I'm looking for a good graphics card, mid-high range and I have about £50-70 ($100-$140) to spare. I'd like to play games such as Medieval Total War 2, Mercinaries 2, Supreme Commander, Oblivion smoothly on mid settings (right now I can get 15 fps on all low settings on Obliv- not really playable). So I figured a new graphics card was in order...
My friend has recommended a 8600gt, 9500gt and Ive seen an ATI hd3850 getting good reviews and all have been fairly within my price range. But I'd like some expert help.
Based on what games I like to play, how much I've got to spend and what my pc can physically handle, can you recommend me a graphics card?
Will I need another/better power supply? If you do recommend a card how much memory should it have? Are there any good threads that I dont know of that might help me? Are the cards I have in mind a little overkill? Could it be something other than a graphics card that I need?
I have a spare full tower if a new PSU is needed as miniTowers are more difficult to upgrade, apparently.
You definately need a new psu. 250 watts? Thatll die on you with any upgrades. Get something like 500w. As for video card, buy a used one cheap. x1950pro appears to be the best for $50 or less. If you have $100, theres hd3850 or hd4670.