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What is the best video card for my system?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 29, 2009 3:01:43 PM

Hello all,

I have a video card in my system that is starting to go bad. It is an aging 8800 GTS 320. I'm looking to get a new video card but I dont want to waste my money, I dont want to get a card that I can't take full advantage of with my system.

I'd love to just build a whole new system but don't have the money at the moment so I'll have to make due with what I have.

My system is as follows:

WinXP Pro 32 bit
2GB Ram
Gigabyte P35-DS3L mobo
Intel dual core e2180 Stock 1.8 ghz OC'ed to 3.2 ghz (800fsb X 4)
250gb sata HD
Soundblaster X-Fi music

So, what video card could I get that wouldn't be bottlenecked by my aging system?

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a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2009 4:18:30 AM

A 4850 would probably suit you perfectly, and at $100 is more than a bargain. :) 
October 30, 2009 4:22:58 AM

The 4870/5770 are good choices and wouldn't be bottlenecked with that kind of overclock.
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a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2009 5:22:15 AM

Your mobo only has a 16x Express slot I'd stick with the 8800 GTS, the 9xxxs from nVidia are basically renamed 8xxxs. Also, Not all PCI 16x 2.0 Cards work with the PCI 16xs. However if it does work, since some are backward compatible, I'd go with the ones they said above. :p  Or even try some Nvidia cards IDK. But Umm... If you do though you won't be able to take full advantage of the cards rather than if it was a PCI 16x 2.0 Slot.
October 30, 2009 5:29:26 AM

PCIe 2.0 is fully backwards comparable with PCIe 1.0 so no worries there. The performance loss by putting a 2.0 card in a 1.0 slot is negligible. Like I said before, the 4870 would be a nice upgrade.
a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2009 5:38:13 AM

Ok :p , Umm.. Suggestion, go with the 5xxxs from ATI there great cards and will future proof your system for many years to come. I don't know if you'd like to upgrade though in the near future so. Those cards are just for future proofing it. Umm... You should also upgrade your PSU before hand because some PSUs might not be able to handle the card.
October 30, 2009 5:42:20 AM

Well, if you want to pay more for the 5770 just for DX11 support, then go for it. You would see a slight performance increase with the 4870 over the 5770 though. If you have at least a 500w psu you will be fine with any single video card (excluding dual chip cards).
a b U Graphics card
October 30, 2009 11:05:11 PM

-.- its not by much that the 5770 is more. Its like 15$ more from a 4870 to a 5770. Plus future proofing means he doesn't have to get a newer card later.... Plus, the performance differentials aren't even that much.... And even when different, it is only on certain games. On games like FarCry 2, the 5770 out preforms the 4870. Like in this article

The price difference is alot, only if you choose the 512mb 4870. But in cards for 1gb memory.
This is the 4870-
This is the 5770-