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post #1 of 27
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Hello everybody,

I have been searching for a good GPU for a while now.
And I am totally lost in all the specs etc.
So I thought this forum could help me.
I am searching a PCI 2.0 Express card that will fit most games on normal quallity (so not ultra high, but if possible than thats great).
I have 2 monitors: 1 VGA and 1 DIV or VGA. I am willing to buy adapters, but I prefer keeping my monitors.
I have a budget of € 200 (about $258.66) and I will try to find the suggested GPU in local stores myself.

These are the specs of my computer right now, including my soon-to-be-old GPU:

OS: Win7 Enterprise (64-bit) <<< SOON TO BE UPGRADED TO WIN 8
CPU: AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core ~2.3GHz
Memory: 8GB
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8100 / nForce 720a
Sound: Onboard 5.1 HD Audio
PSU: 400 watt (in total)

I hope you guys can come up with some good suggestions.

Kind regards,

Koen Lemmen
The Netherlands
post #2 of 27
i would check out the Radeon HD 7770. it is very power efficient, and i think your system would bottleneck anything higher end...
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thepoopscooper View Post

i would check out the Radeon HD 7770. it is very power efficient, and i think your system would bottleneck anything higher end...

Thanks for your fast respond!

I checked it out, but most sites report its PCI 3.0
And I only have a slots for PCI Express 2.0.
It is a great card but I won't fit.
post #4 of 27
3.0 is backwards compatible. Get a 7770 or a 7790, and look into a 965BE or something similar.
    
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Originally Posted by M0HNKE View Post

3.0 is backwards compatible. Get a 7770 or a 7790, and look into a 965BE or something similar.

That is great! I will check it out!
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I second the 7770. Seems like a good choice for your setup. Although i would be looking into a faster CPU as well.
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I am not sure if I want to buy a new CPU, I might want to overclock it tho (if possible).
CPU's are expencive is far as I know. I have no clue what is compatible too, so buying a new CPU would be a complete other story with more risks.
I think I am content with the speed, and I don't see my CPU usage at 99% most of the time.
I hope my games will run smoothly after I buy a new GPU.
post #8 of 27
having owned 2 7770's and sold them in subsequent gaming rigs they will run your games on med/high settings at ~ 30-45fps which is very good considering the average human doesn't see more than about ~30FPS anyways wink.gif
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post #9 of 27
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Great! I am now checking which 7770 I am going to choose. Again so many choises! And price ranges from 100 to 180 euros!
Is it smart to pay a little more for 1gb extra?
post #10 of 27
Koen,

This is a good HD7770
http://azerty.nl/0-3921-482726/xfx-radeon-hd-7770-double-di.html
(Yes, this card cools really good, its not the HD7970 version wink.gif )

If you are gaming at 1920x1080 2GB might be a bit better, but dont expect huge gains.

The HD7770 2GB versions are rather expensive i think, for that kind of money i would rather take this:
http://azerty.nl/0-3921-538004/sapphire-radeon-hd7850.html
A very good card at this price IMO.

You PSU might be a bit to small for a HD7850 though, what make and type is it ?


P.S:
Send me a PM if you want some help in Dutch wink.gif
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