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    Graphics Card Help!

    Hey all,

    I bought a new desktop computer last year, but the graphics card on it is less than favorable: AMD Radeon HD 6570. So, I am looking to replace it. I went to go do this last year, but then I realized I would need a new power supply because mine doesn't have the necessary connections. I know I need to replace both the power supply and the graphics card, and I would like to keep my total budget between $250 and $300. Can you guys help me with what I should be looking at? I know enough that I can't just walk into a store and buy a card and install it, but I don't know exactly how to get from where I am right now to a new power supply and graphics card that is compatible with my system. I am happy to provide any additional information you may need.

    Thanks!

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    Google "Best graphics cards for the money November 2012". The top result should be the Tom's Hardware review. Sorry I can't post links yet, lol. Anyways, it will tell you what the best card is for your price range. Great guide for video cards. Personally I'd go with Nvidia because I just recently upgraded my HD 6870 to a GTX 670 and I'm loving Physx and all the features. I would get a high rated 650 or 750w gold certified PSU preferably from Corsair. Newegg has everything and at really good prices. Just search what you want and sort by rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jav27msb07 View Post
    I know enough that I can't just walk into a store and buy a card and install it, but I don't know exactly how to get from where I am right now to a new power supply and graphics card that is compatible with my system.
    Technically you can. I've seen 660s at BestBuy.

    With a $300 budget, you'd be looking to spend about $50-70 on the PSU and about $200 on the graphics card.

    For the PSU, I'd recommend the Seasonic G 550W because its Seasonic, modular, 80+ Gold and pretty cheap if you count the MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151119

    Other recommended PSUs are in this list: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/fa...power-supplies . I would shoot for a cheap 500-600W unit on the recommended list.

    For graphics cards in the $200 range, you'd be looking at the 7850, 660 and 7870: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-...82,110&sort=a5

    This picture guide says: for GPUs ASUS, EVGA, MSI and Gigabyte are very good. Sapphire, XFX and Zotac are good. HIS is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurano View Post
    Technically you can. I've seen 660s at BestBuy.

    With a $300 budget, you'd be looking to spend about $50-70 on the PSU and about $200 on the graphics card.

    For the PSU, I'd recommend the Seasonic G 550W because its Seasonic, modular, 80+ Gold and pretty cheap if you count the MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151119

    Other recommended PSUs are in this list: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/fa...power-supplies . I would shoot for a cheap 500-600W unit on the recommended list.

    For graphics cards in the $200 range, you'd be looking at the 7850, 660 and 7870: http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-...82,110&sort=a5

    This picture guide says: for GPUs ASUS, EVGA, MSI and Gigabyte are very good. Sapphire, XFX and Zotac are good. HIS is OK.
    Awesome, thanks!

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