hi i plan to buy a graphics card in the upcoming week to go with this computer i purchased: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Docume... . all i want the graphics card is to be able to play Starcraft II in high-ultra settings on it for the next 2-3 years before i upgrade completely. now all i want to know is which one would be better for my computer which is only around 300W and has a 2.6GHz dual core processor that will last me a good 2-3 years thanks.
my screen is 1440 x 900 and as long as it could play on medium settings do you think it would hold out for maybe 3 years( the time when i get a better computer). since i don't want to upgrade the entire thing right now since it's only 2 years old. keep in mind the only graphics intensive game i'd play is starcraft 2, thanks.
You have been given some excellent advice, but don't overlook the performance of the new edition Sapphire Radeon 4670 HD with 1GB of DDR3 ram. It is not as powerful as the others, but it is truly a quality GPU. It is as simple as plug and play to use, with multiple individual options for personal display settings and clock speeds, (even fan speed), it does not use a lot of wattage or require a separate power cord, and it does not empty your bank account to buy one.
you guys give great advice however, this is a very hard decision to make. basically i've narrowed it down to the following:
the raedon hd4670
the raedon hd5670
the raedon hd6670
now from what i've learned from you guys so far is that the 5670 is a bit more powerful than the 4670 but, the difference between the 5670 and the 6670 is smaller than that but there is a 40 dollar price difference between http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-102-... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... so this also makes the decision very hard. if both the 5670 and 6670 could run starcraft II and mantain at least 30 fps when there is a lot going on the screen what kind of incentive is there to get the 6670? however i do feel that maybe the 6670 would offer a little insurance over the 5670 so i am very unsure.
well since i'm buying the card for the sole purpose of playing only starcraft II i think a good question to ask would be how much more graphical fidelity would i get out of the game if i were to choose the 6670 over the 5670 (framerate, textures, resolution, graphics setting, etc)
well so i can narrow this down between two actually which is better, the 5570 or the 4670.
Another side note:
Be certain to hang on to your sales receipts, because a common problem is that the physical graphics card will not fit into your computers case. Sometimes a graphics card is so large and bulky that it will not plug into the computers PCI-E slot because the fan and heat sink, or power supply are "in the way".
Good luck. You will love a new GPU, they can really speed up a computer by off setting some of load from the RAM sticks.
alright i'll make sure to keep the receipts. and if case anyone is curious i decided to go with a 5670 with gddr5 ram. i asked around on another forum too and learned that because of the low resolution ill be playing on i would never need 1gb of memory and by going through a few charts saw that the 6670 only gave another 3 fps to starcraft II but would cost me a good 40 dollars more than a 5670, so do you guys think i made a good choice?
yep. the only other thing you can do is wait. maybe for a price drop of the 6670 or the 7670 when it comes out (next year probably) or maybe to see how the GT540 turns out.
i would wait for a price drop on the 6670 but based on what many have told me it's so similar to the 5670 and that i'd barely get any more performance that it wouldn't even be worth it. hopefully though now that i am more educated when i do buy another pc in another 1.5 years or so i'll know what to look for and many of the graphics cards that are hot today by then will probably be very cheap.