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Need advice on GPU/PSU Combo for Skyrim/BF3, $100 max budget

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Looking for advice on what I can get for a friend who wants to play Skyrim/BF3 on PC.
1680x1050 native res, but obviously can lower to something like (1280x720) if necessary.

Right now he has:

1) i3 3.1ghz
2) 6GB RAM
3) Onboard Video
4) 300w PSU

So, it seems like video card would be the best upgrade, but I doubt his 300w PSU can handle that, so it sounds like he'll need to upgrade them simultaneously, and on a $100 budget.

He's not expecting a lot, I'm pretty sure he would be ok with 30fps on low settings, and I'm hoping around 20fps min for his sake.


I've been thinking maybe:

$30.99 CoolerMaster 460w:



and

$60.24 Radeon HD 6450:


or

$69.99 Nvidia GT 430:


I'm pretty lost here though, are there any other better combinations?
Edited by Evermind - 10/19/11 at 12:14am
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post #2 of 25
He needs a bigger budget.

No. A new PC.
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post #3 of 25
I wouldn't say he needs a new pc, but an extra $25-50 would really help.

Is he a younger guy without a job? Does he have anything he can sell for some extra cash?

EDIT: Like an Antec Earthwatts 650W on sale for $60 and a used GTX 460 1gb for like 100-115ish would be a sweet upgrade.
Edited by morgofborg - 10/18/11 at 11:29pm
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Originally Posted by SIMPSONATOR View Post
He needs a bigger budget.

No. A new PC.
This much is obvious, but sometimes we have to make do with what we have.

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Originally Posted by morgofborg View Post
I wouldn't say he needs a new pc, but an extra $25-50 would really help.

Is he a younger guy without a job? Does he have anything he can sell for some extra cash?
What would you recommend with $25-50 more?
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post #5 of 25
I wouldnt want to upgrade to those GPU's. We can find better choices and still stay under <$70.
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post #6 of 25
Cannot play BF3 with a $100 GPU/PSU budget.
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post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
I'm pretty lost here though, are there any other better combinations?
The recommended GPU for Skyrim is a GTX 460 or Radeon 5850.
post #9 of 25
Look at used gpu's, if he is cool with that. Any new gpu in the 50-60 dollar range is pretty much like an HTPC type gpu really.
post #10 of 25
Tell him to find extra money somewhere and get a 1GB GTX 460. They were ~$110 a while ago on ncix when they opened up in Cali, you can find them around that price open box or used. Don't get an HTPC card, it won't be worth it. Roswill Green series PSUs are good units and very cheap, almost always on sale. I think you could do it for ~$150 if you look around for deals.
    
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