1. Post #1
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    DoneZ's Avatar
    January 2005
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    Okay so I bought a prebuilt ASUS desktop from Best Buy in June of this year.
    This is the model type if it helps:

    http://www.asus.com/Desktop/Gaming/E...specifications

    I want to upgrade this computer so I can run games like Skyrim and Battlefield 3 if possible. I tried system Requirements Lab before coming here and it said I passed everything, but graphics in both minimum and recommended. I'm hopeful that this means I could just buy a graphics card. Could I replace this graphics card and be set to play?

    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz

    RAM
    8 GB

    OS
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit

    Video Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics Family

    Motherboard
    ASUS P8H67-M

    Also the website for this computer provides these 4 as choices.

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX460 1G
    NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 1G
    NVIDIA GeForce GT430 1G
    NVIDIA GeForce GT420 1G

    Would any of these be good for playing the games I want to? I don't want a card that just runs on minimum settings because I already have a PS3 for that.

    My budget is somewhere between $300 and $400. I'm aiming for best quality, but I'm also aiming to spend as little as possible. I'd really like to find a middle ground between price and quality if possible.
    Also I live in Pennsylvania, USA

    I appreciate any and all help. It might be quite obvious that I have no idea what I'm doing.

  2. Post #2
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    The GTX 460 is the best card out of those choices.
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  3. Post #3
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    The GTX 460 is the best card out of those choices.
    Would that be capable of playing the games I want to play on good settings?

  4. Post #4
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    Would that be capable of playing the games I want to play on good settings?
    You could probably get 30 - 40 FPS on ultra or high settings on BF3, maybes the same for skyrim. Honestly though if I were you if there isn't a warranty on your PC already, just get a GTX 560 ti and a new PSU, But I'm not sure how asus does things in their pre builts.

  5. Post #5
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    January 2005
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    You could probably get 30 - 40 FPS on ultra or high settings on BF3, maybes the same for skyrim. Honestly though if I were you if there isn't a warranty on your PC already, just get a GTX 560 ti and a new PSU, But I'm not sure how asus does things in their pre builts.
    If I get that type of card how can I be sure I'm getting a capable PSU?

    I really appreciate the help. :)

  6. Post #6
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    This PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139027 And this 560 ti Would work great. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127594

    Its pretty simple installing this stuff and you can always ask for help if needed.
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  7. Post #7
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    This PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139027 And this 560 ti Would work great. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127594

    Its pretty simple installing this stuff and you can always ask for help if needed.
    This is great! Its much lower than what I originally thought I needed spend.

  8. Post #8
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    Why do you always recommend Corsair PSUs? Have you only ever built like one computer and so you only ever used a Corsair Builder series PSU? They're not even very good, especially when you can get a Neo Eco 520 in the same price range.

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    Why do you always recommend Corsair PSUs? Have you only ever built like one computer and so you only ever used a Corsair Builder series PSU? They're not even very good, especially when you can get a Neo Eco 520 in the same price range.
    Cause its $46 on sale and the neo eco is out of stock

    Edited:

    Also I just looked at 500w psu's and saw the corsair on sale for $46 so I just picked that.

  10. Post #10
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    Why do you always recommend Corsair PSUs? Have you only ever built like one computer and so you only ever used a Corsair Builder series PSU? They're not even very good, especially when you can get a Neo Eco 520 in the same price range.
    So would I be better off with this PSU?

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    So would I be better off with this PSU?
    The corsair is on sale for $46, you only need like 500w of power and its a pretty decent PSU for the price right now.

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    The corsair is on sale for $46, you only need like 500w of power and its a pretty decent PSU for the price right now.
    Except that Corsair won't provide 500W of power and there are other PSUs in its price range with better features.

    For example this OCZ modXstream provides 30W more on the 12V rail and is also modular while also being only $2 more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341016

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    Except that Corsair won't provide 500W of power and there are other PSUs in its price range with better features.

    For example this OCZ modXstream provides 30W more on the 12V rail and is also modular while also being only $2 more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341016
    I completely missed that one, Well whatever just get the OCZ since garry knows more than I do.

  14. Post #14
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    Except that Corsair won't provide 500W of power and there are other PSUs in its price range with better features.

    For example this OCZ modXstream provides 30W more on the 12V rail and is also modular while also being only $2 more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341016
    Okay if I get this card and PSU will I be good to go?

  15. Post #15
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    Except that Corsair won't provide 500W of power and there are other PSUs in its price range with better features.

    For example this OCZ modXstream provides 30W more on the 12V rail and is also modular while also being only $2 more.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341016
    Would this be able to power all of my stuff from my thread? I'm really just looking for something cheaper right now, because by the time I'm ready to upgrade I will have a job