itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:42pm
Help a noob get a video card
Hey guys, Love gaming on the PC but still very new to it and have bought a lot of games lately (in the past two sales) that I'm starting to play and are a big laggy/slow at points. I've put it off for a little while but now I'm ready to get a new video card.

When I first started playing I posted a question for help to make Skyrim run better. It was recommended that I get a new video card as the one I'm using wasn't really made for gaming. I don't know much. I want to make sure I get the right video card that is compatible with my PC. I have a screenshot that I believe gives details that are needed about my current hardware. See that here: http://i.imgur.com/p5p2Q.jpg

If there are other details needed please let me know. I'm hoping to find a video card that will help games like Skyrim, Saint's Row Third, GTA, Max Payne, etc. run better. My budget is $100-$200. Please help.


EDIT NOTE: I've bumped the thread with pictures below.
Last edited by itrainmonkeys; Jan 27, 2013 @ 12:30pm
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itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:58pm 
Thanks a lot Wallabi!
wallabi Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:05pm 
Originally posted by itrainmonkeys:
Thanks a lot Wallabi!

np, ether 1 of those cards will let u play those games on ultra, well skyrim on ultra without aa on.. i get about 30-50 fps on max settings with 2x aa on my 2 ati 5850s... but they are 1gb cards and skyrim can push up to 3gb vram with enough mods ;/

and u can always add another card later, :)
itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:20pm 
I'd swap out the video card I have now for one of those, correct? Just want to be 100% sure as I am really new to the hardware upgrade side of gaming. I appreciate the help.

Also, how can I tell how many fps I am getting? I have seen many mention that and I know it's probably some kind of software (or a few different kinds) but I don't really know where to begin on that front.

I appreciate the answers/help :)
wallabi Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:32pm 
yes u take out your old card, it will serve no use and add conflict..

as for checking your fps, there is a few, i would recomend just using msi afterburner, a gpu overclock utility but has a onscreen display with graphs for ur gpu usage, mem usage, temps, fan speeds, voltage and fps..

http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm

it has a detachable graph u can have on a spare monitor or turn on a onscreen display.
itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:35pm 
Thanks so much Wallabi. Exactly what I needed and really fast. I will likely be buying one of those cards today.
wallabi Jan 12, 2013 @ 1:39pm 
yea, ether 1 gets about the same performance, more or less on those ati or nvidia sponsord games that of course run better on there sponsors card.. the 660 comes with a free copy of assasins creed 3 though... and supports physx...
Fade Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:08pm 
what psu do you have, as the 7850 and 660 require a 450 watt minimum
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itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:15pm 
I'm not sure Fade. From a quick google search I take it I'll have to check it visually by opening the computer, yes? IF there's another way let me know but I'll open it up in a little while to check.

Anything else anyone can think of that I may need to check/verify on my end?
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Fade Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:25pm 
Originally posted by itrainmonkeys:
I'm not sure Fade. From a quick google search I take it I'll have to check it visually by opening the computer, yes? IF there's another way let me know but I'll open it up in a little while to check.

Anything else anyone can think of that I may need to check/verify on my end?

if you computer is prebuilt you can go to system information and there should be a system model ( for example mine is DX4860) usually with the model number one can google it and hopefully the site with system specs has the psu wattage listed, otherwise you have to look on you psu itself
itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:30pm 
Crap. I did the search as you said and the stuff I found online says it only has 300 w. I'm going to double check visually but I'm guessing this is the correct wattage.

So what's next? Do I need/Can I buy a better power supply? Or is that something that needs to be done prior to buying?
wallabi Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:35pm 
sigh my bad, i forgot to ask u that.. hehe.. yea if it really is a 300w, that i7 is allready pushing it really hard, it would not be safe puting in a high end card.. it would ether overheat the psu or blow out a capacitor or something if it is really cheap.. your going to need to spend a little more :( i wouldent downgrade the cards any more to fit in the cost of a psu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035

that psu will support 2x of those cards so u can add another card later if u want and not need to worry about uprading the psu again.

itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
Sorry for all the questions.....But about that PSU from Newegg....would that go inside the PC case and replace the one currently in there? Or is that a separate component that goes outside? I have no idea lol.

Also, what would be the benefit of getting 2 cards. Just curious as I really don't know much about this whole world just yet.
Fade Jan 12, 2013 @ 2:57pm 
Originally posted by itrainmonkeys:
Sorry for all the questions.....But about that PSU from Newegg....would that go inside the PC case and replace the one currently in there? Or is that a separate component that goes outside? I have no idea lol.

Also, what would be the benefit of getting 2 cards. Just curious as I really don't know much about this whole world just yet.
yeah you replace the old psu. im going to stay within you budget you gave and give 2 options 1 being the lesser and one greater, and one out of you budget.

lesser
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130827

greater
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130838

or if you can get around 80 more dollars then these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161406


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itrainmonkeys Jan 12, 2013 @ 3:17pm 
Okay cool. So a new power source (PSU) and a new card. I think that should solve my issues with gameplay. If there's anything else I should know i'm all ears :)

Thanks guys. I'll be looking into each of these and buying soon.
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