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    picking a new graphics card for a small tower

    hey i brought an acer aspire x3300, i regret buying now as someone told me its very hard to upgrade them as its a mini tower.

    I havnt been playing many games, but i was hoping to buy star wars the old republic and wondered if there are any cards available that are good enought and fit in a minitower.

    I have the nvidea GeForce 8200 atm if that helps. I dont mind spending alot of money as long it works well.
    Also if i buy a new one, will i need to upgrage anything else like my power supply or anything?

    Any help possible in picking one out would be great! thanks alot
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    One of the common questions someone is going to ask is what is the amp rating of the PSU? You should see this on the PSU's sticker.

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    ah sorry my power supply is 220W

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    Welcome to TechIMO!

    That's not what he is asking for.
    That is the total watts, and that won't support any kind of upgrade.

    He was looking for the total 12v amps, and that is on the label

    It has to be a low profile card, so you are limited
    This would get you just above the min, if you had a 350 watt power supply.
    Newegg.com - MSI R4350-MD1GD3H/LP Radeon HD 4350 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card

    This and a 450watt power supply is what you need for high settings.
    BUT you need a new case also, as nothing like this comes in low profile.
    Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

    Depending on your CPU, it may bottleneck that card also.

    It's about $500 for a new system, that would run that GTX460, if you can reuse you drives

    What exact CPU do you have?
    What is you max budget.


    If that CPU is good enough, maybe get a new case, Power supply, and a GTX460.
    Maybe in the $250 range.
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    SWTOR will be a very CPU intensive game, so you'll want a fast CPU for it, along with a good budget to mid range GPU, the GTX 460 listed will be more than enough for that game and then some. But you could get away with something cheaper as well, Radeon 6670, 6750, 6770 or Geforce GTS 450/GTX 550 Ti.

    most MMO type games are highly CPU dependent, where as more traditional Multiplayer games are GPU and a well balance between GPU and CPU power.

    Another genre that is usually a bit more CPU dependent is RTS games, though some 3D RTS games can really tax a systems GPU as well, when you have thousands of units on the screen duking it out in 3D graphics, animations and explosions, it can be really taxing.

    but for games like SWTOR, WoW, and others, its more CPU intensive than GPU, but not to say you should skimp on the GPU either.
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    I was going by these specs

    Star Wars: The Old Republic System Requirements and Star Wars: The Old Republic requirements for PC Games

    I was guessing by those specs the 6670 would only get you half way to high settings, but as you know, I'm not a gamer.

    I was using Passmark as a sliding scale.
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    6670 should be closer to recommended, its easily more than double the 7900GTX listed.
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    Or buy a full-sized case, transfer the PC to that, and you can pick full sized cards if you need to.

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    But the recommended is a HD5850 1 gig, or a GTX465. Aren't those close to a 6670?

    What am I missing here?
    Are the GD adjusted requirements, all you need?
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    I'm not sure what GD's adjusted requirements are, unless its what they think is reasonable to run the game, where minimum might be just enough to run it, but their adjusted might be whats needed to play the game decently. but a 5850 and GTX 465 should be quite a bit better than a 6670.

    Keep in mind, Recommended is usually for top end settings, or close to max settings for most games, to play them decently.
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