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What graphic cards will be compatible with my motherboard

Currently my graphics card is hitting the casket, aka dying. I'm just assuming its my graphics card because the other day I was playing The Sims 3, and most of its expansions, when all of a sudden I'm getting artifacts, my pc freezes, and then low and behold a beautiful bsod pops up. I've had two bsod's last year for extra information.


Now onto the reason I'm asking this question. My graphics card is currently a Geforce GT 240 and my motherboard is a AMD 785G? That's what it says on newegg (I bought my pc through Ibuypower but a year ago I found it on newegg)

My budget for a graphics card is $300 obviously I'm hoping for something in the 100-150 but lets face it I'm dreaming on that.

Other information:

AMD Athlon II X4 630(2.8GHz) < Processor

Size of graphics card is very important. I don't have a big tower, my tower is a Apex TX-381 Tower so its not small but its not nearly big enough for these newer graphics cards

Oh, and I also forgot to mention that I play graphic heavy games quite often, but the most I play is The Sims 3 which is known to be graphic hungry and horrible (I still play it for fun) but I need a graphics card that's gonna be able to handle it.
I also play LOL (League of legends)

Those two games are my top priority.
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  1. The most important spec needed is the PSU size. Can you read the nameplate of the side of the PSU? If so, what is the rating of the +12V rail(s)? Your MB has a PCIe X16 slot. It can use any card that fits the slot.

    Most OEM PCs can handle the GTX 750/750 Ti. It is the fastest card you can buy that does not need a 6 pin power cable.

    Example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487024
  2. The only 12v I could find was Dc output +3.3v +5v +12v1 +12v2 -12v +5vSB

    Ac input 115v/230v 10.7a\6.2a 50Hz\60Hz

    MAX combined Watt 24A 32A 21A 22A 0.6A 2.0A

    Max peak 700w
  3. If I interpret that info correctly (?) you have 2 x +12 volt rails rated at 21 amp and 22 amp. That makes it suitable for a fairly good card up to a point. But the old Athlon II X4 will limit what you'd want to invest in anyway, because it will start to bottle neck a gfx card once you go past a certain size.

    This is what I would recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600481061%20600487565&IsNodeId=1&name=GeForce%20GTX%20750%20Ti
    The GTX 750 Ti at the low end, the R9-270 at the upper end. Open your case and measure from the back expansion slot cover to the first obstruction you come to (probably the drive cage). Do this in the area that the PCIe X16 slot is. Then check against the length of the card you choose to be sure it fits. Or measure and let me know the length.

    Does your power supply have at least one PCIe 6/8 pin power cable to feed the card?
  4. OK. You have the necessary PCIe cable. See the one marked "PCI express"? That's the one you will have to unwrap to plug into the new card. The R9-270 needs more power than what is provided by the slot alone.

    It looks like your hard drive is in a bad position. It is blocking quite a bit of the room a longer gfx card would need. You can either move it to another bay, or decide on one of the shorter GTX 750 Ti cards. They won't need the PCIe power cable either.
  5. Do the shorter ones have less power? I don't mind moving the harddrive up a few. I just want to know the difference on the short and regular? I also would like to know if I chose the Evga 750 would I be able to actually use it.
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    Of course you'll actually be able to use it. Do you think I was suggesting cards you wouldn't be able to use?

    The R9-270 is typical of the length that cards of that class are. The reason the 750 Ti is sometimes in a shorter package, is because it is of the new Maxwell design. Smaller die, cooler running. Nvidia can package it in a smaller assembly for tight conditions like HTPCs. The R9-270 will out perform it in most games, though. But the 750 Ti is no slouch.

    If you don't mind moving the HDD to another bay, the R9-290 looks like it will fit. None of the 270s I linked to measure over 10.5" long. It looks like you have at least that much room. But if you want to measure, go from where the red circuit board of your old card touches the back of the case... to the edge of the drive bay that will be empty when you move the HDD. It's not difficult.
  7. Edit: I must have had typo fatigue when I was typing that above. Obviously when I was typing R9-270, I was referring to the R7-270. I have no idea why I typed R9-290. But again I meant R7-270. Sorry for the confusion.
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