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April 29, 2009 4:18:44 PM

this is my system.

intel q6600
asus p5k-e/wifi-ap
antec p182 atx mid tower case
corsair cmpsu-620hx
seagate barracuda 7200.10 500gb sata2
samsung sh-s203n dvd
window xp pro oem sp2
creative s/b x-fi xtreme
diamond viper radeon hd 3850 256mb gddr3
corsair xms2 twin2x2048-6400c4 4gbx1gb

currently play cod4 and watch videos on my samsung 226bw 22in widescreen but would like to use my sony bravia xbr 6 32in.

Would a new graphics card help?

Yes i know my ram is not right.


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a c 191 U Graphics card
April 29, 2009 4:40:44 PM

If you want to play at the TVs full 1080 resoloution then yes, you're gonna need a bigger card.
What is your current budget and what other games do you play?
a b U Graphics card
April 29, 2009 4:40:47 PM

You wont see an impreovement in video playback with a new card.

You could probably get beter FPS is COD4 though. If you want to play games at 1080p on the TV something like a HD4870 1gig, or a gtx260 216core would be plenty of power for COD.
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April 29, 2009 4:53:26 PM

Dunno much about the TV, but if its 1080p, you are better off with a new card for games, 720p - no need to change. Anyway, if its 1080p, get a GTX 275.
April 29, 2009 5:10:09 PM

coozie7 said:
If you want to play at the TVs full 1080 resoloution then yes, you're gonna need a bigger card.
What is your current budget and what other games do you play?


currently only cod but am thinking about crysis.
as far as budget am thinking in range of 250. to 300. canadian.
April 29, 2009 5:16:00 PM

Yes, go by my first post. You can get the 275 for that price. 300 Canadian I guess.
a c 191 U Graphics card
April 29, 2009 7:40:26 PM

@ toage: You have a nice rig for games but I am not sure it would be right to suggest a strong card for someone who does not seem to be an avid gamer.

The HD4850/9800GTX (or GTS250) will be a big upgrade for gaming and play COD easily with all the eye candy turned on and Crysis at medium at 1080 resoloution but will not leave much headroom for more demanding titles in the future.

The GTX260 and HD4870 are getting cheap now and either will run Crysis on high
and laugh at COD, no matter how high you set the preferences. Both will have a little in reserve for more demanding games.

The GTX275/HD4890 are at the top of your budget and have performance to match although I would go for the GTX275, it is just that little bit faster.
None of the above will really improve your video/movie playback.

Your money, your usage, your choice.
April 30, 2009 2:56:42 PM

coozie7 said:
@ toage: You have a nice rig for games but I am not sure it would be right to suggest a strong card for someone who does not seem to be an avid gamer.

The HD4850/9800GTX (or GTS250) will be a big upgrade for gaming and play COD easily with all the eye candy turned on and Crysis at medium at 1080 resoloution but will not leave much headroom for more demanding titles in the future.

The GTX260 and HD4870 are getting cheap now and either will run Crysis on high
and laugh at COD, no matter how high you set the preferences. Both will have a little in reserve for more demanding games.

The GTX275/HD4890 are at the top of your budget and have performance to match although I would go for the GTX275, it is just that little bit faster.
None of the above will really improve your video/movie playback.

Your money, your usage, your choice.


Thanks for input one more please.
this seems like a good deal.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

what do you think?
Also would it be as simple as just taking out old card and put in new one.
April 30, 2009 3:21:48 PM

I would actually go for this one HIS HD4870 1GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161269

$179 and $169 after rebate with free shipping.
I have the same card. Runs cool and overclocks great.

Cheers

Edit: Yes, installation is simple. Just download the latest Cat 9.4 drivers from the AMD/ATI website, plugin the card connect the Power cables, and you are good to go.
a b U Graphics card
April 30, 2009 3:21:56 PM

Nice card, good choice and yes simple to plug in and update drivers.
April 30, 2009 3:54:07 PM

Euphoria_MK said:
I would actually go for this one HIS HD4870 1GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161269
http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/14-161-269-TS?$S180W$
$179 and $169 after rebate with free shipping.
I have the same card. Runs cool and overclocks great.

Cheers

Edit: Yes, installation is simple. Just download the latest Cat 9.4 drivers from the AMD/ATI website, plugin the card connect the Power cables, and you are good to go.


thanks but i don't think they ship to canada
May 1, 2009 12:36:40 PM

coozie7 said:
What sort of import duties will you face shipping from US to Canada?
This looks OK and it's sourced locally but you might want to check with TigerDirect and Newegg.CA about warranties.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Yes newegg canada list this sapphire at $229.
Tigerdirect canada list xfx at $224. after mail in rebate.

which one would u recommend. they both have same specs.

May 1, 2009 12:40:18 PM

To all that have responded thank you very much. It was with the forums help that I was able to piece together my rig although I had to have it built for me. Will attempt this upgrade myself.

Thanks again and keep up the good work
a c 191 U Graphics card
May 1, 2009 6:18:06 PM

Go for the XFX, it has the better warranty.
May 15, 2009 5:57:24 PM

toage said:
this is my system.

intel q6600
asus p5k-e/wifi-ap
antec p182 atx mid tower case
corsair cmpsu-620hx
seagate barracuda 7200.10 500gb sata2
samsung sh-s203n dvd
window xp pro oem sp2
creative s/b x-fi xtreme
diamond viper radeon hd 3850 256mb gddr3
corsair xms2 twin2x2048-6400c4 4gbx1gb

currently play cod4 and watch videos on my samsung 226bw 22in widescreen but would like to use my sony bravia xbr 6 32in.

Would a new graphics card help?

Yes i know my ram is not right.

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