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February 7, 2012 11:16:51 PM

Hello,

My computer is pretty Beefy. i5 quad core with 4 gigs of ram. a 500w power supply, and a decent cooling system on the cpu. however...I have a ATI5570 HD 1gig PCIe vid card. I play a new game called Tribes Ascend and I have to play it on low to minimal settings for graphics and still only get maybe 15-20 FPS. Is it my video card that is causing the issue like I suspect?

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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 11:27:18 PM

Yeah the 5570 is an low-mid range card. You will need to upgrade, but we need to know your budget and brand of PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 11:28:31 PM

Well there can be to things happening. 1. Your Graphics card is still a little power hungry. the 500W isn't the best thing for a Graphics card. infact its bare minimum. 2. Your GPU just aint cutting it. So you can sleep on it and decide which route you want to try but i don't see a solution of No spend money from my view point
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 11:33:29 PM

Rockdpm said:
Well there can be to things happening. 1. Your Graphics card is still a little power hungry. the 500W isn't the best thing for a Graphics card. infact its bare minimum. 2. Your GPU just aint cutting it. So you can sleep on it and decide which route you want to try but i don't see a solution of No spend money from my view point

The 5570 will eat a max of 40w. It's not the PSU at all unless he has some crappy $10 budget PSU. The GPU is the problem, it's pretty weak.

500w is plenty for all but the enthusiast cards if its a good PSU. The manufacturer wattage recommendation is incredibly bloated so they don't have dummies who don't know better slapping an HD 6950 into their computer with a 300w PSU that they bought for $15
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February 7, 2012 11:34:33 PM

Vettedude said:
Yeah the 5570 is an low-mid range card. You will need to upgrade, but we need to know your budget and brand of PSU.


my budget is between $150-$200 and I'm not sure what you mean by PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 11:34:50 PM

Power Supply Unit.
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February 7, 2012 11:36:27 PM

I'm sorry...I'm out of the loop with the lingo..but what does GPU stand for? lol
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 11:39:20 PM

GPU = Graphics Processing Unit. The chip held on the graphics card that actually does the processing.

If your PSU is a good quality unit, these cards would be great and fit your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^That Twin Frozr is the best cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^EVGA is the best brand

If your PSU is junk, upgrade with part of the budget then use the rest on a slightly less powerful card.
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February 7, 2012 11:43:24 PM

Vettedude said:
GPU = Graphics Processing Unit. The chip held on the graphics card that actually does the processing.

If your PSU is a good quality unit, these cards would be great and fit your budget:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^That Twin Frozr is the best cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
^EVGA is the best brand

If your PSU is junk, upgrade with part of the budget then use the rest on a slightly less powerful card.



well..I spent between $100-$150 for the Power supply. I don't like buying cheap *** for my computer..lol..(althought sometimes its needed). But the Graphics card was bought as a present to me. It wasn't TOO expensive and it wasn't cheap at the time either. I'm just lookin to getting something to upgrade it so I can actually get the performance that is warranted for the kinda high quality computer I have built.
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a b U Graphics card
February 7, 2012 11:44:39 PM

What brand is the power supply though and make sure it has 2 6-pin PEG connectors coming off it or else you can't get those cards I posted. You will have to step it down a notch to the HD 6850.
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February 7, 2012 11:55:42 PM

Vettedude said:
What brand is the power supply though and make sure it has 2 6-pin PEG connectors coming off it or else you can't get those cards I posted. You will have to step it down a notch to the HD 6850.



I'll have to check when I get home from work. actually now that I think about it...I don't think I spent over $100..lol..it was a while ago..
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February 8, 2012 12:06:27 AM

oh crap, I apologize for not noticing the format for posting questions on here.
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a b U Graphics card
February 8, 2012 12:16:18 AM

Its fine, we can still help you :) 
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February 9, 2012 8:59:39 PM

okay..I got the information for my PSU...its a Rocketfish 500W power supply. Model Number: RF-500WPS2. Hope thats what you needed.
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