Solved What is the best gaming vieo card I can get for my PC

July 1, 2013 at 04:41:45
Specs: Windows 7, 3.60 GHz x 2
Hi, I would like to upgrade my video/graphics card on my Desktop PC, the one I have installed is not very good for gaming, but I don't no what card that will fit and work on my PC to be able to play some of the newer pc games. I would be very grateful for any help and assistance, that I can get. Here is my PC spec's:::

Computer
Computer Type ACPI x64-based PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
Internet Explorer 9.10.9200.16614
DirectX DirectX 11.0

Motherboard
CPU Type 2x Intel Xeon, 3600 MHz (18 x 200)
Motherboard Name Hewlett-Packard hp workstation xw6200
Motherboard Chipset Intel Tumwater E7525
System Memory 8192 MB (DDR2-400 Registered ECC DDR2 SDRAM)
BIOS Type Compaq (12/22/05)

Display
Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series (1024 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI EG Park LP

Multimedia
Audio Adapter Analog Devices AD1981B(L) @ Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]
Audio Adapter ATI Radeon HDMI @ ATI Cedar/Park - High Definition Audio Controller

Storage
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24D1
IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 24DB
Disk Drive TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 ATA Device (2794 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-H21L ATA Device (DVD+R9:8x, DVD+RW:16x/8x, DVD-RW:16x/6x, DVD-ROM:16x, CD:48x/32x/48x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)

CPU
Delta Electronics
Max total output 500w
+12a/b 13.7a
Max +12a/b 182.4w

PCI Slots
1 PCI express x16
1 PCI express x4
4 PCI 32 bits::::
Many Thanks LBC


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July 2, 2013 at 16:38:33
500W is plenty. Wattage isn't the problem, amperage is the problem. If your PSU had a single +12v rail @ 38A, you'd have nothing to worry about. It's the splitting into 4 separate +12v rails that can cause problems.

Far Cry 3
minimum: nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 2900 (512MB)
recommended: nVidia GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)

Call of Duty Black Ops:
minimum: nVidia GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon X1950 (256MB)
recommended: nVidia GeForce 9800 / AMD Radeon HD 4850 (1GB)

Far Cry 3 has the higher system requirements. £70.00 is roughly $100US. Based on the game requirements, your power supply, & your budget, I'd say to look for a Radeon HD 7750 with 1GB GDDR5 memory.

http://www.hwcompare.com/11789/rade...

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

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/...

This one actually comes with a copy of Far Cry 3 so if you already have it, you can sell it & recoup some of your money:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-...



#1
July 1, 2013 at 05:46:39
You don't have a "normal" desktop system, you have a workstation, & an old one at that. Are you sure you want to try to make a gamer out of it?

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...

http://www.alimartech.com/pdfs/hp_x...

http://www.nts.nl/site/html/modules...

The Delta PSU is going to have to be replaced, it doesn't have the necessary amperage on the +12v rail to support a decent gaming card. Either that or you're going to have to select a card with low power requirements. How much are you willing to spend on these upgrades?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/2...

"Max +12a/b 182.4w"

182.4W / 12V = 15.2A


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July 1, 2013 at 12:20:44
Hi, many thanks for your intrest in my problem. When I bought this PC, I was told it had been upgreaded, to be able to install and play PC games, or so they said. As for upgreading my CPU, Thats no problem, what output would you recomend, as I have said this mashine has a 500w at the moment, I can go as high as needed. Many Thanks again. LBC

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#3
July 1, 2013 at 12:29:52
Look on the side of your "500w" power supply. There should be a label there with make and model number and a string of voltage/amperage numbers. We need to know the amperage ratings of the +3.3v +5.0v and +12.0v rails (circuits).

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#4
July 2, 2013 at 01:19:05
Hi again, I have checked the CPU and I think the info you ask for is ::: MAKE.. Delta Electronics Inc. MODEL..DPS-470AB-1 A REV 00F. AMPS... +3.3v = 18a, 5.0v = 18a. 12.0v = 13.7a. I have a photo of the CPU label, but I do not Know how to attch it to this reply. Hope this helps. Thanks Again. LBC

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#5
July 2, 2013 at 08:03:41
I found a photo of your PSU label. Apparently it has four 12v rails:

+12V CPU0 - 11.4A
+12V CPU1 - 11.4A
+12V A - 13.7A
+12V B - 13.7A

http://microdream.co.uk/media/catal...

If you do that math using the other info on the label: Max Combined Power on +12V = 456W, the total +12V amperage available is 38A. However, the combined A+B is 15.2A (as calculated in my other response).

What this all means is your PSU should be able to handle a gaming graphics card provided you don't go too high end. How much are you willing to spend & which game titles do you want to be able to play?


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#6
July 2, 2013 at 12:50:20
Hi, I am looking to play the like's of FARCRY 3,,CALLOF DUTY Black Ops,,. I have tried to play them on my PC, but the picture is rubbish. I don't mind spending out on a 800w PSU or simula if that will help, as far as a new Video card, I would say round about £70.00. Any Suggestions. Thanks Again. LBC

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July 2, 2013 at 16:38:33
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500W is plenty. Wattage isn't the problem, amperage is the problem. If your PSU had a single +12v rail @ 38A, you'd have nothing to worry about. It's the splitting into 4 separate +12v rails that can cause problems.

Far Cry 3
minimum: nVidia GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 2900 (512MB)
recommended: nVidia GeForce GTX 560 / ATI Radeon HD 5870 (1GB)

Call of Duty Black Ops:
minimum: nVidia GeForce 8600 / ATI Radeon X1950 (256MB)
recommended: nVidia GeForce 9800 / AMD Radeon HD 4850 (1GB)

Far Cry 3 has the higher system requirements. £70.00 is roughly $100US. Based on the game requirements, your power supply, & your budget, I'd say to look for a Radeon HD 7750 with 1GB GDDR5 memory.

http://www.hwcompare.com/11789/rade...

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

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/...

This one actually comes with a copy of Far Cry 3 so if you already have it, you can sell it & recoup some of your money:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-...


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#8
July 3, 2013 at 01:59:11
Hi again, I would like to thank you very much for your sound advice and links. I will check them out and let you know what I go for. Many Thanks. LBC

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