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ATI Radeon HD 4350 driver/W7/lack of power issue

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November 13, 2009 6:19:32 AM

I've asked this question in the driver forum but was refereed to this side for better exposure.. so here it is again:

I recently purchased a new desktop from Dell (Vostro 22A) with Windows 7 pre-installed with the following specs:

ATI Radeon HD 4350
Intel core 2 duo E8500 3.16GHz
4.00GB RAM
32-bit Operating system

Windows 7
250Gig hard drive

I was hoping to play Crysis on a decent to high setting with these specs, but to my surprise, i couldn't even get it to play properly in 1024x768. The game was slow and a bit choppy. I then went to http://cyri.systemrequirementslab.com/srtest/

and had my hardware scanned by their program, their system gave it a pass on both minimum and recommended for all the hardware components. My question is, is there something wrong with the card, or the driver, or could it just be this slow? The display is hooked up is a 52 inch Samsung lcd. Could the fact that it's a bigger monitor have something to do with it as well?"

One gentleman suggested it was the monitor size. Could this be it or could it still be the driver/other windows 7 compatibility issues?
November 13, 2009 7:40:18 AM

Well, the problem is definitely the video card. The 4350 is about the lowest-end video card ATI makes, and it's barely above integrated as far as performance goes. You'd be better off upgrading it.

I'd take a look at this article, and get the card that fits your budget. You should also take note of your power supply, and make sure it can supply enough power, as more powerful video cards means more power used.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2464.html
November 13, 2009 4:20:34 PM

Thanks for the replys guys,
It is basically my falut that i didn't stay current with the latest in graphics cards BEFORE purchasing the system. I'm pretty old school and was assuming that a 512MB card was way more than i needed. From where i come from (3 to 4 years ago) 512MB's sound really powerful :p . On top of that http://cyri.systemrequirementslab.com/srtest/ said that my system should be fine to run Crysis so i was all psyched to play it at a reasonable speed.

Any suggestions on a good card for my system (including the 52inch) that can run Crysis on max settings?
November 13, 2009 4:24:02 PM

Oh and thanks for the link Plyro, but I'm still lost on what to buy. I basically wolud like something that can play Crysis on max but costs the least.
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