Hi to all.
I really love your site, I hope you can help me upgrading my gpu.
My current system is E7200 c2d 2.53 + 2 GB Ram (800 ddr 2)+ GS8400,
I want my system to be able to play games like Call of duty: black ops , Dragon Age: origins. and Fallout 3 with a 1280*1024 resolution (the best available to my 19 inch screen) at least in medium settings.
I'm also about to buy a new quality 450 Power Supply.
Can you please recommend me the minimum gpu for these requirements?
Depends on your OS. In XP most games runs in 1 Gig and up.
Vista needs 4 Gigs all the way. You CPU have life in it so if in doub buy one 4 Gig Stick.
Today is expensive but wil let you add more in the future.
And yes you got me correctly. Scratch the 512 options. From there I guess you have a little power suply so 66xx and 67xx can struggle from lack of power.
For those add (PSU + Card ) costs to make your choice
The 6570 may not needed but just to be shure use a Molex Rail for the card. do not add HDD, DVDs or other accesories to tahat rail.
I had that same CPU. get yourself a GTX460. with 2gb more ram.. it will be just fine
Well, considering that i wont OC my CPU,
Can you estimate what are the most demanding games I will be able to play with this old cpu + 4 GB + HD 6770 on a 1280*1024 res with medium-high setting
E.g will i be able to play BFBC 2 or Crysis 2 or Starcraft 2?
Your MoBo is Dual Channel , meaning if you sticks are of the same capacity and speed (prefereable even the same brand) it will be a bit faster. I would search for that stick firts and buyit when i find it. Becasue video cards come and go all the time but twin memory sticks are not.
I would not try Vista on 2 gigs and W7 works but not very well.So you will not have acces to DX10 and DX11 Games until you do upgrade. In DX 11 and DX10 the 6770 leapfrog above the 6570 with ease.
But in XP (DX9) you will be monitor limited and the 6770 will give you more eye candy but thats all.Inet benchmarks never say witch monitor was used to display but i can ashure you is better than yours. Probably is a Duallink DVI full HD or 120Hz capable displayport.
You want a card that can draw frames faster than your monitor can display?, Will you change monitor soon?. Those are questions only you can anwser.
In short in W7(Dx11) and Vista(Dx10): The 6770 is vastly superior to 6570 regardless of your monitor.
In XP(Dx9) is just superior but came with a tag price to match.In real world cash is a scarse resource and computers are used more than just gamming. The 6570 + 4 gigs sounds more appealing at least until you change monitor.
Yhea your frame rate will drop to 20-25 in some parts of COD but far as i know nobody has gone blind for that or by turning OFF Softshadows.
For a puntual awser to your question : I would hunt the twin ram stick if not found buy the 6770. If found BUY IT and chosse the card you can afford. Any will be a order of magnitude better than the 8400 gs.If you can not afford the card buy the PSU and start saving the difference. Time is on your side, card pices drops all the time and sometimes they do sharply.PSU prices barely moves at all.
Watch your PSU man. You can make the effort to buy the card just to be unable to useit.Pointless and hartbreaking.
During gamming the cards will draw 100-125 watts and the CPU arround 80. If your rig gives BSODs,reset or unstabilizes do not press your luck.