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Windows 7: Advice on Best graphics card for 200

22 Oct 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Advice on Best graphics card for 200


I am wanting some advice for which graphic card to go for, as I want better performance for running games like City Car Driving, OMSI Bus Simulator, Project Cars (when its released), F1 2014 and Dirt 3. I currently suffer from lagging problems. My PC is 2 years old so it should have a PCI express slot.

Here are my specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.140303-2144)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: LENOVO
System Model: Lenovo H420
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4078MB RAM
Page File: 1576MB used, 6578MB available
Windows Dir: C:\windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 64bit Unicode

Card name: ASUS EAH5450 Series
Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x68E1)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68E1&SUBSYS_30001043&REV_00
Display Memory: 2289 MB
Dedicated Memory: 505 MB
Shared Memory: 1783 MB
Current Mode: 1600 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: AOC 2036
Monitor Model: 2036
Monitor Id: AOC2036
Native Mode: 1600 x 900(p) (60.000Hz)
Output Type: HD15
DriverName:aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.d ll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0010.1247 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 11
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 12/6/2013 23:01:52, 1318552 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-2BA1-11CF-C372-0A10A1C2CA35}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x68E1
SubSys ID: 0x30001043
Revision ID: 0x0000

Hope this helps.



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22 Oct 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BIT

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22 Oct 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

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23 Oct 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit


Thanks for the replies. Imrankhan said to check if I have a 600+ watt power supply. Does this mean for the computer or for the mains power. Hope this helps. Not sure for what to look for. Also the size of the card that's in at the moment is 17cm long and 6cm high. Will the contacts on the new card be in the same place as the old card as the new one is longer but would fit if the contacts are in the same place on the new card.

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23 Oct 2014   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Definitely not a 600 watt power supply/ psu
Looks more like 250 watt or 280 watt the pro's can figure out that one

Looks like a upgrade is in order for the best psu so you can get a better card selection as far as I can tell :/
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23 Oct 2014   #6

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

It's a 250W PSU. Whatever you do, do not upgrade your GPU until you've fitted an adequate PSU. Look at Corsair PSUs, it never pays to go cheap on a PSU.
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24 Oct 2014   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Thanks for the replies.

I have been looking on PC World at corsair power supply's. Will one fit a Lenovo PC. Also will my wall socket take the extra power without shorting out. Also after I have upgraded my power supply, can I choose any Graphics card that would be suitable for me or do I have to chose the same make as the one that's in the PC now.


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24 Oct 2014   #8

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

PC World in the UK? TO know whether a PSU would fit or not we'd need the run down on your system specs, follow the link in my sig to populate your system specs as completely as possible. We need something like mine pictured below.


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25 Oct 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Download HWinfo. Create Report and post here.

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25 Oct 2014   #10

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium

Hi Guys I'm in the same boat, currently have GTS 450, playing skyrim freezes rarely, playing World of Warcraft more so,need an upgrade. 3 I'm looking at, my PSU is 750 rest of my specs is on my profile $250 or less in price THX


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