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April 9, 2012 6:08:49 PM

my cpu cofiguration is -
4 gb ddr3 starlite ram
amd x2 260 3.2 ghz processor
gigabyte 78lmt-s2p motherboard
iballlpe223-400 smps
i have lg1515s monitor having a native resolution of 1024*768..it supports one or two higher resolutions but it is not fitting in the screen!!

i need a gaming graphics card
please suggest me a suitable one within rupees 3500-4000..
April 9, 2012 6:20:29 PM

To add to sunius's post, a graphics card more powerful than that would just bottleneck your processor.
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 6:32:09 PM

agreed, but i don't think it will be able to play latests games on medium-high, battlefield 3 for instance will probably not even run at acceptable framerate. most of games will be played on very low settings, and others will not work, it is not a gaming video card.
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April 9, 2012 6:37:17 PM

but is the card old or new??its shader model is 4.1 !!will it be suficient?? i can run games at 1024*768 resolution only
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 6:41:06 PM

Yes it will run games on 1024x768.

@ricardois, actually it is a gaming card, just low end one. It's not that bad at such low resolution, should play Battlefield 3 on low settings, but on less demanding games it will allow medium settings and even high for some.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-240,2475...
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a c 216 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 6:41:09 PM

The card will not run in Dx11, but all the DX11 games I've seen or heard of, still offer a DX9 option.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 6:46:58 PM

ricardois said:
what kind of games?
to play games at that resolution i would recommend you:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the GT 230 is not for gaming.


It's GT 240, not GT 230.

And +1 to the above poster for suggesting Hd 5670. For some reason I missed it. HD 5670 performs better than GT 240.
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April 9, 2012 6:54:48 PM

can i have a card with 2gb memory and of shader model 5.0??
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a c 216 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 6:55:37 PM

You don't need it. With a card of the power you want, along with the resolution you have, 1gb should be more than enough for some time to come.
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April 9, 2012 6:57:47 PM

suppose i get a smps of higher power supply..then??
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a c 216 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:04:24 PM

When I said power, I was talking about performance. 2gb is only useful at high resolutions with very high end settings all turned on. You won't be in that position with this card, so 1gb is more than enough vram.
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April 9, 2012 7:13:22 PM

then i need to change my monitor..suppose i have a monitor supporting high resolution,then suggest me some card..coz i want to play latest games in good graphics and for some time to come..thats why i upgraded my cpu!!
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:14:31 PM

a psu with 400w should be more than enough for that video card, if your psu is not showing issues, you don't really require another PSU.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:15:52 PM

Bodhisatwa, at your 4000 rupee budget you won't get a better card than HD 5670. If you want something better, you'll have to spend more money.
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April 9, 2012 7:19:02 PM

suggest me some good gaming cards within my budget irrespective of my configuration...i can upgrade my monitor and smps..i just upgraded my cpu
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April 9, 2012 7:21:42 PM

do the graphics card series matter?? like ati 6 series card is better than a 5 series 1 in general??
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:23:13 PM

with that budget i think that is the best graphics card for you
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:24:20 PM

Bodhisatwa said:
do the graphics card series matter?? like ati 6 series card is better than a 5 series 1 in general??


its newer not better.

under 5xxx series you don't have dx11 so if you want it should be 5xxx 6xxx or 7xxx
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April 9, 2012 7:27:50 PM

ricardois said:
with that budget i think that is the best graphics card for you

even if i change my monitor and smps??? :( 
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:29:35 PM

that graphics card is the best under 4000 rupees, if you wan't a better graphics card you will need to spend more, no matter what system you have, that is the best graphics card you can get for that money.
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April 9, 2012 7:30:09 PM

is ati 5670 the best for me even if i keep my recent config or change my monitor and smps??
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 7:40:34 PM

Yes it is. As I mentioned before - it's the best you can get. Don't be fooled though, that card isn't weak for your configuration. It's old, but you will be able to play latest games on medium-high settings.
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April 9, 2012 7:43:39 PM

Sunius said:
Yes it is. As I mentioned before - it's the best you can get. Don't be fooled though, that card isn't weak for your configuration. It's old, but you will be able to play latest games on medium-high settings.

will it be able to play battlefield3,nfs run,skyrim and other games like these at medium-high settings?
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April 9, 2012 8:01:02 PM

Sunius said:
It's GT 240, not GT 230.

And +1 to the above poster for suggesting Hd 5670. For some reason I missed it. HD 5670 performs better than GT 240.

