Hello, i am brand new to computers, and bought a used computer a few days ago and was told to beable to play Call of duty i need to switch graphic cards. I have been researching this for a while and cant find what the diffrences are in grafic cards. This is the card i have installed-ATI Radeon 'Celestica' Gold Edition 9600XT 128-Bit AGP. I want to play call of duty modern warfair. Can someone please help me and point me in the right direction? thanks
Hey man I got an HD3850 for mine http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/p...0101&pid=80
This card is also 8.5" long so make sure your current case is big enough.
I have the following
17" hp lcd @ 1280x1024
P4 3ghz HT Northwood processor
Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000-G 478 socket
Creative Xfi-Xtreme Gamer Sound Card
Corsair TX-650 Power Supply
Sapphire HD3850 agp 512mb 256bit (has 8 pin power connector)
Windows XP Pro sp3
Some crappy case.
I play crysis on this system and get about 17-23 fps on average till all the physics kick in then it lags pretty hard but still fun to play.
Half-life 2 runs good I get around 70 something fps on episode 2, Fear 2, Tomb Raider Underworld all run really good all on highest settings. So C.O.D will be pretty good.
But beware once you start swaping Graphics Cards it doesn't stop there. You'll be trapped in a world of constantly wanting a better pc since I started out like you with a P4 and I've swapped the mother board, sound card, psu, graphics cards, ram, case, monitor.
Anyway as I've found with upgrading my pc I've come across quite a few complications in terms of an adequate power supply you'll need something like a 500watt corsair. I opted for the TX650 for some future proofing and that it has 2x 6+2 (8pin) Pcie connectors for the graphics card/s, which the HD3850 needs one of. My previous power supplies were a Thermaltake 430w which died instantly with this card. And a cruddy Hyena 500w which didn't have enough raw power or amps and I had to buy a 6pin to 8pin pci-e adaptor.
And this card gets hot so your case will need at least 2 rear 80mm fans and 1 120mm front fan, and you'll need to remove the cpu shroud on the case if it has one. And the other thing, this graphics card blows hot air toward the front of the case aswell so an after market cooler like the Zalman VF-1000 would do a great deal of justice. I've taken the stock heatsink off and replaced the gpu thermal paste with Arctic Silver 5 which has helped alot too, same with cpu.
Now what I have had to do inside my case has helped the cooling factor alot for a start I moved my hard drive up so it sits just below the graphics card and I covered the bays above the hard drive with electrical tape (still allow the power cable to go through) to stop the hot air being blown into the front fan (I'm running in 5 volt mode not 12 volt), which is bad because it recirculates the hot air and causes lag and gpu crash. I havn't got a floppy drive so I took the drive cover off the front to allow for cool air to be
drawn through to the cpu. Oh yeah and I had to remove 3 I/O slot covers from the back of the case to allow cool air to be drawn in to graphics card.
And be sure to tuck your cables neatly in the unused DVD drive bays to help keep the area clear for the best air flow possible in whatever case you have.
This is one of the best agp 3850's but causes some hassels that catch one off guard with it's power consumption and the heat sink is far from logical blowing hot air towards the front of the case. Unless you can find the HIS model that has the Ice Q3 cooler or whatever it's called you won't get the heat problem.
Otherwise sapphire has good Driver support for this card and it performs well if you do what I've had to do.
I didn't buy an aftermarket cooler for my card instead I put that money towards an Antec Nine Hundred Two Gaming Case so I can use one of the front fans at the top, one on the bottom and have my dvd writer below my graphics card, so there's a nice cavity at the front for hot air to be blown into with out being disrupted by the front fan, then the hot air can be drawn out by the rear and top fan and being cooled by air coming through the top front fan.
I'll have my new case on friday which will be sweet, then I'm ready to start buying parts for my Quad core system.
So I hope this helps you on your endevour for the most excelent gaming experience cause it took me bloody ages to type.