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#1 chasay   User is offline

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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.

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


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


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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