UPDATING GRAPHICS CARD

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shine_on27
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Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:23 pm

HI, help!
currently have motherboard biostar a880g+ with a amd phenom x4 core, running at 3.4ghz,
6meg ram, uprated fan, and now wish to improve the graphic card that is now a radeon 4750.
how high a spec of card can i go?
is a radeon 7850 too much?
help..
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Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:28 pm

The specs of the card you can use depend more on your power supply than on your motherboard/processor. Most games are GPU-intensive, not CPU-intensive. Even a 7850 cannot fully utilize the PCIexpress 2.0 so your board is not limiting that card.

What brand/model is your power supply?
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Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:57 pm

power supply is 500watts normal max 530watts cant remember the makers name but bronze? sound right?
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:55 pm

bronze is a qualification not a brand. the brand is important because an el cheapo 500W supply will not be enough where a good branded one will do the job. please find the make and the model.
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Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:50 pm

power supply make: fsp group "bluestorm" bronze 500. this has a good review in the press is it ok?
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Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:38 am

Ostor and CapXcon capacitors... I don't expect it to last long, about 5 years will be the maximum because of the use of low-end capacitors.

If you have the budget and it is already past 3 years old, replace it with a new unit from a decent brand like OCZ, Corsair or Seasonic. The reason is the capacitors in your current PSU already have deteriorated enough to lower the maximum output by about 30% and 350W is not going to be enough for your new planned card.
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Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:46 pm

thank you: will let you know how it go's
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