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Video Card Recommendations?

ScanDisk

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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.

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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.
 

ScanDisk

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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.
 

Unknown_K

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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.
 

Agent Orange

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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.

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-GeFor...TF8&qid=1532901305&sr=8-5&keywords=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.
 

Unknown_K

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

raw performance
Shading units 384
Texture mapping units 24
Render output processors 16
Pixel rate 16.53 GPixel/s
Texture rate 24.79 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 793.3 GFLOPS
 
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