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Windows 7: My Friend Wants a New Graphics Card

24 May 2013   #1
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
My Friend Wants a New Graphics Card

My friend wants to get a new graphics card but he doesn't know what graphics card will work for what his computer currently has.

This is his specs:

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

CPU
Intel Pentium E6600 @ 3.06GHz 66 C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology

RAM
2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 533MHz (7-7-7-20)

Motherboard
Hewlett-Packard 1489 (XU1 PROCESSOR) 53 C

Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor (1920x1080@60Hz)
Intel Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (HP)
Intel Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (HP)

Hard Drives
233GB Seagate ST3250318AS (SATA) 48 C

Optical Drives
hp DVDRAM GT30L
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device

Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio


He told me he is able to spend up to $5000.

Can someone tell me a good graphics card for my friend?


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24 May 2013   #2
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Is that suppose to be $500 or $5000?
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24 May 2013   #3
Danielzxzx

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

He told me $5000. So I guess if there is anything else you think he could upgrade as well you can let me know.
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24 May 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

5000 dollars?
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24 May 2013   #5
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Honestly if he is going to spend $5000.00 then he should just wait till the Haswell comes out because that is more then enough to put together a super sick system why even bother with those old specs when $5000.00 limit can do so much not just a gpu
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24 May 2013   #6
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Yeah, that was what I was getting at.....if it's $5000 build a completely new system. It doesn't have to cost $5000 either lol
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24 May 2013   #7
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 



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24 May 2013   #8
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

For $5000 he could build almost any type computer he wanted. I wouldn't waste my money on buying a real fast Graphics card on his current system. His CPU would probably throttle it. Plus he is apparently running an HP system and his PSU is not capable of a high end graphics card. For that money, he could build a system similar to what Solar suggested (although I would suggest a few different parts) but nothing major. He could even build a 2011 rig with that money. At the bottom of this post, look at my system specs. I have much less than $5000 in this system. He could build Solar's system with 2 670's for half what he wants to spend.

I think right now, if I had that type money to spend on a computer, I would build a 2011 rig.
i7-3930K
Asus rampage IV or Asus sabertooth
16GB DDR3 1866
Samsung 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 256Gb
Corsair AX860i
EVGA GTX 670 X2

Most of the rest is what you want or like. A lot less than $5000
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24 May 2013   #9
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If your friend doesn't want to wait until Haswell comes out, I would go with an Ivy Bridge build similar to the one Solarstarshines listed above. All of the following parts get the nod from me.

MOTHERBOARD: Asus Z77 Sabertooth, or any of the RoG motherboards. I have the Sabertooth and it is phenomenal in my opinion.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K or Intel Core i7-3770K. The i5 doesn't support Hyperthreading, the i7 does.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB Kit @ 1600/1866MHz. Preferably lower latency

SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB or OCZ Vector 256GB. It's a toss-up, I prefer Samsung, but the Vector is outstanding as well.

HDD: This is subjective. How much space does he need? I just got 3x4TB Seagate HDD for storage @ $149.99 each. The best value right now is the Seagate 2TB/3TB HDD.

PSU: Either the SeaSonic X series Gold, or Corsair AX series. The 650-750 Watt model will do.

CPU Cooler: Definitely go with a closed loop water cooler. For an Ivy Bridge chip, a 120/140mm Radiator will be plenty. The case will dictate what size you go with. For 140mm the NZXT Kraken X40 is probably your best performer. 120mm either go with an Antec 920, Intel, or Corsair...they basically perform the same to be honest.

CASE: Also subjective. I have been recommending the Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 because of the price and the slew of options and perks. Hard case to beat. If you go with this case, get the 140mm Water Cooler. Corsair also makes some damn fine cases as well.

Optical Drive: None, unless your friend just HAS to have one.

GPU: Depends on how much performance he wants. The Nvidia GTX 670 is a really good deal now, and the GTX 660Ti has always been a proven performer.

Also factor in a copy of Windows 7 or whatever else he might want to use, and monitor(s) and other peripherals. All of this can be had for a fraction of the $5000 he has to spend.
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24 May 2013   #10
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Good choices Kelly. But, why not 2 670's. He'll still have half of his money left.
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