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March 29, 2010 10:20:34 AM

I recently purchased a ATi Radeon 5450 to upgrade my computer with since it came with a lousy GMA 3100, I was originally was planning on a 9600GT or a ATi 4670 but they had no stock and the seller recommended the 5450 and not willing to wait a week for them to order I decided to take the 5450. Much to my mistake. Now I just have a few questions about it.

The AMD website says it needs a 400W PSU and I only have a 300W, I haven't had any real problems so far it's been 3 days and I've had one unexpected shutdown but nothing else really. Could there be damage to the PSU f it can't cope with the GPU? Should I consider a new one?

Lastly, I was thinking off picking up Crysis since they slashed prices and it's only $20 for a while, could this card run it at low settings on 1024 x 768 or even 800 x 600. My monitor is only 1440 x 900 so it doesn't bother me that much. I know it's not a gaming card but surely it can manage that..?

My system specs are(I'm hopefully getting a new one in June, I know this sucks)
Celeron E1400 @ 2.0 Ghz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
ATi Radeon 5450 1GB GDDR3
160 GB HDD

Thanks :) 
a c 130 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 12:15:30 PM

The HD5450 is not a gaming GPU, and is heavily outclasses by every other card. You sould have gotten an HD5670.

You won't have any power issues though.
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March 29, 2010 9:41:32 PM

Well I know, apparently it's between the G210 and the 4650. I did make the wrong decision :( 

But still, can it play Crysis on low settings at 1024 x 768?
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a c 236 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 9:49:36 PM

SevenSacredSins said:
Well I know, apparently it's between the G210 and the 4650. I did make the wrong decision :( 

But still, can it play Crysis on low settings at 1024 x 768?


you can try to run the game meter

http://www.yougamers.com/gameometer/10213/

even if you can, it will be rather frustrating

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March 29, 2010 10:19:12 PM

ct1615 said:
you can try to run the game meter

http://www.yougamers.com/gameometer/10213/

even if you can, it will be rather frustrating

It doesn't recognize my graphics card, I think the 5450 was just released...

I might just pick up Crysis Warhead and see how it does, isn't that better optimized for lower-end machines?
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a c 236 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 10:26:25 PM

not really, i own both games and both are hardware demanding

your CPU really does need an upgrade

Try FEAR, Half-Life 1&2, Deus Ex 1&2, Doom 3

all are still great games
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March 29, 2010 10:52:28 PM

Well I'm running Assassin's Creed @ 1024 x 768 with all settings medium atm, about 40 FPS, it drops below 30 at extremely crowded areas but usually it's fine. And Left 4 Dead at High settings with 1280 x 960 gets about 45 FPS. Do I really need to go play games that old? :( 

Plus they're really hard to find here, no shops sell them anymore.

Well the best thing I can get is a Core 2 Duo E7xxx or the Pentium E5xxx. I'm getting a new comp soon, is it really necessary? Thanks again
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a c 236 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 11:14:40 PM

if you are getting a new PC soon, then no need to make an upgrade now
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