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Which video card will work with my PC? (some gaming, less than $200)

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November 29, 2010 4:27:36 PM

Hello all. I am thinking about upgrading my video card on my PC for some gaming. I have some knowledge of PC building, but I am looking for recomendations on upgrading my video card. The link below is the pre-built PC I bought from Newegg about a year ago as well as the specs listed below.

]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=83-229-102&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2]

I have a dual monitor setup and would like to use the best possible hookup to each monitor. Right now I'm using DVI for one monitor and VGA for the other. I'm assuming the best connection is still DVI, so the new card needs to have two DVI outputs. This PC also has crossfire and SLI support, so I need guidance on whether or not that is something else I should entertain. I would also like the fan on the video card to be a bit quieter than the one on the stock video card. The games I play are not that graphic intensive (WoW, Civ, Left for Dead, etc.) so I don't need anything crazy top of the line. Ideally, I'd like to spend less than $200, if an upgrade is even necessary. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Christmas

BUDGET RANGE: Up to $200

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, dual monitor support

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4830 512MB PCI Express Video Card , Power Supply 680W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: All other specs below

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like it to run most games on higher than average graphic settings and less graphic intensive games (i.e WoW) on highest settings with no issues.


PC info:

CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 1012
General Spec
Brand CyberpowerPC
Model Gamer Xtreme 1012
Processor Intel Core i7 920(2.66GHz)
Processor Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Memory 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 Tri Channel Memory
Hard Drive 1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
Optical Drive 1 22X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 4830 512MB PCI Express Video Card
Audio Sound card - Integrated
Ethernet Gigabit LAN
Power Supply 680W
Keyboard Logitech USB Keyboard
Mouse Logitech USB Mouse
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Special Features Coolermaster Elite 310 Case W/ 680W Power Supply Motherboard
Chipset Intel X58 CPU
CPU Type Intel Core i7
Installed Qty 1
CPU Speed 920(2.66GHz)
L2 Cache Per CPU 4 x 256KB
L3 Cache Per CPU 8MB
CPU Socket Type LGA 1366
CPU Main Features 64 bit Quad-Core Processor Graphics
GPU/VPU Type ATI Radeon HD 4830
Graphics Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16 Memory
Memory Capacity 6GB DDR3
Memory Spec 2GB x 3
Memory Slots (Available/Total) 1/4 Hard Drive
HDD Capacity 1TB
HDD Interface SATA II
HDD RPM 7200rpm Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec 22X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive Audio
Audio Chipset Integrated Communications
LAN Chipset Integrated
LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps Front Panel Ports
Front USB 2
Front Audio Ports 2 Back Panel Ports
PS/2 2
Video Ports 1 VGA, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI
Rear USB 8
Rear IEEE 1394 2
RJ45 1 port
Rear Audio Ports 6 ports
S/P DIF 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Out Expansion
PCI Slots (Available/Total) 2 x PCI Express x16 (SLI & Crossfire support)
1 x PCI Express x4
2 x PCI Express x1
2 x PCI



Edit: Corrected link, button is broken, doesn't add the closing ] after the URL start tag for some reason...
a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2010 4:39:51 PM

Hello, first of all, correct your link.
What psu model is it ?
And what is your budget ?
having 2 screens at 1080 p, you will be better with ati i guess [eyefinity], , ati 6850, 6870, 5850, 5870, depending on your budget, currently ati 6 series are newer, more efficient, and cooler-
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November 29, 2010 4:58:17 PM

I looked but was unable to find the exact brand of the power supply. I'm at work now so I cannot physically look at the hardware to tell, but if it's necessary, I can look when I get home.
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a b U Graphics card
November 29, 2010 5:05:50 PM

Its recommended , yes do check, you really need a decent psu to run the newer gpus.
If your budget is $ 200, you can get either a 5770. 6850 or gtx 460.
Depends on you, performance is roughly the same between 6850 and gtx 460./
Check this
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...
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