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May 31, 2010 9:38:07 AM

Hi i have been wondering which video card would be better to upgrade my 9500 gt card. my psu has a 450w and i'm looking to have hi-resolutions like 1900-xxxx. i would like to say my budget is around $100-150. Any help would be really appreciated.
a c 130 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 9:56:09 AM

Can you give us the rest of the system specs please.
At that resolution it would be easy to suggest a card that outstrips the rest of the system and would actually be a waste of money. Also what type of gaming is it you do, which games.

Mactronix
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May 31, 2010 10:02:18 AM

For $150 the best card you'd be able to get is probably the Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 at 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200.

Here's two different HD 5770s:

ASUS CuCore Radeon HD 5770 - $159.99, $10 rebate available ($149.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PowerColor PCS+ HD 5770 - $159.99, $15 rebate available ($144.99 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd personally go for the ASUS version because mainly because it seems to have the better cooling system.

Although as Mactronix said, the rest of your system specs, and what type of games will help us decide the best card for you.
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May 31, 2010 10:10:24 AM

sure, my specs is (from the top of my head sorry),

amdx2 dual core 2.8GHz
4GB Ram
windows vista 32bit

As for types of games they would be FPS/high graphic rpg's and such.
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May 31, 2010 10:12:58 AM

Yeah Lmeow, i have been browsing these forums a little right now and noticed the 5770. It looks promising. I'm sorry i couldnt give you a detailed specs but my brother has my 9500 for now because he will be using it when i upgrade. Any of specs i'm sure i will be able to answer on the top of my head or if i look in the case.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 10:25:28 AM

The most important here, what is your PSU? brand? model?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 10:42:40 AM

I won't dare to use HD5770 on that PSU.... :) 

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May 31, 2010 10:50:21 AM

:??:  Hmm well then what i have been browsing now is that i need a better PSU that has more than 500w?

or also just a different graphics card all together.

Upgrading my computer will probably take about 2-3 weeks anyways so no rush.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 11:05:55 AM

Do you want to upgrade your PSU as well?

if you don't, then get a card which doesn't need an additional power from PSU...
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May 31, 2010 11:13:06 AM

Well what I'd like is to get a pretty good upgrade from the 9500 but it doesnt have to be the top of the line.

I can settle with something that will maybe last a year or 2. Just trying to figure out which would be the best choice.

If there is another graphics card that could work with my PSU and be a good upgrade, then i wouldn't mind using that one either. I just appreciate all the help I am getting.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 11:13:40 AM

okay, with 30 amps on 12V then i won't say no to that PSU, Corsair is one of the best brand... And absolutely HD5770 will be fine with that PSU.

Well, about your CPU, we need more detail, what kind of X2? Dual core?
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May 31, 2010 11:17:51 AM

Hmm i believe it is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+.

And yes its dual core.
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May 31, 2010 11:26:33 AM

5600+ more likely
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 11:34:40 AM

Then you won't need a high end card, your cpu will bottlenecking the high end card...
Get 9800GT instead, you don't need to change the PSU...
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May 31, 2010 11:42:09 AM

Just the 9800 gt and not gtx?

Well then i'll try that out. Thanks alot for all your help. Along with Lmeow and mactronix.
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May 31, 2010 11:42:35 AM

Best answer selected by CaseyJ89.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 12:12:00 PM

well, no need to rush...
let's hear the other opinions as well...

No, don't get a 9800GT with power connector...
You must get a card with no additional power connector.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
like that one...
remember, choose a 9800GT with no additional power connector...
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a c 273 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 12:31:54 PM

A GT240 would be about the same performance wise, surely.
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May 31, 2010 5:01:54 PM

Haha well whichever card will be better for me will work.

That GT 240 seems nice. Any will do really i am just trying to get a card that will be used for high end gaming that will be out for the next year or so,
and will look good on my 42' tv.
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May 31, 2010 5:04:51 PM

The actual graphics card i have in my system is the 9500 gt 512mb.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 5:20:23 PM

If it's high end gaming that you're after then you might want to set the bar a little higher than a GT240/9800GT but you will need to think about upgrading your PSU at some point.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 5:28:14 PM

GT240 performance will be on par with 9800GT, but GT240 will need lesser power and run more cool than 9800GT green version...

