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I need Something but I am not sure what exactly.

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October 15, 2012 12:56:36 PM

Hi my name is Chase and I am looking for a new something, I am not sure. With the current setup i have, I need to turn settings on all low as possible and on 800x600 @ 56 hz to run the my game Grand Theft Auto 4 smoothly. With the lowest possible settings it is still a bit choppy when driving at high speeds. I would just like to put the settings up to medium to high and on 1280x800 @ 60hz or around there with it running smoothly all the time. Basicly i want my computer to run the game like an Xbox 360 would. Here is My current setup:

Cpu: Amd Phenom II x2 560 Black Edition unlocked to an Amd Phenom II x4 B60
Mainboard: Asus M4n68t-m v2
Ram: 8Gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3
Graphics: XFX ATI Radeon HD 4550
Hard Drive: 500gb Western Digtial 7200rpm

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 15, 2012 2:11:39 PM

Your video card is probably the most glaring deficiency in terms of gaming performance. The HD4550 is a good basic use video card, but really isn't up to snuff in terms of gaming requirements.

What is your budget for any potential upgrades?
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October 15, 2012 2:23:56 PM

Id like to keep it under 150 us.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 15, 2012 2:43:19 PM

What make/model of power supply are you using now? We need to know to ensure any video card upgrade can be powered properly.
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October 16, 2012 9:51:32 AM

XION 450 Watt ATX Power Supply (Model : LC-8460BTX)
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2012 11:50:34 AM
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2012 1:55:00 PM

Those recommendations are full of padding though, for things like crap PSUs, someone using a 3930k in the same box as a 7770. The CX430 will be enough.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 16, 2012 2:00:36 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
Those recommendations are full of padding though, for things like crap PSUs, someone using a 3930k in the same box as a 7770. The CX430 will be enough.

True (padding estimates), but having some margin for growth is always a good idea. Just a consideration, not a criticism.
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October 17, 2012 11:33:23 PM

ok Well i went out to best buy yesterday and got the same video card you recomended and got a diffrent psu, its a 550 watt and man i can tell a huge diffrence. Just one question, my old video card was a 1 GB and so is this one. What makes the diffrence?
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October 17, 2012 11:33:38 PM

Best answer selected by cherokee714.
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
October 17, 2012 11:55:03 PM

The fact that the new video card has more shaders and a higher clock rate. Basically it has more bits that do the rendering and each of them does it faster.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 18, 2012 12:01:37 AM

Someone Somewhere said:
The fact that the new video card has more shaders and a higher clock rate. Basically it has more bits that do the rendering and each of them does it faster.

Good answer!
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October 19, 2012 10:38:40 PM

well ty everyone
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