I want to change my graphics card for gaming

By Imabeginner
Jul 23, 2012
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  1. So here is my computer information.[​IMG]
    Field Value
    Computer
    Computer TypeACPI x64-based PC (Mobile)
    Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    OS Service Pack[ TRIAL VERSION ]
    Internet Explorer9.0.8112.16421 (IE 9.0)
    DirectX DirectX 11.0
    Logon Domain [ TRIAL VERSION ]
    Date / Time 2012-07-23 / 13:50

    Motherboard
    CPU Type DualCore Intel Core i5-650, 3333 MHz (25 x 133)
    MBoard Name Dell Inspiron 580
    MBoard ChipsetIntel Ibex Peak H57, Intel Ironlake
    System Memory[ TRIAL VERSION ]
    DIMM1: Samsung M378B5273CH0-CH94 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (8-8-8- 22 @ 609 MHz) (7-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz) (6-6-6-17 @ 457 MHz)
    DIMM3: Samsung M378B5273CH0-CH9[ TRIAL VERSION ]
    BIOS Type AMI (07/06/10)

    Multimedia
    Audio AdapterIntel Ibex Peak HDMI @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B-3]
    Audio AdapterRealtek ALC887 @ Intel Ibex Peak PCH - High Definition Audio Controller [B-3]

    Storage
    IDE ControllerIntel(R) 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Family 4 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 3B20
    Disk DriveGeneric- Compact Flash USB Device
    Disk DriveGeneric- MS/MS-Pro USB Device
    Disk DriveGeneric- SD/MMC USB Device
    Disk DriveGeneric- SM/xD-Picture USB Device
    Disk DriveST31500341AS ATA Device (1500 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
    Optical DriveTSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H653H ATA Device
    SMART Hard Disks StatusOK

    So my budget is around 250 and my friend told me to change my g.c to 6590 or 560ti, so.... im not sure if my computer support it or wat and do I need to change anything to play games such as SC2, D3, Skyrim and etc...? Thank you
  2. reinisnud

    reinisnud Newcomer, in training

    What is your Psu?
  3. Imabeginner

    Imabeginner Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

  4. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Yeah you'll need a new PSU, make sure to get a decent one and not one of those crappy no-name 500W ones. The Antec Neo Eco series is good for the price.

    There's really not much choice at the $200 price point at the moment, but the 6950 and 560 Ti are good suggestions. Just make sure you're not mistaken into buying the cheaper and slower non-Ti 560.
  5. Imabeginner

    Imabeginner Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Thanks Bro, im going to get that one. But how about the graphic card? Both of em' got lots of dif brands and im not sure which to buy...
  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Don't worry about the brand, there's little or no difference between the quality of the cards based on a brand, only difference is the cooling solution, customer service and warranty period. If you want a quiet card then get one with a non-reference fan but otherwise just get whatever is on discount at the moment, e.g. this 6950 seems to be incredible value
  7. Imabeginner

    Imabeginner Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Neither of those cards are worth it when the 6950 I posted is about as fast (maybe a bit slower) but substantally cheaper.

    Or if you're looking in that kind of price range then the 7950 is much better than those 560Ti 448's. If you did go for the 7950 though your dual core CPU will start to bottleneck the system.
  9. Imabeginner

    Imabeginner Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    wow.... that is awesome bro.. Im going to get that TY
  10. Imabeginner

    Imabeginner Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    ill go for 6950 cause the price is way cheaper!! thx for the infor bro!!
  11. Imabeginner

    Imabeginner Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

  12. xcylent

    xcylent TechSpot Booster Posts: 267   +17

    I wouldn't get that. Rosewill generally don't make very reliable power supplies. you should NOT cheap out when you buy a power supply. fork out the extra couple bucks and go with a reliable powerful brand and make, like the one slh28 suggested to you. Antec, Seasonic, and Corsair are probably three of the best/most reliable power supply makers, and I highly recommend you go with them, and do not skimp on some cheap >$60 noname PSU.


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