About your system, well since you only has AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and cheap 450W of PSU, any high end card will be suffer the effect of bottleneck. With that system you will be fine gaming at 1280x1024, but for high end gaming like Crysis, you need MORE faster system.
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May 31, 2010 5:31:20 PM

Alright then that's some good info. I was figuring because of my processor that i might not have enough power to run the newer models.

This computer was custom built about over a year ago. So after upgrading my graphics card I might have to be thinking of upgrading my processor?
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a c 273 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 5:34:28 PM

A GT240 is closer to the 9600GT or just below a 9800GT green edition, the full fat 9800GT is faster than all three but needs a bit more power but for decent gaming for a year or two it might get by.
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May 31, 2010 5:37:15 PM

Well upgrading my PSU soon wont be a problem so if that corsair one i had linked before will work then i will get that.
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a c 273 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 5:45:34 PM

If you are looking to beef up your grapics soon and then again in the not too for distant future then get a PSU that will last, I went with the Corsair 620HX a few years back and they (I have two) still have the ability to run pretty much anything out there today.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 5:56:10 PM

So, what card did you want to get if you want to change PSU as well?

Does your motherboard support latest cpu like Phenom II x4?
Because if your mobo doesn't support then upgrading CPU+motherboard+new PSU+new card=expensive

I think for now you will better with your current setup+new GT240.
Save some money and buy a whole new system when you got the money... :) 
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a c 273 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 6:00:23 PM

wa1 said:
I think for now you will better with your current setup+new GT240.

Second that.
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May 31, 2010 6:04:48 PM

My MOBO is called Foxconn. I dont know much about it really.

It seems i would like to get the 9800 gt full fat version if my specs could support it with another PSU. Another system will probably wait til next year.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
May 31, 2010 6:40:28 PM

Well, if you said so, i won't hold you... :) 

Yes, you can add 9800GT full fat version + new PSU.
Get 500W so you can use it for your next system.

And make sure you choose a high quality PSU like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, SilverStone.
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May 31, 2010 6:58:33 PM

I'm thankful for the recommendations because at least now i know what i'm working with.

I planned on getting a corsair PSU with maybe around 5-600w.
The GT240 is a nice upgrade also so as long as it is those 2 i should be fine for some time.

IF the GT240 really is a compatible match for my specs then I might get that. It will be around 2 weeks before i even try to buy iit.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 1:01:02 AM

I should make this thing clear, if you want to grab 9800GT full version then you must change your PSU.
But, if you only buy GT240 you don't need to change your PSU...
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June 1, 2010 3:33:10 AM

I've decided to get the GT240 that you posted above. That will seem to work great.

In the process now of gathering the complete specs of the computer.
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June 1, 2010 3:46:50 AM

CPU Info
Property Value
FOXCONN MCP61M05
Summary

Number of Logical Processors 2
Number of Physical Processors 1
CPU #1 AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+
CPU Code Name Brisbane
Vendor AuthenticAMD
Number of Bits 64
Instruction Set MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, x86-64, NX, VMX
Platform Name Socket AM2 (940)
Revision BH-G2
Technology 65 nm
Original Clock 2900 MHz
Original System Clock 200 MHz
Original Multiplier 14.5
CPU Clock 2914 MHz
System Clock 200.9 MHz
HT Link 1004.7 MHz

Number of Cores 2
Core #1
Speed 2913.5 MHz
Multiplier 14.5
Core #2
Speed 2913.5 MHz
Multiplier 14.5
Virtual Technology Supported Yes
Hyper Threading Supported No
Cache
L1 Data Cache 2 x 64 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache 2 x 64 KBytes
L2 Cache 2 x 512 KBytes
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a c 189 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 4:38:03 AM

Yes, your system are good for now, get that GT240 and play...
Save your money for your next gaming system.
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