Which video card is recommended for gaming

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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  1. for around $100 i would go with a radeon 6770. they go for $110 on newegg and have rebates that might get you money later. I've never gotten a rebate back. so i try to avoid them now.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662&IsNodeId=1&Description=6770&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=50
  2. I never had a problem with rebate. However, it can take up to 8 weeks for the rebate to process.
  3. 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=N82E16817207014

    RAM - $43 Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) Model 996556
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146695

    GFX - $140 PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131378

    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=N82E16814127573

    I have never not gotten a rebate back....and I file at least 20 or 30 a year.
  4. The Total War games *I think* are not as heavy on the graphics card as many games, but moreso on the CPU. A 6770 would be more than enough, and upgrade your CPU to either a

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

    or a

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073

    Sad thing is, you'll also need to upgrade your motherboard for one of those.

    A 450W power supply should be sufficient. Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair.
  5. Thanks a lot for all the quick replies. Certainly helped clear things out.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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