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September 7, 2012 10:00:47 AM

good morning i have a pc with intel core 2 duo E6300 and 4 g of ddr2 what would be the best graphics card to get for this system

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a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2012 10:31:06 AM

Depends on what sort of PCI/PCIe Slot the mobo has.
I would be more advisable to start saving for a new rig.
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a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2012 10:53:42 AM

Ok, what would you be using the rig for with a graphics card.... what sort of apps, games are we looking at?
Your board has a PCIe x 16 First gen slot on it.
So you could even go for the just announced Gigabyte 7850 1GB card..... but....it would really be more advisable to go for a PCIe first gen or second gen card.
September 7, 2012 10:54:04 AM

I'd recommend an HD 6670... they're available around the $50 price point and it will play almost every game out there.

You need a new CPU/mobo before putting an expensive GPU in the system.
a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2012 10:55:58 AM

Yea.... I think you should save up for a new computer. PCI E 1.0 isn't gonna power the current gen cards. You can probably go for an ATI GPU if your that desperate
September 7, 2012 11:07:34 AM

I would like to play the new XCOM: Enemy Unknown game and command and conquer type games mindcraft WOW..........
September 7, 2012 11:10:00 AM

so what would you recomened is the best proccesser and MOBO with out breaking the bank
September 7, 2012 11:10:01 AM



Are you serious? :pfff: 

Those are seriously the worst suggestions ever. Nvidia makes the worst budget cards in existence. The 6670 is more than TWICE as fast as those cards for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Only people completely clueless about graphics cards buy low end Nvidia stuff. :non: 
September 7, 2012 11:14:52 AM

kurtyboy1967 said:
so what would you recomened is the best proccesser and MOBO with out breaking the bank


Pick up a decent $100 Z77 motherboard + your pick of the low end Sandy Bridge CPUs. You'll need new DDR3 RAM too but that's cheap. Total upgrade would be about $250 and would give you a nice drop-in upgrade path to a high end Sandy or Ivy Bridge CPU later on if you wanted/needed it:

If you want full-size ATX, this is a good board and comes with a free 60GB SSD right now:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's the micro-ATX version:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2120:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And here's some decent looking budget RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total price of those 3: $270 and you get a VERY nice budget gaming platform that could handle even the super high end graphics cards at 1920x1080 with almost no bottleneck.
a b U Graphics card
September 7, 2012 11:20:03 AM

I couldn't find any AMD cards on newegg for 50 bucks that would be the max I can advise the OP to put into a GPU for his rig.... so that why the choice is stuck to Nvidia....
September 7, 2012 11:25:08 AM

alyoshka said:
I couldn't find any AMD cards on newegg for 50 bucks that would be the max I can advise the OP to put into a GPU for his rig.... so that why the choice is stuck to Nvidia....


Let me help you out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seriously, the GT 520 and 610 are abysmal purchases for gaming. His CPU is plenty powerful to handle a 6670, and even if it weren't, why in the world would you buy a card that's less than half as powerful for basically the same price?
September 7, 2012 11:25:31 AM

Thanks for all your help....
September 8, 2012 10:14:06 AM

BigMack70 said:
Let me help you out:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seriously, the GT 520 and 610 are abysmal purchases for gaming. His CPU is plenty powerful to handle a 6670, and even if it weren't, why in the world would you buy a card that's less than half as powerful for basically the same price?


I agree with the 6670. It's not only the best value, but the best performance since anything above that would be too powerful.

I currently have the same E6300 Dual Core Processor at 1.8 Ghz. I've been using an 9800 GT for a few years now, and it's been a decent setup. I am riding this PC out until next summer, when I'm building a new one. In the mean time, I am also going to be playing XCOM: Enemy Unknown like the OP. And I'm not anticipating any problems.

So yeah, 6670 is probably the best bet.
a b U Graphics card
September 8, 2012 11:15:25 AM

Check out his Mobo .....
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