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Graphics Card Advice

#1ArrrkPosted 10/4/2013 6:25:39 AM
Hey everyone. I bought Minecraft a couple of days ago, and the FPS isn't quite what I'd hoped. The guys over at the Minecraft Board indicated my graphics card is the problem (which I kind of expected).

Problem is, while I do have the cash lying around to buy a half-decent graphics card, do I really need one? I'm not a PC Gamer, and I doubt I'll ever play anything (on this PC at least) other than Minecraft.

Ideally, I'd like to be able to play with at least 30FPS on full screen mode, with a few mods running too.

What Graphics Cards do you recommend for this purpose?

My current specs are:

Windows 8
AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition
8GB RAM
Nvidia GeForce 8200
64 Bit
Zalman 500w Resonant Switching High Efficiency Power Supply
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#2SlaynPosted 10/4/2013 6:29:13 AM
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-2.html
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#3Arrrk(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 6:51:02 AM
That would do everything I wanted?

Also, is it too good? I don't need it to run anything other than Minecraft.
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#4NicodimusPosted 10/4/2013 6:56:08 AM
I would think the 7770 (or even the 7750 which is like $80 now) would be your best bet.

Also, just so you know, Minecraft in particular is a very CPU-intensive game, so if you slap in a new video card and it's still chugging along, it's probably the CPU holding it back.
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#5Arrrk(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 7:28:52 AM
Really? I thought my CPU was pretty good. I know it's a few years old now, but I thought it was more than enough.

I don't know a lot about Graphics Cards, but the ones you suggested seem to be more powerful than I need. I can afford them, but I really don't want to be spending more money than necessary.

I guess I need someone to break it down for an idiot like me; Budget Card A will run Minecraft, slightly more expensive Card B will run it well, etc
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#6NicodimusPosted 10/4/2013 7:34:50 AM(edited)
Your CPU may be fine. I was just alerting you to the fact that Minecraft in particular is very CPU-intensive.

If you're balking at the 7770, just grab the 7750 for $80 and be done with it. I actually used the 7750 until a few months ago, and it delivers tremendous bang-for-the-buck. It also needs no external power connections, unlike most cards.

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Radeon-Express-Graphics-R7750-PMD2GD3/dp/B009SPJ8FG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


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#7Rolen47Posted 10/4/2013 7:34:44 AM
Your CPU is fine for Minecraft. I've played it at 60 fps with a Core 2 Duo E4500 and a Radeon HD 5570.
#8Arrrk(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 8:32:59 AM
I'm probably just over-thinking this whole thing and sounding ungrateful, (I'm really not,) but even that 7750 looks to be too good. I know Minecraft is deceptive when it comes to what it needs to run well, but 2GB of Ram in a graphics card? Surely that's overkill.
I don't want to pay more, for the ability to play games that I never will.

Just in case you skimmed or missed my first post; I don't play games on my PC so I don't need a graphics card that can run Battlefield or Crysis anything like that. I simply want to have a steady FPS rate of around 30, with a few mods installed.


If that 7750 really is the card for me, just tell me to shut my face and go buy it.
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#9NicodimusPosted 10/4/2013 8:51:07 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graphics-100323-2L/dp/B0086ZV2L2/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Maybe that one?
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#10Arrrk(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2013 8:57:25 AM
Haha, oh wow! I live in the UK and that one is nearly double the price of the 7750 here!

I don't mind dropping 10 bucks here or there if the difference is worth it, so ideally, if I'm not going to find anything competent at around half the price of the 7750, I may as well just buy that.
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