Graphic Card Recommendation

Hi everybody,

I am looking to buy a new graphic card.

The configuration of my PC is :-

Core2Duo 1.86ghz
Motherboard - Asus P5LD2-VM-SE

One 160gb Seagate Harddisk

PSU - 350W

One Sony DVD-RW

17 inch LCD Monitor

The cards that I have shortlisted are :-

Nvidia GTS 250 or ATI 4870 > ATI 4850 > Nvidia 9800 GTX+ - preference-wise

I would like to know which of the above mentioned cards are combatible with my motherboard.

I will upgrade my PSU if needed

I would also like to know that if I don't take a CoolerMaster PSU, will it make a difference?

Also, would GTS 250 1gb be better or ATI 4870 1gb?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. 4870 > 250 ~ 4850

    Any will work fine.. I would get a 4850 though, maybe spend the extra money saved on a new CPU. You will need a new PSU, it might run a 4850 but would be tight...

    There is no comparison between the 250 and 48701gig. The 260 216SP is equivalent to the 4870, not the 250.
  2. Wait for the 4770 its due out in a week and will perform close to a 4850 for a reported $99.
    This card will be plenty for a 17" screen assuming 1280 x 1024 max.

  3. 9800 GT. Your CPU will be a bottleneck with the GTS 250.
  4. His CPU will bottle neck all of them. Not enough that he wont see gains in getting a faster GPU though.

    That said. As far as budget goes, it woudl be a far wiser investment to go with a value card(like the upcomign 4770) and throw a new CPU in there with the price savings.

    Assuming the 4770 is 100 USD, you could add a

    for roughly the same price as the 4870 1gig.
  5. Thanks guys,

    I live in India, so those newegg links are not for me.

    The ATI 4770 may come out early but I don't know when it will be available in India.

    I will buy a new PSU, but a new CPU lets me thinking.

    My C2D's warranty is about to expire and it is not exactly now that I will need those beast GPU's.

    So, I will wait for sometime and carry on with my current rig for now.

    However, if I upgrade my CPU, I won't go for any C2D but for an i7 or at least Core2Quad.

    Thanks for the info guys. I will upgrade after some time and experience the power of these beasts in the near future.
  6. Even just upgrading to a cheap e5200 would do wonders. It's 2.5 ghz but it can handle an OC to 3.3-3.5 ghz just on stock cooling with a modest bump in voltage. That would nearly double the speed of your processor at minimal expense and it can get close to 4 ghz on air if you ditch the stock fan/heatsink for something better.
  7. Or you could OC your e6300, I have had mine running at 3 GHz for almost two years now and could probably get it to ~3.5 GHz if I needed the boost.

    Anyway, whatever you decide to do, you'll need a new PSU
  8. Just get the 4670
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