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Thinking of a video card upgrade

#1YelsinPosted 12/6/2013 8:36:24 AM
Its been a good 5 years since I've upgraded my PC, so I was thinking that a small video card upgrade was in order. I don't have enough to upgrade the entire PC, so I will have to choose subject to the limitations of my older PSU and motherboard. Its a 500W PSU and an Abit IP35E (which has a PCIE 1.0 x16 slot and about 10-10.5" of room for a GPU, I think).

Can you guys please recommend something along these lines? I would think most of these cards would fall around the $100 mark? Even if they don't, I wouldn't want to go too far away from that price range.

#2maybecallsPosted 12/6/2013 9:00:25 AM(edited)
The AMD 7770 is pretty good value for money if you don't want to spend much. Which GPU (and CPU) do you currently have installed, though?

EDIT Or maybe even a 7790.
#3Yelsin(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 9:40:36 AM
Thanks, I'll have a look at them.

I currently have a 9600GT. The processor is an E8400.
#4Kokuei05Posted 12/6/2013 9:59:35 AM
Around the HD7770 should be the highest you should go because a bottleneck's going to be apparent. You can go HD7850 after rebate for $100 but a lot of that power will not be used even if you crank up all the GPU intended settings.
#5JockoPosted 12/6/2013 10:44:26 AM
That 7850 for 100 is sold out so I would recommend this 7770 Ghz Edition for 70 after rebate.

The brand Power Color isn't the greatest but it got 4 out of 5 for newegg reviews so I'd say it's worth going for.
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#6maybecallsPosted 12/6/2013 10:48:31 AM
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#7maybecallsPosted 12/6/2013 11:20:16 AM

Noticed it was out of stock.
#8Yelsin(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 10:45:45 PM
7700 it is, then. Thanks, you guys.

Final question, and I'm sorry if this is a stupid one, but are there any driver/compatibility issues with AMD cards that I need to worry about? I remember certain games having issues with them every now and again.
#9Yelsin(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 11:13:33 PM
I also noticed that the 7700 is a PCIE 3.0 card, while my motherboards has only a 1.1 slot. Would this be a problem? I've read that these slots are backwards compatible, but I've also read about instances where manufacturers seem to insist on at least a 2.0 slot.

Also, would it require me to update my BIOS? I'm not sure, but I think the last update that was released for my motherboard was in 2011, so I don't know if it would cover it.
#10Yelsin(Topic Creator)Posted 12/8/2013 10:17:37 PM

Really need an answer to the backwards compatibility question