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Advise on graphics card upgrade

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April 18, 2010 11:03:59 AM

It's time to upgrade my old graphics card but I can't decide what new one to buy.

My current system:

Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6300 (2,8Ghz)
4GB Corsair Twinx Memory
MSI N9600GT 512MB

Games I play the most at the moment are:

Battlefield Bad Company 2
EVE Online
Mass Effect 2
Sacred 2
UT 3

I have been looking at replacing it with the following cards:

Nvidia GTX260
Nvidia GTX275
Ati Radeon 5770
Ati Radeon 5830

I just wonder if putting something like the 5830 or GTX275 has any use or will the games be bottlenecked by the CPU.
a c 169 U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 11:11:47 AM

What resolution do you play at ?
Between them,HD 5830 performs the best
April 18, 2010 11:16:31 AM

I'm playing games at 1680x1050 on a 22" widescreen lcd monitor (Acer P221W)
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a c 130 U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 11:41:07 AM

An HD5770 will work fine at 1680x1050. I wouldn't trust an HD5850 to an E6300 unless you can OC it a bit.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 11:45:56 AM

+1 for HD5770.

a c 169 U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 12:05:07 PM

For that resolution,a HD 5770 suffices and can play games well
a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 1:06:30 PM

1 more vote for HD5770
April 18, 2010 1:11:33 PM

I take it it would have to be the 1gb edition
a c 1363 U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 1:32:20 PM

Yes that would be recommended for your resolution, it will help with AA and AF.
a c 169 U Graphics card
April 18, 2010 2:42:37 PM

1GB vs 512MB won't make a noticeable difference but if the price difference isn't much go for 1GB :) 
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