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April 30, 2011 1:22:32 PM

I have the athlon X2 64 bit 4450 e processor and 3 gigs of memory and a 500 watt power supply with a zotac 250 gts 512 Mb gddr3.
my question is this, i went to best buy and saw a whole bunch of graphic cards, I saw the nvidia 520 ddr3 512 for 99.99 and man it was small and slim. the other one was the Ati card 6770 for 169.99 and the 560 ti for 200.00. would the 520 be better than my 250? will I see a big difference in gaming or should I just buy a new rig? and is the ATI better to get since I have an athlon? they told me that intel is good with nvidia and ati is better with amd

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April 30, 2011 1:55:47 PM

Your processor is old. The GTS 250 would be the most powerful card you will be able to run without bottlenecks.I suppose that its already a bit bottlenecked by that CPU.If you play your games at lower resolutions(<1680x1050), there is no need for you to upgrade.
April 30, 2011 2:51:06 PM

best buy had it on sale for a 3 day sale in NJ
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a b Î Nvidia
April 30, 2011 2:55:32 PM

I wouldn't change your graphics card until you upgrade your processor.
a b Î Nvidia
May 1, 2011 12:54:34 AM

A GTX 560 is alot faster than one GTS 250, but in your case it won't matter much because your CPU is so slow that even your current GTS 250 is being held back. That old CPU is only running at 2.3GHz. If you were to replace it with a more modern CPU, like a Phenom II or Athlon II, you would see an increase across the board.
a b Î Nvidia
May 1, 2011 12:55:24 AM

Of course, any type of CPU upgrade is limited by what your motherboard supports.
May 1, 2011 1:15:25 AM

my motherboard is an ECS Iris8. what processors can I get thatll be better than what I have?
May 1, 2011 1:47:01 PM

Exact name?
use CPU-z.........

info not really enough

Field Value
CPU Properties
CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon 4450e, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200)
CPU Alias Brisbane
CPU Stepping BH-G2
Instruction Set x86, x86-64, MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3
Original Clock 2300 MHz
Min / Max CPU Multiplier 4.0x / 11.5x
Engineering Sample No
L1 Code Cache 64 KB per core (Parity)
L1 Data Cache 64 KB per core (ECC)
L2 Cache 512 KB per core (On-Die, ECC, Full-Speed)

Multi CPU
Motherboard ID OEM00000 PROD00000000
CPU #1 AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4450e, 2310 MHz
CPU #2 AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4450e, 2310 MHz

CPU Physical Info
Package Type 940 Pin uOPGA
Package Size 4.00 cm x 4.00 cm
Transistors 154 million
Process Technology 10Mi, 65 nm, CMOS, Cu, DSL SOI
Die Size 126 mm2
Core Voltage 1.000 - 1.250 V
I/O Voltage 1.2 V + 2.5 V
Maximum Power 65 - 76 W (depending on clock speed)

CPU Manufacturer
Company Name Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Product Information

CPU Utilization
CPU #1 / Core #1 0 %
CPU #1 / Core #2 1 %
Field Value
CPUID Properties
CPUID Manufacturer AuthenticAMD
CPUID CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4450e
CPUID Revision 00060FB2h
Extended CPUID Revision 00060FB2h
AMD Brand ID 4E53h (Athlon 4450e)
Platform ID D5h (Socket AM2)
HTT / CMP Units 0 / 2

