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Cheap but Good Graphics Card from MSY?

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August 9, 2011 9:40:01 AM

http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

I get my parts from above because of the incredible prices. My whole computer (except secondary graphics card) is built from there parts. Now, i have realised how bad my graphics card is and i need a new one for a good price. I'm looking to play call of duty modern warfare 2 at a solid 30+fps at 1280x1024 and 20+fps at 1920x1080 and right now call of duty modern wafare 1 is barely playable on low settings at 1280x1024.

My specs are:

asus m4a89gtd pro / usb3
ati radeon 4290 integrated graphics (included with MoBo)
ecs ng220c/nvidia gt220 (i plug the secondary screen into this/// a friend gave this to me for free)
amd phenom x6 II 1055t (included with mobo)
4 gigabytes of ram (don't know the brand but i dont think that's too important)
32-bit windows 7 ultimate (upgrading to 64-bit soon)
2 vga 17 inch 1280x1024 screens multi monitor setup (I'll probably switch one out for a hd and or 3d monitor)

Any ideas anyone? I was thinking of getting 1 or 2 of the radeon hd 5450 because of the fantastic price($30 each) but i just saw a review and apparantly it's barely faster than my current one and even while 2 of them are in crossfire, they are still slower than hd 5670 which is already pretty bad. Is this true? If yes then i would raise the budget a little and get the 6670 or 6770 depending on how good the 6670 is. Which graphics card out of the ones on that msy parts list under $215 should i get? I'm looking for performance and suitability to my processor and MoBo for a decent price. I didn't know what to get out of the Nvidia ones because they didn't really look that cheap and i didn't know how they performed and also my MoBo is made for radeons and does not support sli so i can't put another one in later. You could also suggest other ones but i am in adelaide,australia so make sure i have access to them. Also, all these prices are in AUD not USD so prices may be a little different.

Thanks in advance :) 
a c 171 U Graphics card
August 9, 2011 10:53:56 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUuu0ABZp4 cod should be playable on the gt220, use that card as your primary gaming monitor, disable your crappy onboard graphics. im from adelaide also. a 5770/6770 should do the job, look in msy's clearance section you can get a 5770 for around $89. Call them and make sure they still have stock though as clearance items sell out quick. i suggest that if you have a good enough PSU to look at something a bit faster for 1080p resolution, like a 6850. they are under $200. List the make and model of your PSU if you want a proper recommendation. You already have a high power requirement cpu so you need a decent PSU.
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August 9, 2011 10:56:04 AM

What is the make/model of your PSU?

For $215 I would suggest getting the Asus 6870.Does that website offer pictures of their products?

The 6870 is about 4 times as powerful as a GT220 SLI.

Playing MW2 at 1280x1024 you should easily get over 100fps with everything maxed out.As for 1920x1080 resolution you should get above 60fps with everything maxed.
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August 9, 2011 12:26:46 PM

iam2thecrowe said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUuu0ABZp4 cod should be playable on the gt220, use that card as your primary gaming monitor, disable your crappy onboard graphics. im from adelaide also. a 5770/6770 should do the job, look in msy's clearance section you can get a 5770 for around $89. Call them and make sure they still have stock though as clearance items sell out quick. i suggest that if you have a good enough PSU to look at something a bit faster for 1080p resolution, like a 6850. they are under $200. List the make and model of your PSU if you want a proper recommendation. You already have a high power requirement cpu so you need a decent PSU.


I f this makes a difference or not but the gt220 in that video is most likely one from nvidia. My one is a factory modified one from ecs. I don't know if they make it slower or faster. When my onboard grpahics was disabled and i was using the gt220 as my main on one screen only, it didn't seem to be faster. But then again, I only played some mmorpgs and tested the framerate on that lol. And as for the PSU, I'm running 2 graphics cards right now with no problem, I think it will be able to handle another one if I disable my onboard and pop the new one in.
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August 9, 2011 12:48:17 PM

The GT220 is a very low powered card.Even in SLI they only consume about 120watts which is about the same as a 6770.To run something like a 6870 you might need to upgrade.

Do you know the make/model of your PSU?
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August 26, 2011 1:56:46 PM

purple stank said:
The GT220 is a very low powered card.Even in SLI they only consume about 120watts which is about the same as a 6770.To run something like a 6870 you might need to upgrade.

Do you know the make/model of your PSU?


Sorry for the very late reply but i just found out that my psu is 1800watts.
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a c 104 U Graphics card
August 26, 2011 2:06:33 PM

Thats a lot, are you sure ? It would defenitely be enough. You know brand and type name and if it's a 80+ certified ?
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