Recommended Graphics Card for Asus P5N73-CM

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.

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 x PCIe x16 (Empty)
- 400W Power Supply (Dell)
- 500GB HDD

MoBo Preview:

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

    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.


    ASUS P5G41T-M LX Preview:
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    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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    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 Inno3D Nvidia GT 440.

    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).
  4. Best answer selected by doomed2020.
  5. i got a e2160 you can have foc if that helps
  6. also p4 915 and p4 930 take your pick?
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