I'm coming to everyone here today because I have a particular problem that I am hoping a few people can help me resolve. A friend my mine recently has decided he wants to upgrade his system and has asked me for some help. He wants to get a new graphics card and wishes to keep under a budget.
He mentioned to me he wants to spend $50 to $80 for a new graphics card.
I am hoping someone can help him. Below I have taken a template and sat down with to discuss what he wants this new card to do. I am hoping someone can help us review the information below to help us make an informed decision. Any help would be most appreciated in advance.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 to 3 weeks to conduct research to help decide what card will suit my needs before purchasing.
BUDGET RANGE: $50.00 to $80.00 Canadian Price (Before Rebates)
USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
I want to upgrade my current graphics card for the following reasons:
1) Play World Of Warcraft Between Medium to High Setting That provides best resolution with no lag
2) Interet viewing capabilities: webpages, flash animation, youtube, etc
3) Not planning to play high graphic games anytime soon but would like maybe card that has decent suppport if possible for these games
CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY:
Power Supply Is: Enermax Power Supply 350 W Top power output
Sapphire HD 2600 Pro ATI Radeon Graphics
Main Circuit Board
Board: Biostar Group GF7050V-M7
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 02/20/2008
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
BIOSTAR Group GF7050V-M7
(e.g., make/model of CPU, MoBo, memory - this can help us determine whether or not a given card is compatible with and makes sense for your system. For high-end cards, knowing your case/cooling setup may also be helpful)
PARTS PREFERENCES: (e.g., if you will only use ATI cards, want PhysX card, prefer XFX cards over Sapphire cards, etc., tell us)
OVERCLOCKING: Overclocking nice but not needed. SLI/Crossfire would be nice but not needed
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
I just want a better card to simply play World Of Warcraft with better performance.
LIST OF CARDS FOR CONSIDERATION:
Following is a list of cards on CanadaComputers Website. I have been told from looking at the review page on tomshardware that lists price points from $50.00 cards and up. I read that the following cards might be good upgrades but I am not sure:
Asus EAH4670/DI/1GD3/V2 ATI Radeon HD 4670 Chipset (750MHz ) 1GB (1600Mhz) DDR3 Dual Display DVI/HDMI/VGA PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card
I would recommend a gt 430, radeon 5570, radeon 5670, or similar product.
Here's another website you could check out: http://www.newegg.ca
Thanks for the help. Most appreciated.
Yeah I have checked newegg out with my friend. I really want to help him and he just would rather buy local from canadacomputers.
I just don't know cards to select from the site and I see alot of ATI 5570 and 5670's on canada computers
Probably the simplest question I could ask is if you had to purchase a graphics card from the canada computers and you had to recommend 3 good ATI cards for the price range listed which of the cards listed here in price order would you get? I talked it over with my friend he said he may spend a maximum $100.00 before taxes and rebates kicked in.
O_o have you tried downloading more recent drivers. The flash acceleration works just fine on my older 3850, but I'm not sure if AMD bothered to enable it in the older HD 2000 series. Anyway for your price range I say go with a 5670 like this one
Just make sure you get a GDDR5 5670. Some boards are listed as having GDDR3, but that essentially just makes them slower 5570 boards -_-. Flash acceleration will work just fine and smooth things out (when it works anyway as only the most recent drivers are trouble free for me). Just know that for warcraft the limiting factor is going to be that CPU of yours. Overclocking it could certainly help ^_^