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Old April 4, 2012, 02:42 AM
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Question upgrading my video card

hello sir,

my present system configuation is

processor:- intel core 2 duo e7500
motherboard :- biostar G41-M7
video card :- Galaxy Geforce 8400GS
ram :- 2*2GB-(zion P669)

the problem i am facing since i bought my desktop is that i have to play games in very low resolution otherwise the game's framerate is too low or my system would hangup . one of my friends told me that i should add ram to my system.so i added 2GB but there is no increase in performance while playing video games .another friend told me that i should upgrade my video card and he also told me to take some experts advice. so , i came to you .
i have approx. $120 with me

so could any one please suggest me the video card compatible with my pc's configuration so that i could play games at least on medium specs within the mentioned amount.
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Old April 4, 2012, 02:50 AM
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With that short of a budget, and without knowing your exact specifications it's hard to recommend a card. My best advice would be to pickup one of those badboys: Powercolor Radeon HD 7750 800MHZ 1GB 4.5GBPS GDDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card - PowerColor - AX7750 1GBD5-DH
They don't require any PCI-E power so if you're using an OEM power supply that came with your PC you won't have to worry about any incompatibilities.
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What power supply are you using?
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Your graphics card is most definitely the limiting factor. HD 7750 would be an excellent choice, while keeping power consumption low and in your budget. Do you know what your power supply is? Other cards that would also be an option are an hd6670(ddr5 version)/5770/6770/5750/6750 and gts 450, gtx 550Ti/gtx 460. The Nvidia options require a better power supply (generally less effecient). And the 7750 is brand new and excellent on power. It uses the least power of any card I listed here. In order of performance they are

6670 < 5750/6750/gts 450 < 5770/6770/7750 then gts 550Ti < gtx 460
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Old April 4, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Need to know make and model of your power supply before I can recommend a video card, but I will say for $120, try and find a Nvidia GTX 460 1GB.
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I agree with these guys. If you have the power supply to handle it (2 6 pin PCI-Express connectors and preferably 450 watts minimum) get a GTX 460 1GB version. If not, get the AMD Radeon 7750 which doesn't require any extra power connectors.
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Old April 4, 2012, 10:46 AM
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8400GS? Dude, even a 9800GT, GTS 250, 9800GX2 or GTX 260, Radeon HD4850 all of them can be used, and they will make a huge improvement over that. So if you can find anything used. Of course we don't know what your PSU is and how old, as probably an old OEM (no name) psu will be crashed right away by one of these cards. So more info is needed pls. For 120$ probably you should go with a used card and a new PSU, a Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 should do the trick just fine, or anything new in between 400W to 500W, 80 Plus or 80Plus Bronze, from Antec, Corsair, XFX, should do the trick.
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Old April 4, 2012, 12:08 PM
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Radeon 7750 as mentioned, or a Radeon 6850. 6850 is bar none by far more powerfull for not much more, but are way more powerfull then that card you are using. 550-650 for power supplies. Something like
Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Newegg.com - Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
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Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 V2 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

All should work well enough. I say 650 at least this gives you some room for a higher end card/use in a new system. 500 is kind of low to be honest and there are some cards that simply would not power up with such a low wattage. 550-650 is what I would recommend personally :)
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Obviously you'll have to buy one that your power supply can handle, but I highly suggest looking into a used card. You can get a much better performing card by buying one that is only 1-2 years old but in good shape still. Still, in the near future you'll start to find that your CPU is also going to limit you, so expect a complete new build in the next year or so if you want to keep gaming on without issues :)
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