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I need to know the limits of my old turd. Video cards


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#1 nerdstamp

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 01:11 PM

I have a dell xps 625 I got in 09. I need to know the best possible video card I can put in it with out bottle necking or wasting money. I know that building a new tower would be the best option but that will be the beginning of next year.

Dell xps 625
AMD phenom ii x4 940 mother board black edition
AMD phenom ii 3.0 quad core processor
1.5 T hard drive space
2 ATI radeon HD 4850 graphics cards
750W power supply
8 gigs of ram DDR3

Im going to be using it so much for gaming as much as i am for editing photos and vidoes becuase ive tured to my photography business full time. Thanks guys.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 06:32 PM

Honestly, if your not going to run dual cards, its all dependent on your budget your system should run anything on the market. You might bottleneck a high end card a bit, but it will be far better then what your doing now, and if you upgrade the rest of your computer in the future then you won't have to buy a new video card. That's how I build my personal computers-one part at a time as I have money, upgrading individual parts as I go.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 07:36 PM

I'm not really looking for duel screens again. I just need one really stout card that I won't have so much grain and pixelation in photos while I'm editing them. I was aiming for a ATI 8000 series card. Any of those will work fine?

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:44 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121727


This what im more then likely going to order. Any objections?

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:44 PM

I didn't say dual screens I said dual cards, like crossfire or sli. That card is fairly low end, should do your photos fine and light gaming. Again would help to know your budget.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:50 PM

I dont want to sink too much money into this card due to I'm building a whole new fresh tower at the beginning of the yeah with dell ultra sharp 27 iinch. 1.07 billion colors....yeah lol

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:06 PM

Then it should work. However, the beginning of the year is a month away, so to buy a low end card now seems to me to be a waste of money, as you will be buying a new one in a couple of months for the new system. If it were me I'd buy the higher quality one that I actually wanted, and move it to the new machine when you get it built, or just hold off until you get the new system, unless your planning on using both systems.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

lots of cards are available in the 200 dollar range. above that  is considered truly a benchmark for how far ahead you can get for the bucks.   i have seen so many users stick with that gtx 660 even though their other hardware is screaming for air from being choked. the radeon equivalent is somewhere around the 7870 mark. my preference is the old gtx 280s because of their monstrous 512 bit memory bus'. cooling is another factor., all that GPU strength is not going to help if it is overheating. the OEM   H I S has the most interesting thermal configuration.

 

 there are 7850s (MSI?) in the low $100 range. last time i checked though, the 7950s are the best for the money.

 

 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121704


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:42 PM

I'd personally stay away from anything made by MSI/xfx. His does have some creative cooling solutions, most are decently effective.

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:54 PM

yes, msi and xfx are definitely attractive in the price-point, but then on down the road, is it just a ruse that obviously gets the sale then leaves the burning smell of a destroyed budget?.

 

      I like the Visiontek and ASUS gfx card OEM myself.  I have had one bad experience with evga.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:52 PM

So with no budget in mind what would be be best video card for my specs at this point in time?

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Posted 24 November 2013 - 07:19 PM

lets see, an amd phenom II quad core 3.0 cpu...i would vote for the 7950 initially. you can get a better performing 7990, but at what cost?  how high can you go before the cpu can't dish the data  out faster than the gpu is sponging it in? some games are topsy-turvy, meaning they will weigh in heavier on the cpu than others. same goes for the gpu.  then there is the ever-so-slighted Power Supply question. wattage?amperage?

 

       i think the 7950 is a great compliment for the price/performance ratio, cpu compatibility and energy efficiency.

 

       i  read that once you go over the 70 frames per second threshold, it isn't really noticeable.


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 07:29 PM

Thabks!!!!!




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