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August 8, 2012 3:25:02 AM

Well soon i'll have about £40 spare, but then I could easily sell my ASUS GT 440 for about £50, and the month after I'll get another £50, so yeah, my budget is about £100-£150 ($150-$230 but remember, cards are more expensive in the UK, so lets call it $100-$180)

my processor is an E4700 Core 2 Duo @ 2.6Ghz, I need a graphics card that wont be 100% bottlenecked and will be at least a fair amount better than the GT 440.

I was thinking a 6870 or 6850, oh yeah and all these cards seem to only have about 1GB memory, is this really enough for modern games?(1 monitor, 1440x900) or will I need a 2GB card?






Okay so basically, sorry for getting carried away:

my CPU is an E4700, I'll have the highlighted budget, what's the best card I should get that wont be so bottlenecked I get the same frames as my current GT 440.

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a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 3:52:22 AM

the 6870 or the 560 (non-ti) sounds about right up your alley, especially at your res, unless there's some deal on a 560ti.

1GB will be enough at your resolution.

you'll probably see some minor bottleneck at worse but it shouldn't impact you by a lot.
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 3:52:38 AM

To be honest, anything above a gt440 would be greatly bottlenecked by your E4700, I know this cause I used to have a E5200 rig, and when I upgraded the gpu to a gts250 and later on gtx560 ti, I noticed tremendous amount of bottlenecks. It was so bad that I couldn't even run black ops at 1440x900 with a superoverclocked gtx560 ti. It used to lag really really bad. I OC'ed my cpu to 2.9ghz but that did little good. I could run Crysis warhead with ease however even though the gpu usage never went above 55%. Talk about bottlenecks!

Now off the point, yes a hd6870 should be enough to run modern games at 1440x900 at high to ultra settings provided you are not running games that have issues with older dual core cpus.
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August 8, 2012 5:06:45 PM

shamsmu said:
To be honest, anything above a gt440 would be greatly bottlenecked by your E4700, I know this cause I used to have a E5200 rig, and when I upgraded the gpu to a gts250 and later on gtx560 ti, I noticed tremendous amount of bottlenecks. It was so bad that I couldn't even run black ops at 1440x900 with a superoverclocked gtx560 ti. It used to lag really really bad. I OC'ed my cpu to 2.9ghz but that did little good. I could run Crysis warhead with ease however even though the gpu usage never went above 55%. Talk about bottlenecks!

Now off the point, yes a hd6870 should be enough to run modern games at 1440x900 at high to ultra settings provided you are not running games that have issues with older dual core cpus.



So what should I do? Get a new processor+motherboard?
a c 130 U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 5:37:20 PM

In reality you do need a new set up but you also have a very weak graphics card at present. I see no reason why you should not see the benefits of upgrading to a 6770 or 6750 if funds are tight.
This http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...
Is Toms own chart read it and you will see either card should be a decent replacement for you.
Restrictions will be very minor if at all.

Mactronix :) 
a b U Graphics card
August 8, 2012 6:47:33 PM

iixwh3l4nxii said:
So what should I do? Get a new processor+motherboard? but I don't know what to do next, is it worth just saving up and getting a cheap 1155 Mobo w/ a 2500k?


yes that'd be pretty good but make sure to spend your money wisely- get a overclockable p67/z68 motherboard if you want to get the i5 2500k/3570k or a cheaper h61/h67/h77 motherboard if you want to get a i5 3450/2450/2500(non k) and don't want to overclock. Either option should be miles better than your current set but still.
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