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New Graphics Card: GT240 Vs the others?

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May 4, 2010 3:23:28 AM

Hello guys,
I wanna buy a new graphics card for my computer. The computer shop owner suggested GT240 1GB DDR3 to me, but after all the browsing in this forum, i found out that GT240 512MB GDDR5 would have a much better performance. What i worry about is that my PSU is not enough to support the new card, as it has only a capacity of 430W, and with depreciation, the actual performance may have gone worse.
Is GT240 GDDR5 a good card ? Are there any better cards in terms of price and performance for my computer? Thanks!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: these two weeks
BUDGET RANGE: at most USD$100

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
I want to play GTA IV at a reasonable quality, Assassin’s Creed 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction on my computer, that’s all.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
ASUS 7600GS Silent 256MB, Antec EA-430 430W, both purchased approximately 3 years ago.
OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz, one single stick of 2GB DDR2 Ram, ECS P45T-A motherboard, Seagate 250GB


PARTS PREFERENCES: I don’t have preference for manufacturers, like Asus, Gigabyte, etc
But I like Nvidia better, but don’t mind using ATI too.

OVERCLOCKING: NO SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION:, 1280x1024 with a 17’ non-widescreen Philips LCD

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I hope the card won’t become obsolete so quickly. For example, I was happy with my 7600GS for 3 years before I wanted to change.



Thanks a lot!!

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May 4, 2010 3:32:38 AM

There is very little you can get with a budget of 100...my suggestion would be to get a 9800GT ($100 + tax) or GTS250 for about $130, either of these perform better than the GT240....if you want future resistant, your going to need a budget larger than $100.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 3:37:35 AM

the GT240 is over priced

the ATI 4850, for about $100 on newegg, offers far better performance.
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 3:56:36 AM

So there are your options: ATI 4850, NVidia 9800GT or GTS250....
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a c 171 U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 3:57:19 AM

The 9800GT should be around or under $100. Its a better card. The 4770, 4830, or 4850 would also all be better then the GT240. I would look to these cards before getting the GT240.
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May 4, 2010 4:01:26 AM

sk1939 said:
There is very little you can get with a budget of 100...my suggestion would be to get a 9800GT ($100 + tax) or GTS250 for about $130, either of these perform better than the GT240....if you want future resistant, your going to need a budget larger than $100.


Is my PSU enough for GTS250???
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a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 4:12:24 AM

You did a good job picking the EA-430. It should be holding up well even at 3 years old.
It doesn't have the same capacitor aging issues that budget PSUs with wet capacitors often have.

It should handle the ATI HD 4850 or Nvidia GTS 250 without a problem.
Sticking with your current monitor or is that headed for an upgrade as well?
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May 4, 2010 4:25:34 AM

WR2 said:
You did a good job picking the EA-430. It should be holding up well even at 3 years old.
It doesn't have the same capacitor aging issues that budget PSUs with wet capacitors often have.

It should handle the ATI HD 4850 or Nvidia GTS 250 without a problem.
Sticking with your current monitor or is that headed for an upgrade as well?


I am gonna keep my current monitor as it is working perfectly.

Which few criteria are the most important that i should look into when to determine the performance of the card?
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May 4, 2010 8:42:20 AM

wafoon said:
I am gonna keep my current monitor as it is working perfectly.

Which few criteria are the most important that i should look into when to determine the performance of the card?


Criteria? Honestly not a whole lot, just look for the cards performance benchmarks online as that will tell you how it performs approx, then see if your hardware will be an issue, then make sure your hardware meets all the requirements, finally pick the brand and card. Not much more to it than that.
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May 4, 2010 9:08:43 AM

If you want to play GTA IV your processor is whats holding you back, and thats one old cpu for one new budget rubbish branded motherboard :S

My Q6600 at stock strugles with GTA IV, overclocked to 3.5ghz starts to play the game well - keep that in mind.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 4, 2010 11:32:35 AM

Yeah, your PSU is quite nice and can handle any of these cards. This is probably the best for the money within your budget;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The problem as apache pointed out is your processor. 1.86 ghz is very slow by today's standards. Fortunately your motherboard can handle all core2duo/quad chips. Even something fairly cheap like this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
would be a huge upgrade and allow you to play all current games acceptably, even at stock and it OC nicely as well.
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