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Nvidia 9400gt 512mb

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October 15, 2010 4:11:33 AM

Hello all,
I'm looking to upgrade my current pc abit so I can start to play some modern games on decent setting. Here is an overview of the current set-up:

Acer Veriton 7900pro

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.4GHz)
3GB DDR2 ram
Nvidia 9400gt 512mb
400w PSU? (I think)

Just wondering what areas I should look at improving to get better performance in gaming.

Cheers.

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a b Î Nvidia
October 15, 2010 4:57:48 AM

You need a new video card. The 9400GT wasn't even intended for gaming when it was released years ago. 3gb of ram is alright as is your processor although in games that only use 2 cores(there's still a good amount of those) it would help if you overclocked it.
What is your budget and what is the native resolution of your monitor?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 15, 2010 5:01:22 AM

a cheap upgrade would be an ATI 4670 (good) or 5670 (better)

tossing the cheap lite-on PSU (probably 300w) acer uses and getting a decent 400w+ corsair, enermax, silverstone, xigmatek, ocz, seasonic, or antec PSU would be nice along with an ATI 5770.

i'm guessing you are not in the North America if you own that PC?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 15, 2010 5:01:59 AM

acer does not allow OC in its BIOS
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a b Î Nvidia
October 15, 2010 5:16:36 AM

I wouldn't suggest the 4670, even the 5570 is faster then it.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 15, 2010 1:50:35 PM

4745454b said:
I wouldn't suggest the 4670, even the 5570 is faster then it.


the ATI 4670 is cheaper, I don't know what market he is in, and the performance is actually on par with one another

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October 16, 2010 2:43:35 AM

Yeah my budget would be <$500.
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October 16, 2010 2:59:05 AM

just reading some video card reviews, what is your view on the HD 5770 and the HD 4870?
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October 16, 2010 2:59:49 AM

well my current monitor is a dell 19inch, but looking to upgrade to a 23.5'
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a b Î Nvidia
October 16, 2010 3:19:06 AM

benso90 said:
just reading some video card reviews, what is your view on the HD 5770 and the HD 4870?

With the prices (in the US) now, the 5770 is the better choice.
The 2 cards are essentially the same though, the 4870 just lacks DX11, uses more power, but has slightly higher bandwidth.
If you can find a big discount for a 4870 though, go ahead with it.

However, neither is a great buy now. With the 68XX coming out ans the 5770 soon-to-be-probably rebranded, you should see a wave of 5770 price cuts in the near future.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 16, 2010 3:26:32 AM

if you are looking at a 23.5" then I would suggest the GTX 460 1GB
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October 26, 2010 2:06:14 AM

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October 26, 2010 2:26:12 AM

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