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What would be a good video card for this system?

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January 17, 2009 5:03:30 PM

This is the system I'm building:

PSU Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01
Ram Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz
MB MSI K9N2GM-FD AM2+/AM2
Hard drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM
and a DVD burner I bought at walmart

The only things I'm going to add to it is a video card and 2 more gigs of ram.

Here are some examples of some of the games I'm going to run:
Dead space
fall out 3
never winter nights 1 and 2
diablo 2
Doom 1, 2, and 3
The bladur's gate games
and basically a bunch of the older games.

Which would be a good video card for me to get later this year?

Also I'm going to be running windows XP and ubuntu 8.10 on this machine.


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January 17, 2009 5:25:25 PM

ATI HD4850 from the info you've given... what res you going to be plaing at?
January 17, 2009 5:36:39 PM

I'm not sure which res's I'm going to be playing at exactly.
At the lowest 800*600 and at the highest somewere around 1240*960 I'm guessing I haven't played any of the newer games yet.

Also did I choose a good power supply to support a video card that will do what I want to do?
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January 17, 2009 5:39:39 PM

yes whats the res? Do you want to run everything on max settings? And what is the price range? Fallout 3 would increase the quality of the card needed. So maybe ATI HD 4870 512MB. But that really depends on the res.
January 17, 2009 5:46:37 PM

For something like dead space or fallout 3 I want to run them at somewhere between medium to high res.
And I want a card that is $200 or less.
January 17, 2009 6:01:46 PM

still the HD4850... the PSU seems fine, although i recommend a better montior for a better res... never put it as low at 800...
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January 17, 2009 6:05:04 PM

This is a new build, right?
If so I`d use a better PSU, something from Corsair, OCZ or PC Power and Cooling at around 550W and get a HD4850.
Yes, I know the PSU is a bit too much, but if it`s a new build I`d expect at least 4 years out of it and the Rosewill just wo n`t cut it (12v 18A 12v 16A)
January 17, 2009 6:23:13 PM

OmegaStalker said:
still the HD4850... the PSU seems fine, although i recommend a better montior for a better res... never put it as low at 800...


I already have a very good Samsung monitor that is capable of very high res's.

This time I'm building a cheap and good computer, After I add more ram and a good video card that's all
I'm going to add to it for at least 4 or 5 years. And by that time you will need windows vista to run windows games.
What I'm going to do for a while is try to add a bunch of the older windows games to my collection and a few of the new ones
as I've already mentioned.


Thanks for the help guys.

Also I have one more question. Is the ATI HD4850 compatible with directX 9.0c?




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January 17, 2009 6:31:53 PM

The HD4850 is a DX10.1 card so DX9.0c is fine for it.
And I really mean it about the PSU, get something better.
January 17, 2009 6:39:20 PM

Thanks for the help guys. :) 
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