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Need help choosing a Crysis 2 Graphics card

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July 30, 2010 1:52:48 AM

I've been doing a lot of GPU research, but just can't seem to figure out which graphics card would be right for my system. Crysis 2 will be Direct-X 10, so not worried about getting Direct-X 11 at all.

My current setup is:

CPU - Athlon II X4 630 @ 2.8GHZ
Ram - Tri-channel 6GB DDR3 PC3 240-pin
PSU - 600 Watt Rocketfish gaming power supply
Mobo - Violet6 with 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16
Onboard Video - Nvidia 9100 with 256mb ded. memory
Resolution - 1152 x 864 @ 75Hz

I was hoping to play Crysis 2 at decent settings on a low resolution.
Looking for a card that won't go above 80c on a heavy load.
Also, I don't care too much about the price of the card as long as it will last a while and the support/warranty is good.

Please help me choose one?

Thanks in advance!
a c 153 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 2:22:20 AM

You're going to have to help us out a little more, you dont care about graphics settings, dx11, or price? Usually if you dont care about graphics your going to have a budget.

The default card of choice right now looks to be the GTX 460 1GB version. But Crysis 2 settings and benches aren't out yet so we don't know what we will need for min or recommended settings or what not.

I can tell you its not going to be like Crysis 1 where it takes down ever hardware configuartion in its path, since 2 will be made for consoles are well.
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July 30, 2010 2:29:22 AM

Price doesn't matter as long as the card will last a while. I've heard that some cards burn up quickly. My Visiontek X1300 lasted me for 3 years and is still in great shape, it was definitely $130. If the GTX 460 will be able to last me that long, I'll be happy.

Also, what brand should I get? I was thinking XFX/EVGA.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:33:39 AM

The GTX 460 is actually massive overkill for your resolution. It is a good card for resolutions over twice as high as yours so it will certainly last you a very long time and be able to handle any game very well. That said if you would prefer to save some money and go with something more power efficient the HD5770 would also be fantastic for your resolution for a long time to come.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:54:41 AM

lol
WHERE CAN I TAKE A DAY TRIP TOO????
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July 30, 2010 12:30:15 PM

jyjjy said:
The GTX 460 is actually massive overkill for your resolution. It is a good card for resolutions over twice as high as yours so it will certainly last you a very long time and be able to handle any game very well. That said if you would prefer to save some money and go with something more power efficient the HD5770 would also be fantastic for your resolution for a long time to come.


I got a HD5770 and it doesn't work so i use a 8500GT Nvidia card which is rubbish
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 12:35:08 PM

If you bought a video card that doesn't work then you should return it.
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July 30, 2010 3:20:27 PM

jyjjy said:
If you bought a video card that doesn't work then you should return it.

I am instead im now getting a nvidia GTS250
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 3:35:39 PM

plzwork said:
I am instead im now getting a nvidia GTS250


What a massive ripoff! You exchanged the 5770 for A GTS 250! The 5770 is superior!
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 5:41:05 PM

If you're going to be spending money on a new GPU that you want to last a while you'd be daft not to have a DX11 compatible card. The HD 5870 is as good as anything in DX10 however I think it will fair less well under DX11 load. Since that dosn't seem to matter to you i'd go for 5870.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 7:00:26 PM

@ Jaguarmatt: According to the 'Net you have a slimline HP system, will a standard card fit, or have you changed the case?
You say you are not bothered about DX 11, well, and HD 5850 is faster under DX10 or DX9 but the GTX 460 is faster under DX11 and less expensive. Both draw a similar amount of power but the GTX460 is quieter (if you compare stock coolers).
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July 30, 2010 7:15:25 PM

plzwork said:
I am instead im now getting a nvidia GTS250


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Yeah. If your ATI 5770 didn't work new, you need to exchange it. Switching over to a GTS 250 is a downgrade from the ATI 5770 (which is on par with GTX 260).
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July 30, 2010 7:17:23 PM

jaguarmatt said:
I've been doing a lot of GPU research, but just can't seem to figure out which graphics card would be right for my system. Crysis 2 will be Direct-X 10, so not worried about getting Direct-X 11 at all.

My current setup is:

CPU - Athlon II X4 630 @ 2.8GHZ
Ram - Tri-channel 6GB DDR3 PC3 240-pin
PSU - 600 Watt Rocketfish gaming power supply
Mobo - Violet6 with 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16
Onboard Video - Nvidia 9100 with 256mb ded. memory
Resolution - 1152 x 864 @ 75Hz

I was hoping to play Crysis 2 at decent settings on a low resolution.
Looking for a card that won't go above 80c on a heavy load.
Also, I don't care too much about the price of the card as long as it will last a while and the support/warranty is good.

