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April 25, 2010 1:31:09 AM

Hey Graphics, I'm shopping for a new GPU.

I'm currently running this ancient setup:

- Athlon X2 5200+
- 2gb DDR2 @ 667
- GeForce 7950 GT

I like the ATI 5770 512 mb, but would its performance be significantly limited by the CPU and memory? I usually run at 1680x1050 and I'm willing to compromise on detail.

Maybe the 4850 at $100 is a better short term solution? I'm planning to add another 2gb of memory, but I'm a starving college student and I really don't wanna do a whole rebuild to an AM3 system...

Any advice welcome.
a c 1318 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 1:36:02 AM

The HD5770 would do fine but saving $50 for a student is important so the HD4850 is a great performance/$ at $100.
April 25, 2010 2:08:09 AM

Thanks.

I know this belongs in a different forum, but would this be a cost-effective performance upgrade in the long-run, or am I better off just upgrading to a AM3 board?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 2:29:59 AM

i would upgrade your GPU first, then upgrade the CPU, mobo, and RAM (going to AM3 you would have to do all three)
April 25, 2010 2:32:44 AM

ct1615 said:
i would upgrade your GPU first, then upgrade the CPU, mobo, and RAM (going to AM3 you would have to do all three)


Even so, do you think keeping the current AM2 setup and upgrading to 4gb DDR2 would be worth the $50 in the short-run?
a c 235 U Graphics card
April 25, 2010 2:43:35 AM

i would save your $50 or invest it in a better video card you can carry over to your new PC
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