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Old 07-25-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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PC Upgrade Advice Needed

Hello, I would like to know what video card I need to be able to play Portal#2 and similer games.I would like a decent unit but not the most expensive one. If you have any other suggestions please do not hesitate. $200.00 would be a good starting poin but if not I will save up what I need.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @2.50GHz
Intel G33/331 Express Chipset
3GB Ram
Windows 7 32 Bit
Custom Build 03/2010 by EQ Computer Inc.
310 Cooler Master Tower

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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PSU?. Are you using a generic/OEM PSU or a branded/true-rated one?.

With that budget, I'm gonna say a Radeon HD7770 and a decent PSU, but better wait for others' suggestions.. A Radeon HD6850 is also a good choice..

Your RAM is 2GB + 1GB or 3 x 1GB?.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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Do you have a GPU at the moment?
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:44 AM   #4
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gtx 560 ti.

you can get for ~$200 from evga b-stock.
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Old 07-25-2012, 07:57 AM   #5
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No I do not have a GPU

Ram Is 2GB+1GB and I do not know what my PSU is I never opened up the case but I will if needed but not today. I,m looking to shop around for what I need and have everything ready for the winter months.

Thanks, What do you consider to be a decent PSU ?

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Old 07-25-2012, 10:05 AM   #6
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No I do not have a GPU

Ram Is 2GB+1GB and I do not know what my PSU is I never opened up the case but I will if needed but not today. I,m looking to shop around for what I need and have everything ready for the winter months.

Thanks, What do you consider to be a decent PSU ?
Get 600 watt thermaltake power supply and geforce gtx 560 and you're good to go. I you can only spend 200 go for the gtx 550 ti.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:50 AM   #7
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You need to post the make and model of your PC, since I'm guessing this is prebuilt.

When we know what prebuilt PC you have, we can probably determine what type of case you have to determine what type of card can fit and we might be able to see what the PSU is rated at.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
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Get 600 watt thermaltake power supply and geforce gtx 560 and you're good to go. I you can only spend 200 go for the gtx 550 ti.
I would NOT go with a Thermaltake PSU - many others here will say so as well. BEST to stick with units from Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, Enermax, and Cooler Master (their higher end units).

For a single GPU system, and solid 500W-650W is more than enough. Have a look at these ones:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151093
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371020 (If you can get this one on a special sale, it's a helluva good unit)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=XFX%20550W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...air%20TX%20650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139023

A decent PSU is going to cost you $60-$80, which leaves you about $120-$150 for a graphics card. At that pice point, the...
- Radeon HD 6850 / 6870,
- GeFroce GTX 550 Ti
- GTX 560 (non-Ti)
...fits right in there.

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Old 07-25-2012, 06:54 PM   #9
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I would NOT go with a Thermaltake PSU - many others here will say so as well. BEST to stick with units from Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec
This man speaks the truth.

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Old 07-26-2012, 06:52 PM   #10
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I posted the only info I have on my PC on my original post but I don't know if it will help you. I purchased my PC at a computer show in Allentown,PA from EQ Comp Inc. I tried calling EQ Comp several times but his voice mail is always full.

Thanks to you all, you have made my quest a whole lot easier !

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Old 07-26-2012, 07:28 PM   #11
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I posted the only info I have on my PC on my original post but I don't know if it will help you. I purchased my PC at a computer show in Allentown,PA from EQ Comp Inc. I tried calling EQ Comp several times but his voice mail is always full.
Open the case, take a picture of the inside. This will give us some idea of what type of case you're dealing with. Take another picture of the power supply label - the one with volts and watts. Post them on a site like photobucket.

[edit] is this your case?
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:56 PM   #12
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Do not get a nvidia 550, they're less performance than a 460 and cost about the same/more depending.


If you budget will not allow you to get a 560 or higher nvidia card, get a 460(1gb version) you will thank me later.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #13
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Open the case, take a picture of the inside. This will give us some idea of what type of case you're dealing with. Take another picture of the power supply label - the one with volts and watts. Post them on a site like photobucket.

[edit] is this your case?
That is my case.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:32 PM   #14
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That is my case.
If you can't get a picture of the power supply label then we need you to open the case and look for the label on the power supply. It will be in the upper back corner of the case.

You need to tell us whether it says thermal master product number tm-420-pmsr.

For example, here is a picture:

http://www.fatwallet.com/static/atta..._picture22.png

If this isn't the power supply in that machine then give us the name and product number of the supply that is in there.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:42 AM   #15
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If you can't get a picture of the power supply label then we need you to open the case and look for the label on the power supply. It will be in the upper back corner of the case.

You need to tell us whether it says thermal master product number tm-420-pmsr.

For example, here is a picture:

http://www.fatwallet.com/static/atta..._picture22.png

If this isn't the power supply in that machine then give us the name and product number of the supply that is in there.
My weekends are fairly busy but I'll get back to you by 07/31/2012 with the info. Thanks
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