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upgrading my videocard

#1DarlordvaderPosted 12/4/2013 2:52:50 PM
Hey guys, built a pretty basic build last year when my tax refund came in and over the last few months i've found that a lot of the newer games coming out have been giving me a hard time mainly because my video card isn't really up to snuff. i was wondering if anyone could give me any advice for a decent upgrade, something i won't really have to worry about for at least the next year and a half. here are my current specs:

gpu: gt640
cpu: intel core i7-2600 cpu @3.40Ghz
memory: 8gb ram
motherboard: asrockz77 extreme 4
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#2tiger8191Posted 12/4/2013 4:09:35 PM
What's your budget?
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#3Darlordvader(Topic Creator)Posted 12/4/2013 6:04:08 PM
if it's something that's going to last me a decent amount of time i wouldn't mind spending between 400-500, but i was really thinking somewhere between 200-400 max
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#4redrum187Posted 12/5/2013 11:16:53 AM
for 400$ i would get a AMD R9 290 or for around 300$ either the AMD R9 280X or Nvidia GTX770.
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#5killkountPosted 12/5/2013 6:29:39 PM
R9 290 :)
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#6CrimsonkainxPosted 12/6/2013 12:35:56 AM
Check your power supply before upgrading your GPU. The 640 specs recommend a 300W-350W power supply depending on the model.
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt640/specifications

AMD's site either didn't list specifics or I couldn't find them, but Sapphire's site recommends a 750W supply.
http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1227&pid=2044&psn=&lid=1&leg=0#
#7Darlordvader(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 12:40:15 AM
i'm using a 520 watt power supply at the moment, when i built my rig i figured i may need something strong for upgrading in the future
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#8Darlordvader(Topic Creator)Posted 12/9/2013 12:36:03 AM
i've been thinking about it a bit, would an nvidia gtx 770 be supported by my current build or would i have to upgrade other things as well? off the top of my head i think the card will need a stronger psu, about a 600 watt maybe?
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#9CrimsonkainxPosted 12/9/2013 5:07:47 PM
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-770/specifications

NVIDIA recommends a minimum 600W supply for that model.