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Upgrading my video card, any suggestions?


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#1 BohicaPengo

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 03:08 AM

I currently have an Nvidia Geforce 9800 GT, 1gig DDR3 video card. The girlfriend agreed to purchase me a new one and has advised me that it needs to be between 200-300 dollars, preferrably closer to 200 dollars though. Any ideas on what video card I should go for?

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 11:26 PM

This depends on your power supply and the games you play, you should also have at least a dual-core CPU running at 2.8GHz. As a general rule, most of the mid to high-end graphics cards require 500W, more in an SLI/Crossfire setup.

Low-end: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - Requires a 450W power supply.

Mid-range: SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB or SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB - The 6850 performs between a Radeon 5830 and a 5850, sometimes a little higher. The 6870 is between the 5850 and the 5870. Both require a 500W power supply and the 6850 will just barely fit into most mid-ATX towers. The 6870 is just slightly above 10 inches long.

High-range: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB or EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 - One is just barely within your price range, the other blows it away. AMD will be launching their new high-end Radeon 6970 cards in about a month.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 09:24 PM

Sweet, thanks a ton for your suggestions DJBPace! I've got a quad core 2.8ghz processor and a 500w psu, so I should be ok. I play games like Battlefield Bad Company 2, Mass Effect 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2, Dragon Age:Origins and Fallout 3. All of these games run fine, but I have to have Bad Company 2 on all low settings at 1920x1080.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 11:46 PM

If you have a case that can hold it, a Radeon 6870 would be the way to go. None of those games really tax GPU's that much except BC2. I could run them all on my old 9800 GTX SLI setup just fine, until I got Final Fantasy XIV and that put an end to them.

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