core 3.5 ghz
Graphics Card:ATI Radeon HD 5450
Motherboard: MSI MS-7641
RAM: 16 Gb
HD: 1 TB
Power Supply: Max 480W

Do I just need to tweak the settings or would you suggest I go along with the card upgrade?

Also what kind of hardware does your machine have? Just curious.
(Its ok to brag every now and then) :dangole:

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Re: Looking to upgrade graphics card. Suggestions?

Posted 15 October 2014 - 07:09 AM

Just know that any high end graphics card will probably need a bump in that power supply.

A good place to start is the monthly 'best graphics card for the money XX month' from Tomshardware.
http://www.tomshardw...ics-card-review,3107.html

That should give you an idea of what is available at what price range, and you can strike out from there to see about min/maxing a deal.
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Re: Looking to upgrade graphics card. Suggestions?

Posted 15 February 2015 - 05:32 AM

first thing im going to tell you is to have a better power supply it might costs but its worth it Youíll want to choose a PSU thatís up to the task of powering all your components, with enough headroom to take care of any future upgrades here is a price list with the power supplies:

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and for the graphics card this is a list with prices less than 250 $:

1- Radeon R7 260x (500W power supply needed): This card is equivalent to an overclocked Radeon HD 7790 and it's quite capable of playing most games using medium quality detail settings

Specs:

GPU:Bonnaire (GCN) process: 28nm ROPs: 16 memory clock: 1500MHz GDDR5
shader units: 896 texture units:56 core clock: 1000MHz memory bus: 128-bit
memory bandwidth: 96.0GB/second memory capacity: 1GB DirectX 11, Shader 5.0, OpenGL 4.2
max tdp 85w aux. power connectors 1x 6-pin min power supply 500W

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2- Radeon R9 280: its a good competition for the new GeForce GTX 960. While performance is close

Specs:

GPU: Tahiti (GCN) process: 28nm shader Units:1,792 texture units: 112 ROPs: 32
core clock: 850MHz memory clock: 1,250MHz GDDR5 memory bus: 384-bit memory bandwidth: 240GB/s
memory capacity: 3GB directX 11, shader 5.0, openGL 4.2 max. tdp: 200W
aux. power connectors: 2x 6-pin PCIe min. power supply: 500W

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theres plenty of drivers that is better than those 2, but you wanted it less than 250$, so thats what you can buy and also before buying a new driver get a better power supply
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