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    Default Video Card Recommendations?

    I got a "new" computer a couple days ago. quad core i5 3.20ghz 64bit.

    it's only weak spot is the current GPU being just a Nvidia GTX 745.

    I want to upgrade it. I am looking at things between $200 to $300 Canadian. I see many 4gb GDDR5 cards within that range.

    I went inside the box today, and was able to confirm that the power supply is only 460W.

    I also saw that the PS only has what I think are 6pin connectors.



    Recommendations that will fit within my budget and with the current PS are welcome. Oh, and lastly, HDMI output is a must, also if audio can also be put through that same HDMI out, that'd be a plus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScanDisk View Post
    Oh, and lastly, HDMI output is a must, also if audio can also be put through that same HDMI out, that'd be a plus.
    By definition, HDMI includes audio.
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    yeah, I am aware that both audio and video can go through HDMI. Though video card wise I am not sure if all video cards would also put audio through, being they are meant for video.

    The gtx 745 does have audio pass through.
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    Very Very old Nvidia graphics cards needed a cable from the built in audio (digital audio out) to a plug on the Graphics card for audio in HDMI to work (Geforce 8800/9800 series for example). Anything ATI from the HD series days had audio when using a DVI to HDMI adapter (and some needed special adapters as well).

    Anyway I have a 4gb RX580 and I like it. Gefroce cards seem to be more expensive for same gaming ability. I think that card needs 500W supply minimum system spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScanDisk View Post
    yeah, I am aware that both audio and video can go through HDMI. Though video card wise I am not sure if all video cards would also put audio through, being they are meant for video.

    The gtx 745 does have audio pass through.
    This would be a very good upgrade for your system as it was top tier just a few years back before the 1080's took over:

    https://www.amazon.com/Nvidia-GeForc...rds=nvidia+980.

    Shop for a slightly better price and possibly a 980 TI. What ever way you go, ensure that your P/S is up to the task.

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    The GTX 745 is a budget (OEM) card not meant for gaming. Memory bandwidth for DDR3 is below 30GB/sec.

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    This doesn't require any extra power connections, only needs a 300W PS, and I've seen positive reviews of it.

    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...64444&CatId=28
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