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Advice on video card upgrade please

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 27, 2011 9:09:15 PM

I am having so many heat related issues with my radeon x1950 and I'm sick of it. what would be a logical upgrade for me based on my specs. I dont have a ton of money to spend either.....

3.60 gigahertz AMD Athlon II X2 250
Biostar TA785G3 HD motherboard
4G ddr3 ram

I think that's all the info required. If not i'll post more details. thanks in advance
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 9:33:09 PM

How small is your budget, what res do you play and what is your psu ?
October 27, 2011 10:25:58 PM

PSU is a basic 500w. Res? Well Usually 1024x768. Budget? As low as possible lol
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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:37:03 PM

Maybe a hd6670, from 60$ up. You could also try a gtx460 or hd6850 but they're more expensive. ( 130$ and up )

Also depends what you do with it, is it for gaming, otherwise a cheaper card will do ?
October 27, 2011 10:39:11 PM

Well, gaming yeah. For example I'm planning on playing BF3 quite a bit
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:43:16 PM

Well, the 460/Hd 6850 will be better for bf3. ( still, no maxed out settings, but with the cpu that's not possible anyway, there might be just this litlle bit of a bottleneck allready with the 460/6850 )
a b U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 11:22:55 PM

at that resolution and with a dual core i wouldn't go any higher than a 5770/6770. both should allow you to play BF3 fairly well at such a low resolution, but the processor will bottleneck that game quite a bit. its very multicore focussed.
October 28, 2011 12:16:08 AM

ok thanks guys. I'll see what they have on newegg
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2011 12:28:18 AM

Stick a 9800Gt or a 6670 in it .
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2011 1:34:09 AM

You can't really look at specifications at all, you need to know what architecture is better. if in doubt, ask.

the 9800gt isn't bad. probably a good choice if that's the most you want to spend.

October 28, 2011 1:37:29 AM

thanks welsh, but 'how' much better is the 9800gt than the x1950? or should i just spend a little more?

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a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2011 1:40:48 AM

its a fair jump up, i would spend a little more though just to get better performance. a 5770 or 6770 is a great mid range card.

If you don't want to spend that much though, a 6670 would also be great. but performance wise it's very similar to a 9800gt, just more efficient.
a b U Graphics card
October 28, 2011 2:25:11 AM

9800Gt and the 6670 will do the job at 1280 x 1024, 1440 x 900 and even 1680 x 1050 although you’ll most likely have to lower details in some games.

The 6770 going for 109 if you mail in the rebate you can get it for 89.99.
November 12, 2011 2:19:40 PM

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