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Looking for good upgrade GPU.

November 13, 2012 at 23:57:41
Specs: Windows XP, amd 3gh quad core

I am looking for a good upgrade from my current GPU that is a msi r4350. I am looking to spend around $120 for a solid upgrade that can play games such as WoW, D3, Star Craft 2, and Battlefield on at least high settings. Other specs on my computer are as follows. MSI 990FXA-GD65 V2 AMD 990FX Motherboard, AMD Athlon II X4 640 Quad Core Processor, x2 4 gig xms 3 corsair ram. and a 450 watt psu. All opinions are welcome because I have always gone nivida and loved them. But decided to try radeon with this msi and not impressed so far. That being said I have looked at a few other Radeon cards and based on the specs they look verry promising. So radeon is not out of the running.

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#1
November 14, 2012 at 05:03:20

Start here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
November 14, 2012 at 05:07:00

"decided to try radeon with this msi and not impressed so far"

There's nothing wrong with AMD/ATI Radeon cards, however, the HD 4350 is NOT a gaming card, it's an HTPC card. Don't blame the manufacturer for your poor choice in cards. This article should help you make an informed video card choice: Best Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2012

"and a 450 watt psu"

That's not helpful. Please post the make/model of the PSU along with the amperage specs.


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#3
November 14, 2012 at 12:06:36

the card came in a bare bones kit. The card acording to specs is supposed to be better than my old nividia but the nividia runs games a lot smother than the msi... That being said I got this kit with the plan of upgrading the video card, psu, ram, and cooling system in it anyway. I think what im going to do is buy a new psu first then gpu so I dont have to worry so much about power issues when shopping for a card... The psu I am now looking at is a Thermaltake W0382RU Modular Power Supply - 750 Watt, 140mm Fan, 80 Plus Bronze, Active PFC. Then I was thinking about getting a Sapphire hd 7770 for the graphics upgrade.

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#4
November 14, 2012 at 19:56:46

The plan is good. The power supply does not have the complete approval of customers using it (newegg.com customer review tab) and 750 Watts is a bit overkill for most moderate single gaming cards.
Your choice:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
(one modular, one not modular)

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#5
November 15, 2012 at 05:44:40

"The card acording to specs is supposed to be better than my old nividia but the nividia runs games a lot smother than the msi"

We have no idea which nvidia card you had but just look at the specs to the HD 4350. It has 64-bit DDR2 or DDR3 memory & only has 80 stream processors. It is NOT a gaming card no matter what the manufacturer's write-up may lead you to believe. AMD/ATI gaming cards use 128-bit (or 256-bit) GDDR5 memory & have a minimum of 320 stream processors. See the following:

ATI Radeon HD 4350 and 4550: Great HTPC Solutions

And as stated by Fingers, 750W is overkill, plus I suggest you stay away from modular PSUs. The added cable connections at the unit drive up the price & add potential points of failure. Either of these Corsair units will be more than sufficient:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W - $35 after rebate

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W - $38 after rebate


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#6
November 15, 2012 at 11:58:03

I never believed it was a gaming card. Just supposed to be one better than my old geforce 9500. LIKE I SAID the card just came with a kit that I was planning on replaceing anyway and the reason i'm going with a 750 watt is because I plan on cross firing 2 of the same card once I find the correct card for my upgrade.... Also putting in a few extras later on such as a liquid cooling system, 32 gigs of ram, and ect..

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#7
November 15, 2012 at 19:18:45

Liquid cooling is rarely needed unless you plan on extreme overclocking. For even generally serious overclocking that you plan on daily use, a good quality air cooling system works as good and is more reliable.

32GB RAM is not needed for gaming and that much memory will typically limit overclocking. About the only time you need that much memory is for programs like Photoshop, AutoCad, and a few other programs that handle massive size files and need to manipulate them within memory.

Look at this power supply instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
it is a better one.
Or if you still want Modular:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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