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March 22, 2010 8:08:49 PM

Ok here is what I have

MB P5QSE plus Asus

Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

Have 4 gb mem

I want to know what Graphic card I should use or go to the i5 upgrade. thx

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March 22, 2010 8:15:50 PM

What graphics card do you have now, what is your monitor resolution and what is the main purpose of the PC??

This will help us better provide an answer to your question.
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March 22, 2010 8:18:28 PM

Unless he doesn't have one at all somehow?

Prolly a 5770 or higher depending.
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March 22, 2010 8:23:56 PM

get an ati 5850 and a good cpu cooler and overclock that e8400
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March 22, 2010 8:27:24 PM

This is for gaming . Here is the monitor

SAMSUNG 2253BW Black 22" 2ms(GTG) DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 DC 8000:1

here is the Graphics card

XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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March 22, 2010 8:29:10 PM

to tell you the truth I don't know how to overclock
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March 22, 2010 8:44:01 PM

I would upgrade to a ATI 5830 or 5850 and you'll be set at that resolution. With the E8400, I won't make the jump to an i5/i7 or AM3 build until you are ready for a complete system overhaul.

Review the Overclocking forum, there are stickies to help with the OCing or post a thread. This is the easiest way to get additional power out of your system for "free".
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March 22, 2010 9:23:57 PM

This is the power supply
ntec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

I can do full over haul , but do I really need to for gaming . thx
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March 22, 2010 9:29:18 PM

I don't think that's needed.
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March 22, 2010 9:30:32 PM

just update the graphics and overclock and you will set for a while
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March 22, 2010 9:42:34 PM

obsidian86 said:
just update the graphics and overclock and you will set for a while

^+1.... Agree 100%
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March 22, 2010 10:00:17 PM

I like sapphire or XFX just me tho :) 
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March 22, 2010 10:37:16 PM

Unless your games are known to be cpu intensive like FSX, , and capable of using 3 or more cores, then your E8400 at stock should be fine.

Read the following set of tests using a E8400. You will notice that at 1600 x 1200 resolution(yours) FPS value increase past 60 FPS for each increase in graphics card capability. 60 FPS is their metric for best possible gameplay.
http://www.guru3d.com/article/vga-charts-december-2008/...

Look next at tom's article on best vga cards for the money-March:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

They recommend a 4850 for exceptional gameplay at 1680 x 1080.
That card is only a tier or two higher than yours.

I think I would opt for a slightly stronger card like the 5740 or 5770 based on the newer technology and 40nm manufacturing process.
The equivalent Nvidia cards are the GTS250 or GTX260. An Nvidia upgrade would have the advantage of no driver cleaning and reinstall issues.

Your PSU is a good one, and will have no problem powering any single card.
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March 23, 2010 7:12:23 AM

Good PSU and good GPU of choice (5850). Just overclock the CPU and you're ready to go. :D 
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March 23, 2010 2:28:43 PM

Yup, if you can afford a 5850, then go for it. Truth be told it is a bit overkill for your rig especially at stock speeds. Of course, ever since I spent $420 on my 5870 I've lost the right to comment on what's reasonable :D . The PSU will be more than fine for a single card, but of course if you want to use two 5850s you would need a better PSU. I guess that will wait till your next build though ^_^
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March 23, 2010 7:26:36 PM

this is the Video card I got . thx. for all the help.

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
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March 23, 2010 7:38:28 PM

gandolf8 said:
this is the Video card I got . thx. for all the help.

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity


Good job, let us know how you do.
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April 2, 2010 12:10:25 AM

got this card SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 and new seagate 500 gb 7200.12 harddrive with win 7 everything working great couldn't be more happer. thx. for the help.
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April 2, 2010 1:30:28 AM

Enjoy
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