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October 31, 2012 6:31:49 PM

I'm considering upgrading my graphics card right now. I'm hoping for some help to pick a new card, I have it down to these (I play WoW and would like to play with all settings set to maximum). Also, with the card(s) chosen, would I be able to 'bridge' them together?

Diamond HD Radeon 6570
• GPU: 6450
• Bus Type: PCIE Express x16
• 1GB DDR3
• Core Clock: 625 MHz

Diamond BV500
• GPU: 5450
• Bus Type: PCI Express x16
• 512MB GDDR3
• Core Clock: 650MHz
• Memory: 1000 MHz
• Low Profile Form Factor

Diamond S9250 PCI
• PCI 2D/3D graphics card delivering power and performance, for precision graphics and demanding gaming.
• Features ATI Radeon 9250 graphics technology, with 256MB of onboard DDR memory.
• Supports Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 for complex and realistic lighting effects.
• Quad-pipe architecture and high-precision shading.
• Outputs: DVI-D (digital), S-video and VGA (15-pin D-sub).
• Dual monitor support: drive 2 monitors simultaneously.
• Includes bonus DVD playback software codec for Windows. (DVD playback requires a DVD drive.)
• System requirements: available PCI slot, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista, 64MB system RAM, CD-ROM drive, Intel Pentium III, AMD Athlon or higher processor (450MHz or higher).

EVGA GeForce GT 430
• GPU: 6570
• Bus Type: PCIE Express x16
• 2GB DDR3
• Core Clock: 800 MHz

Diamond HD Radeon 6450
• GPU: 6450
• Bus Type: PCIE Express x16
• 1GB DDR3
• Core Clock: 625 MHz

EVGA GeForce GT 520
• GeForce GT 520 with 810 MHz core clock
• PCI Express 2.0
• 2048 MB 64-bit DDR3 Memory
• 1000 MHz Effective Memory Clock and 1620 MHz Shader Clock
• Microsoft DirectX 11 Support
• Blu-ray 3D Support

EVGA GeForce 210
• 520 MHz core clock
• PCI Express 2.0 x16
• 1024 MB 64-bit DDR3 memory
• 600 MHz memory clock and 1230 MHz shader clock
• 8 CUDA Cores

EVGA e-GeForce 8400 GS PCI Express 2.0
*one type with 1GB DDR3 & 1200 MHz effective memory clock and 1230 MHz shader clock
*second type with 1GB DDR3 & 600 MHz memory clock and 1230 MHz shader clock
*third type with 512MB DDR3 & 600 MHz memory clock and 1230 MHz shader clock

Thanks very much for any and all help (I would've tried to put this into a table, but I don't see an option on this forum)!

Also, if further CPU info is required... let me know what you need to know and I'll have to get back - I commute a lot, so may be couple of days before I can gather the information requested.
a b U Graphics card
October 31, 2012 7:48:09 PM

What is your budget and your system specs? The cards you listed will not let you play WoW with everything maxed at playable frame rates.
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October 31, 2012 7:53:54 PM

Ok, I'll give this a shot. I'm not sure why you've chosen some of these, but here is my input.

GT 430. It's the only card on there with any sort of decent performance.

That being said, none of these cards will do anything near maximum. They just aren't that powerful. Don't bother spending a dime on anything else on that list, onboard graphics will do nearly as good as those cards.

Check out the latest tom's card reviews: This is what is there for $65

Best PCI Express (PCIe) Card For $65:

Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 (Check Prices)

Also, if you want to look up the benchmark speeds which are somewhat useful, go to cpubenchmark.net.

Good luck.
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October 31, 2012 7:54:42 PM

njxc500 said:
Ok, I'll give this a shot. I'm not sure why you've chosen some of these, but here is my input.

GT 430. It's the only card on there with any sort of decent performance.

That being said, none of these cards will do anything near maximum. They just aren't that powerful. Don't bother spending a dime on anything else on that list, onboard graphics will do nearly as good as those cards.

Check out the latest tom's card reviews: This is what is there for $65

Best PCI Express (PCIe) Card For $65:

Radeon HD 6670 DDR3 (Check Prices)

Also, if you want to look up the benchmark speeds which are somewhat useful, go to cpubenchmark.net.

Good luck.

Agreed. He'll be better off with the onboard graphics than getting those.
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October 31, 2012 8:00:24 PM

We really need a budget to help you much more... but as stated for $65 radeon 6670 is the card to get, but don't expect max settings with it.
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November 1, 2012 7:06:30 PM

First off, thanks for answering my initial question! Now for answers and then the followup questions...

Derza10 said:
What is your budget and your system specs? The cards you listed will not let you play WoW with everything maxed at playable frame rates.


My motherboard is an Intel DP43TF.
My graphics is a GeForce 9300 GS (PCIE) 512MB DDR2 (Sorry, couldn't find english version on internet anymore).
My power supply is a Earthwatts Model EA-650 650W Max.

Limerick said:
Agreed. He'll be better off with the onboard graphics than getting those.


So this brings me to the following:

Am I currently running better than the GT 430 from my list?

If yes, then lets set my budget at $100. How can I improve this system? Perhaps forgetting about ultra setting, but still wanting better performance than I currently have.
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