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February 20, 2012 3:27:02 PM

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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a c 107 U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 3:46:18 PM

slim computer... ???? like what. name brand store bought ?

got list of hardware and software/opsys-32 or 64bit/
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February 20, 2012 3:46:36 PM

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.
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February 20, 2012 3:54:36 PM

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

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a b U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 4:03:07 PM

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!
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 4:10:08 PM

Slimline :D .

Opt one.
Get a new case, move your parts and upgrade to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Opt two.
Get these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EDIT: sorry, this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(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 :) .
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a c 107 U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 4:13:00 PM

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.
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February 20, 2012 4:38:42 PM

What gpu does it have atm?
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February 20, 2012 6:19:02 PM

Right now I have a POS $20 card that I got for free
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February 20, 2012 6:24:27 PM

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

Opt two.
Get these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EDIT: sorry, this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(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?
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a c 107 U Graphics card
February 20, 2012 7:33:36 PM

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 ?
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February 27, 2012 4:06:28 PM

Best answer selected by pauldimler.
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