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February 22, 2010 2:03:35 PM

Hi there!

This is my first post here, hope you can help me out with some questions that I have, and I am not a hardware expert at all, so maybe this is a noob question, but here I go:

I have a Core 2 Duo E7400 @ 2.8 (stock speed and stock cooler)
2 GB RAM DDR2-800
HDD 500 GB
Visiontek Radeon 4670 1 GB DDR3

I live in south america, where gaming PC parts aren't popular, and they are expensive.

A friend of mine is going to the US (Florida), so I wanted him to bring me a Video Card. Since I don't have a credit card and neither my friend he has to buy it at a retail store.

My max budget is $150 for a video card. I have an LCD monitor with a max resolution of 1360x768 (samsung 933).

I like to play strategy, rpg, sports, adventure games and GTA IV (and a bit of fps games, but I am not a fanatic)

So the question is: Will I see a significant difference in performance / graphics if I buy a GTS 250? or should I stay with my video card? (at 1360x768)

I was looking at some models, 512MB and 1 GB one. Will it be enough if I buy a 512 MB one?

Thanks!

Soujiro

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a c 235 U Graphics card
February 22, 2010 2:09:15 PM
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1. your current card is perfect for your LCD and its res

2. If you plan to get a larger LCD, the GTS 250 is a better card then the 4670 but can your power supply handle it?

3. if you do get the GTS 250, get the 512mb. It's really not fast enough to take full use of 1GB.
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February 22, 2010 2:19:18 PM

i agree with ct1615, you would be better to save your money and await for a bigger jump like upgrading the screen and the GPU together.

i have the same issue as you, i have a 22" screen with a 4890 but moving to a 5870 would be a waste because my frame rates are pretty good anyway. new screen for me next.

February 22, 2010 2:28:55 PM

Thanks for your replies! so basically my Video Card is good for my resolution. Then I will save my money and wait for something better.
Oh I almost forgot, If I do upgrade to a better screen (a 1920x1080) and opt to buy a video card, Will my current CPU bottleneck the video card? If that is the case, Which video card can be paired with my current CPU so none of them bottleneck the other?

Thanks
a c 235 U Graphics card
February 22, 2010 2:34:44 PM

considering new cards come out every 6-12 months (and prices drop from older cards), cross that bridge once you buy a new LCD
February 22, 2010 2:35:31 PM

short answer, it depends. GTA4 (as im sure you have noticed is a CPU hog) will run much better on a quad core but for the rest of the games? i think the cpu you have will be just fine for most games but im mainly a FPS player so i might be suffering from tunnel vision here.

for the most part it is more common for a GPU to be the bottle neck than the CPU, esp at higher resolutions and for console ports (which most sports games are)

go for a bigger screen and faster GPU. your eyes will love you.

a c 235 U Graphics card
February 22, 2010 2:44:44 PM

dougie_boy said:


go for a bigger screen and faster GPU. your eyes will love you.


before you do buy the new video card and LCD, make sure to get dougie_boy's CC number since he is willing to buy them for you!
February 22, 2010 2:47:16 PM

Thanks for replying, I would really like to update my LCD and video card, but I don't work lol. So maybe it will be a little while to upgrade it. Are there any good PC stores in Orlando, Florida? My friend is going to be there in a month and I think he wants to buy some PC parts.
a c 235 U Graphics card
February 22, 2010 2:53:45 PM

tell your friend to buy from newegg.com

they have the cheapest prices, juts have them mail the items to his home/hotel in Orlando
February 22, 2010 3:01:58 PM

Yeah I know about newegg, but it needs a US credit card :( , I tried with a non-US credit card and I couldn't buy from them.
February 22, 2010 3:59:37 PM

ct1615 said:
before you do buy the new video card and LCD, make sure to get dougie_boy's CC number since he is willing to buy them for you!


erk. *changes password for online banking*
February 22, 2010 4:35:48 PM

soujiroseta said:
Yeah I know about newegg, but it needs a US credit card :( , I tried with a non-US credit card and I couldn't buy from them.

use a money order?
a c 235 U Graphics card
February 22, 2010 4:48:15 PM

have your friend go to the post office and buy a money order for the amount needed
a c 172 U Graphics card
February 22, 2010 4:52:36 PM

Get the 1GB version if you are a fan of GTA IV and that is the only game ware you NEED every MB you can get. I personally use two 9800gt 1gb editions in sli and even one can truly pull its weight. The 512mb version will be good enough for most games at that ress till you start raising texture settings in games that have heavy vram usage. It is a shame that you don't have any one that you can really trust because a used 4850 1GB goes for about $120 used.
February 22, 2010 8:14:03 PM

Best answer selected by soujiroseta.
February 22, 2010 8:15:04 PM

Thanks guys for all your replies! then I will save my money and spend it later.
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