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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 4:20:33 PM

Hey i would really appreciate some help on what graphics card to get for my PC for casual gaming cause when it comes to the details i get really confused
Im not looking for a card that will let me play on ultra but im just looking for something to help push my games out of all low graphics settings!
ive been looking to replace my old radeon X300 (i think thats what its called) and i was thinking now i got some spare cash ill look for a cheap card seeing as its starting to struggle under new games.

i was looking at 3 cards in particular
1) PALIT 1GB GEFORCE 9500GT SUPER+ PCI-EXPRESS GRAPHICS CARD only £38.50 off amazon
2) Inno3D nVIDIA GeForce 9400GT again cheap at only £37.50
3) Sapphire Radeon 4550 also cheap at £37.55

(i say cheap seeing as alot of graphics cards go into the £100 range)
but yea i was mainly looking at the palit because i remember reading somewhere that 9500gt alone was fast but didnt have the memory but then this one does so thats why i was tempted
ive also seen alot of people mention the Radeon 4670 but i dont really want to spend around £60 to get one when i can save £20.....

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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 4:49:29 PM

The 9500GT is the best under those 3, however a 4650 or 4670 would be better, if you can find a cheap 4650/4670.
You don't need 1 GB of memory, 512 MB is fine for most resolution.
a c 186 U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 4:53:50 PM

All the cards you have listed are very slow for gaming but the 9500GT is the fastest in your list.
If you can afford it, the HD4670 is head and shoulders above the cards listed though and would really be a nice purchase...Just do n't sell body parts to get it;)
Heer's a helpful listing that shows where each card falls, relative to the others, in performance:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/geforce-310-5970,review-3...

And what are the rest of the system specs? If it is an older system it may not have a PCI-E slot.

How's this?

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/181962
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a c 1392 U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 4:54:02 PM

Seeing that you have an old X300 do you know whether it is PCI-express or AGP so we are looking for a card with the right interface.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 5:00:33 PM

yea its PCI
and my comps system specs (i think this is the right stuff :S )
pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00 GHz and 2.50GB RAM

im sorry but i have no idea when it comes to specifics
a c 186 U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 5:03:32 PM

I do n't wish to labour the point, but do you mean PCI or PCI-E? Cards come in both flavours and they are not interchangeable.
a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 5:21:18 PM

I'd get the 4670 BDDazza put, nice n cheap. It's around a 9600GSO/9600GT.
a c 186 U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 5:40:48 PM

@ DevonSurf: It was, a good one...Then!
I've had a look around and it seems you're out of luck, the motherboard will not support a faster, dual-core processor to speed things up a little more.
If you are playing at 1280x1024 0r 1440x900 I'd go for the 9500GT if you have a larger monitor-say 1680x1050 get the 4670. Either way, you should be able o increase the graphics by a fair margin and eye cand like Anti-aliasing and AF can be applied heavily to improve image quality-they are both done by the graphics card and are not dependant on the CPU.
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a b U Graphics card
January 2, 2010 5:56:54 PM

Thanks all of you who helped i have a much better understanding now :D 
but i think if anything ill wait and save up for a new PC and the 4670 ( i saw some reviews and its fps on max settings on most games aswell as its media capabilities on HD) i think its probably best to get a new PC cause that way it will more then likely come with windows 7 as its os and that will help as it beats my xp

but yea thanks alot for your help
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2010 3:51:14 AM

Check out the XFX Geforce 9600GT 512mb... Not sure if this is too much (and i have no idea how to convert money ;a) but in $$ its about 80-90 depending on where you get it... Ull bottle-neck it but unless you watching high rez 1080p vidoes you really cant tell its bottle necked...

And to let you know... I pretty much maxed out every older game (2-3 Years) and even the new hard core games are no match for this little beast lol.
My Rig

Dimension e510

Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz
3 gigs of RAM 533
A total of 1tb of Storage (2 HD's)
The 9600GT
And what-ever comes with the e510 standard after that...
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2010 3:51:45 AM

Hope that helps...
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 3, 2010 5:27:28 AM

Quote:
Thanks all of you who helped i have a much better understanding now :D 
but i think if anything ill wait and save up for a new PC and the 4670 ( i saw some reviews and its fps on max settings on most games aswell as its media capabilities on HD) i think its probably best to get a new PC cause that way it will more then likely come with windows 7 as its os and that will help as it beats my xp

but yea thanks alot for your help
If you are going to get the HD4670 anyway you might as well get it now. A lot of current games wont play well on that CPU but some will do ok and lots of older ones will run well.
Of course if you get a high resolution monitor with the new computer then it may be best to just wait because you will also want a better card.
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