Hi all, I'm looking for a good video card upgrade from my NVIDIA card to play SW:TOR on. The frame rate on my card gets around 70fps with low settings but I want something that can run the game with high settings. I've been hearing ATI cards tend to perform very well with this game, but I want to be sure what I get will work with my PC.
My budget is $200-$350 and here's my system info:
Time of this report: 12/8/2011, 09:05:17
Machine name: LEE-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: KT608AV-ABA d5000t
BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/17/08 16:25:45 Ver: 5.21
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 8190MB RAM
Page File: 5682MB used, 10851MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
What kind of PSU do you have and what's your resolution? Since you already have a 9600GS your PSU should also be able to handle at least a Radeon 6850 (though perhaps not a GTS 450). If you have a low res then like ilyami says a 5770/6770 would be a good choice though the card will fall below 60fps if you want to play on max. A 6850 would do good without AA or AF up to 1680x1050. If you want to play at 1080p though I'd suggest getting at least a 6950, but you may need a new PSU depending on what you have right now.
ok guys here's additional info that was requested:
PSU: Delta Electronics DPS 460DB-1A @ 460w
Motherboard had no clear model# but here's what is on it:
IPIBL-TX Rev 1.
HP P/N 5189-0477 CB6R522-00307
and another part number:
haven't Googled all that as it's gutted in the floor atm.
Also my resolution will go MUCH higher but the vid card won't do a great job at say 1900x1280 that's why I play in lower res, so improved frame rates and resolution would be pluses.
edit:apparently that's a stock ASUS board according to google results, the 1st link in the list shows my motherboard
Thanks for the help guys, I went with a 650w supply just to be safe since it was only 10 bucks more.
That's a good move. I know I'm getting here late, but Delta is actually a very well-respected PSU maker. That doesn't mean your (now "old") PSU was a good one since even the best make cheapies, but it seems a lot of people don't know that many name-brand PSU brands are simply brands and not PSU makers themselves. OCZ, Corsair, Antec and most other brands use PSU makers such as Delta and Seasonic to actually make the units. They just provide marketing, slick packaging, support, and, well, a name.