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Windows 7: Best $200-$300 graphics card?

31 Dec 2014   #1
Reflex

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Best $200-$300 graphics card?

3GB would be nice, I'm considering this one after a while of research SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100373-2L Radeon R9 280 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.com


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31 Dec 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

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31 Dec 2014   #3
Reflex

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Would you say that is better than the one I listed?
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31 Dec 2014   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Don't know. I have never used the one you listed.

The specs on the one you listed are a tad better but specs aren't
everything.
Just hang in there other will post.
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31 Dec 2014   #5
Reflex

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

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31 Dec 2014   #6
Reflex

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

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31 Dec 2014   #7
Reflex

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Can my motherboard run this graphics card? please help!

Graphics Card-http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130949

Says it needs:two available 6-pin PCI Express power connectors and one 6-pin PCI Express power connector



Motherboard-http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c02458055

Foxconn 2AB1 motherboard for PC Gaming by Foxconn

Expansion Slots:
1 PCI Express x16 gen 2
3 PCI Express x1
1 PCI Express x1 minicard socket
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31 Dec 2014   #8
mike009

w7 ultimate 64-bit sp1
 
 

when choosing a graphics card there is few other things you should consider:
- power supply ("6-pin PCI Express power connectors" will come from your power supply)
- case(some GPU's are longer/wider than the case you have)
- what other cards are connect to MOBO(some GPU's wilt take 2/3 slots covering PCI Express 1 /mini slots)

but the GPU is a-bit of high spec for your current MOBO (I suspect power supply is also a low end)

MOBO is micro-ATX how big is your case? you could buy a mid range gaming tower for $300 might be better upgrade? or different GPU

SAPPHIRE 100366-2L Radeon R7 260X 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card - Newegg.ca might be better for your current system
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31 Dec 2014   #9
badcrc

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1
 
 

The connector spec is referring to taking power from the psu harness. Powerful gfx cards usually need a quality hi-spec branded psu, that has several 6 or 8 pin 12V connectors that plug into the gfx card. The card spec says 30A min on the 12V rail - a mobo can't supply that kind of power, hence the harness connectors. You prob need to upgrade your psu. I'm not an expert on gfx cards, but AFAIK pcie3 is backwards compatable with pcie2, so the card should be ok on the board - it's just a matter of amps and psu to consider.
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31 Dec 2014   #10
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

That GPU is way overkill for your current rig, and will likely overtax your power supply. Unless you have a specific reason for needing that kind of power, like maybe you're going to use it in a new build, I would get something a little less power hungry.

If you have enough PCIe power connectors and enough Wattage in your PSU, then buy it, but your CPU and motherboard will be a bottleneck for it. I don't think you'll get the full performance that card is capable of.
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