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Hey there! As the title suggests, I am a huge noob when it comes to computers. I know how to use one, but when it comes to the things inside the computer, I don't have a clue. Anyway, being a console gamer for most of my life, my friend started getting me into pc gaming. In need of buying a new pc anyway, (mainly for video editing) I decided to just get a gaming computer instead. I bought this one on sale for $489:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/cyberpowerpc-cyberpowerpc-amd-fx-4100-windows-8-desktop-computer-gua380-english-black-red-gua380/10228092.aspx?path=87cfc8cd1b2b69925e7f1e23fb894ea9en02

I was very excited to get this computer and had extremely high hopes. Don't get me wrong, this computer is a HUGE upgrade to my computer before this, but I had fairly high expectations in terms of gaming. I bought Saints Row the Third in the recent humble bundle but it is completely unplayable, the frames drop to like 5 fps frown.gif

My friend convinced me that its just that my video card is a pos, and if I upgrade it, it will solve my issues. Is this true? He also said that since my psu is only 350W, he said I would also need to upgrade that as well. Now my question to you guys is, what video card would I able to get that is pretty good and fairly inexpensive? (Boxing Day is coming up so I am willing to look into more expensive cards if I can get a deal wink.gif ) and if I do have to upgrade my PSU, which one do you suggest to work with the video card? Any help is really appreciated, if the link doesnt work for some reason, please let me know and I'll post the specs directly on here. Thank you for any help! smile.gifsmile.gif

-Dave
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Well your friend is correct when he says your graphics card is a POS, however, how much money are you willing to spend? You will need a new power supply for anything decent.

Basically, we need a budget. thumb.gif
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Thanks for the reply smile.gif and my budget for both is like 300-400 for both the PSU and video card
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Thanks for the reply smile.gif and my budget for both is like 300-400 for both the PSU and video card

I assume you will buy from canadian stores? this is what i would do

GPU: Gigabyte 7950 - $300 or Gitgabyte 660Ti $300 if you prefer Nvidia

PSU: this will be more than enough: Corsair Enthusiastic Series 650W - $100

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Alright... So this is what i am going to recommend.

This is a very solid Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061

I have built numerous computers around it for "everyday gamers" and never had a single problem with one.

Next is where you get some options

650Ti - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130838


Radeon HD 7850 - $ 180 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609


Radeon HD 7950 - $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006


Basically, its pick your poison. The more expensive graphics card you buy, the better performance you will get.

The 650Ti is plenty enough to pull decent frames at 1080p on moderate settings.

7850 would be good for maxing out most games at 1080p

7950 for maxing out games in the future at 1080p, and modern games at 1080p+
However if you buy a 7950, i would recommend a 600w+ power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

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Alright... So this is what i am going to recommend.

This is a very solid Power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061

I have built numerous computers around it for "everyday gamers" and never had a single problem with one.

Next is where you get some options

650Ti - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130838


Radeon HD 7850 - $ 180 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150609


Radeon HD 7950 - $270
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006


Basically, its pick your poison. The more expensive graphics card you buy, the better performance you will get.

The 650Ti is plenty enough to pull decent frames at 1080p on moderate settings.

7850 would be good for maxing out most games at 1080p

7950 for maxing out games in the future at 1080p, and modern games at 1080p+
However if you buy a 7950, i would recommend a 600w+ power supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088

thumb.gif

Nailed it on the head. Although I would go for a nice 650W for some wiggle room. TX650 is a good choice for that. Same for the Lepa 650w.
 
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UGH! mad.gif This is why I hate futureshop and none of their employees actually know about anything they are selling. I highly recommend you build your own rig if you plan on buying another PC in the future.

For the question that is asked, I would recommend a AMD 7950. Its just under $300 right now but its a total beast and will last you long. It should also be less on Boxing Day.

You will need a beefier PSU in order to run a card like that. I recommend at-least 600W

PSU: Corsair HX650

GPU: AMD 7950 just pick a card you like from the list.

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Thank you everyone for all the help! I will definitely be looking into all the suggestions smile.gif and to brian1115, I planned on building my own rig, but I had no idea what to do, so I took the easy way out. and yes, futureshop is completely no help whatsoever, when I asked them a performance based question, they just walked around the question and redirected me to find help else where. again, thank you guys for all the help, I am surprised I got this many responses smile.gifsmile.gif, I will definitely look into all your suggestions and will keep you updated when all is said and done! smile.gif
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1 last quick question, all these suggestions will be compatible with my pc right? tongue.gif
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Yes, they are all compatible. You will be fine with any of these choices thumb.gif

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