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January 28, 2011 1:45:48 PM

Hello,

I recently bought an Acer M5810 with I5 processor 6Gb RAM and 500w PSU.
I would like to upgrade my graphic card GT220 with a pretty decent card, around 100 euros (120 max)
I assume new 6XXX cards should come up soon, I can live with my current card (it runs games decently for me): would you advise to wait a bit before upgrading (Crysis 2, Diablo 3 etc.)?
Or would a 5670 1GB be sufficient?
NB: I will play at 1680*1050 max, mostly Crysis, FSX and Call of Duty.

Many thanks!

Olivier

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January 28, 2011 1:59:23 PM

Nope a 5670 WILL NEVER max Crysis at that kind of settings, heck even a hd 5870 has trouble. FSX and COD are alrite (My old 8400gs can run them smoothly). You will need at least a GTX 560 to max Crysis which does not come close to your budget. For 120 euros, the best you could get is probably a GTX 460 768MB.
January 31, 2011 12:12:35 PM

I don't intend to max Crysis, but to play it comfortably. I am quite satisfied with the performance of the GT220 but I would like to invest in a card that would be have a good price/ratio quality. I was thinking rather a HD5770. Another question: Will the GTX460 fit in my PC?
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January 31, 2011 1:41:08 PM

oliver70 said:
I don't intend to max Crysis, but to play it comfortably. I am quite satisfied with the performance of the GT220 but I would like to invest in a card that would be have a good price/ratio quality. I was thinking rather a HD5770. Another question: Will the GTX460 fit in my PC?

TRY getting a gtx 260/280.They are much better than a 5770 and if you buy the gtx 260 you will be able to play crysis maxed except for object detail and shadows at high.I own the card mysel and it does a great job with all games at 1680X1050 :D 
January 31, 2011 1:59:53 PM

The GTX 460 is a beautiful card, I currently have one, and am not dissapointed. For one, in the first crysis, the 260 could only run it at 720P (My friend has a 260 with a good quad). The 460 is cooler, smaller, faster, and more overclockable, you can't go wrong with it.
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January 31, 2011 2:08:10 PM

Ahelpinghand said:
The GTX 460 is a beautiful card, I currently have one, and am not dissapointed. For one, in the first crysis, the 260 could only run it at 720P (My friend has a 260 with a good quad). The 460 is cooler, smaller, faster, and more overclockable, you can't go wrong with it.

Thats imposssible my gtx 260 is running the game at 1680X1050 at 30-40fps with everything max except object detail and shadows at high
January 31, 2011 2:11:49 PM

At 720P, frame rate is better, and u can apply AA, and AF through Control Panel while keeping it playable. Sorry, I was supposing you used AA
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January 31, 2011 3:00:24 PM

Ahelpinghand said:
At 720P, frame rate is better, and u can apply AA, and AF through Control Panel while keeping it playable. Sorry, I was supposing you used AA

Anti aliasing is a waste in crysis because it doesn't address the jaggedness of the foilage which is the main problem in the game.Use the edgeaa command which will reduce that problem without the performance hit of anti aliasing.As for AF it causes visual glitches in crysis when parallax mapping is enabled so its best left off
@oliver70:If you are on a budget buy the gtx 260 as its a great card and can run all games at high to max settings
January 31, 2011 3:06:25 PM

celpas said:
Anti aliasing is a waste in crysis because it doesn't address the jaggedness of the foilage which is the main problem in the game.Use the edgeaa command which will reduce that problem without the performance hit of anti aliasing.As for AF it causes visual glitches in crysis when parallax mapping is enabled so its best left off
@oliver70:If you are on a budget buy the gtx 260 as its a great card and can run all games at high to max settings


I don't know what AA you're using, but mine looks great O_o
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January 31, 2011 6:05:34 PM

Now is a great time to upgrade your video card from ~$150 - $270 you have your option of many new or recent DirectX 11 cards that can get the job done.
January 31, 2011 7:44:08 PM

What about the GTS450? My retail store has a GTS450 1Gb one for 109€
http://www.tdh.be/products.aspx?catID=4&famID=11
It is a Twintech card-is this a good brand?

Another point is that I assume that the 500W PSU that comes with my Acer 5810 has at least 1 PCI-E power connector, not sure 100% for a second one...
How could I be sure?

BTW, I am not interested to run in SLI/Crossfire.
@matto17secs: what cards do you have in mind??
Thanks for all your answers from a "dad" gamer.
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January 31, 2011 7:47:55 PM

oliver70 said:
What about the GTS450? My retail store has a GTS450 1Gb one for 109€
http://www.tdh.be/products.aspx?catID=4&famID=11
It is a Twintech card-is this a good brand?

Another point is that I assume that the 500W PSU that comes with my Acer 5810 has at least 1 PCI-E power connector, not sure 100% for a second one...
How could I be sure?

BTW, I am not interested to run in SLI/Crossfire.
@matto17secs: what cards do you have in mind??
Thanks for all your answers from a "dad" gamer.

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