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Best bet for a Mid-High Graphics card?- Upgrading

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October 18, 2008 11:03:30 PM

Hey guys, I'm new to the forums so bear with me. I have an Acer Aspire T180 (not exactly epic, I know) so first of all, here are main specs:

2 GB Ram
AMD Athlon 64 3800+
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Integrated
Vista Premium
PSU=250W
MiniTower

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.

Thanks,
matt
October 19, 2008 1:21:30 AM

The antec 500w looks great, thanks for your advice!
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a b U Graphics card
October 19, 2008 1:28:08 AM

for $140 you can pick up a good 420 W PSU and a Radeon 4670. Its a discreet card (not passive) Requires no additional power other then PCI-E. Runs just shy of a Radeon 4850.

I have one in my second rig, it works great.
October 19, 2008 1:46:09 AM

Yea the 4670 looks nice, I'm not sure where you get them from at that price though, links would be nice :) 

Thanks!
October 19, 2008 1:51:01 AM

8800GT and a new PSU
October 19, 2008 10:09:05 PM

Thanks, Ill get a new PSU and I'm leaning towards a 3850 or an 8800gt, just need to decide on which one. ;) 
October 20, 2008 3:42:36 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
October 20, 2008 7:02:26 PM

zx, you can get the 4670, performs better then the 3850 check the link I put above less then $100...
October 20, 2008 7:23:41 PM

^^^^^^ Both cards should perform equally
October 20, 2008 7:36:22 PM

go for 4670
October 20, 2008 7:38:14 PM

newegg doesn't ship to the UK unfortunately. Im sure I can find a UK alternative somewhere..
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