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Graphics card upgrade, mind helping?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by UltimateZebra, Jul 29, 2012.

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  1. UltimateZebra

    UltimateZebra Thread Starter

    Dec 9, 2011
    Alright, so I've been here before, and you guys seem to know what you're doing quite well, so I've decided to come for more support.
    Thanks to anyone who can help.

    I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card within the near future I hope, I need something that can run games on high with no problems, or I'm hoping for that.
    At the moment I have a Zotac GTX 430 by NVIDIA, it does the job, on medium settings, and some minor adjusting to other settings, but I'd like to be able to run games on high no problem, my budget is about $200-250.

    Probably going to need a new PSU as well, so if you'd like to suggest one of those which are a reasonable price, that would be great.

    Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated, I'm unsure as to what to look for seeing as I have no idea if my CPU would bottleneck a giant card or not.

    I'm going to list my some info in case you need it.

    Windows 7 64bit
    8GB RAM
    Zotac GTX 430
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU @3.10GHz
    Screen resolution is 1600 x 1050
    Power Supply - Unsure, opened up the case, looked at the sticker and couldn't find anything about the wattage.
  2. black-wolf


    Aug 8, 2008
    In that price range you are looking at a GEForce 560ti, Radeon 6850 or 7850. You need to make sure that you have a power supply able to handle them and a case large enough to hold them. Minimum PSU would be around 550w I would recommend going with a little larger "quality" PSU like Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling.
    This is a good site to make a general comparison of GPU's http://www.hwcompare.com/12054/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-radeon-hd-7850/ just select what cards you want to compare.
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Rob Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
    Is there a brand or model number on the PSU? Most power supplies also have a chart that lists the voltages and amperage for each of them, you can post that too if you can't find the model number - a picture makes this easier. Is this a brand name system or a custom system?
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