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November 21, 2010 9:09:39 AM

First things first, here are my main specs.

windows 7 32-bit
Athlon 64 x2 2.0ghz @ 2.4ghz
2gigs of ddr2 memory
pci-e x16

What graphics card would you guys recommend?

I have about 150$ to spend

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November 21, 2010 9:44:35 AM

hmmm, what screen resolution do you use? and if you dont get what im asking... what is the size of your monitor?

also an athlon is a really poor cpu... good news is you can easily upgrade amd cpu's since they have backwards compatability (kind of like 'one size fits all')
so save up your cash, get a better cpu and THEN decide on a gpu.

unless, you REALLY want a graphics card... get a gts 450 or hd 5770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...$100%20-%20$200
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November 21, 2010 10:12:44 AM

Wretch11 said:
First things first, here are my main specs.

windows 7 32-bit
Athlon 64 x2 2.0ghz @ 2.4ghz
2gigs of ddr2 memory
pci-e x16

What graphics card would you guys recommend?

I have about 150$ to spend


5770 or a Nvidia GTX 460 768 going for 114.99 with mail in rebate at newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

your processor will bottleneck the GPU but at least your GPU wont need upgraded any time soon, next upgrade would be your processor when you have the money what socket you running?
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 10:43:33 AM

i would also agre to upgrading to a 5770 or 460 but you just check your power supply,it looks like you have a factory built pc.Can you please list what type of power supply you have and model no.
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a c 177 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 11:21:08 AM

What is this for? Not everyone here is a dyed-in-the-wool gamer-just most of us;)
What is the monitor resolution? At higher resolutions the graphics card has to work harder to maintain good gaming performance,
What is the powersupply? Make and model, please. Obviously the more powerful the graphics card the more power it will use and it may need two 6 pin or even 1x6 pin and 1x8pin connectors.
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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 11:52:25 AM

Your choice of graphics card is severely limited by that CPU.You can have a look at a HD 5670 512 MB at most.
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November 21, 2010 5:23:29 PM

ok so looks like i'll need to upgrade cpu before considering anything else.

This is my mobo: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

My current monitor runs at 1024x768 but I'm planning on hooking my pc up to my sony 1080p hdtv when I upgrade my graphics card.

So anyway, what processor would be best for a 100$ price range
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 6:19:12 PM

That link doesn't work. just say what the mobo supports: ex. AM2+ AM3 and so on.
You should look for a graphics card that has an HDMI port.Much easier to buy a long HDMI cable to hook up to your TV.

Since that link didn't work i just looked up some prossecors in the $100 dollar range and got these...

Pheom ii x3 740 B.E. Socket=AM3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pheom ii x4 940 B.E. Socket=AM2+

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

I'll start looking more in depth when I know what Socket you have.

Also some other things that need to be known is what type of Power Supply you have because i think that might turn into another issue...
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November 21, 2010 7:00:01 PM

my mobo supports am2/am2+/am3. As for the power supply I'm pretty sure i have a 450w. I'll check to be sure though, probably not enough either way.

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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 7:18:32 PM

Is your budget still $150?
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November 21, 2010 7:36:13 PM

150$ is what I have for a graphics card. As for the processor I'm willing to spend about 100$ more.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 9:30:21 PM

Okay so you have $250 to spend?

So here's a bundle'd 5770 and an Athlon ii x4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$232

Here's a bundle'd 5770 and a phenom ii x2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$222

Supposidly i was reading that you can unlock 2 extra cores on that phenom x2 making it a quad core, and it can O.C. very well. Those are both combo deals

Or you could do it by single purachses of each...

Heres a Phenom ii x3 also unlockable extra core

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

And an HIS 5770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$210 in total for both

Theirs alot to choose from, but i would reccomend going with a phenom ii x3 and above.I would suggest going with the cheapest option so you can buy some more RAM, if you get it up to 4g it should run very smooth.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 9:41:11 PM

Also you never listed your Power Supply.
At the current rate your at about 400 Watts,i hope you will have enough power with your current psu
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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 9:43:35 PM

Its an AM2/AM3 motherboard
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a b U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 9:50:16 PM

I agree, before you make any changes to your config, you should post your make and model of your power supply, not just the wattage.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 21, 2010 10:36:49 PM

plznote said:
Its an AM2/AM3 motherboard



What does that mean exactly?

Does that mean it will not support AM2+?
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a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2010 3:39:10 AM

Most if not all AMD CPU's today that are still in production are AM3... I could be wrong though :lol: 
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November 22, 2010 7:30:58 PM

GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2010 7:48:45 PM

+1 Not even close :) . It might even do the new AMD 6 cores if you were willing to fork the bucks over... :)  Can anyone confirm 6 core compaitblity? :lol: 
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a b U Graphics card
November 22, 2010 7:58:00 PM

why wuold he want a 6 core? when a 4 core will be more than needed to game, heck only a few top end games use 3 cores now, and the majority barely use the 2nd core. by thie time 6 are even starting to be used the x6 will be a relic
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 22, 2010 8:05:15 PM

^true
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 22, 2010 8:43:26 PM

The Gigabyte site lists a few different revisions of this motherboard. Revision 3 or higher(SB710) can unlock cores on processors and the earlier ones cannot. You can find out which you have with CPU-Z most likely;
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
Either way a Phenom II x2 or x3 plus a GTX 460 768mb is probably the way to go considering the $250 budget.
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November 22, 2010 10:17:03 PM

You guys are awesome! Thx for all the help, it's much appreciated. I was feeling at a loss about all this, you guys fixed that though. :) 
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 23, 2010 2:04:24 AM

Well, don't forget to find out more about your power supply. It is rather important. If you don't know then take the side off your computer and look for the chart on the side of the power supply. It is the part the power cord plugs into. Tell us the brand and model number.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
November 23, 2010 2:09:51 AM

^It says he has a 450watt PSU currently, but the amperage is unknown yet...
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 23, 2010 2:47:33 AM

Yeah, I saw that but it could mean almost anything. We need the brand/model.
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a b U Graphics card
November 24, 2010 3:24:52 AM

g00fysmiley said:
why wuold he want a 6 core? when a 4 core will be more than needed to game, heck only a few top end games use 3 cores now, and the majority barely use the 2nd core. by thie time 6 are even starting to be used the x6 will be a relic


I was just curious :) .
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