New video card for new computer

peter2004

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sorry forgot to list my specs

Intel® Core™2 Quad Processor3 Q9300 (2.5GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 6MB L2 cache)3
Genuine Microsoft® Windows Vista® Home Premium (64-bit) with SP11
4096MB 800MHz DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (2 x 2048MB Modules)9
ATI Radeon™ HD3450 Graphics with 256MB of Discrete Graphics Memory9
640GB 7200RPM SATA II hard drive5
 

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What brand of computer and motherboard you got??. power supply specs... monitor size and it's maximum resolution.you planning to overclock cpu??
 
:lol:

1) Get an aftermarket cooler and overclock your CPU. Since you got a prebuilt looks like you would need a software overclocking utility since the BIOS options are likely locked.

2) Get a new video card. If you can wait till around November the DX11 Radeon cards should be out and you can get one of those. Of course since I think you want to play games NOW, then I suggest you get at least a 4870 or GTX 260. If you can't afford that then tell us what your budget it.
 

peter2004

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i never overclocked before don't see why, the cpu dosen't have an stock cooler i looked at it, it has a huge cooler master one and a wired huge tunnel fan on the fan itself
 
Nice deal:)
Please tell us your monitor resolution and expectations: Do you want to run heavy games like Crysis and STALKER at maximum settings or medium or low?

For example at 1280x1024 and medium/high the HD4670 is the best that could be installed without a PSU upgrade.
 

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my max res is 1680-1050 i was thinking of waiting untill the new cards come out and just buy a card good enough to play the new games, would a 4670 work on a 300watt power supply or should i just get a new power and better card for now
 

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Since you want to play games, let’s assume you want to buy the graphics card NOW as its summer, and you have more free time.

The PC you've got has a very good processor. It will run top games quite well.
Your graphics card is poor, though. If you want to play newer games with high resolutions and decent settings, you need to get a better one.
You also MUST change ure power supply unit; 300 Watts are not enough to use the lowest-end cards, like an NVIDIA 9600 GT. get between 450 - 550 W, tht will b sufficient for almost anything u get.

So, we'll assume you want to play on the max resolution of ure monitor. ATI in general is cheaper than NVIDIA, but NVIDIA is, i think, a better vendor for very-high end gaming and they generally run with games slightly better (though many might disagree) but tht doesnt matter for you; u probably aren't going for a very-high end solution, like 2 or 3 graphics cards.

Im getting the impression ure budget-limited, so you will probably be better off going for ATI; but remember, it depends on what card level ure getting; sometimes NVIDIA offers something better at the same price, so b careful, shop around, use www.newegg.com, its great, and use this link for nvidia:- http://www.nvidia.com/content/HelpMeChoose/fx2/HelpMeChoose.asp?lang=en-us

This is a great article, have a look at it, though the new month is here, they’ll probably come with a newer updated article soon:-
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-price,2323.html
Go to the conclusion and have a look at the table, it’s a magnificent reference for performance tiers.

Since you’re upgrading, I advise getting NOTHING BELOW a 9600 GSO/ HD 4670 level card, but it also depends on ure budget.

Then, you need to decide if you want a 512 MB for a 1 GB card; at 1680 x 1050 I strongly recommend a 1 GB.

Good luck. = )

P.S - If you tell us what games you want to play, at what resolution, at what graphics level settings, and especially what your budget is, we could advise you a lot better on what specific card to get. Tc.