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Need Suggestions for new Graphics Card

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#1 DarthDooku


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Posted 03 August 2013 - 10:04 PM

I tried turning up the graphics in Civilization and my computer just couldnt handle it and the game was too laggy to play on just medium settings. Im thinking about getting a video card and was looking for some advice.

My computer specs are:
Dell Studio Slim 540s
Intel Quad Core 2.33 Ghz
running 64 bit Windows Vista

My Graphics Card:
ATI Radeon HD 3400
PCI Express 2.0x16

Reccomended Specs for Civilization are:
1.8Ghz Quad
512Mb Graphics Card

So my specs are pretty much right on for reccomended settings, but like I said just turning the graphics up to medium settings completely lagged the game. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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#2 synergy513


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:32 AM

first things first. does your slim case physically have the room for a dedicated graphics card? Next thing is next, does your power supply have the available wattage and sockets if the new card requires a six pin power connection. Last thing, what is the budget?


                   And. this Game Civilization, what is your desired pixel setting? the higher the setting, the budget gets higher. (last time i checked, most gamers are good at 1080p and most of the time any frame rate over 40 fps is adequate..)


      I am not a gamer myself  ( my lame VisionTek HD5550 pegs the RPMs and Thermal Range when i play Missile Command and Pinball), but i know quite a few gaming PC enthisiasts. This topic is quite common here at BC. It is also a lucrative market to build for those guys, their pockets get very deep.


               If you want advanced capability, the budget gets around 250-300 USD. If you really want no limits on your game potential, i would suggest an Nvidia 680 Ti or an AMD HD7950 with 3 GB gddr5 memory.  Also consider that your motherboard and CPU may limit your graphics ability.


             But.. I am currently in hot PC romance with Crossfired Dual H I S IceQ HD7870.  Those two cards are so massive and.......oh well


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#3 killerx525


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:53 AM

What i have found is the system has a 250W power supply and you can only use low profile graphics card. The best graphics card you can get at a reasonable price is the Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 which will allow you to play Civilasation a medium smoothly.

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#4 MasterBruce


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Posted 24 August 2013 - 02:39 AM

You can have ASUS EN210 SILENT/DI/1GD3/V2(LP) just for $60. I'd suggest you to go through user's reviews on graphics cards and get the ultra one. 

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