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August 6, 2011 7:45:39 PM

Hello, Well i bought this pc(Link Below) and im trying to play games that require good graphics card so i bought This along with a 500 watt psu(Links Below) I want to know if that was a good choice or is there something else i need to buy, I want to be playing Battle Field Bad Company 3. Good advice needed im new to buying video cardsa nd pc components.

http://us.gateway.com/gw/en/US/content/model/PT.GBL02.0...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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August 6, 2011 8:24:35 PM

certifiedneto said:
Yeah i bought them they should be here in 2 days, So is the card i bought cheap? can i not run bf3 on medium settings? This are the game system requirements.

http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/07/08/battlefield-3-system-...

medium settings in a low resolution maybe yes. what is your monitor's resolution?

if i were you, id cancel that order and change it to HD 6850 and that Corsair CX500 PSU.
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August 6, 2011 9:53:23 PM

Do NOT go cheap on the PSU. They are cheap for a reason. Basically the listed power rating on low end PSUs is simply a lie.
Personally I think you should have for an HD5670 or HD6670 instead, or at least one of the low power 9800GTs without a external power connector. Any of those would have been fine on your current 300w PSU.
If you have already purchased the linked 9800GT then I guess get this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Before you ask, yes, it is better than the PSUs you have been linking, despite that it is listed as a 430w. It is a real 430w from a good brand rated for continuous usage rather then a random piece of junk with a made up number slapped on it.
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August 6, 2011 9:56:50 PM

chinoroy said:
then you must change the GPU to HD 6850 for that monitor.

edit: i just checked your monitor specs.. and the resolution is only 1366x768. with that resolution. even an HD 5770 would be good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alright well it looks like ill be. Returning the card i bought and go with the 6850 and the corsair psu. Hopefully the installation is easy since i never done it before.
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August 6, 2011 10:02:52 PM

The 9800GT will do alright at 1366x768 actually. Returning it isn't a bad idea but I would do so in order to get an HD6670 instead. It is faster than the 9800GT and it will not require you to change your power supply at all.
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August 6, 2011 10:02:56 PM

jyjjy said:
Do NOT go cheap on the PSU. They are cheap for a reason. Basically the listed power rating on low end PSUs is simply a lie.
Personally I think you should have for an HD5670 or HD6670 instead, or at least one of the low power 9800GTs without a external power connector. Any of those would have been fine on your current 300w PSU.
If you have already purchased the linked 9800GT then I guess get this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Before you ask, yes, it is better than the PSUs you have been linking, despite that it is listed as a 430w. It is a real 430w from a good brand rated for continuous usage rather then a random piece of junk with a made up number slapped on it.

On the 9800 gt i bought what type of settings can i run bf2 or bf3?
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August 6, 2011 10:04:27 PM

certifiedneto said:
Alright well it looks like ill be. Returning the card i bought and go with the 6850 and the corsair psu. Hopefully the installation is easy since i never done it before.

you'll be fine. just read the manuals and you'll be alright.

if you have any more questions dont hesitate to ask here. :) 
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August 6, 2011 10:12:06 PM

jyjjy said:
The 9800GT will do alright at 1366x768 actually. Returning it isn't a bad idea but I would do so in order to get an HD6670 instead. It is faster than the 9800GT and it will not require you to change your power supply at all.

why not with the HD 5770/6850 that will serve him well?

also the HD 5770/6850 is a good pair for his i5 2300.
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August 6, 2011 10:13:17 PM

chinoroy said:
why not with the HD 5770/6850 that will serve him well?

also the HD 5770/6850 is a good pair for his i5 2300.

They would be better but they would also require a new PSU. The HD6670 should do pretty well at low resolutions like his.
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