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Which video card is recommended for gaming

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December 21, 2011 5:21:46 PM

First of all, thanks to everybody who takes the time to read this and tries to help out.

I want to get into PC games and am in need of upgrading my video card, RAM, and power supply. I was just wondering if I would need anything else upgraded and what video card is best for the Total War games, especially Empire: Total War. Any other suggestions are welcomed

Looking at spending $200 and under on all upgrades. A video card that is around $100 and capable of running the games would be ideal


My current Specs:

Intel (Cortez) 945G Motherboard No CPU
RAM : 2 x 512 MB pc-3200 400 MHz DDR2 DiMM
Intel Pentium 4 processor
2.8 GHz, 800 MHz FSB
2 x 1 MB L2 cache
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Available slots: PCI - E x 1, Two PCI Conventional, One PCI - Express x 16
Power Supply: 300Watts

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a c 412 U Graphics card
a b ) Power supply
December 21, 2011 5:51:08 PM

I never had a problem with rebate. However, it can take up to 8 weeks for the rebate to process.
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a c 252 ) Power supply
December 21, 2011 6:29:32 PM

I can't really see doing all that for $200 at least not at 1920 x 1200 resolution, w/o knowing ya resolution, it's very hard to make a sound recommendation:

PSU - $60 XFX Core Edition 650 (after $30 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - $43 Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) Model 996556
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $140 PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $243 The 6870 is a nice step up so if ya can squeeze in that extra $43 I would recommend ya do so. Alternately, I'd go with a 550 Ti ...... at the very least ya can save it as a PhysX card in a future build. This one's factory OC'd

$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have never not gotten a rebate back....and I file at least 20 or 30 a year.
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December 21, 2011 6:49:34 PM

Thanks a lot for all the quick replies. Certainly helped clear things out.
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a b ) Power supply
December 21, 2011 6:55:53 PM

be nice to know your res. XP most probably ?......... to be honest a 5670 and 2 2gig sticks of pc3200 would be more than enough and about what your system could take advantage of.
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December 22, 2011 3:32:25 AM

swifty_morgan said:
be nice to know your res. XP most probably ?......... to be honest a 5670 and 2 2gig sticks of pc3200 would be more than enough and about what your system could take advantage of.


I can sacrifice on the resolution as long as the game runs smooth. I have played Age of Empires III on my laptop with a 1024 X 768 resolution and was perfectly fine with it.
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