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Best graphics card for phenom x4 9650

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March 25, 2011 9:41:24 PM

Hi I was wondering what is the best graphics card I can get with a phenom x4 9650 without bottlenecking for playing games on a 1440x900 monitor.

My current computer is the
http://h20386.www2.hp.com/CanadaStore/images/M9402F.pdf

I'm also planning to install an old 600watt Enermax Noisetaker

Thank you
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 9:58:54 PM

If it's a first generation phenom your probably not gonna be able to go any higher than a 5670.

Whats your budget?
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 10:07:56 PM

Can you give us a budget?
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March 25, 2011 10:30:59 PM

I have a budget under 200 dollars.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 10:42:17 PM

What are you looking to do with a new Graphics card?
Play games?
What types of games if so?
March 25, 2011 10:47:28 PM

As of now probably starcraft II COD but eventually crysis II and battlefield 3
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 10:50:08 PM

If your budget is round £200 you could upgrade you CPU to Phenom II 945/955/965 and get a GTX 550ti.
March 25, 2011 10:57:01 PM

I wish I had 200 pounds =(. In terms of pounds, I have 125.
a b U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 11:14:43 PM

A 5750 or hd 5670, or a gf550ti. are good options and not too expensive.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 25, 2011 11:15:28 PM

I would upgrade your CPU before the graphics card.That old first generation Phenom would just slow down any card you put into it.

For about $200 you could get a mobo and cpu combo but you would have to hold off on the graphics until you have more cash and not to mention you'd probably need new RAM.If your looking to play those games your going to need a huge overhaul.

Do you have an actual link to HP for your computer specs? That link you provided is broken for me.
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 26, 2011 7:25:54 PM

Your gonna have to upgrade both the processor and mobo.That mobo doesn't support any newer processors.And new memory.
Liek i said your gonna need a a big overhual to not bottleneck whatever card you put in there.

Most newer cards won't even work with those old mobo's.I tryed installign a 5570 on an old HP mobo but it wouldn't recignize it.
a b U Graphics card
March 26, 2011 7:33:25 PM

Actually Purple Stank, that's pretty anecdotal advice right there.
You have no idea whether your "old HP mobo" is anything similar to this mobo.

The mobo says it has a PCI-E x16 slot, which will fit ALL current PCI-E discrete graphics cards.

I don't know of the situation in England but in the US recommending the GTX 550 Ti is suicide, as anandtech states:
"Indeed the GTX 550 Ti is faster than the 5770 - by around 7% - but then the GTX 550 Ti costs 36% more. At the other end of the spectrum is the 6850, which is 7% more expensive on average for 25% better performance. Even the GTX 460 768MB is going to gnaw at NVIDIA here so long as it’s still on the market; it’s 15% faster and yet it’s $20 cheaper. "

So the 5770 for basically the same performance, for a lot less money, the GTX 460 768mb for more performance, same price, or 6850 for a lot more performance, slightly more price.
March 26, 2011 7:47:48 PM

sabot00 said:
Actually Purple Stank, that's pretty anecdotal advice right there.
You have no idea whether your "old HP mobo" is anything similar to this mobo.

The mobo says it has a PCI-E x16 slot, which will fit ALL current PCI-E discrete graphics cards.

I don't know of the situation in England but in the US recommending the GTX 550 Ti is suicide, as anandtech states:
"Indeed the GTX 550 Ti is faster than the 5770 - by around 7% - but then the GTX 550 Ti costs 36% more. At the other end of the spectrum is the 6850, which is 7% more expensive on average for 25% better performance. Even the GTX 460 768MB is going to gnaw at NVIDIA here so long as it’s still on the market; it’s 15% faster and yet it’s $20 cheaper. "

So the 5770 for basically the same performance, for a lot less money, the GTX 460 768mb for more performance, same price, or 6850 for a lot more performance, slightly more price.




I'm glad to hear that I wont need to dish out a lot of extra cash =D. Sabot, would those graphics card bottle necked by my cpu though?
a c 214 U Graphics card
March 26, 2011 8:29:53 PM

My mobo was made the same year as his.It should work but it didn't for me,i just wanted say a fair warning and for an already aged machiene that he might as well get a new one instead of buy a card that won't be bottlenecked and waste money on it when he'll have to trash it in a year.
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