Please help me choose one?

Thanks in advance!


For your resolution, the ATI 5770 would be more than adequate. That's an odd resolution by the way. ;)  Anyhow, is your system pre-built? Someone mentioned you might have an HP Slimline desktop setup. If that's the case, you will not be able to put a gaming level graphics card into the system. In that case, only specific slimline GPUs (like GT 220 or GT 240) would fit into the space. And those aren't going to be great for playing much of anything with.
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July 30, 2010 7:22:36 PM

5770 FTW =D Scales amazing in CF, and overclocks like a champ.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 8:10:05 PM

I'm pretty sure there are no 600w PSUs that would fit in a slimline case.
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:02:46 PM

jyjjy said:
I'm pretty sure there are no 600w PSUs that would fit in a slimline case.


Let alone a 600w "gaming power supply" as the OP listed it. A 600W output would be pretty overkill for an HTCP (which is really what slimline systems are for, that or business use which means low power/performance components anyhow.

If anything, the OP probably needs a monitor upgrade along with their new GPU purchase.

My vote would be a 1680x1050 or 1920x1080 monitor, and a GTX 460 (assuming budget is open).
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July 30, 2010 9:09:05 PM

I'm currently using a 16" Compaq CRT Monitor, but the graphics look just as good as on my laptop. (17" LCD 720p)

Should I go for a DVI Monitor, if I go for one?

Also, am I limited by my HDD?
It's 1tb, but only @ 5400 rpm's.
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:25:18 PM

jaguarmatt said:
I'm currently using a 16" Compaq CRT Monitor, but the graphics look just as good as on my laptop. (17" LCD 720p)

Should I go for a DVI Monitor, if I go for one?

Also, am I limited by my HDD?
It's 1tb, but only @ 5400 rpm's.


Hard Drive speed limits you as far as loading games, levels, etc. It "should not" affect actual gameplay, unless you have too little graphics RAM, or system RAM and the game is having to swap data with the hard disk. You have 6GB of RAM, and any newer graphics card will likely have 1GB of RAM onboard. So that should not be a problem.

If you're going to buy a new monitor (LCDs are SO much nicer than old CRT's) I wouldn't get anything less than 1680x1050 (personally I wouldn't do less than 1920x1080 to be honest). Keep in mind, the higher resolution your monitor, the better the video card that you need to play games smoothly, with high settings.

Now, SC2 in particular, because it's a DX9 title, plays very well at high resolution without having a super spendy GPU. But something like a GTX460 would do fairly well at 1920x1080 for many games, perhaps not with everything maxed though. It'd be a great gaming card though (and at 1680x1050 it'd be fantastic!).

You'll be pretty amazed at the graphics quality at 1920x1080 vs your existing monitor though....
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July 30, 2010 9:29:49 PM

One last question before I make my decision.

The HD 5830 and the GTX 460 are the same price.
Which would be better between the 2?
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:40:46 PM

460
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 9:44:58 PM

The GTX 460 is better.
I definitely second the new monitor suggestion. It will make a world of difference, not just for gaming but for general use as well. Get an 23" 1080p monitor and you will shudder at the thought of going back to your old screen. The GTX 460 should do quite well even at 1080p, especially when overclocked.
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July 30, 2010 9:46:15 PM

Best answer selected by jaguarmatt.
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July 30, 2010 9:47:54 PM

I'll have to see what I can afford on the screen, but I'll definitely go for the GTX 460, most likely EVGA/Gigabyte.

Thank you everyone for your help!
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 10:16:55 PM

GTX 460 1GB is the one to go with. :)  Coupled with a new monitor, you'll only regret not upgrading your screen sooner! I can't stand anything less than 1080p anymore. LOL
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a b U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 10:20:46 PM

jyjjy said:
A decent monitor is going to be somewhere in the $160-200 area. This would be a good choice;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I've got an Asus 21.5" 1080p monitor. Awesome monitor so far as I'm concerned. Not a "high end" unit by any means, but it's perfect. I've purchased two of them (one for me, one for my in-laws) and both came without a single bad pixel.

These two are basically the same, but one has a faster refresh time (2ms vs 5ms)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For 21.5"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 30, 2010 11:10:54 PM

Yeah, I saw those too. Considering the free shipping I think the one I linked is the best deal.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
February 24, 2012 12:54:11 AM

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