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Please Help!... Graphic card selection

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 11, 2008 6:12:35 PM

My current pc config is :
Motherboard : Intel DG31 PR
Processor : Core 2 Duo E2200 @ 2.20 Ghz
Current Graphic Card : XFX 8400 GS (Nvidia)
Monitor : BenQ T221W

I need help selecting a better graphic card that does not hinder game like NFS Undercover or GRID. So to say the latest games.

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a c 190 U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 6:22:38 PM

What is your PSU? We need to know how many 12v lines it has and how many amps on each, and what resolution do you play at?
a c 199 U Graphics card
December 11, 2008 6:34:57 PM

If this is a prebuilt, the existing PSU will definitely impose limits, unless you upgrade it also.
If, for example, you don't even have a PCIE connector, or if you have only a 250W PSU, you'd be limited to a 4670. That's much better than an 8400GS, but still won't play the "latest games" on very high or even high settings.
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December 12, 2008 10:50:01 PM

My PSU is 300 Watts Max and i have 3 12v Lines with 1 of 8 amps, 1 of 13 A and last one of 0.3 A. My Mother Board has a PCI Express Slot.

Do suggest if i sholuld improve PSU? Also would a 8600 GT work better or 9600 GSO. Thanks for the reply...
December 12, 2008 11:13:43 PM

9600GSO would be significantly better. What model is your PSU?
December 13, 2008 6:24:50 PM

Ok i usually play at the resolution 1680 X 1050 and also the Model of the PSU is : VIP300WATXP4. Ok jus checked the processor model as well and its E4500 & and E2200 if that is helpfull information.
a c 190 U Graphics card
December 13, 2008 6:45:28 PM

@DrunkeN; The HD4670 is your best bet, it has good performance for its price, and low power consumption, so low it needs no external power lead while the 8600/9600 cards need one.
December 13, 2008 7:03:13 PM

@coozie, thx a lot for the advice.. i jus checked the specs for HD4670 and it looks lighter on the pocket and better in performance as well. IF necessary i can improve the psu if 9600 can give better performance... do let me know.. thx again
a c 190 U Graphics card
December 13, 2008 8:17:40 PM

I do n`t think your current rig will use a 9600 to its fullest extent, so I`ll still advise the HD4670 as the best upgrade.
December 16, 2008 7:55:19 PM

Thanks a lot coozie i am gonna go ahead with a HD4670. After all's done will let u know if things have worked out in the favour of my gaming and overall pc performance.
December 16, 2008 8:25:27 PM

+ 1 for The HD 4670.