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Graphic Card Recommendation

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 27, 2009 6:24:14 PM

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.
a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 6:28:59 PM

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.
a c 130 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
April 27, 2009 7:14:26 PM

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.

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a b U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
April 27, 2009 8:11:21 PM

9800 GT. Your CPU will be a bottleneck with the GTS 250.
a b U Graphics card
April 27, 2009 8:19:34 PM

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.

April 28, 2009 6:21:25 AM

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.
a c 376 U Graphics card
a b V Motherboard
April 28, 2009 8:49:29 AM

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.
April 28, 2009 2:27:32 PM

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
April 28, 2009 3:09:00 PM

Just get the 4670