I am looking to get the following upgrades:
Proc: Athlon II x3 455 Rana
MoBo: ASRock 870ga Extreme3
RAM: G.Skill 4gig @ 1600
Monitor: ASUS 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080p resolution @ 1920 x 1080 ()
What I currently have is:
PSU: 550w (can't remember brand off top of my head)
Vid: GTS 250 1gb (again, my memory fails, can't remember brand)
Currently I am mostly a WoW/MMO player. But I am worried that my video card will not be able to handle the full resolution of the monitor. I do play games such as crysis and some other semi-graphic intensive games, but nothing too recent. Anyway, will my vid card be able to handle it? If I get the montior, I am over budget for a new vid card. My current monitor is only a 19" 1280x1024 monitor and is 5-6 years old... I could really use the upgrade. lol.
It should be fine as long as you are not going to max everything out.
The GTS 250's performance kinda ranges from just a tad bit slower than a HD 5670 to a little faster than the HD 5770 depending on the game engine. Overall, it's performance in in between those cards. See following review:
I would just buy the monitor and start saving up for another video card. Personally, if I had that card, I can live with medium quality graphics if necessary and that means it should last me another 18 months.