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Windows 7: Deciding on a video card requires suggestions

11 Nov 2012   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

GTraymond2820 that sound like a wise choice to me. It will give you time to do research on new hardware that comes out. A method that works for me is simple.
I start with choosing case (PC tower) with great cooling a lot of room and quality power supply (Corsair, Seasonic) bigger than I will need. Then cpu and motherboard are next then the ram (as much as I can afford) to match the motherboard and cpu specs. Then the video card. This will take time but is somewhat enjoyable. If the dollars start getting a little to high and you have to cut back a little I recommend not doing it with the case or power supply. They are the roots of your computer and you can always built up from there.


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11 Nov 2012   #12
GTraymond2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Is it cool to use my regular HP case or is it a necessity to upgrade that?
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11 Nov 2012   #13
GTraymond2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Since my family is not the richest I want to have some thing of quality but must fit a tight budget
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12 Nov 2012   #14
michaelst

windows 7 32
 
 

GT...

I just upgraded a GTX 460 to a GTX 660. It requires only one 6 pin PCI power connector - the 460 needed two.
The performance over the 460 is stunning. Almost 3 times more CUDA cores -960 for the 660, 336 for the 460. Twice the onboard memory, 660 has 2gb. The differnce in FSX is, at max settings - 25 fps for the 660 vs 13 fps for the 460 (at 1920x1200). This is on an old Q8400, over clocked to 3.0gb, with 4gb of 1333 RAM.

And it only cost $230.
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12 Nov 2012   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

A HP case is designed to do just the bare minimum for the hardware it came with. If you decide to use it you will have to do modifications to it for proper cooling. I understand we all are not rich. You are talking about a $500.00 to $1000.00 video card plus a top of the line motherboard, cpu, and ram it would seem to me a new case would be the proper way to go. When you do your research you will find many cases that will fit your needs for $200.00 or less. You will need room and proper air circulation and proper wire/harness management. Do yourself and your hardware a favor and look into it.
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12 Nov 2012   #16
GTraymond2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes thanks for the tips
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12 Nov 2012   #17
GTraymond2820

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Ok so im going to wait to do all of these when i am ready for college because im a junior now in HS and college isn't very far away besides that seems like the excellent time for this because i want my major to be within the computer field, thanks for the tips guys and gonna take strong recommendations into everything you say, peace
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