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Video card for 300W PSU

06 September 2012 - 01:34 PM

I need a little help guys. Bought a cheap PC for the father-n-law. Turns out the nephew would like to play Minecraft:

Minecraft Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU : Intel P4/NetBurst Architecture or its AMD Equivalent (AMD K7)
  • RAM : 2GB
  • GPU : Intel GMA 950 or AMD Equivalent
  • HDD : At least 90MB for Game Core and Sound Files
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 or up is required to be able to run the game.

Minecraft Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU : Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
  • RAM : 4GB
  • GPU : GeForce 6xxx or ATI Radeon 9xxx and up with OpenGL 2 Support (Excluding Integrated Chipsets)
  • HDD : 150MB
The PC is I bought was pretty cheap and basic:

  • Windows 7 Home Prem 64-bit.
  • Asus P8H61-MX motherboard
  • Intel Celeron Dual Core 2.7GHz
  • 500GB HD
  • 4GB ram
  • 300w PSU

I got Minecraft running on low settings but it's pretty sluggish. Unfortunately the PC came with no graphics card. I was wondering if you guys could help me source a graphics card for the 16x PCI-E slot, capable of running Minecraft smoothly but that will run on a 300w PSU?

Any suggestions would really help and be appreciated.

Overclocking my rig

31 May 2012 - 07:52 AM

In reference to my old thread:

Old Thread

I've tried upping my FSB Frequency by 15. However as soon as I do so and run a stress test with OCCT, the tests stops 3 minutes in as it's hit the 80oC limit. I've been reading through the old thread and some posters are suggesting it should be getting temps of below 50oC under load and I should be able to squeeze 5Ghz out my processor. I have:

  • Intel Dual Core E8500 Wolfdale
  • Arctic cooling freezer 7 pro

Can anyone tell me if I should be able achieve those temperatures?
Should I really be able to squeeze 5Ghz out my CPU and
Can anyone given me any idea why my CPU is running so hot so quickly?

Measure grahics card performance

27 May 2012 - 04:20 AM

How do you measure a graphics card performance while playing BF3 for example?

I have ordered a new card but I would like to find our how my current 4870 is performing in game as I get serious stuttering and lag. It's quite possible my E8500 is the problem. Is this possible to measure the GPU and/or the CPU in game??

2Gb card or 1gb?

24 May 2012 - 01:41 PM

I currently got a Sapphire 4870 Vapor X 1Gb card installed. Looking to upgrade.

I was looking at the Sapphire 11179-09-20G HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 Graphics Card from Amazon UK

But I've been advised I'd be better with a 2Gb graphics card as I'm running 8Gb of ram on Windows 7 64x.

Can anyone advise if this is true and if so what card I should go for. Budget is £125 maximum.

Thanks guys.

Windows 7 score

26 October 2011 - 12:41 PM

My rig scores a lowly Windows 7 rating of 5.9 and really struggles to play games such as Battlefield Bad Company 2.

Can anyone tell me if this is a poor score for my rig?

  • Antec 300 Case & Antec 750w Truepower new
  • Asus P5Q3 Deluxe/WiFi-AP @n
  • Intel core 2 duo E8500 (3.16ghz) socket 775 Wolfdale
  • Corsair 8GB (4x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10666 XMS3 DHX Memory Kit
  • Sapphire Radeon 4870 HDMI Vapor-X 1GB DDR5
  • 500Gb Sata II h/d & 250Gb ide h/d & 1Tb WD notebook h/d
  • Mon-1 Samsung Syncmaster 940BW & Mon-2 Dell Ultrasharp
  • Saitek KB & Sidewinder X8
  • Windows 7 x64 Bit Home Edition