HEEEAAALP (me figure out what video card I need)!

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SpadeHand

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Hello all, and thank you for taking the time to read my thread. I suffer quite the dilemma.

Well, today is actually my birthday; I decided to get a new video card in the hopes of finally being able to play a high-ish end game on my PC. So, after I looked up the optimal card for Far Cry 3 as an example of a big pretty modern game and found that an optimal card ranges around 400$ (!), I thought I'd settle for something more in my range.

What I needed to find out was if this card was even capable of running on my computer in the first place.

This is the card in question I was looking at, and in the attachments I've included all I could find from clicking on Computer > Properties from the Start Menu:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004

If there are any questions to answer before I can get any help, I'm happy to help... by answering them.
 

Tanis

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As dai says, you need to check you power supply if you are going to upgrade the graphics card. From you screenshot it says you are running a Gateway machine, from that I would suggest that you most definately need to upgrade your PSU if you put a new GPU in, name brand manufacturers aren't renown for using quality PSUs that will adequately support a hardware upgrade like a new GPU :) Unfortunately this does mean additional cost.
 

flavallee

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According to the specs for the Gateway DX4300, it comes with either a 300W or a 500W power supply.

According to the specs for the SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850, it requires a minimum of a 500W power supply.

You would definitely need to upgrade the power supply.

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SpadeHand

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Okay... Power supply, huh? That's good to know, but it's all a little above my know-how. How is it that I check what/where my power supply is? And where would I find one compatible with my computer?
 
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