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What card should I purchase?

Alright, so I'm new to graphic cards, I've been googleing and looking up reviews for the past week, and i can not decide on what card I should purchase, one of the problems I run into is that I own a Slim computer (I really regret buying it now) buy hey it was on sale two years ago. Another problem, I don't know what I'm looking for really, Its not like the cards say "This will run "this game" @ 40 fps".

If anyone could help me find a card that will allow me to play Runescape Maxed out, or nearly maxed out in Full Screen, I would really appreciate it. Im trying to spend no more than $200 USD with a power supply.

PCIE 2.0 x 16

Im not to worried about the power as I will purchase one suitable for the card also.
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  1. slim computer... ???? like what. name brand store bought ?

    got list of hardware and software/opsys-32 or 64bit/
  2. Best answer
    If you could tell us the rest of your specs (OS, memory, CPU) it would help out a bit.

    In any way, while I don't play Runescape myself, from what I saw it's not a very demanding game. I believe anything over a Radeon 5770/6770 would be absolute overkill, which means that no matter what you choose, you will be paying 100$-120$ or less for your GPU, which leaves you a decent amount of money to spend on a good power supply.

    Even if you intend to play in 1920x1080, I believe a Radeon 6670 or a Radeon 5770/6770 would be a great choice.
  3. pauldimler said:
    Alright, so I'm new to graphic cards, I've been googleing and looking up reviews for the past week, and i can not decide on what card I should purchase, one of the problems I run into is that I own a Slim computer (I really regret buying it now) buy hey it was on sale two years ago. Another problem, I don't know what I'm looking for really, Its not like the cards say "This will run "this game" @ 40 fps".

    If anyone could help me find a card that will allow me to play Runescape Maxed out, or nearly maxed out in Full Screen, I would really appreciate it. Im trying to spend no more than $200 USD with a power supply.

    PCIE 2.0 x 16

    Im not to worried about the power as I will purchase one suitable for the card also.


    Sorry for not responding with the rest of my system specs, I didnt really think it would be needed, anyways..

    Dell Inspiron 531s
    Mobo # M2N61-AX


    Amd athlon 64x2 4000+ 2.1 Ghz dual core
    4G DDR2 ram
    Vista 32 bit
  4. Yea um.......the best "thing" for you would be a kepler card. which is gonna require a month or two of waiting. no one is sure that the low end are gonna release. What games are you gonna play?. the GTS 450 is a decent card, the 550ti is less that a radeon card. So also a Radeon 7770 is gonna be perfect as well. if possible please upgrade your power supply to handle a good video card. otherwise its GT 430 for you!
  5. Slimline :D.

    Opt one.
    Get a new case, move your parts and upgrade to this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102940
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

    Opt two.
    Get these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151090
    EDIT: sorry, this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161397
    (wait to be stocked)

    And yes, Opt one is totally better. The second one is if you don't want to put your components in a new case. Please note that these PSUs are USUALLY what they use on Slim inspirons, but maybe it's not in your case. That's why opt one is better :).
  6. I think a 5670 would be the biggest card you could put on that machine and not be too much for the rest of your hardware. Look for a low profile version or one that comes with 2 brackets. standard and low profile.
  7. What gpu does it have atm?
  8. Right now I have a POS $20 card that I got for free
  9. refillable said:
    Slimline :D.

    Opt one.
    Get a new case, move your parts and upgrade to this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102940
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034

    Opt two.
    Get these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151090
    EDIT: sorry, this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161397
    (wait to be stocked)

    And yes, Opt one is totally better. The second one is if you don't want to put your components in a new case. Please note that these PSUs are USUALLY what they use on Slim inspirons, but maybe it's not in your case. That's why opt one is better :).


    The Sapphire card that you posted in opt 1 is PCIE 2.1 x 16, would I still be able to use in 2.0 x 16?
  10. you don't need any more than a $50 card and the clown above has you spending $200. Doesn't mane any sense does it ?
  11. Best answer selected by pauldimler.
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