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Windows 7: What should i choose? Gpu or Monitor?

06 Apr 2013   #1
sisrace

 
What should i choose? Gpu or Monitor?

Hi i have some trouble.. I whant to upgrade my rig a bit and i consider to either upgrade my old computer or get a bigger monitor.

My old computer:
Amd phenom x3 2,4 ghz
4Gb DDR2
ENGT 430 gpu
300W psu
pci-e 2.0
(Look on my photos to see the computer inside) dont know if the gpu will fit.. But it should.


Gpu upgrade:


Ati Radeon 7770
Compatible with a 300W psu. And its not that expencive.
Will this be much better than my ENGT 430 or just a bit better?


Also with this is ot worth the money?
And will it be better than my current computer if i upgrade? While playing my old computer is pretty simular
In performance wise as my new computer (see my current computer specs)


Or should i save up 100 more to get a 27" monitor/tv 1080P? If i get this i can use mu vga and hdmi on my laptop so i can get 2 screens or 3 screens. ( i will get 3 screens if i put my laptop on the desk. But that thing is SOO loud!


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06 Apr 2013   #2
Stokie1996

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Just thought I'd let you know that the 7770 is compatible, but not recommended with a 300w PSU, it's recommended at a minimum of 500w, I use the 7770 on a 400w PSU and before I upgrade anything I'm getting a high end PSU, for upgradability and reliability. You should also consider that performance will decrease all round with a 1080p monitor, and it would hit hard on the GPU.
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06 Apr 2013   #3
sisrace

 

Its this gpu i thought of. There is several of 7770:s but this one it said it was 300w recomended http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1gb-asus-radeon-hd-7770-directcu-4500mhz-gddr5-28nm-gpu-1000mhz-640-cores-dport-dl-dvi-hdmi-pluscros
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06 Apr 2013   #4
fordman83

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I second the PSU upgrade. Better to have excess wattage than run into trouble down the line when you upgrade and run into a power shortage. Also you might want to consider an cpu upgrade. 2.4GHz is a little slow nowadays. A nice phenom x4 can be had for a round 100 usd depending on where you buy it.
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06 Apr 2013   #5
sisrace

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fordman83 View Post
I second the PSU upgrade. Better to have excess wattage than run into trouble down the line when you upgrade and run into a power shortage. Also you might want to consider an cpu upgrade. 2.4GHz is a little slow nowadays. A nice phenom x4 can be had for a round 100 usd depending on where you buy it.
I could upgrade the cpu yeah. But im only up for better gaming performance right now... Mynew laptop is 4x 1,9 ghz so hehe.... Yeah i know. My computers suck and i cant do anything about it. My budget dont handle upgrade costs and my computers are foing to be real expensive upgrading..
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06 Apr 2013   #6
Stokie1996

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sisrace View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fordman83 View Post
I second the PSU upgrade. Better to have excess wattage than run into trouble down the line when you upgrade and run into a power shortage. Also you might want to consider an cpu upgrade. 2.4GHz is a little slow nowadays. A nice phenom x4 can be had for a round 100 usd depending on where you buy it.
I could upgrade the cpu yeah. But im only up for better gaming performance right now... Mynew laptop is 4x 1,9 ghz so hehe.... Yeah i know. My computers suck and i cant do anything about it. My budget dont handle upgrade costs and my computers are foing to be real expensive upgrading..
You can't get a better gaming performance if the PSU blows and you end up with a power shortage, trust me you should upgrade your PSU, I'm doing the same when I get the money.
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06 Apr 2013   #7
sisrace

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stokie1996 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sisrace View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fordman83 View Post
I second the PSU upgrade. Better to have excess wattage than run into trouble down the line when you upgrade and run into a power shortage. Also you might want to consider an cpu upgrade. 2.4GHz is a little slow nowadays. A nice phenom x4 can be had for a round 100 usd depending on where you buy it.
I could upgrade the cpu yeah. But im only up for better gaming performance right now... Mynew laptop is 4x 1,9 ghz so hehe.... Yeah i know. My computers suck and i cant do anything about it. My budget dont handle upgrade costs and my computers are foing to be real expensive upgrading..
You can't get a better gaming performance if the PSU blows and you end up with a power shortage, trust me you should upgrade your PSU, I'm doing the same when I get the money.


But but but... It says 300w recomended.. It should work.. I have to money for the gpu in about 1-2 months. To get money for a psu too i will have to save for 2-4 months
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06 Apr 2013   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sisrace View Post
But but but... It says 300w recomended.. It should work.. I have to money for the gpu in about 1-2 months. To get money for a psu too i will have to save for 2-4 months
I don't see "300W recommended" in the link that you provided. It states that the GPU uses a maximum of 150W. (That's probably not true. 150W is the maximum for a PCI-E card with a 6 pin PCI-E auxiliary power connector; I think the 7770 is more like 100W.)

www.sapphiretech.com recommends at least 400W for their version, 500W for two cards in crossfire.

In a review at anandtech, with an I7-3960X (6 core Socket 2011 CPU, rated at 130W TDP), the most heavily loaded system drew 250W from the mains. The PSU had to be making 200W or more.

Maybe your system will run OK with a 300W PSU, if it's a good one. (Example of a good one: 25A available on the +12V rail. Not so good, 16A on the +12V rail.) I wouldn't care to chance it, if the system was mine.
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06 Apr 2013   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Didn't we run through this before? Then you revealed you were planning upgrading it a few years.
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06 Apr 2013   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Well, if you have the 20" monitor that`s in your specs, I`d concentrate on other things for now.
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