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Friend is gonna start saving up for graphics card. List best bang for the buck.

#1zxelmanPosted 8/31/2013 8:26:06 AM(edited)
List the best bang for the buck GPUs. He's not looking for top-notch performance/graphics card that's gonna max everything. Just something that's better than his integrated AMD Radeon HD 6530D.

It would be nice if there was also a good bang for the buck around the $100 price range as well if there's one that's better than his current one.

Also, with the graphics card, he's probably gonna need a better PSU. So list some good ones as well if you can.
#2Flaktrooper123Posted 8/31/2013 8:28:24 AM
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html
#3NicodimusPosted 8/31/2013 8:31:11 AM(edited)
For a cheap GPU, I liked the Radeon 7750. I think it's $80 or $90 now.

Best bang for the buck IMO would be either the Radeon 7870 or the GTX 760. Totally depends on what you're willing to spend, but for the money, those two cards give you a lot.

As long as you stay away from cheap PSUs from no-name companies, you should be fine. What card you get may also dictate which PSU you need, so you need to decide that first.

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#4zxelman(Topic Creator)Posted 8/31/2013 8:39:21 AM(edited)
Alright. How do I know if a 7770 AMD graphics card and a PSU is compatible with my friend's case/motherboard? pcpartpicker?

This is a store-bought tower if that changes anything.
#5zxelman(Topic Creator)Posted 8/31/2013 9:09:37 AM(edited)
This is essentially what he got about 2 or so years ago, but they updated the graphics card and maybe the processor. Everything else seems to be about the same.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Pavilion+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/9965618.p?id=1219043968376&skuId=9965618&st=hp%20desktop&cp=3&lp=4#tab=specifications

Would a 7770 and a new PSU be compatible?
#6NicodimusPosted 8/31/2013 10:16:01 AM
zxelman posted...
This is essentially what he got about 2 or so years ago, but they updated the graphics card and maybe the processor. Everything else seems to be about the same.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Pavilion+Desktop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive/9965618.p?id=1219043968376&skuId=9965618&st=hp%20desktop&cp=3&lp=4#tab=specifications

Would a 7770 and a new PSU be compatible?


As long as that motherboard has a PCIe x16 slot, it should be fine. Pretty much all modern PCs have at least one of them. Power supplies are fairly universal, although the length of the unit can vary a little bit, so if you have a small case you don't want to get one so big that it bumps into other things in the case.
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