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February 1, 2009 6:29:49 PM

I need a new graphics card because my 8800GTS 320 MB crapped out on me after a year and a half.

I mostly game and do simple tasks on my pc. I play new and older games at 1024x768 on a CRT monitor.

Counter-Strike: Source is my most played game, followed by Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3, Crysis, and Red Alert 3.

Here is what I am working with:





I know my system will bottleneck a newer gfx card. (my 8800 GTS 320MB was slightly bottlenecked)

I'm not sure which card will optimize my gaming experiance. I don't want to run SLI. I just want a single card solution for now.

I just have no idea what an ideal card is when looking at: Streaming Processors, Core Clock, Shader Clock, and Memory Clock, Interface, Size, and Type.

Should I go with ATI Radeon HD 4000 series GDDR3 or GDDR5, or an Nvidia GeForce 9 series or GeForce GTX 200 Series?

I want a card that is best for Counter Strike: Source. It uses the HL2 engine I believe. My price range is $150-250.


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a c 131 U Graphics card
February 1, 2009 6:45:36 PM

Ok first things first forget about bottlenecks. Yes you can get to the point where is just plain not worth buying a card that you wont see the benefit of but its actually beneficial to have a GPU that your CPU cant max out, you get to run more detail and get a better quality picture,AA/AF etc.
So with that in mind granted it would be mad to run a 4870X2 on your system but a HD4670 performs a little better than a HD3850 which i have, and that wont max out Far Cry 2 with a 2.4 Core 2 at your resolution. So what i would suggest is you see if your budget allows for a HD4830.
Yes it will be restricted somewhat by your CPU but as i said you can run extra Quality/detail settings without loosing FPS and should you upgrade or overclock the CPU at any time or switch to a larger monitor the card will be up to the job still.
I guess it depends on budget and if you do plan any upgrading in future, if you are on a tight budget the 4670 will do a plenty good enough job and its probably just my personal bias coming into it with the 4830 as i like to think ahead.

February 1, 2009 7:35:01 PM

i would go with a gtx 260 216 core...but if i where you i would get a better motherboard like a 750i
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a c 131 U Graphics card
February 1, 2009 7:50:44 PM

Now this is a case in point of what i am saying, thats way pointless getting something like that to run in the Ops system

February 1, 2009 9:11:31 PM

My system is 939 socket salabarria... I have one of the top 939 mobo's (Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe) and the top 939 processor (Athlon FX-60 @ 2.6 Ghz stock)...

I am not looking to build a new computer any time soon... I plan on riding out mine 939 system for at least another year or two.

I am just looking to replace my graphics card with whatever is best suited for my system for now..
February 1, 2009 9:16:47 PM

no offense just because it was top of the line a few years ago does not mean it is now. your cpu will be the bottleneck of newer gpu's and someone can correct me if i am wrong. get the XFX 4830 for like $124.99
February 1, 2009 9:30:11 PM

Of course my system isn't top of the line compared to what is out right now.. I never implied that. I was just saying I have top of the line for what there is in the 939 realm, so I can't upgrade any components. I am just looking to replace my gfx card cuz my 8800 died.

Also I already stated that I know my CPU will be a bottleneck for these newer cards.. it bottlenecked my 8800gts slightly.

I will look into the 4830. Thanks.
February 1, 2009 11:47:46 PM

and if you need more power you can always overclock the 4830
February 2, 2009 1:05:01 AM

Just an opinion like most of these but go Gtx 260 core 216 (maxing out your price range) or if you want an ATI card go 4850 or 4870 1 GB versions (the 512MB cards are a tiny bit cheaper but why not get the 1 gig ones so that if/when you do upgrade they'll last that much longer for you).

edit: foot in mouth disease :p 
a c 131 U Graphics card
February 2, 2009 3:19:27 AM

Because as already stated the res is 1024x768