Solved Video Card Upgrade Advice

November 1, 2013 at 09:14:43
Specs: Windows 8, AMD FX-4130 / 8gb RAM
Beginner here, looking for a bit of advice.

I have a computer with a pretty solid CPU but very outdated video card due to frugal spending choices earlier, and I am interested in upgrading it.

My specs are:

CPU - AMD FX-4130 Quad-Core, which to my understanding is solid.
GPU - Nvidia Geforce GTS 250, which to my understanding is poor.
RAM - 8gb RAM (unsure of brand).
Motherboard - MSI ms-7641.
HDD - 500gb (unsure of brand).
I am 80% sure my fan is stock.
I am 95% sure I have no SSD.
Power Supply - Ultra 550W ATX .
My case is a Thermaltake model although I am not sure the exact model.
Finally I am running Windows 8 64 bit.

I am interested in your guys' thoughts on this build in general, but mainly in regards to if it is possible to upgrade my video card, and any recommendations you guys would have in that aspect. I hope to upgrade my card to play most games very well. This may not be feasible but if I could play games such as Skyrim or Witcher 2 on max settings with a steady frame rate, I would be more than pleased.

My budget is around $200 - 300 but I will take into consideration GPUs that are above or below this price point if they offer good performance or value.

In my own research I've been looking at the AMD R9 280X, the AMD R9 270X, and the GTW 760. Are these good choices? Are they even compatible? Is there better cards in similar price ranges?

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November 1, 2013 at 12:51:13
First thing you need to address is to get rid of that pos power supply and replace it with a quality unit.

Next is to let us know if you want to do hardcore high end gaming (play everything out there) or if you will settle for a machine that will just try and perform decently with modern games. Your preferences?

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November 1, 2013 at 13:54:15
I would like a machine that can do high end gaming, but doesn't necessarily need to max out games like bf4 with 60 fps on ultra.

Also, about the power supply, I didn't think it was too bad. Is 550 watts not enough for a modern gaming pc? Which power supply would you recommend?

For additional info on my PSU here is the link to it.

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November 1, 2013 at 18:28:24
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It is not a REALLY cheap power supply, but it is not a really great one either. It has 32Amps on the 5Volt rail which you will never need even 40% of, but the 12Volt rail is just 30Amps. Since all of the high draw components like your graphics card and your CPU rely mostly on the 12Volt rail, the highest ratings need to be here. A good quality 500/550 watt power supply should have 38/40+ amps on the 12Volt rail. Look at this one:
+3.3V@25A, +5V@20A, +12V@38A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A

As far as the graphics card, Look here:
and here:

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

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