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November 14, 2010 3:26:05 PM

im going to buy a new desktop

and these are my pref. specs

Intel Core 2 quad 2.5ghz
Asus p5-qpl MoBo
2gb ram
<<<<< 512mb gts 250 ddr3/ 1gb gt240 ddr5>>>>>>>

im just hoping that with these specs i can run the most heavy games up-to-date and even the upcoming games

can you guys help me in deciding what gpu to choose...
thanks

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a b U Graphics card
November 14, 2010 3:57:26 PM

The GTS 250 will butcher the 240 GT.

Essentially a 240 GT is weaker than a non-eco 9800GT, and a 250GTS is a 9800GT on roids.

Dont let the 1gb frame buffer full you, its useless on a card like 240 GT, heck the 1gb will barely be useful on the 250GTS as well.
Now comes the price. You can get a 240 Gt at around half the price as a 250 GTS, and the GTS is not twice as fast. So the 240 Gt is a better value.

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a c 216 U Graphics card
November 14, 2010 4:02:39 PM

What resolution do you play at?
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November 14, 2010 9:45:30 PM

ok.. i usually play at 1024x726 sumthing resolution..

but can i play the graphics heavy games like crysis on heavy settings using the gt240? or is the extra buck ong the gts250 worth it
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November 14, 2010 11:20:25 PM

Erm... To be honest with you, I'd go for an i3 or an i5. They're not too expensive, and fairly easy to overclock to a decent speed. Crysis isn't a great measure simply because it is so graphically demanding. It's good for comparing graphics cards, but...

I'd say that gaming at 1024x768 would be alright for a gts 250 to handle. Most cards nowadays would be built for 720p or 1080p, that is to say, 1280x720 or 1920x1080. You should be fine to play most games on high with a decent fps on a gts 250. If you want a better card for about the same price, I'd go for either a 4870, or for a DX11 card, a 5770. Both aren't that much more expensive, and are both fairly decent.
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a c 216 U Graphics card
November 14, 2010 11:24:33 PM

Well, you don't need a very powerful card to play at high settings at that resolution. You might be able to play at near max settings with the GTS 250.

I personally would consider a DX11 card.

If you are looking at something below around $80, a Radeon 5670 would do the trick. For $120 ish, a GTS 450 would be very good for your needs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gts-450-gf1...

Your resolution would have higher FPS than listed, as they don't use a resolution as low as yours. The GTS 250 is even in the list. It would seem you'll probably want at least a GTS 250 if you want to play crysis at high settings.
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a c 172 U Graphics card
November 14, 2010 11:27:10 PM

seriously? your buying a "NEW" desktop, which is entirely made up of OLD hardware that has no upgrade path. I suggest you go the AMD route and get a phenom x 4 and a gts450 or ati 5770 or if you have to the GTS250 slaughters the gt240, and I suggest the 1gb model, 512 does run short in some games despite what some people say.
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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 12:06:44 AM

The gts 250 is better than gt 240. I have a gt 240 and it is not a powerful card. On ebay you can get a gtx 260 for $100 which will blow them all out of the water. If you want to play upcoming games get another 2gb RAM in dual channel. =D hope I helped
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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 12:18:23 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
seriously? your buying a "NEW" desktop, which is entirely made up of OLD hardware that has no upgrade path. I suggest you go the AMD route and get a phenom x 4 and a gts450 or ati 5770 or if you have to the GTS250 slaughters the gt240, and I suggest the 1gb model, 512 does run short in some games despite what some people say.


u dont need phenom X4, a 3.2Ghz Athlon II X3 will be perfect on a budget. I agree with a 5770, good card.
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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 12:22:21 AM

vilenjan said:
u dont need phenom X4, a 3.2Ghz Athlon II X3 will be perfect on a budget. I agree with a 5770, good card.


Yes, I have an AMD Athlon II X3 440 @ 3.3ghz and it is a beast!
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November 15, 2010 1:13:07 PM

ok.. getting a lot of options here.. thanks for that..

are core 2 duo and core 2 quad really being phased-out? so should i really go for the i-series? some friends told me that the c2d and the core 2 quad are faster than the i3 and i5.. and I MoBo's really cost a lot.. coz im just a student and just using my saved up allowance for all of this.. so it really hurts my wallet..

looks like im goin for the gts250 .. and ill look around here for the gts 450 and check its price..

its like this right? gt240<9800gt<gts240<gts450 right?
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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 1:55:01 PM

If I were going intel on budget, I would go for the cheapest Core i3 processor, its plenty fast for gaming today, beating out msot C2D and AMD X2s. My pic for a budget card would be either a 5770 or a 450GTS for Nvidia cards.

Building a new machine around outdated tech is not the best future investment, low end parts? yes, outdated parts? no.
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November 15, 2010 1:59:28 PM

sorry if i ask this noobie question,

lighter load means faster right?

right now, in our currency, GTS250 512MB DDR3 256bit DVI/HDMI costs around 4500php, its like i think $110 (USD)..

and a GT240 1GB DDR5 128bit DVI/HDMI costs about 4000php w/c is like $100.

soo.. what to choose? im really a noob at this.. and i just the best card that my budget can buy
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November 15, 2010 2:09:15 PM

oh noess... hmm.. im going to get an Asus p5-qpl Mobo if i am able to go through with this rig..

will i be able to fit that in?

im gonna get atleast a 600w Psu for this desktop.. that enough?
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November 15, 2010 2:39:24 PM

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600watts is enough, you don't need that much if you're not going to run dual video cards..
nice little mATX board, i like those Asus, I have one kinda like it..
it will tightly fit, might cover up the bottom pci slot, i'm not sure.
go for it.
FYI - there are single slot versions of the card you're looking at.!
have fun..



im.. if you dont mind me asking..

single slot and dual slot differs in what way?
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November 15, 2010 3:28:14 PM

thanks for being so patient with me :) 
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November 15, 2010 3:30:56 PM

even thought the Gt 240 ddr5 it can be easily be outmatched by the gts250 right?
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November 15, 2010 4:17:33 PM

thanks :) 
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a c 172 U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 8:06:58 PM

I dont see why you dont go for an AMD based setup. athlon x4 or something....at least you have more/cheaper upgrade options for it in the future.
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November 15, 2010 11:14:18 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
I dont see why you dont go for an AMD based setup. athlon x4 or something....at least you have more/cheaper upgrade options for it in the future.


Amen to that. You could later move up to a hexacore all on the same board. :non: 
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a b U Graphics card
November 15, 2010 11:32:40 PM

AMD over Intel any day! AMD = much cheaper product that will give you more than enough power if you buy the right one. =D
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a c 271 U Graphics card
November 23, 2010 1:45:10 PM

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