What's the best video card my computer can handle?

By Dziugas
Jun 17, 2013
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  1. My computer is 3 or 4 years old, I don't know exactly. I want to play games like Battlefield 3 on atleast medium graphics.

    My computer specs:
    Windows 7 Professional
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 670 @ 3.47GHz 3.46GHz
    Ram: 4GB (3,37 GB usable)
    System type: 32-bit
    Video card: Intel HD graphics
    Ultra durable 3 Motherboard

    Im not good at computers so sorry if I miss something :/

    I want to know whats the best video card my computer can handle but it shouldnt be too expensive.
    Thanks.
  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TechSpot Booster Posts: 100   +12

    Some questions first need to be answered:
    What is your budget for a video card?
    I'm assuming that this is a pre-manufactured computer, but what is the make and model of your computer?
    Need to know the exact model of the motherboard. Ultra durable 3 motherboards covers a "family" of motherboards.
    You might also want to look into adding more ram (going up to 8GB will definitely help out).
    Power supply might also need to be upgraded, depending on what it has already.
    Start with the questions above, and we can help find the best video card for your situation.
  3. Dziugas

    Dziugas Newcomer, in training Topic Starter


    I went to all programs > accesories > System tools > system information
    It said that system model - H55M-UD2H
    On my Motherboard's user manual is written: Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard GA-H55M-UD2H GA-H55M-US2H
    I found this at the back of my computer. I dont know if u need it. http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/32/bgj5.jpg
    http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1159/jstq.jpg
    http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/2851/yslf.jpg
    My budget is not very big but I want to know what's the best and the cheapest video card my computer can handle. If think the biggest prize can be 200~ $
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,114   +732

    Your motherboard can support a GPU. Upgrading to Win 7 32 bit to Win 7 64bit just involves talking to Microsoft. The RAM should be upgraded to 8GB. Your pictures say you have include both a 230W and 400W PSU, which one is it?
  5. Dziugas

    Dziugas Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    230W was just a paper sticked on the back of the computer. Im sure the real is 400W.
  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,114   +732

    Hmm, that is odd. I hope 400W is correct. What resolution do you plan on gaming at?
  7. Dziugas

    Dziugas Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I really want to play on 1920x1080 resolution
  8. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,114   +732

    Ok, your power supply only allows for a GTX 650Ti, which is plenty for 1080P, but may struggle at higher settings: http://goo.gl/gPHna. You may want to buy some new RAM also, check out this site for recommendations: http://goo.gl/95Yh.
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  9. Dziugas

    Dziugas Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have a question: What the difference between theese two video cards : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130840
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-650-Ti-Boost-OC-2GB-GDDR5-2DVI-HDMI-GV-N65TBOC-2GD-/130926347854?pt=PCC_Video_TV_Cards&hash=item1e7bd1864e

    T
    hanks for your help! :)
  10. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,114   +732

    I would have recommended the Gigabyte version of the 650Ti, but they take up more power, and the minimum requirement for the EVGA 650Ti is already 400W. Plus, dont buy computer hardware from eBay :).
    Spykezxp and cliffordcooley like this.
  11. Dziugas

    Dziugas Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Im concerned now. Could I play gta 5 or battlefield 4 with that video card? Do you recommend buying a new pc or should I buy that video card and add 4gb of ram? One guu recommended AMD HD 7850 which is better and my pc will handle?
  12. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    I think a few things definitely need clearing up here...

    The sticker clearly states 230V, V = Volts. The third picture link in your second post confirms you do have a 400W power supply. However, I wouldn't push it to those limits as I'm less than convinced it will handle the full load.

    RAM is useless unless you upgrade to a 64-bit operating system. If you do then 8GB is usually the sweet spot for gaming purposes.

    You need to consider cooling as well. Adding a graphics card is going to increase case temperatures and it's important to ensure you have good air coming into the case as well as exiting it (otherwise the hot air remains trapped in the case and raises temps further).

    Realistically you need to consider a new PSU if your going to get a half decent graphics card. The trouble you now have is a new 64-bit OS (which could be free if JC713 is correct), PSU, RAM, GPU and possibly new fans/case to run it correctly is going to really eat into the budget of a new computer -- which would be much better than what you have now anyway.

    Also, the latest games will need strong performance from a GPU in order to maintain playable framerates at 1080p. This varies from person to person but its generally regarded that the minimum is an average of 50-60 FPS.

    I strongly suspect your PSU is going to be weak point in your setup and a GPU capable of giving you a playable experience at 1080p is likely going to overwhelm your 400W unit.
    JC713, Dziugas and cliffordcooley like this.
  13. Dziugas

    Dziugas Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thank u Leeky and JC713 for your help! :)
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  14. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,114   +732

    No problem, I did not notice the 230V there, thanks Leeky. I think your best bet is a new PC.
    Leeky likes this.
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +97

    I think the main reason for seeing it is because the UK and parts of the EU use 220-240V electric. I think that's why I instantly recognised the difference really.
  16. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,114   +732

    Yeah, I think that is the case also.


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