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Old August 18, 2013, 05:24 PM
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I'm looking to upgrade my gaming PCs graphics card, but I don't have much know-how on what my system can support. Here is a run-down of my system:
Motherboard- TZ68K+
Processor- Intel i7-2600K CPU @ 3.40GHz
Memory- 12288MB RAM (I had 16 gigs, but one of my cards went bad and the local shop removed it for me, I have another card in the mail right now, so expect 16)
Power Supply- Antec 500W (I'd be willing to upgrade to a 650 or 700W supply if the system can handle it and I can grab one for under 200 bucks)
I also have a Corsair H40 liquid cooler on it., but that shouldn't have any effect on the card.

My current card is an Nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti, so I'm looking for a substantial increase that will be able to support this wonderful new generation of gaming that is upon us. Any suggestions will help, but I would prefer to run only one card, and something that would require minimal tweaking on my end to get running. If you offer a suggestion, any advice you have on removing my current card and getting the new one operational would be greatly appreciated. I'm savvy enough to do the installing part, but not enough to prevent burning something out because I uninstalled the old card wrong. Thanks for your help!
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Old August 18, 2013, 05:29 PM
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GTX 760 would be your best bet, assuming you game at 1080P. A 500W PSU SHOULD run that, but it would probably be best to upgrade to at least a 600W.
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Old August 18, 2013, 05:43 PM
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Grab a seasonic, antec, xfx, or corsair power supply >600watts and a gtx 660ti/670/760...your pick pending pricing. That is a pretty general recommendation though. What resolution and what games do you play?
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Old August 18, 2013, 06:03 PM
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If some of the RAM was bad, why didn't the shop have them RMA? You paid for it. Anyway, I agree with the 2 guys above me and you can sell the 550TI for some cash.
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Old August 19, 2013, 02:10 AM
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to remove your old gfx card is easy, unplug all the power and monitor connections and there is a small lever tab at the end of the pcie slot that locks your card, press this down then remove the card from the slot. Most bigger cards use a couple of 6 or 8 pin connections or one of each, so your power supply would have to be able to handle this, so depending on what u have now you may need to replace to try a new card. Look to see what connectors you have then if you can try the card without the new ps first then buy the new one if needed. 500 watt is pretty low though but it may work. Get new would say at least a 750 watt to have some headroom for later changes or work in a new system down the road idea.

770 seems to be the common midrange card these days depending on what u want to spend. I run an ati 7970, it was the biggest single gpu card back in the day a year or so ago, not looking to change it out yet.

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