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When running Euro Truck Simulator 2 on medium graphics settings my CPU was at about 20%, my RAM was at about 60% and my GPU was at 100%.

I would like to achieve 30 FPS on high on games like Kerbal Space Program, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Spintires and Cities: Skylines.

Currently I achieve between 15 and 20 FPS in Euro Truck Simulator 2 on medium graphics with shadows turned off.

Spintires is about the same as ETS2 on similar settings.

I also got between 9 and 11 FPS on the Racecraft Techdemo on 40% graphics.

All of my drivers are up up date, however my PC is full of dust and I have just ordered some compressed air to clean it.

My specs are:

  • Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

  • CPU Intel Core i5 2320 @ 3.00GHz
    Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology

  • RAM 4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)

  • Motherboard Dell Inc. 0GDG8Y (CPU 1)

  • Graphics Acer S191HQL (1366x768@60Hz) 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 6450 (Unknown)

  • Storage 465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AAKX-753CA1 ATA Device (SATA)
    465GB Samsung M3 Portable USB Device (USB (SATA))

  • Optical Drives HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GH70N ATA Device

  • Audio AMD High Definition Audio Device

I benchmarked my PC with NovaBench and these were the results:

4079 MB System RAM (Score: 149)

  • RAM Speed: 11018 MB/s

CPU Tests (Score: 436)

  • Floating Point Operations/Second: 102394996
  • Integer Operations/Second: 373006004
  • MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1045838

Graphics Tests (Score: 63)

  • 3D Frames Per Second: 204

Hardware Tests (Score: 30)

  • Primary Partition Capacity: 450 GB
  • Drive Write Speed: 68 MB/s

What GPU should I buy that's compatible with these specifications, that will allow me to run said games?

I am on a quite a tight budget and can only spend around £100 ($150 USD)

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    Honestly, with tax and everything, 100 GBP is more like 100 USD, in terms of buying power, even though the exchange rates say otherwise. – timuzhti Nov 24 '15 at 2:45
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    I know the original question referred to purchasing a GFX card and the 750ti suggested by @Peter Zhu will fit the bill, however I do think there is one necessary upgrade. For a very small price you can bump up your RAM from 4GB to 8GB, a couple of these will work a treat for a relatively low price as well. – JostySpoons Nov 24 '15 at 10:17
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A GTX 750 or a GTX 750 Ti would suit your needs. Buying a GPU better then the GTX 750 Ti would make your CPU a bottleneck and anything lower than a GTX 750 wouldn't satisfy your needs. Try to get a GTX 750 Ti if it's within your budget (it should be), if not, get a GTX 750. The GTX 750 ti would be good enough to run modern games at low settings and less demanding games at medium or high settings.

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    I have found the 750 ti for £95, This seems like it would be perfect for my setup. Thanks. :) – Callum Jenner Nov 22 '15 at 21:17
  • This is good stuff, but please remember that you should also provide a synopsis of each bit of hardware you recommend, and how it meets the asker's needs. It may help to split this into one answer per recommendation. Please edit this answer to include those details. Thanks. – ArtOfCode Nov 24 '15 at 22:51

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