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Help with Graphics card Upgrade Please!


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#1 RpgJunkie

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 05:40 AM

Hello,

Ive been wanting to upgrade my graphics card for a while but wasn't sure of which one to purchase, im mainly looking for something in the $100-120AU price range that could play Games like fallout 3/farcry 2 on maximum settings. ive never upgraded my graphics card before so im a little confused. Ty in advance

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Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS


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Current Clock Speed 2206
Description x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Manufacturer GenuineIntel
Name Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz

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Description x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Manufacturer GenuineIntel
Name Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz


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Capacity 1073741824

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Memory Reported to Operating System: 2047MB

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Manufacturer American Megatrends Inc.
Name BIOS Date: 06/08/07 15:04:40 Ver: 08.00.10
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Manufacturer Realtek
Description Realtek High Definition Audio
Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0883&SUBSYS_1043C603& REV_1000\4&1F02D6B7&0&0001


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Adapter RAM 536870912
Description NVIDIA GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS
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Driver Date 10/07/2008 2:33:00 AM
Video Mode Description 1440 x 900 x 4294967296 colors


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Slot Designation PCI_3
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#2 audioAl

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 07:53 AM

Upgrade to Nvidia 9800 series, that should hold ya for awhile, I used the 8600 GTX, and was happy, it's HDPC ready for blu-ray and all that jazz!
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#3 DJBPace07

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 04:35 PM

You won't be able to play Fallout 3 with max settings with a 9800 that isn't SLI'd. I have a 9800 SLI system and tried it without, apparently in the Wasteland you can see for miles which puts a strain on your GPU. No one likes it when V.A.T.S. slows to a crawl and the framerate dips to 10. Turning off or lowering anti-aliasing will greatly boost the framerate in that game. As for the 9800 as a card, in most games it runs very well. Just remember that this card is 10 inches long and not every computer case has the depth necessary to accommodate one. The 9800 GTX+ costs $180 USD, I'm not sure how much it would be in AUD. If going strictly by exchange rates and U.S. retail prices, it would cost $281 AUD.

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