I want a new graphics card, asking for help

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  1. Scott-105
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    Hi everyone. I want to buy a new graphics card to be able to play most games on high or better settings on my 1080p monitor. I currently have an AMD Radeon HD 6450 which came with the computer. I don't have a huge budget, so something cheap would be best. I'm not very knowledgeable in this area, so any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
     


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    Well tell us your computer specs (power supply).

    The GeForce GTX 560 is good since you want to run games on high at 1080p. Costs about $174.
     
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    Radeon HD7850, then HD6950, then HD6870.
     
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    the most powerful card that have the same power requirement than the 6450 is the 7750, going lower than that won't grant you a perceptible upgrade.
    ( well, the 6670 should also be good and much cheaper, but if your pc has a psu that is already near it's limit, considering that this card can consume up to 3 times more power, it's really hard to recommend blindly)
    else: gt 430, gt 440 (630)

    For higher than that we need your psu spec
     
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    I'm not exactly sure what the PSU is currently...though I'm fairly certain I'll need to get a new one if I'm going to buy a new graphics card.

    Edit: this feels like SUCH a nooby question, but is there a way to check the specs easily?
     
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    psu's spec?

    just open the case and read what's written on the sticker.

    also, what's your budget?
     
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    Budget is $200 for the card, and I don't know what PSU's go for, but cheapest option would be best.
     
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    Power supply unit

    It's a metal box inside your computer that supply electricity to all your component in your pc
     
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    Aha, I know what a PSU is and does. I meant I don't know the average price for one. I guess I wasn't really clear on that.
     
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    he knows what it is, he was asking what was a general price for them
     
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    capable psu for gaming computers starts in the 60-70$.

    considering this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
    if your current config is able to support the hd7750 and you plan to use 200$ for the whole upgrade, then once the psu bought you'll have enough money to get a 7770 which is just slightly faster and that won't be a great return for your money.

    but if you want to spend 200$ alone on a gpu, then go for a 6870 or a gtx 560.

    few psu recommendation:
    just enough ( 520 w/ 60$)
    Antec: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    Seasonic:http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151093

    more than enough (70$)
    Silverstone 600w: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256071
    Corsair 600w: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    Antec 650w: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
     
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    Awesome. Thank you very much. I will likely take the more expensive PSU, and I'll buy them both together when I get payed. Again, thanks you very much.
     
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    I've had a better experience NVidia cards, as they perform better for less $$$ (I've had the 6450 for $59, and it sucks compared to the $50 GT 430). Also, I reccommend you get a MODULAR 600 Watt+ PSU, because it will help with cable management and expandability in the future.
     
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    Thank you. I will consider a NVidia card.
     
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    It varies per price point, but as a rule of thumb... AMD gets higher framerates but nVidia has more stable drivers. Performance depends more on how the program is coded than how powerful the GPU actually is.

    Personally I have a GTX 560 Ti.
     
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    That is a very good card, i have the 560Ti and it runs Crysis 2 in Ultra.
     
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    I found this card: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500241

    It seems good, but at that price, it just doesn't seem right. Could someone more knowledgeable look at it, and let me know if I should get it?
     
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    that's a gtx 560 SE

    the SE edition is a watered down gtx 560

    did you have a look at that article i posted earlier? http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html (Best Graphics Cards For The Money: July 2012 )
     
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