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Old 11-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone! I just made an account to post here, seeking advice. I hope to have a long stay here, as I would love to learn more about computers in general, and specifics I don't know.

Lets Begin. Here are my current computer's specs. I am running an ATI Radeon HD4200, which is apparently good for videos, and not gaming.

I am looking to upgrade this to improve game performance significantly. Currently, Arma 2 on minimum graphics, 800x600 window, gets around 10 fps. Most games of mine get 10-20, which is very low, considering I run on lowest settings.

The computer has "1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card". My budget is around $100-200. I have also noticed that some cards require a bigger power supply, so if I need an upgrade for that, a link to one of those would be appreciated.

Any other relevant advice/recommendations would be well received.

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Old 11-21-2012, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your CPU will hold you back but this upgrade will improve your performance greatly like you want.

Newegg.com - EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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you're going to need a better PSU, you've got 250w.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Looks good to me. I was curious about the video card slot, my current one is a PCI express x16. Will the video card that has a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot be compatible?

Edit: Also, I don't want to go much over $200. Could you recommend any slightly lower end cards, but still good price/performance ratio? Essentially I could go to $220 overall, which leaves $160 for the graphics card.

Edit: I realized I had put $300 in first post, sorry for confusion.
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Yea, all PCI-E 16x is backwards compatible.

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Yea, all PCI-E 16x is backwards compatible.

eVGA 650ti.
Thanks so much for the help! I think I will wait for Christmas to see if I can get one from my parents, or purchase one within the next few weeks, along with the power supply.

I really have not replaced computer parts, but I have opened a few up, and I should be fine.
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Yea it's not that hard.
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Thanks so much for the help! I think I will wait for Christmas to see if I can get one from my parents, or purchase one within the next few weeks, along with the power supply.

I really have not replaced computer parts, but I have opened a few up, and I should be fine.
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If I could get my video card out, anyone can. There was a literal RACK in my workstation
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