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Best and cheapest way to upgrade my graphics?

#1RaikouenPosted 8/8/2014 2:06:50 PM
I have a desktop with a AMD 8970HD, and my computer says it is by far my weakest link.

I am possibly looking into upgrading, but I don't want to spend a lot of money to do so. Anyone recommend some good and rather cheap upgrades to consider?
#2returnofbeansPosted 8/8/2014 2:09:08 PM
3 things that are most important. whats your processor, whats your power supply and whats your budget.
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#3YeonGoaPosted 8/8/2014 2:11:51 PM
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#4Raikouen(Topic Creator)Posted 8/8/2014 2:21:52 PM
returnofbeans posted...
3 things that are most important. whats your processor, whats your power supply and whats your budget.

1. My processor is AMD A10-7850k Radeon R7, 12 Compute Cores 4C+8G 3.70 (copy/paste from my computer spec sheet on Windows)

2. I honestly don't know this as I didn't build the computer. However, I believe my friend said he was putting a 500W, but I could be wrong. I will have to check that out.

3. I just don't want it to be expensive. Say, no more than $80?

My trouble is running Skyrim can get laggy even on Medium settings, and upon investigation I came to realize my graphics card wasn't exactly up for that task. So I essentially want to be able to run Skyrim on at least medium well as well as be able to have no problems running games like Battlefield when I get around to purchasing them.
#5link510Posted 8/8/2014 2:42:47 PM

I don't know how well it works, but you can crossfire that with your APU (which is your CPU/GPU). Right in budget, probably your best bet.
#6AltmadragonPosted 8/8/2014 3:10:24 PM
Save up more money, best and smartest advice for you in the long run.
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#7SchoolRumblePosted 8/8/2014 3:10:31 PM
Intead of wasting 80 bucks on a crap card why not just save for another week?
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#8Loserman15Posted 8/8/2014 3:11:52 PM
I'd say a GTX 750 or a GTX 750 ti would do the most for you.

the 7850K is not a bad processor, at all.
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#9QuestofChosenPosted 8/8/2014 3:14:50 PM
Isn't the 8970 just a OEM rebrand of the 7970? If it is then the CPU is actually the weakest link.
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#10GoIrish80Posted 8/8/2014 3:18:40 PM
The words "best" and "cheapest" rarely go well together.

Spending $80 on a GPU is a waste. Save your money for a while and come back to it when you're able to buy something that will prevent you from being in this same position again 6 months from now.