I'm a console gamer, but I've been thinking about testing the PC gaming waters. I was wondering if anybody on here could suggest a decent Graphics card for me. I have a Gateway DX4780 with an Intel HD graphics card, so I wanted to upgrade to something that would allow me to play PC games at moderate settings.
If I like the experience, I'll probably buy a gaming PC or build my own next year. I was looking at this GTX 660, but any suggestioons would be greatly appreciated.
My PC Specs
|Warranty Terms - Parts||1 year limited|
|Warranty Terms - Labor||1 year limited|
|Processor||Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i5||(Also known as the CPU). The part of the computer that interprets and executes instructions. Think of it as the brain of the computer.|
|Processor Speed||3.0GHz (3.3GHz with Turbo Boost)||How fast a computer processor carries out instructions. In general, faster is better, but processor speeds across brands may not be equivalent (i.e., a 3.0GHz AMD processor may not be the same speed as a 3.0GHz Intel processor).|
|Cache Memory||6MB||A small segment of memory that stores frequently used information for fast access by the processor, improving response time.|
|System Memory (RAM)||8GB||The memory a computer uses to run its operating system, applications and active data files. Greater amounts of RAM improve speed and enable more applications to run at once.|
|System Memory (RAM) Expandable To||16GB||Maximum amount of memory a computer can support (as opposed to the amount that comes preinstalled).|
|Type of Memory (RAM)||DDR3|
|Hard Drive Type||SATA (7200 rpm)||Hard drives are classified based on the interface they use to connect to a computer. Common interfaces for internal hard drives include EIDE, PATA (also known as, ATA and IDE), SATA and SCSI. Common interfaces for external hard drives include USB 2.0, FireWire and eSATA.|
|Hard Drive Size||1TB||Capacity for storing programs, photos, video, music and other electronic information. Hard drive capacities range from a few gigabytes to several hundred.|
|Graphics||Intel® HD||Type of graphics (video) adapter (usually built into the motherboard), identified by manufacturer and model.|
|Video Memory||Shared||Manages display functions, including screen refresh rates, resolution and color. The more video memory a computer has, the better graphics and video will look.|
|Audio||High-definition with 5.1-channel surround sound support|
|Network Card||Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)||Allows a computer to connect to a network either by using cables (Ethernet) or wireless technology (IEEE 802.11).|
|Wireless Networking||Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN|
|Recordable DVD Drive||Yes, double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW||Drive that can read CDs and DVDs, as well as write and rewrite CDs and various types of DVDs.|
|Recordable DVD Drive Speeds||8x DVD+R DL; 8x DVD-R DL; 16x8x16 DVD+RW; 16x6x16 DVD-RW; 5x DVD-RAM; 48x32x40 CD-RW||Maximum write (DVD±R), rewrite (DVD±RW) and read (DVD-ROM) speeds of the DVD±RW drive.|
|Digital Media Reader or Slots||Yes, digital media card reader|
|Available Expansion Slots||1 PCI Express x16, 2 PCI Express x1||For digital cameras and digital audio players: Slots that allow the addition of a removable memory card, such as Secure Digital or CompactFlash, to increase storage capacity.
For computers: Slots on the motherboard that accept sound cards, video cards, memory and other upgrade cards.
|USB 2.0 Ports||2 USB 3.0 (rear); 6 USB 2.0 (2 front, 4 rear)||Ports that allow high-speed (up to 480 Mbps) data transfer between compatible devices.|
|Keyboard Description||Multimedia||Indicates design, functionality or connection features. Some keyboards offer special buttons for gaming or multimedia use, while other keyboards include features such as illumination or wireless connectivity.|
|Other Control Devices (mouse, etc.)||Optical mouse|
|Operating System Platform||Windows|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Home Premium||The master software that controls hardware functions and provides a platform on top of which any software applications will run. Commonly used systems include Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X for computers and Palm OS and Microsoft Windows Mobile for PDAs.|
|System Version||64-bit||The terms "32-bit" and "64-bit" refer to the way a computer's processor (CPU) handles information. A 64-bit operating system handles large amounts of system memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.
Most software programs designed for a 32-bit operating system will work on the 64-bit version, with the exception of many antivirus programs. However, if a program is designed for a 64-bit operating system, it is not backwards-compatible with a 32-bit version.
Device drivers designed for a 32-bit system will not work on computers running a 64-bit operating system. Similarly, drivers designed for a 64-bit system will not work with a 32-bit version.
|Software Included||CyberLink PowerDVD; Nero 10 Essentials; Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and more|
|ENERGY STAR Qualified||No|
|Best Buy PC App||No|