Instruction Set
64-bit x86 Extension (AMD64, Intel64) Supported
AMD 3DNow! Supported
AMD 3DNow! Professional Supported
AMD 3DNowPrefetch Supported
AMD Enhanced 3DNow! Supported
AMD Extended MMX Supported
AMD MisAligned SSE Not Supported
AMD SSE4A Not Supported
AMD SSE5 Not Supported
Cyrix Extended MMX Not Supported
IA-64 Not Supported
IA MMX Supported
IA SSE Supported
IA SSE 2 Supported
IA SSE 3 Supported
IA Supplemental SSE 3 Not Supported
IA SSE 4.1 Not Supported
IA SSE 4.2 Not Supported
IA AVX Not Supported
IA FMA Not Supported
IA AES Extensions Not Supported
VIA Alternate Instruction Set Not Supported
CLFLUSH Instruction Supported
CMPXCHG8B Instruction Supported
CMPXCHG16B Instruction Supported
Conditional Move Instruction Supported
LZCNT Instruction Not Supported
MONITOR / MWAIT Instruction Not Supported
MOVBE Instruction Not Supported
PCLMULQDQ Instruction Not Supported
POPCNT Instruction Not Supported
RDTSCP Instruction Supported
SYSCALL / SYSRET Instruction Supported
SYSENTER / SYSEXIT Instruction Supported
VIA FEMMS Instruction Not Supported

Security Features
Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) Not Supported
Advanced Cryptography Engine 2 (ACE2) Not Supported
Data Execution Prevention (DEP, NX, EDB) Supported
Hardware Random Number Generator (RNG) Not Supported
PadLock Hash Engine (PHE) Not Supported
PadLock Montgomery Multiplier (PMM) Not Supported
Processor Serial Number (PSN) Not Supported

Power Management Features
Automatic Clock Control Not Supported
Digital Thermometer Supported
Dynamic FSB Frequency Switching Not Supported
Enhanced Halt State (C1E) Not Supported
Enhanced SpeedStep Technology (EIST, ESS) Not Supported
Frequency ID Control Supported
Hardware P-State Control Not Supported
LongRun Not Supported
LongRun Table Interface Not Supported
PowerSaver 1.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 2.0 Not Supported
PowerSaver 3.0 Not Supported
Processor Duty Cycle Control Not Supported
Software Thermal Control Supported
Temperature Sensing Diode Supported
Thermal Monitor 1 Not Supported
Thermal Monitor 2 Not Supported
Thermal Monitoring Supported
Thermal Trip Supported
Voltage ID Control Supported

CPUID Features
1 GB Page Size Not Supported
36-bit Page Size Extension Supported
Address Region Registers (ARR) Not Supported
CPL Qualified Debug Store Not Supported
Debug Trace Store Not Supported
Debugging Extension Supported
Direct Cache Access Not Supported
Dynamic Acceleration Technology (IDA) Not Supported
Fast Save & Restore Supported
Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT) Not Supported
Invariant Time Stamp Counter Not Supported
L1 Context ID Not Supported
Local APIC On Chip Supported
Machine Check Architecture (MCA) Supported
Machine Check Exception (MCE) Supported
Memory Configuration Registers (MCR) Not Supported
Memory Type Range Registers (MTRR) Supported
Model Specific Registers (MSR) Supported
Nested Paging Not Supported
Page Attribute Table (PAT) Supported
Page Global Extension Supported
Page Size Extension (PSE) Supported
Pending Break Event Not Supported
Physical Address Extension (PAE) Supported
Safer Mode Extensions (SMX) Not Supported
Secure Virtual Machine Extensions (Pacifica) Supported
Self-Snoop Not Supported
Time Stamp Counter (TSC) Supported
Turbo Boost Not Supported
Virtual Machine Extensions (Vanderpool) Not Supported
Virtual Mode Extension Supported
x2APIC Not Supported
XSAVE / XRSTOR Extended States Not Supported
Field Value
Motherboard Properties
Motherboard ID 08/21/2008-MCP61P-6A61KE11C-00
Motherboard Name ECS Iris8

Front Side Bus Properties
Bus Type AMD Hammer
Real Clock 200 MHz
Effective Clock 200 MHz
HyperTransport Clock 1000 MHz

Memory Bus Properties
Bus Width 64-bit
Real Clock 385 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock 770 MHz
Bandwidth 6161 MB/s

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name Elitegroup Computer Systems
Product Information
BIOS Download
Driver Update
BIOS Upgrades
May 1, 2011 4:10:44 PM

crysis 2, star wars stuff, star trek stuff, gta IV, online games, things like that
May 1, 2011 4:11:28 PM

also resolutions from 1280x780- 1440x900