Agreed whit the 5670. My personal experience: 5670 1gb > 240 1gb.
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 8:02:18 PM

yes at that resolution the 5670 will be able to run those games at medium-high settings.

but if you change monitor to 1080p you will probably need to lower graphics a little more.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 9, 2012 9:04:30 PM

Bodhisatwa said:
will it be able to play battlefield3,nfs run,skyrim and other games like these at medium-high settings?


Battlefield 3: medium settings
NFS the run: medium-high settings
skyrim: high
Most other games: high.
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April 10, 2012 2:33:59 AM

ricardois said:
yes at that resolution the 5670 will be able to run those games at medium-high settings.

but if you change monitor to 1080p you will probably need to lower graphics a little more.


If i change my monitor will the card be enough for running latest games and for some time To come at medium-high settings?
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April 10, 2012 2:34:12 AM

ricardois said:
yes at that resolution the 5670 will be able to run those games at medium-high settings.

but if you change monitor to 1080p you will probably need to lower graphics a little more.


If i change my monitor will the card be enough for running latest games and for some time To come at medium-high settings?
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April 10, 2012 2:34:17 AM

ricardois said:
yes at that resolution the 5670 will be able to run those games at medium-high settings.

but if you change monitor to 1080p you will probably need to lower graphics a little more.


If i change my monitor will the card be enough for running latest games and for some time To come at medium-high settings?
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April 10, 2012 2:53:20 AM

Wats d difrence btwen playing a high graphics game at 1024 768 to that of other higher resltns?hw r the requirements affected by this??
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 7:35:47 AM

Seriously, don't spam. If you change your monitor to high resolution, you'll have to lower settings. Increase of resolution means your card has to work harder to achieve same graphical settings.
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a b U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 11:30:29 AM

Bodhisatwa said:
If i change my monitor will the card be enough for running latest games and for some time To come at medium-high settings?


if you change resolution you will probably need to lower the settings, but there is always the possibility of changing monitor, and turning the monitor resolution down if you really can't downgrade graphics that way the performance will not be affected...

if you want a graphics card to play at high resolutions with high quality you will need to invest much more than 4000 rupees.

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April 10, 2012 3:30:40 PM

today i installed my friend's nvidia 9400gt in my cpu ...battlefield3 ran well in medium settigs..alan wake ran good in high settings!..is ati 5670(you guy's choice) much better than 9400gt??
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April 10, 2012 3:39:22 PM

bystander said:
When I said power, I was talking about performance. 2gb is only useful at high resolutions with very high end settings all turned on. You won't be in that position with this card, so 1gb is more than enough vram.

if i change my monitor and smps then suggest me some gaming cards within that budget...today i installed my friend's nvidia 9400gt in my cpu..it ran battlefield3 well in medium settings and alan wake good in high settings!!
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a c 216 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 3:48:56 PM

Look, you were given a good answer to your original question, there is no reason to drag this on. For the price range given, the card suggested above is the best you'll get. You don't need more vram with that card and the type of cards that might have a use for more, even if you had a monitor of higher resolution, are out of your price range.

This is the best card for you in the price range given that any of us are aware of: http://www.flipkart.com/powercolor-amd-ati-radeon-hd567...
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 3:51:17 PM

Bodhisatwa said:
today i installed my friend's nvidia 9400gt in my cpu ...battlefield3 ran well in medium settigs..alan wake ran good in high settings!..is ati 5670(you guy's choice) much better than 9400gt??


HD 5670 is around 4 times more powerful than 9400 gt.
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a b U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 4:15:53 PM

Sunius said:
HD 5670 is around 4 times more powerful than 9400 gt.


agreed, if you think the 9400 is good enough the 5670 will be awesome enough.
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April 10, 2012 4:39:08 PM

thanks guys !! but if i cannot get the powercolor card in the market then which brand should i take??will the cost change??
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 4:45:53 PM

Take what ever is the cheapest one. Brand doesn't really matter.
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April 10, 2012 4:54:38 PM

so only the card model matters not the brand?? so why the cost sometimes differ much??
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 4:57:02 PM

Different vendors manufacture at different places in the world. The distance they ship the cards differ, so the price differs as well. Some manufacturers make the price high, just because the company is famous. There's a lot of factors, but same models will performance very similarly (within 5% of each other).
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a b U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 5:15:37 PM

normally what you can check are the card clock, the more expensive ones comes with factory overclock, by doing so normally the have a better cooling solution, that is one of the things that cout in price.

but basically they are all the same GPU. just the shell is different
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April 10, 2012 5:38:39 PM

suggest the names of the vendors..
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a c 291 U Graphics card
April 10, 2012 5:41:44 PM

XFX, sapphire, MSI, powercolor, Asus, etc
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