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Decent Graphics Card for Gaming on Windows 8?

  1. #1


    Seattle, WA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Decent Graphics Card for Gaming on Windows 8?


    So I currently have an NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT graphics card, it it works pretty well for the games I play. However, Sonic Generations (a game I purchased through a Steam game sale), runs slowly and gets anywhere from 18-11 frames per second. Even on it's lowest quality settings and lowest resolution (720 x 480 @ 29Hz) it's still a tad slow.

    Any suggestions on an upgrade? I have a budget...I mean, I'm a college student, after all...

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  2. #2


    Two things:

    You might get more responses if you gave a budget for the card.

    Your 300W power supply is a bit weak for most significant upgrades. For example, Sapphire (www.sapphiretech.com) requires a 400W PSU for their cards that don't use any auxiliary PCI-E power connectors. If you need to swap the PSU, stay with the respected manufacturers (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic are usually recommended, but there are others.)
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  3. #3


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    Two things:

    You might get more responses if you gave a budget for the card.

    Your 300W power supply is a bit weak for most significant upgrades. For example, Sapphire (www.sapphiretech.com) requires a 400W PSU for their cards that don't use any auxiliary PCI-E power connectors. If you need to swap the PSU, stay with the respected manufacturers (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic are usually recommended, but there are others.)
    Thank you very much, you have given me just the information I need! I just didn't know where to start.

    I guess my question is, what is the "cheapest" 400W PSU I could purchase, and then say, could I get a good graphics card (like Sapphire) for around $80-$140?
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  4. #4


    Where The Wild Things Are...
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    Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8 Pro


    Hey,

    Depends where your shopping, you can get a 400-750 watts PSU for around $25-75 (Cool Master, Corsair, Ultra etc). Also just because 400 is recommended doesn't mean you should get directly 400, if I was you I'd get a bit more possibly a 550-650 watts.

    As far as graphics card goes, it really depends on the type of games you are going to be playing? Within your prince range you can get almost any 1GB video card that Sapphire (if that's the make you want to go with) provides.
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  5. #5


    You may get suggestions to go for more margin in the PSU, but this one is a good deal at the moment:

    Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    (Corsair CX430, $40, free shipping.)

    There's a $20 rebate on it, which expires today (presumably at midnight PST).

    For a card, $100 will get you a card based on the AMD Radeon HD 7750, or the nVidia Geforce GTX 550ti.

    Comparison:

    AnandTech - Bench - GPU12

    The 550ti may be slightly superior for some games. The 7750 consumes less power, and runs cooler. I slightly prefer NVidia's drivers, but I have used AMD/ATI cards as well. For the 550ti, this one is the least expensive:

    Newegg.com - MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    MSI is a good manufacturer, but others are good too (Asus, eVGA, etc.). For the 7750, I might choose a card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory rather than 2GB of DDR3, but I'd have to look at that some more before deciding. (The DDR5 has a claimed equivalent bandwidth of 4.5 GHz. GGDR3, 1.6 GHz.)

    1GB GDDR5:

    Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( 11202-00-20G)

    2GB GDDR3:

    Newegg.com - 100357-2GL Radeon HD 7750 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card

    As I don't play a lot of games, others may offer more personal advice.
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  6. #6


    San Diego, CA
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    Windows 10 Tech Preview 10041 x64


    You should also look around at any local computer stores as you may be able to get a pretty good deal. I was just able to snatch up a Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 256 bit card for $70 from a local store here, and it will play anything I throw at it on high settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackroseMD1 View Post
    You should also look around at any local computer stores as you may be able to get a pretty good deal. I was just able to snatch up a Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 256 bit card for $70 from a local store here, and it will play anything I throw at it on high settings.
    That's a good price, better than Newegg offers for such a card. The card was high-end for the previous generation of AMD cards. It's better than the 7750 or 550ti.

    It needs a slightly larger PSU (>500W, according to Sapphire) than the cards I suggested.
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  8. #8


    GTX 560 $139.99 Newegg.com

    That one will do well for you. I'm running a 460 and it hasn't given me a reason to upgrade yet.
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  9. #9


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thank you, bobkn, Nicholas, blackroseMD1, and phillipduran! This has given me plenty of options. Appreciate it.
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  10. #10


    San Diego, CA
    Posts : 178
    Windows 10 Tech Preview 10041 x64


    No problem man. Good luck!
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