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What video card should I get?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 14, 2012 11:12:14 PM

I want to upgrade from my old, crappy square monitor display and video card. I have a pretty good idea of what kind of monitor I want, which is more than likely going to be something like this or possibly smaller:

The only problem is that I don't know what kind of video card is compatible with my setup. I am a gamer, and would like to run some of the newer first person shooters out there such as Battlefield 3 and so on. I'd also like to keep it in the $150-200 price range if possible.

Here are my specs:

Operating System
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)

System Model
ECS A780GM-M3 1.0
Enclosure Type: Desktop

2.50 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core
512 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
2048 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Main Circuit Board
Board: ECS A780GM-M3 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 080014 11/19/2009

1000.20 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
614.49 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NS30 [Optical drive]
UV4222W ZAX231X SCSI CdRom Device [Optical drive]

WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAU49092766, rev 01.01A01, SMART Status: Healthy

AMD PCI IDE Controller
AMD SATA Controller(Native IDE Mode)
Primary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] (2x)

Memory Modules c,d
3328 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 2048 MB

ATI Radeon X1050 [Display adapter]
ATI Radeon X1050 Secondary [Display adapter]
Hanns.G HX191 [Monitor] (19.1"vis, s/n 907GR3NA00195, February 2009)

Thanks for reading!

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October 14, 2012 11:15:16 PM

That CPU is really old and not going to be very good for any game (e.g. BF3) that requires a lot of CPU horsepower to run.

I'd recommend pairing it with an HD 7770 graphics card, and you should be able then to play most games OK. You need a new mobo + CPU though as well as a new GPU.
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October 14, 2012 11:49:25 PM

Is this a JOKE?. The guy has XP.... none of the FPS support XP unless its call of duty... Sorry for the negativity i just don't think there is much left in your rig... but i agree with Bigmack and bigcyco. the 7770 is a great card and will do decent settings with the monitor u want
October 15, 2012 12:34:38 AM

^^ Good catch yeah you're stuck with DX9 in XP which means no BF3 for example
a c 185 U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 12:37:50 AM

Lol!Dam i didn't notice xp your screwed bud sorry.
a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 1:26:34 AM

BigMack70 said:
^^ Good catch yeah you're stuck with DX9 in XP which means no BF3 for example

I got a Snipers Eye so isn't much i don't see :sol: 
October 15, 2012 3:44:15 AM

Thanks guys. I guess I'm finally gonna have to make the jump to Win7...
a c 109 U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 3:46:35 AM

Or a new computer....
a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2012 11:59:50 AM

amuffin said:
Or a new computer....

right? :lol: