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Should i buy a new GFX card?

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November 21, 2010 7:21:11 PM

Dear helpful people,

i was planning on buying a new graphics card for my PC, but im not sure whether that would be a good idea since the pc isnt the very new.

Current config:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Sapphire RADEON HD 3450
360GB HDD
MSI MS-7125 K8N Neo4 Platinum/-FI/-FX
2G of ram PC3200 DDR-SDRAM
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

I was wondering whether i should buy a new gfx card and if so should i buy the one im planning on buying, ATI 5770 and i did should i upgrade my ram?

thank

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 21, 2010 8:24:25 PM

You could use a better gfx card, but thats a 5 year old system, a whole new system is the better choice.

a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 21, 2010 9:12:38 PM

Lol the CPU might bottleneck your GPU at a certain res. I agree with screwy, you should invest in a new build entirely.
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November 22, 2010 12:13:08 AM

your could get the 5770, overclock the cpu and then save for a new board/cpu & ram...
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2010 12:59:16 AM

The 5770 is more money than a 460 :p  or almost. I'd rather suggest the 460 since you only have 1 16x slot anyway so go with the 460 if you do want to get a new card. But even if you do get one, your CPU will bottleneck it, that's assured. Be sure to check your PSU as well if you upgrade your GPU.

But... I highly suggest you build an entire pc entirely. Your CPU and PCI slot (it's not 16x 2.0, but still a 16x 2.0 card will work on it) will bottleneck the performance alot.
November 22, 2010 12:54:19 PM

Currently i dont have enough money for anything else and i was thinking maybe i should get a new gfx, it will atleast improve my performance, and then when i have more money ill get a new mobo,cpu, and what not. maybe even ddr
a b B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2010 12:56:58 PM

I'd go ahead and get a new card them, but I wouldn't spend too much on it.

Maybe a GT250 or HD4850
November 22, 2010 1:03:31 PM

The less money i spend the better, however i do want have a decent performance on average res, 1280 x 1024, and i dont want to play them on the highest possible graphicx just on a playable level and decent framerate.

im not picky seeing as my current gpu isnt the most powerful thing in the world
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2010 1:05:41 PM

Just save up and upgrade all at once, alot of new stuff is coming out.
November 22, 2010 1:09:39 PM

I wont be upgrading the whole thing until few years and graphic card i need is only for a years or so just so i can play some games, other wise ill have to buy an Xbox and as a very big fan of PC i feel that that would be a betrayal.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2010 1:13:20 PM

sohrab: Go ahead and get something a bit better than what you have: A 9800GT might be the perfect option.

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

$69.99 after rebate with lifetime warranty. will run games fine at your resolution, and will not be too bottlenecked by your CPU.
November 22, 2010 1:16:45 PM

thank you everyone, especially screwy, ill buy 9800gt and and in couple of years upgrade my whole system.


ps: *** you bottleneck
a c 91 B Homebuilt system
November 22, 2010 9:14:23 PM

Alrighty, good luck with your build.
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