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August 10, 2011 5:18:18 AM

hi... well right now i dont have much money to buy a very good graphics card, so i might settle for 4670 or 9500GT, both 1GB DDR2. but i know that as time goes by, games start releasing exclusively for much advanced pc. so if i buy this card now and later on, like 6 months or so, i increase my ram from 2gb to 4gb, is it worth it? or if later i buy another graphics card, say same 4670, and use 2 cards at the same time, will that help me keep my pc up to date? and allow me to play those games that need higher graphic support? thanks

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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 5:42:59 AM

tell me your pc specs and your budget aand ill gladly help
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August 10, 2011 5:48:08 AM

megagabobe1 said:
tell me your pc specs and your budget aand ill gladly help


thanks for your reply, my pc has Windows 7, 2 GB DDR2 ram, with core 2 duo 2.8 Ghz & lots of hard disk space, Motherboard Intel DG41RQ, PSU is ATXP4 with 450 watt (thats what it says).

hope it helps
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 5:55:30 AM

whats your budget? and at what resolution u plan playing
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August 10, 2011 5:58:03 AM

megagabobe1 said:
whats your budget? and at what resolution u plan playing


around $60, right now. natually i can save some more money but that make me wait for the graphics card too, i haven't played any games since a couple of months :(  thanks why in a bit hurry to get a card... whats your suggestion?
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August 10, 2011 5:59:52 AM

rockyjohn said:
Ayaz: it is not good form to start two separate threads on essentially the same subject. I suggest other posters check out the thread that already has several responses at:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/323369-33-budget-grap...


well its not the same topic. in the previous thread i was asking about which card is better out of the two, here i am trying to ask people whether its logical to do some upgrade now and some later
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:00:28 AM

i would save up a bit and get at leat a gtx 460 and you'll run any game with good settings
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:04:02 AM

i have a friend with that card and he runs any game maxed out at the moment,a 9500 gt or a 4670 will leave a lot to be desired, go step by step creating a nice computer :) 
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:07:56 AM

ayaznoor said:
well its not the same topic. in the previous thread i was asking about which card is better out of the two, here i am trying to ask people whether its logical to do some upgrade now and some later


Its still about upgrading your same system and the discussions there about your system and wants are very relevant. Its a natural part of what was being discussed on that thread.
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August 10, 2011 6:08:37 AM

megagabobe1 said:
i have a friend with that card and he runs any game maxed out at the moment,a 9500 gt or a 4670 will leave a lot to be desired, go step by step creating a nice computer :) 


well a GTX 460 costs around 20,000 Pakistani Rupees, while 4670 would be around rs. 5,500. so it makes a LOT of difference on the cost too!
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:09:22 AM

where u buying the card from?
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:09:49 AM

and are those the only 2 card you can get??
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:11:59 AM

do u think u could get a hd 6670?
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August 10, 2011 6:18:42 AM

megagabobe1 said:
do u think u could get a hd 6670?


i would be buying from a computer shop here. actually these 2 cards fall in the same price & seem to fulfill my current requirements. do you think i can build upon it if i increase my ram later on & put on another similar graphics card, 1 year down the road?

HD 6670 falls a bit out of my budget too :( 
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:48:11 AM

if you can only get one of those two card i would go for the hd 4670 it is better than a 9600 gt so its definitely bettern than the 9500 gt
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August 10, 2011 6:53:12 AM

megagabobe1 said:
if you can only get one of those two card i would go for the hd 4670 it is better than a 9600 gt so its definitely bettern than the 9500 gt


yup will buy in a few days most probably :)  plus what about stage by stage upgrade? like adding ram later or adding another graphics card? will that keep me updated with the latest games coming, lets say 1 year later?
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 2:37:45 PM

ayaznoor said:
yup will buy in a few days most probably :)  plus what about stage by stage upgrade? like adding ram later or adding another graphics card? will that keep me updated with the latest games coming, lets say 1 year later?

what games are u planning on playing?? tell me your resolution too
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August 10, 2011 3:08:06 PM

megagabobe1 said:
what games are u planning on playing?? tell me your resolution too


im interested in playing crysis 2, cod black ops, nfs the run, assassin's creed 2, cod mw 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3 to count a few. i usually play games on 1024x768 due to my current pc specs, but would like to play on 1280x1024
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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:47:06 PM

Your mobo only has one PCIe x16 slot so you cannot run two video cards.

