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PSU+Screen Resolution = Best video card to use?

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June 9, 2010 7:46:36 PM

Hello, Techies..I need your input right now as I don't know what to do. I'm no tech expert, but i give my best to understand PC parts and terms.

Here are my PC's specs:

CPU: Intel i5 650 @ 3.20Ghz
Intel Motherboard
4 GB DDR3 memory
PSU 350W
Dell E173FP @ 1280x1024 (MAX RESOLUTION)

I really don't know as to why they used a 350W PSU when they assembled my unit. Are they being conservative here? :fou: 

My question is, given the PSU and my monitor's max display resolution, what is the best video card for gaming in the market that doesn't take much power and that it won't be an overkill for my screen resolution when i will use it?

I really don't know if I should use power consuming video cards but i'm too afraid that it might not work for my unit.

I'm not much of a game freak, i only play Warcraft3: Frozen Throne (DotA) and COD4: MW 1 & 2.



I tried to search for answers in the web and this is so far what i found,

http://www.hardware-revolution.com [...] june-2010/

I can't upgrade my monitor for now so it will be my display for the mean time while i have no job yet. As for the PSU, i'm still finding out if they can replace it for free. It's been 2 mos since i have it assembled. my budget for the card would be less than $120.

The article recommended using Radeon HD 5570 512MB for low power PSU, and there are also alternatives that the author mentioned, again i can't decide which to consider.

But i was really planning to buy the GIGABYTE Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3, but as i mentioned im quite afraid that it won't work because of my PSU's capacity. But if ever, will it work fine if i'll use it?

Your recommendations are always welcome. Thank you so much! :) 
June 9, 2010 8:02:54 PM

number13 said:
the 5570(85W) with the little PSU you got the 4850(110W) might push the limit, I wonder whats the name on the side of the PSU is and the efficiency, but if you are looking for cheap cards:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
there are some good deals there


I checked the link that you gave me, lots to choose from. :) 

If i may ask, will there be a difference if I get the 1 GB not the 512 MB memo given that my monitor's max screen resolution is 1280x1024?

To get a quote that the author said in this article:

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/the-best-video-cards...

To avoid:

* Avoid any model equipped with slower DDR2 memory, as this does reduce performance quite a bit. Avoid models with GDDR3 in the case of the Geforce GT240.
* Models with 1GB of memory: 1GB of memory is simply overkill for a card offering this level of performance, you won’t see any difference in performance between the 512MB and the 1GB model, so don’t waste your money.


Is it true that i won't be seeing a big difference?
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June 9, 2010 8:10:42 PM

1G cards are good for gameing, COD 1 & 2 can use the memory make sure at least DDR3, which OS are you using
Avoid models with GDDR3(what is he talking about) in the case of the Geforce GT240, if you are gaming don't be looking at a GTX240, it's low end, 8800GT, GTX, 9800GT, GTX are low power and give good performance
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June 9, 2010 8:23:18 PM

Exactly sir, what the heck is he talking about. He's confusing me.

Just a brief recall of my spec;

windows7 Pro 32-bit
Dell monitor with a max resolution of 1280x1024
PSU: Power Man 350W Output

I'm planning to play COD: Modern Warfare 1 &2.
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June 9, 2010 8:29:24 PM

he was confusing me too, get a 1G card, you'll be happier, don't worry about the memory DDR 3, 4, 5, you won't be able to tell, your not trying to run Cyrsis with all the eye candy on max, at 1900x1200
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June 9, 2010 8:34:24 PM

number13 said:
he was confusing me too, get a 1G card, you'll be happier, don't worry about the memory DDR 3, 4, 5, you won't be able to tell, your not trying to run Cyrsis with all the eye candy on max, at 1900x1200


hehe..ok sir, if you may, can you give me a recommendation that is best suited for my situation, a 350W PSU and surely i'll only be playing at a resolution of 1280x1024.

what's the best card out there for my unit then sir? :) 
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June 9, 2010 8:40:44 PM

8800GT, GTX, 9800GT, GTX are low power and give good performance
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June 9, 2010 8:47:08 PM

ok..thank you so much for the input sir. i'll consider 9800 GT then. :) 
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June 9, 2010 8:48:20 PM

cool and good luck
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June 9, 2010 8:50:10 PM

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