I just bought an XFX 4650 512mb for some casual gaming. Was disappointed as it did not run games at max settings at 1440x900. Now i'm thinking to upgrade to a higher card such as a GF 9800GT or (if it's worth it) a GF GTS250. I know the GTS 250 supports Physx but how much of a difference does that make???
Will it be wise to spend the extra $$ on the GTS 250 as compared to the 9800GT???
And will a notice a sharp increase in performance as compared to the 4650 at 14440x900??
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.8GHz) (I know its quite old!!!)
Cooler Master 460W PSU with 36A +12V.
Your PSU is a pretty good brand and should be fine for these cards.
And yeah, an HD5770 is good. It's also $50-60 dollars more expensive than the other cards.
I wouldn't worry about Phys-x. It's not used in that many games and when it has been used it doesn't really add too much.
Performance at x resolution is BS - doom 3 will run at a high res at max on any card these days yet newer games wont as a great example so why are people always asking what card is best at x res? 100% BS
Get the best card you can get at your budget - its the only way.
If you can afford to get a 5970 get it, otherwise go for something cheaper etc - its that simple.
Doom 3 came out over 5 years ago... What does it have to do with anything? It can safely be assumed that most people aren't looking to buy a card these days to play Doom 3. Just look at the OP. I'm sure it's little consolation to the guy that the HD4650 he purchased can play Half Life 2 beautifully at his resolution. Similarly in a few years now no one will care if a $50 card can play GTA IV or MW2 maxed out at high resolutions. They will care about if a GTS 450(which is really just a renamed GTX 385 ) can handle Bioshock 3 or Resident Evil 7.
To run games at higher resolutions you need a more powerful card. It's simple, higher resolutions = more pixels = more graphical power required. There's no BS involved. I'm not exactly sure what you don't understand but that you needed to bring up a 5 year old game no one plays any more to make a point should give you pause.
For that resolution 9800GT won't be enough will all the eye candy(I have that card).
So go for GTS 250 or HD 4850.
Overclock your CPU for better performance.
BTW what is your Budget?
I'm going to agree, overclocking the CPU should help considerably and that 6300 should have a lot of headroom. I run a 2180 at 3.0ghz with a 4850 and I get very good framerates on all the games I play. (Wow, MW2, L4D2)