What graphics card should I upgrade to for performance gaming?
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July 19, 2019 / By Catherine Question:
So I am looking to upgrade my graphics card in my desktop computer for high performance gaming. Right now the only thing bringing my system down is my not bad but not good video card.
this is a link to a picture and model of the computer I have (the specs on the link aren't correct I have a customized model although the case is the same)
Right now my specs are
Windows 7 64 bit
6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
AMD Phenom(TM) X4 840T quad-core processor [2.9GHz,
1GB DDR3 Radeon HD 5450 (what I need to replace)
I dont know what my PSU is but I assume its good enough to run a 1GB video card if its running the one I currently have.
Im not sure what card I should get but I definitely want a Radeon card. I dont know what will work best for high performance gaming. Right now I can run most modern games at mid settings (starcraft 2, MW2, Fallout NV, ect. I want to be able to max out my games with no lag.
what card should I get? and I need one that I know will fit in my case, (there is plenty of room inside it seems)
Best Answers: What graphics card should I upgrade to for performance gaming?
Annalee | 9 days ago
Well ill say probably a 6850/6870 and the 1gb models of the 6950 are not that long, and should fit in most all mid atx cases. But i dont think you can fit the 2gb 6950 or the 6970. the 6990 is completely out of the question.
You will need to upgrade your PSU i can almost guarantee it. (as branded computer manufacturers, dell/hp/etc, go with the bare min cheapest psu. id say your probably have a 400W psu in your computer)
Really video memory is a marketing gimmick these days. 1gb means nothing in terms of performance, your card is actually the perfect example. The 5450 is mostly 512mb cards, they have a few 1gb models. anyway both models are a lower end card. so even if you had a 10gb 5450, it would still blow.
The video memory really only needs to be 1gb if you plan on playing at 1920x1080. if you play at lower resolutions, you dont even need 1gb, having 1gb does nothing for you. Also higher video memory is usually good for running multiple displays or surround displays.
But ya, if 1 display 1920x1080 resolution, def just get a 1gb card. a 1gb 6950 would be good.
@guy above 370 for a 6950? even the 2gb model is in the under $300 range, where the fk are you buying from? O.o
btw if you live in the us (or canada go to newegg.ca) go here for the cards:
if i had my choice id say get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...
and id say get a good PSU if you want to do gaming, like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&cm_re=corsair_650-_-17-139-005-_-Product
then you will have 1 awesome gaming computer.
argh i just hate these branded manufacturered computers lol (meaning like hp,dell etc). they make it so difficult for changing stuff, because you could do this upgrade, you "might" have a problem with cooling, as usually cases made by like hp/dell w/e have really shitty airflow...
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Try Radeon HD 6950. It's an awesome graphics card, but the cooling takes up a lot of space, but it shouldn't be a problem if you have a lot of room in your case.
The card costs about 370 bucks.
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If your motherboard supports it, then I would upgrade to at least a 6950 or a 6990 if you have the cash.
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Originally Answered: I need upgrade help. graphics card?
Your standard LE version single-core Athlon CPU will kill performance (by as much as 50%) in some games, and it's not cost effective to spend $80 for another Athlon X2, which will only put a band-aid on the problem. For gaming, the real solution is to get some kind of decent Intel CPU.
Mix-and-match your old parts (and mATX case) with these new ones:
(Motherboard) Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L, G31 mATX, $53 free shipping,
(CPU) Intel BX80571E7400, Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8 GHz, $120 free shipping,
(Power Supply) PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS420X (420 watts, 80plus efficient, 30A +12V), $50,
(Video Card) Sapphire 100245HDMI, Radeon 4850 512MB, $110 free shipping,
That's $333. The net result gets you a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, and Radeon 4850 512MB, running on a 420 watt (30A +12V) power supply. That would run games.