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August 11, 2012 6:24:35 PM

Hello. I was just wondering if its time for a new pc. The GPU is: Ati Radeon 3870 512 ddr4 256bit

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a c 291 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 6:33:32 PM

It's pretty outdated. I wouldn't upgrade though if you can play the games you like at desirable settings.
a c 177 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 6:33:35 PM

It's a 'very' old card but that's not to say you need a whole new computer!
Please give us more information: CPU, memory which Windows (or Linux) you're using and, very importaintly, the monitor resolution- not size, but resolution- and the make and model of the powersupply.
Oh, and what games do you want to play?
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August 11, 2012 6:48:46 PM

I thought i made a signature about my pc specs. I'll just c/p:
Asus M2N-e; AMD Athlon dual core 5000+ BE; Ati Radeon 3870 MSI; 3gb ddr2 800mhz; 250gb Seagate;
I'd like to run Starcraft 2 maxed out on 1080p that wont lag with a overpopulated map (4 players with 200supply). full hd is most important.
But, when GTA 5 comes out, id like to run that on full hd and good details. Anyone knows the release date of GTA5?
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a c 117 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 6:56:19 PM

theProbe said:
I thought i made a signature about my pc specs.

Tom's Hardware > Profile > Forum options
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seems to default to No for some reason.
a c 291 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:11:36 PM

theProbe said:
I thought i made a signature about my pc specs. I'll just c/p:
Asus M2N-e; AMD Athlon dual core 5000+ BE; Ati Radeon 3870 MSI; 3gb ddr2 800mhz; 250gb Seagate;
I'd like to run Starcraft 2 maxed out on 1080p that wont lag with a overpopulated map (4 players with 200supply). full hd is most important.
But, when GTA 5 comes out, id like to run that on full hd and good details. Anyone knows the release date of GTA5?


I'd suggest making a new thread at new build forums. Remember to tell your budget there!
a c 177 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:36:35 PM

Ah.
Right.
Your rig was quite a monster a few years ago, but games are far more demanding than they were then so, sorry to say, you DO need a new computer.
How/if you go about this will depend on our circumstances but, as Sunius suggests, opening a thread in the build forum will yield some sage advice.
a c 105 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:40:40 PM

it pretty much dates back somewhere between the bronze age and the iron age.
a c 177 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 7:53:38 PM

^ I'd have put it closer to early industrial: The computing equal of Newcomens Atmospheric Engine:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcomen_steam_engine

That said I've a C2D with a 8800GTS under XP and it's d%*" handy for games that won't run easly under Win 7.
August 11, 2012 9:50:31 PM

Key. So since i do need a new rig, i won't open a new thread now. I will wait for the ati 8000 series. But, what do you think is better, geforce or radeon?
a c 291 U Graphics card
August 11, 2012 10:16:02 PM

They are rival companies, each have up and downs depending on the pricepoint.
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