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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The most important here, what is your PSU? brand? model?
That's a GT240, you will better with that card, just as mousemonkey said, newer tech, more "cool" card than 9800GT...
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.
The actual graphics card i have in my system is the 9500 gt 512mb.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
I think for now you will better with your current setup+new GT240.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
Yes, your system are good for now, get that GT240 and play... Save your money for your next gaming system.