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April 13, 2010 3:03:52 PM

I have been using Pentium 4 2.4Ghz with socket 478 for a long time, then recently I realized that I can't watch HD video smoothly and even game like Warcraft III lag me out if too many units load together.

So I decided to buy a new CPU, here's the specs that got my attention:

Motherboard - Asus P7P55D-E PRO
Processor - Quad Core i5-750
RAM - Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333MHz 2GB x 2
HDD - Seagate 7200RPM Sata 3.0 500GB
Graphic - Need help :( 
PSU - Doesn't matter, I will calculate after things set, or you do it for me too :) 



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE
- this weekend

BUDGET RANGE
- around $100, value in money

MONITOR RESOLUTION
- Aspect ratio 4:3 (probably1600 x 1200)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT
-#1 duration, as i never off cpu 24/7 for years
-#2 watch movie, like 1080p, bluray, dvd smoothly
-#3 I seldom play games, if do also LAN warcraft III with friends or Half Life 2 based engine games like left 4 dead @ maximum setting & resolution 1600 x 1200 smoothly

OVERCLOCKING
- no

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
- im a busy working guy that leave my CPU turn on in home 24/7 for years
- i don't need Direct X 11

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Thanks in advance!

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a c 126 U Graphics card
April 13, 2010 3:15:59 PM

A HD5770 will play the games you listed maxed out at 1600 x 1200

You didn't list what PSU you have so make sure its up to the job (A high quality 450W will be fine for a HD5770).

Also "Value in money" doesn't give us a very good idea of your budget, better to give an actual amount.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
April 13, 2010 3:29:12 PM

what power supply do you have? If it's a store bought PC, it most likely has a 300w PSU so an ATI 5670 would play all the game you mentioned.

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April 15, 2010 1:29:08 PM

Sorry, I updated information.

I'm considering ATI Radeon HD 4850, is that good to me?
If price is higher abit but value in money is ok I will take that.
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April 15, 2010 1:50:26 PM

Ur cpu is a overkill for both of those, I'd recommend a cool and quiet card since you work and also a new monitor for 1080p.

HD 5770 vapor-x is good for ur needs, remember noise can really get you after prolonged gaming and working.
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a c 126 U Graphics card
April 15, 2010 2:09:46 PM

His budget is $100, So for that budget I'd recommend the HD4850
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a c 147 U Graphics card
April 15, 2010 2:19:15 PM

I would honestly skip on the 4850 card. It is a last generation card and you can get better performance in a smaller card that consumes less power.

If you are going to do some light gaming I would suggest a 5750/5770 card. The 5770 is only about $5 - $20 more for 10-15% performance gain. I'd recommend that. It is really the mainstream card to get if you are considering gaming. Below are some of my suggestions for a 5750/5770 and PSU.

5750:
XFX 5750 $145 + free shipping (there are some cheaper ones available with MIR's): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sapphire 5750 1GB $145 + free shipping (new cooler): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5770:
HIS 5770 1GB $150 + free shipping (uses 5750 stock cooler) :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX 5770 1GB $160 +free shipping (original cooler): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Honestly I would get this 700W PSU even though it is MORE than what you need. It is a good deal and a solid PSU is always something good to have for any future expansions. The 700W OCZ has free shipping over the 500W (which is $10). They both has a $25 MIR as well making them a good deal.

OCZ 700W $89 + Free shipping - $25 MIR = $65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ 500W $70 +$10 shipping - $25 MIR = $55: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 500W Earthwatt $65 + free shipping (just for good measure if you don't want to mess with a MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any of these would be fine with a 4850 as well if you decide to go that route. There are also some GTS 250 cards that are at a similar price point as teh 4850. It performs similar and sometimes better than a 4850.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 17, 2010 7:49:33 AM

Best answer selected by triplebug.
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