You can add more memory - the sooner the better. You only have two ram slots so if those are both filled now you will have to discard what you have rather than adding to it. What is your memory configuration?

And after asking for your specs, which was also requested on the other thread, megabobe posting 6 times with 5 of those addressing the same subject as the last thread - which card should you get.

And you can see that
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August 11, 2011 3:22:07 AM

rockyjohn said:
Your mobo only has one PCIe x16 slot so you cannot run two video cards.

You can add more memory - the sooner the better. You only have two ram slots so if those are both filled now you will have to discard what you have rather than adding to it. What is your memory configuration?

And after asking for your specs, which was also requested on the other thread, megabobe posting 6 times with 5 of those addressing the same subject as the last thread - which card should you get.

And you can see that


i dont know whats memory configutaion, i currently have one 2GB DDR2 ram, so yes i have one slot left to add in more ram. i have recently learnt that my motherboard has only 1 PCIe slot :( 

i would like to say that although my topic was similar to the previous one, the focus was different, here i didnt ask which graphic card i should buy, but i cant help it if i got that reply to my original question, complicated isn't it!
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2011 3:30:21 AM

ayaznoor said:
im interested in playing crysis 2, cod black ops, nfs the run, assassin's creed 2, cod mw 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3 to count a few. i usually play games on 1024x768 due to my current pc specs, but would like to play on 1280x1024

to play those games i believe you will need a better card, or if you want to run them with nice graphics
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August 11, 2011 4:48:36 AM

megagabobe1 said:
to play those games i believe you will need a better card, or if you want to run them with nice graphics


i checked the specs of these games on a couple of sites, and found that more or less my upgraded system would be able to run them in medium settings.
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2011 4:10:13 PM

I wont argue with you if you want to get that card, but at your resolutions you will be able to play at low to mid settings, I was was in your position i would save up like $20-30 to get the hd 6670 at least, check this review http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_6670/ at the two resolutions u want to play this card play almost any of the games tested at max settings, including modern warfare, bad comapny 2, and crysis.
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a b U Graphics card
August 11, 2011 4:11:55 PM

o i forgot to say, check the overclock they did to that card, it gained a lot of performance, this is the chepaest card i would get to play the games you mentioned.
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a c 174 U Graphics card
August 13, 2011 9:11:29 PM

A 6670 is a good choice for your needs but if getting one is more easy said than done in your country then maybe looking into getting something older that is easy. A 9500gt isn't enough for your needs to be frank about it and don't settle for any thing less than what a 8800/5670 can provide if you want to be happy with what you have. As a collector I have bought many cards in my time and a 9500gt isn't going to cut it at that ress and making do with less isn't fun.


Edit: Plus a gtx 460 would just be wasting your money and they don't last any way. What ever that you do purchase it better be made to last given where you live.

+1 for the 6670

Alternative cards 8800/9800gt or a 5670
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2011 10:54:05 PM

nforce4max thx for sharing my opinion, anything below the 8800gt, or 9800gt will provide very bad gaming expirience. I've had a 9400 gt, a 9500 gt, a 9600 gt, and until i got the 9800 gt gaming did not look with good graphics haha, i learned the hard way to not go cheap on things
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August 14, 2011 5:19:45 PM

megagabobe1 said:
hey, i found a card that will give you excellent gaming performance and its much cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... its just $60 and has almost the same performance as the hd 6670


guess what i have started looking for this card recently :D 
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2011 5:50:03 PM

ayaznoor said:
guess what i have started looking for this card recently :D 

nice bro, u will not be dissapointed, and if u cant find that model look for the hd 5670 its the same
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2011 5:53:45 PM

i believe the hd 5670 is cheaper since its an older model, but they offer the exact same performance
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a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2011 5:59:39 PM

my mistake, looking at current benchmarks, the hd 6670 is faster, just if you cant find that one look for the hd 5670
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August 15, 2011 6:45:43 AM

ofcourse 6670 is faster, but its the budget factor that also plays a big role in deciding...
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a b U Graphics card
August 15, 2011 7:29:11 PM

ayaznoor said:
ofcourse 6670 is faster, but its the budget factor that also plays a big role in deciding...

i know the buget factor is playing a huge role in you case but im telling from personal expirience that anything below the hd 6670 will not give you the performance you want in the games you listed above, you will have to upgrade again in very little time and that is not cheap, for example i bought my hd 5850 in 2009 and it can still play games maxed out to this date at 1680x1050 and even 1080p, and thats because i did not went cheap and saved money for a long period of time
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