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Need advice about GPU/power supply upgrades

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March 20, 2011 9:21:11 AM

Alrighty asking for a friend so not all details are here for me to give.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of April abouts
BUDGET RANGE:

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Wants to run Napoleon:total war on full settings.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 250w, current GPU=Integrated on motherboard which he said is "hs integrated radeon 3000"

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: HP Pavilion p6523w - http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02... , Athlon ll X2 220 (R) 2.8 GHz (65W)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:
PARTS PREFERENCES: "XFX - ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card"

OVERCLOCKING: I don't think so.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: N/A

MONITOR RESOLUTION: No idea

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: He already has plans to upgrade his power supply to 600w.
He is looking to buy a "XFX - ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card".
I don't know enough to say whether this is a good upgrade or not so I thought I would ask you all :)  Opinions please
March 20, 2011 9:48:56 AM

What resolution is he playing at?

Unless it's 1280x1024, it is NOT going to run Napoleon: Total War at full settings. And even then it's very unlikely. It is a low-profile card for a reason.

It's hard to say definitively without knowing what resolution his monitor is, but even a 1600x1200 (or 1600 if he has a small widescreen) card that will meet his desires of MAX settings will set him back ~$100 (Radeon 5770).

However, if his display is low-res, the 4670 should do a... passable job.
a b ) Power supply
March 20, 2011 1:31:10 PM

Well looks like at least his HP is in a regular case (not one of those cursed low profiles....)

http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-p6523w/14575758

So, yeah, I'd second the need for a stronger GPU than a lowly 4670...

If you can afford $100 5770 is a great choice

If you can afford $200 5870, 6850, GTX460's will be about twice the power of a 5770....

March 23, 2011 4:29:32 AM

his resolution is 1024x768
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