Need help deciding on a card

The graphics card in my wife's machine died the other day and I need to buy a new one for it, but I am a bit unsure as to what I should buy.

The most demanding thing she uses her machine for, is Warhammer Online, so it doesn't HAVE to be a powerhouse card.

Thing is, I have narrowed it down to 2 very different cards, where one is a mid-range card and the other is a High range (I would say anyway) and the expensive one seems to be the best buy actually.

The expensive card is this:

The cheap one is this:

My problem is that I am not sure whether the Radeon card will actually be to much for her machine and that it will be a bottleneck when it comes to performance.

The specs of her machine are:

Operating System: Windows Vista Ultimate (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612)
Language: Danish (Regional Setting: Danish)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 969MB used, 3360MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 64bit Unicode

Could you help me out a bit please?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Addendum:

    The power supply in the machine is 520W, so it should be enough to handle even the Radeon.
  2. I'd get this Sapphire HD 4850 512MB for 1104 DK. It is a faster card than the Leadtek 9800GT (988 DK) and I trust Sapphire a lot more than Leadtek anyway.

    I wouldn't get the Gigabyte HD 4850 1GB for 1428 DK. It's a good card, faster than the other two, especially at 1920x1200, but not really worth the extra 1428-1104 compared to the 512MB version IMO. I'm assuming your wife will play on a 20" or 22" monitor, 1680x1050. At that resolution the extra RAM in the 1GB version doesn't make a big difference.
  3. One more thing: any of the three cards mentioned so far is a good match for your E6600 CPU, no bottlenecks to worry about. You should however add two more GB of RAM, because that is a bottleneck, especially under Vista. Read this:

    See where your first post says "Page File: 969MB used"... With more RAM, that amount used from the hard disk would be smaller, and that means fewer accesses to the HDD (less noise, less heat, way faster, HDD lasts longer, etc.) Specifically, in games, it means less stuttering.

    I'm guessing your PSU is a Corsair 520HX (can't think of another 520W right now). If that's true, no worries there either, it's plenty.
  4. Excellent reply there. Thank you so much.

    After going to bed last night I started thinking of getting the 9800GT card and tyhen add 2gb RAM to the PC instead.

    I will take a look at that 4850 card you list though.

    I have been using Nvidia for years but am a bit curious about the Radeon cards these days, so I am leaning towards such a card instead of the safe bet that the 9800GT card is.

    My wife actually plays on a 19" TFT monitor, so she'll likely play in 1280x1024, which is why you're more than spot on when it comes to the RAM on the Radeon I listed. Isn't really useful with that amount when playing in such a 'low' resolution.

    I just couldn't resist when I saw it. Will take a look at the card you list though and decide between that one and the 9800GT :)

    Thanks for the input :)
  5. I ende up buying the following:

    And 2 of the following RAM:

    I figured it would be better to spend the extra money on some more RAM for her machine as it only has 2gb at the moment.

    So cheers to you aevm for mentioning that Sapphire card. I hope she'll be happy with the improvements to her machine :)
  6. Should I start my posting someplace else or begin with my most recent graphics card replacement concerns?
  7. vicsable said:
    Should I start my posting someplace else or begin with my most recent graphics card replacement concerns?

    If you're asking whether it is ok to hijack my thread, sure go ahead.

    I've made a decision so I'm kinda done with it :)
  8. @vicsable - if you start a new thread you'll probably get more replies. Plus, it's less confusing for readers.
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