Recommend a Graphics card for me PLEASE.

stormus08

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Hello guys, I am a newbie and am asking for a Graphics Card for Christmas for my computer. Here are my comps specs

Processor: Intel Quad Core Q8300 @ 2.5ghz (4cpu) -- Once I learn to overclock, I will give that a try.
Memory: 6 gigs of ram
Display (vid card): ATI radeon HD 3650, memory - 3032


I need help upgrading my video card ... if someone could find a place within a store (like best buy) to purchase the recommended video card that would be great.

My price range is roughly 250$ give or take... Please help me guys! I would be very grateful
 
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Stormus, yes, that was the card I was referring to. Mind you, it is not as strong as the 5850, but the difference from a 3650 will be huge anyway. And you can always crossfire it later on with your own money perhaps, so that they actually work like a 5850.

Have fun.

PS: You really needed that PSU, so don't feel bad about getting a not-so-competent card and a PSU.

stormus08

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how do I check?
 
Err...

Open the side of your case, and read the power-supply unit. There should be some labels, and we need those.

Look for Wattage, and amperage on the 12V.

You might see...
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|3V |5V |12V      |
|30A |25A | 30A |
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Take that! Stupid forum preformatting.
 

stormus08

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plllleaseee
 

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@ Stormus08:

This day in age if your not willing to upgrade your PSU, its a waste of time getting any decent hardware never mind a new GPU. What is the efficiency of your current PSU?

Depending on what games your are wanting to run there is a small choice to be made.

Are you wanting to take advantage of DX11?

If so you WILL HAVE to upgrade your PSU because its simply not powerful enough for the type of GPU your gunna need (Unless you got for the low end or mid range cards). ATI have lowered the power consumtion on the new 5xxx Series but i seriously doubt it will perform well (if at all).

If your not that bothered about DX11 and would like a card which takes advantage of DX10 instead then i suggest going for one of ATI's Radeon 4xxx series or Nvidia's 8xxx Series. Remeber, all your other components are sucking power out of your PSU also.

It's your choice at the end of the day mate, however, if your wanting to run the latest and greatest games aswell as have a good user experience your gunna have to upgrade your PSU. there not exactly expensive and if you get one of the last Gen cards you will have money left over for a new PSU.

I own both an ATI 4850 aswell as a Geforce 8800GT and the 4850 beats it hands down. Im upgrading to an ATI 5850/5870 (havnt decided yet) and the first thing im taking into account is the amount of power needed. Go ahead and buy a monster GPU if you want but dont be disapointed if you get a cycle of reboots or mad artifacts all over when playing games.

Just a bit of friendly advice. Hope it helps, Lemme know how you get on.
:)
 

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It's not the greatest of PSUs but it will do the job. Now, if that PSU limits your budget maybe you should consider a 5770 or a 4890 (even though the 5850 is the better option).

Tha 3650 is pretty weak and there's no comparison with the 5850 (however the 3650 can still play a few games on low resolutions and low quality, so it's not completely useless).

Oh, and merry Christmas...
 

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thanks, So I'm telling my parents to pick me up http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127457 and the PSU I listed earlier. Does this all seem right?
 

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Stormus, yes, that was the card I was referring to. Mind you, it is not as strong as the 5850, but the difference from a 3650 will be huge anyway. And you can always crossfire it later on with your own money perhaps, so that they actually work like a 5850.

Have fun.

PS: You really needed that PSU, so don't feel bad about getting a not-so-competent card and a PSU.
 
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