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I need help getting a better Graphics Card to play MMOs

by WarpSpeedHyperspace / December 11, 2012 10:14 AM PST

What information is needed for help?

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Clarification Request
my info
by WarpSpeedHyperspace / December 11, 2012 10:21 AM PST
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Without changing the PSU and from the list.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2012 10:44 AM PST
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html notes this about the ati 7750.

"The Radeon HD 7750 is the fastest graphics card you can get right now that doesn't require an auxiliary power input; it draws all that it needs from a 16-lane PCIe slot. If you're upgrading an older machine with limited power supply capacity, that's an attractive point to consider."

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5541/amd-radeon-hd-7750-radeon-hd-7770-ghz-edition-review/23 shows a total power for their test system came in the lowest but still at 216 Watts. Let's use that as a talking point.

Your old 300 Watt PSU is at best 80% efficient so that's back to 240 Watts.

Too close. You'll have to either measure your current machine's Watts (I use a Watt meter.) Or just get the usual 500 Watt SINGLE RAIL PSU.
Bob
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Gpu
by Bob__B / December 12, 2012 8:04 AM PST
In reply to: my info

To move up the Gpu latter you will need a better psu.

If you don't want to change/upgrade the psu then your limited to something like the Hd 5450.

Should be much better than your integrate graphics.

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The 5450 is the secret bomb.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 8:09 AM PST
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I see it for 35 bucks and free shipping so it's a great step up for the dollars.

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I upgraded
by itsdigger / December 12, 2012 8:23 AM PST

my old Dell 530S with the 5450 with R. Proffit's help and it's working great. I also only have a 250 watt psu. It's a peach ! Digger

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