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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 4:21:57 PM

help anybody i just bought the new mafia2 game for the pc but my ati radeon hd 3600 serieas is pants with it can anybody tell me of some good cards to upgrade to thanks
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 4:22:49 PM

forgot to mention my dell is a vostro220
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a c 272 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 5:57:18 PM

The title of this topic has been edited by Mousemonkey
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 6:12:00 PM

Your PSU is a 300W... so i suggest you buy a new one before upgrading the GPU...
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 6:29:23 PM

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there are a few options @ 300-305 watt psu
actually your integrated video is just as good as what your running.
it's the intel gma4500hd I think. (no point there)
bottom line is you have a few options.


You mean the HD55xx series??? Well, they will be a descent upgrade, but we don't know what will the OP game, nor his monitor res.

Plus this is not a quality PSU.......
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 7:52:06 PM

He can still get a decent upgrade on that PSU, however what does the OP want to do with the game.

So OP, what resolution do you play at, and do you have all of the settings maxed? If so you will need both a PSU and GPU upgrade.

If you just want the game to "run" at low settings you can start researching cards around the 5670 point.
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 8:35:13 PM

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well for ATI options with 300-3005 watt psu, here's a quick list w/ facts:
1.) HD4550 - blah, not worth it..
2.) nothing else really in that power range; there are a few in the 400 watt range.
now nVidia wise there are more choices for you.
1.) GT220 or GT240 - newer technology
2.) 8600GT - XFX model gets 6.4 WEI in both
3.) one of the two 9600GT models - lower powered version of course
That's about it, the best card you can get for the power (restrictions) you have.
Of course with more power brings more options.
On this list the nVidia wins by far over the one ATI card, I personally own two of them on list.
I've been through this before.


I think that the 5550 GDDR5 is the best choice....
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:03:56 PM

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minimum 400 watt recommended, no go.
in actuality it might work because Dell are stronger than actually rated.
I still wouldn't.
and like I said, at 400 watts there are a lot more options.


Then the GT220 maybe?

The 8600GT is a ***, old tech, completely not worth even a dollar. WEI is also a ***, don't trust it;)
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:13:56 PM

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time to google some benchmarks between the two..


ummm....here?

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2855/6

It clearly shows that the gt220 gives 28 fps while the 9500gt (rebranded 8600) is giving 17 fps...... plus the gt220 is 40nm whereas the 8600gt is 80nm (!).
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:15:44 PM

Helltech said:
What wrong with the 5670, or am I missing something? =/

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...


Look at the 8800gt. Then at the 5670. The 5670 is around 8800gt performance (little slower in some games) and consumes a lot less power thanks to 40nm process........ what is wrong????:D 
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:16:45 PM

unknown_13 said:
Look at the 8800gt. Then at the 5670. The 5670 is around 8800gt performance (little slower in some games) and consumes a lot less power thanks to 40nm process........ what is wrong????:D 


Nothing, I'm just wondering why we aren't suggesting it, is all.
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a b U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:19:36 PM

Helltech said:
Nothing, I'm just wondering why we aren't suggesting it, is all.


'Cause of the "The 400W requirement".... :lol: 

I think the HD 5670 requires a quality 350W PSU........
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:23:40 PM

It can work on a 300w easy, the 400w requirment is to save ATIs ass/for people using like 5 hard drives.

The requirments are a good guide for people who don't know what they are doing, but with research you can find out what you can acutally use.

And the 5670 is a good option. The GT240 is probably a little safer of an option, however.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:31:50 PM

The thing about cards that draw power from the PCI-e slot, is that no matter what they arn't going to draw more then 75watts (even in real gaming situations it more then likely you won't draw more then 50watts).
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