Upgrading video card and PSU on a budget

By Hocknose
May 5, 2010
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  1. Hi, I'm new to the site and have had a quick look at the forums and articles. Have found them very helpful. I am now looking to get some experienced help with upgrading the video card capabilities of my machine.

    Will try and stick to the upgrading question framework as much as possible, so here goes...

    1. Gaming limits - I will mainly be playing RPG's and RTS's. Am hoping to be able to run Dragon Age and DOW 2 at a decent level (not necessarily maxed out). Also looking to purchase Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and The new Star Wars MMORPG in the future.

    2. Budget - £150 to £200

    3. Current PSU - This is all the info I could find, but I am looking to upgrade this as well

    Power Provided - 400 Watt
    Voltage Required - AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

    4. Computer Specs

    Motherboard - NVIDIA nForce 630i
    Graphic interface - PCI-E
    Memory - 4GB PC2-6400/800mhz DDR2 SDRAM
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200
    CPU Speed - 2.33 GHZ

    For a bit more info. the model of PC is - Fujitsu Amilo Pi 3745 Tower

    5. Country - United Kingdom

    Hope I've given you enough info to help me out.

    Thanks Guys
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

  3. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thank you for that.

    just a quick question on your video card reccomendation...

    Should I not be looking to get 1GB dedicated RAM or does that not make as big of a difference?
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    what resolution do you game at? dustins VGA/PSU are quality choices, but if you are gaming at a smaller resolution, you could get away with less like the 5750 or 5670. if Dx 11 is not an important feature for you, you might look at the 4770. The 1gb of Vram is only going to be of benefit if you are going to game at higher resolutions.
  5. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I'm using a 22" lcd tv connecting by VGA. The max resolution I will play will be 1366 x 768.
    Excuse my ignorance but what benefits will DX11 give me?
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    right now only a handful of games oyut are DX11, and those sre a ways offfrom taking full advantage of the main feature ' tessellation' over the next year that will increase. at the resolution you listed , and the types of games you play.
  7. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    so do you think a 512mb card is the way forward based on my resolution?
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    yes, unless you think you will want to play at higher resolutions down the road, if you can find a deal for the 1 GB card for the same as the 512...get it.
  9. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    brilliant, thanks for your help guys!!!
  10. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +9

    i would go with the 1gb 5770 just incase u get a new monitor.
  11. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    The HD 5770 is definitely the best way forward.

    BTW red, don't you think that the HD 4770 / 5750 might struggle a bit on the 22 inch?
     
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,262   +41

    I think those two cards would do fine at those resolutions for a 22inch monitor.
  13. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    So have decided on getting a HD 5770, what brand should i look to get? So far the main ones I have found are:

    ASUS
    XFX
    Sapphire
    Gigabyte
    Club
  14. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    All those brands are very good though I've never heard of Club. XFX is very reliable and usually provides a lifetime warranty on their products.
  15. Hocknose

    Hocknose Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Thanks for all your help guys. I bought:

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/Graphics-ATI/ATIHD5700Series/H577F1GDG.html

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/prods/Components/PowerSupplies/CMPSU-550VXUK.html

    Putting the PSU in was a bit of a nightmare, way too many wires for my mini-tower...but got there in the end.
    Graphics card was easy to install and update the drivers.

    I've done a system score thing in Windows 7 64-bit and both the graphics results are 7.4 out of 7.9. Am very pleased with this!!!

    Again thanks for all your help
  16. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Good to hear! :)
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