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Windows 7: Need help on buying a new graphic card!!

04 Jan 2010   #11
WDAexodus

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I would go up to a ATI 5000 series card if I were in your shoes(money no object). Plus the power requirement is actually less on these because of the new GPU arcitecture.


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04 Jan 2010   #12
ThePizzaMan

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

now if you can afford it...... you'd be very happy with the performance of a 5870 as it is equal to a 295 and much faster than the 280, but its up to you on what you want
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04 Jan 2010   #13
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

IMO go with the 5000 series. Definitely better horsepower and better visual effects without compensating any performance, unlike nvidia, even the new 'Fermi' series looks like they are not supporting DirectX 11. If you want 280 performance, go with the 5850, more bang for the buck.
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04 Jan 2010   #14
Diabolical

Window 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
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How do i check if my pc can handle the card or has enough power?
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04 Jan 2010   #15
Adrian

 
Power Supply

As with any upgrade power must be given priority, with most pc's built by major companies cost margins are kept low by using the most least expensive parts. Therfore you would be looking in the 300-350 watt range in your power supply. If you overload the power supply you reduce its life and it will overload by adding a hi watt demand grafix card that will destroy your pc. As I counsel all custom builders think power supply and what are your needs agoing to be in the future.


Hope this helps,
Adrian
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04 Jan 2010   #16
Adrian

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Diabolical View Post
How do i check if my pc can handle the card or has enough power?
As I mentioned, if its built by HP, Dell Gateway etc, you are looking between 300-350 watts.

Adrian
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04 Jan 2010   #17
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Power Supply

basically if you have a stock power supply you need to replace it plain and simple the stock power supply that comes with an OEM machine is just barely enough to run the hardware it came with.

honestly I don't even recommend taking any OEM machine and use it for the base for a gaming computer you are better of building from scratch
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04 Jan 2010   #18
Orpheous

XP Pro/Vista Ultimate (64)/Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition(64)
 
 

If you open the tower or desktop case, there should be a label on the side of the power supply which will tell you what wattage the power supply is rated at
Check that opening the case doesn't void your warranty first
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04 Jan 2010   #19
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Power Supply

most OEM's use Bestec power supply's which have a long history of failure
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04 Jan 2010   #20
Diabolical

Window 7 Home premium 64 bit
 
 
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this might sound stupid but is there anyway u can add more power to your cpu? and like i said before is there anyway to really check how much power your cpu has just be on the safe side and make sure, becuase if am only stuck on 300-350 watts, then am basically screwed..
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