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September 17, 2010 3:48:09 PM

Hello,
Im currently using
ASUS M3N-H/HDMI motherboard http://sg.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=hR9xA49ZHyU31AeA&t...
AMD Phenom 9750 Quard core 2.40 GHz
2x2GB ram
power supply at 380W
I have been using the integrated 8300 graphics card but it seems to be struggling with the current gen games even at low setting.
Im looking for some price/performance budget graphics card.
What are some of the the graphics card that are recommended?
a c 235 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 3:54:36 PM

if your budget us under $100
1st choice ATI 5670 ver 2.0
2nd Nvidia GT 240 DDR5

if you are willing to spend more. post your monitor resolution. because you can use a new PSU, CPU, and video card.

a c 376 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 4:00:12 PM

Yeah, an HD5670 looks about right.
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September 17, 2010 4:02:16 PM

Mine is running at 1440 X 900. Im open to more advice.
a c 147 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 5:19:44 PM

Your power supply should handle the lower end of gaming video cards. Your CPU is just dandy, although you may want to get more RAM if you want to run at full settings.

If you have a budget for over $120 for a video card, you may want to update your power supply to something in the 500 watt range, as just about any card over $100 may have reliability issues running off a 380 watter. You would see random reboots, things like that. If you have a cost concern, leave the RAM alone and get a higher end video card and power supply upgrade. 2 gig of RAM should be enough to feed just about any game.

This will give you a great idea what to get for your budget, keeping in mind your power supply issue: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-460-rad...
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 17, 2010 5:21:50 PM

An 380w can likely handle an HD5750 but we would need the brand/model or max power output on the +12v rail(s) to tell you for certain.
September 19, 2010 1:45:31 AM

Im using AcBel pc7019.
+12v1 - 15A
+12v2 - 18A
Think I will go along with hd 5670 since im more of a casual gamer.
Can someone confirm if it will work with my psu?
a c 235 U Graphics card
September 19, 2010 2:30:40 PM

you will be fine, the ATI 5670 will work on a generic 300w PSU
September 20, 2010 1:11:34 PM

Powercolour HD 5670 512mb or Sapphire HD 5670 512mb. Which one should i go for? They are of about the same prices with just a few dollar difference over here.
a c 147 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:43:23 PM

ltylty said:
Powercolour HD 5670 512mb or Sapphire HD 5670 512mb. Which one should i go for? They are of about the same prices with just a few dollar difference over here.


They are both quality vendors, since you did not give the exact model, take a look at the specs carefully and the warranty.

Sometimes you can find 2 cards that use the same chipset but with one having faster RAM, maybe different connectors on the back, longer warranty from the manufacturer, etc...
September 21, 2010 3:36:09 PM

Lets say I have the budget to get a new PSU and graphics card, which one should i go for such it wont be bottleneck?

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a c 235 U Graphics card
September 21, 2010 3:44:50 PM
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I don't think you fully understand what a bottle neck is and you also don't need to worry about it. Bottle necks are not a bad thing and it's not like having one will effect your PC in a negative way. Many things create a bottleneck including, software, RAM, video cards, HDD, CPU, etc.,


if you can get a solid 450w PSU

you can look at the following cards

budget cards with very good performance for your resolution
ATI 4850
GTS250

a step up from above and support DX 11
GTS 450
ATI 5770
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 21, 2010 9:24:02 PM

True, a "bottleneck" simply means that your processor is limiting your video card from achieving it's full potential. You can't just say X CPU bottlenecks Y card except in extreme cases. Whether or not it will happen depends on the game and what settings you will be using. Your current processor isn't particularly good but it's not terrible either. FYI your motherboard supports all current AMD processors with a BIOS upgrade(even the x6 processors) so upgrading to a Phenom II would be a good plan for after you upgrade the card.
A GTS 450 or HD5770 like CT suggests above would be a good choice. If you are in the US then I would likely get this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Along with either of these;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The HD5770 is a bit faster.
September 21, 2010 10:31:21 PM

you should get GTX450 or 460 for more dx11 game later on. direct 11 made huge different on graphic.
a b U Graphics card
September 21, 2010 10:44:34 PM

I'd go with the 5770 mainly because the 450GTS has been a real let down from its older 250 GTX and 260 GTX counter parts. But thats just IMO.
September 22, 2010 3:37:23 PM

Seems it will be better off upgrading my PSU as well. Which PSU will you guys recommend? Im looking for 1 preferably with low noise and can last me for about 2-3 years before further upgrade is required. jy's suggestion seems pretty good.

Most probably I will get 5770 as well.
a b U Graphics card
September 22, 2010 9:34:40 PM

Why that one? Corsair may be good, but that's just 1x6pin.... If he OCs or anything, it gives him barely any headroom. Plus at 70$ for 450 watts it just can't be justified. Even if it is corsair and 80+.

I recommend this Seasonic S12II 520 80+ Bronze for only 60$ on Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That or this Cooler Master Silent Pro 600 watt (I'd actually go with this one because CM gives you rubber bumpers (i think that's what you'd call them) and it silences the PSU very well, I have a 700 watt Silent pro and its silent, I don't even hear it. Plus it is 80+ (not bronze) and the PSU has gotten alot of good reviews.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 22, 2010 9:45:02 PM

The PSU I recommended is much cheaper than any of these, a good brand and more than enough for an HD5770.
a b U Graphics card
September 22, 2010 11:14:23 PM

It's not like its MUCH cheaper than the Seasonic i recommended, its only cheaper than it because of the promo code, otherwise its not at all. I mean it is good enough though.
a c 376 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 12:12:46 AM

With shipping the Seasonic unit is $70. The Antec is $20 less before rebate and half the price after.
a b U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 12:42:32 AM

Stewpid shipping.
a c 235 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 2:38:12 AM

aznshinobi said:
It's not like its MUCH cheaper than the Seasonic i recommended, its only cheaper than it because of the promo code, otherwise its not at all. I mean it is good enough though.


the antec neo eco 520wand seasonic 520w are basically the exact same PSU (both made by seasonic). The seasonic has slightly better caps and efficiency. In the real world, you won't know the difference. just make sure you have a power cord for the antec, it does not come with one.
September 23, 2010 12:28:34 PM

I have the following in mind:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.amatech.com/computing/product/axedeluxe/axed... (650W)

Im able to get these over here at almost the same price with only a few dollar difference. I have no idea which 1 will produce the least noise or worth the most. Will it (600W~650W) be overkill for the system? Im thinking of getting a good one such that I wont have to trouble about the PSU when doing upgrades in the future. Is that a good idea?
a c 235 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 1:46:39 PM

the modular seasonic would be my first choice. the antec like above is basically the same PSU this time its also lacking the modular feature. the ocz is also a good selection. can't go wrong with those three.

i would sip the other two

its also overkill for a single ati 5770 set up, fine if you want to crossfire two of them.
September 25, 2010 10:00:08 AM

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