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Recommended Graphics Card for Asus P5N73-CM

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June 8, 2012 9:58:56 PM


Hi there :hello:  ,

I am seeking a Professional advice about my near Future Upgrades. I am currently using ASUS P5N73-CM Motherboard. It is a good motherboard with decent Graphics Card built-in of 512MB( Nvidia GeForce 7100/ nForce 630i).

I use it mostly for Gaming purposes, like Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 2, FIFA 11, Hitman - Blood Money, Tomb Raider - Underground etc. These Games do run on my system but slow, to increase speed I have to Lower the Graphics details in the Game Setting, which makes Game Graphics more dull and Poor.

I also use Autodesk 3Ds Max 2010 and Adobe After Effects CS4 frequently.

I know my Configurations are not WORLD CLASS GAMER Type, but this is what I can Afford .. :( 

So I have decided to Purchase a Graphics Card, I came up with two Graphics Cards which I can afford and they have Great Features too.

Format ( GPU Bits MEMORY Type CORE CLOCK)
1- EVGA Nvidia GT 520 64 Bits 1024MB DDR3 768MHZ
2- Inno3D GT 440 128 Bits 1024MB DDR3 810MHZ

So my Main Questions are :

Q1- Are these Graphics supported on my Current Motherboard(P5N73-CM)?
if NO , then WHY Not?
(If Yes) ,

Q2- What Graphic card should I choose(from the above list)?
(after selecting one of the Grahcis Card)

Q3- How much that Graphic Card would Enhance my current Gaming Experience ?

Q4- How much will it affect adversely on my Gaming Experience, if I have a low ranged CPU ( e.g P4 3GHz) and a high ranged Graphics Card of ( e.g 1GB of %GraphicsCard%) ?

I hope you understand my situation, and would be more Elaborate when Answering my above Questions, because Short & Quick Answers would only Create more Confusions in my Mind.

Here are my Specs:

- Windows XP SP3 (32bit)
- Intel Pentium4 3.00Ghz Processor (L2 Cache 2MB)
- 1 GB DDR2 RAM
- 1 x PCIe x16 (Empty)
- 400W Power Supply (Dell)
- 500GB HDD

MoBo Preview:


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June 8, 2012 11:40:30 PM

1. both cards are PCI-E 2.0 and will work with your mobo's PCI-E x1.0 slot since PCI-E is backwards compatible.

2. normally I would say the GT440 since its the better card but with your CPU I doubt the GT 440 will hit its full potential. Since budget is also an issue with you, I also doubt you will be building a new PC anytime soon. So I would say, save your money and get the cheaper card (GT 520 i assume). you won't see a difference between the two.

3. depends on the game but it will allow more of your system ram to be dedicated to your game where currently your integrated video chip is sharing it with the rest of your PC. You should see a noticeable improvement but you still will be playing those games at low settings.

4. depends on the game but you won't playing modern games with a single core CPU and 1GB of RAM at an enjoyable level (if the game play sat all)
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June 9, 2012 12:59:21 PM

Thanks ct1615 for your Expert advice, I would definitely act upon your advice.

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save your money and get the cheaper card (GT 520 i assume).


Well there is not much of difference in their price , Only 10$. So price is not an issue between the Two Cards. It is what would give best performance on my Current Motherboard,Ram and Processor.

I need another Expert Opinion of yours.

I have three Options, to upgrade my System, due to limited funds, I can only Choose ONE of them.
What would you RECOMMEND for OPTIMAL Gaming Experience as I am not an EXTREME GAMER , but a GAMER indeed.

1- Buy another NEW Motherboard and RAM ( using same old Processor P4 3GHz )
a- ASUS P5G41T-M LX
b- Corsair 4GB(x1) DDR3 1333MHz Bus Speed Dual Channel Ram

2- Buy an INTEL CORE 2 DUO 2.33GHz (4MB CACHE) 1333 BUS ( using the same old MoBo P5N73-CM with 1 GB DDR2 Ram )

3- Buy a Nvidia Graphics Card GT 520 or GT 440 ( using the same old MoBo P5N73-CM with 1 GB DDR2 Ram )

Please keep in mind no other Option is feasible for me Currently.

Thanks


ASUS P5G41T-M LX Preview:

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June 9, 2012 2:28:52 PM

i would go with option 3 since you also would be increasing your RAM (since system RAM would no longer be used for video display, even 2D non-gaming programs will benefit)

i don't know if your mobo would support a core 2 and new mobo's won't support your current CPU. you really need a "at once" CPU, mobo, RAM upgrade.
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June 9, 2012 3:54:56 PM

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i don't know if your mobo would support a core 2


Don't worry my Current Motherboard Supports Core 2 Duo and even Core 2 Quad Q9650 :D  . So I can upgrade Processor later if needed.

As far as ASUS P5G41T-M LX is Concerned , it does support P4-631 (65nm,3.0GHz, 800 FSB, L2:2MB) Processor, so if I go for that MoBo, Processor Compatibility would not be a Big issue.

Thanks for your Guide, I am looking forward for buying the New Graphics Card of Mine.

My Choice after your Input would be

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I would say the GT440 since its the better card


Since the performance of both card will not be much different, so GT 440 would be more useful, if I upgrade my MoBo/Processor in future(Optimistic).
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June 9, 2012 5:35:12 PM

Best answer selected by doomed2020.
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July 23, 2012 3:10:10 AM

i got a e2160 you can have foc if that helps
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July 23, 2012 3:22:00 AM

also p4 915 and p4 930 take your pick?
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