I am looking for a card that would be powerful in reference to my computer.
Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 @ 2.66 GHz
2 x 2GB DDR3 RAM
HDD – 500 GB (irrelevant imo, but just in case)
Decommissioned GPU: Nvidia Geforce 9600 GSO 768mb RAM
Temporary GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT 610 1024mb RAM
I’m saying this to ensure the proper understanding of what I’m looking for. Core 2 Duo and 4GB RAM is in no way high-end. So there is no point in having a high-end video card when the rest of the computer can’t handle the game.
What I’m looking for is a video card that would be powerful within the borders of my computer’s overall performance.
I am in no way a hardcore gamer, and gaming is not the only thing I need a solid video card for. I’ll need a good card for 3D rendering, as I make models, textures and animations in ‘Blender 3D’. So yes, good RAM is definitely on the list. CUDA is of outmost necessity.
I have a 22” monitor at 1920:1080 native resolution. Which means two things:
- a video card that boasts with higher resolutions has absolutely no advantage in that regard.
- I’ll need the video card to be capable of playing games at 1080p (1050 is the absolute, desperate lowest I could descend to).
And I’ll need that resolution sustained at a solid fps, at least 50. I am used to having little to no post-processing, so AA, AF and similar settings do not matter to me. All I need is HD resolution, high textures and lighting, possibly good shading.
I’m looking for a card that can top the 9600 GSO’s performance. And just for reference, here’s what the GSO could do, described in one of the best methods for comparing graphics cards. Video games.
Except for certain post-processing effects and the definitely outdated memory cache, the 9600 GSO has been able to render games 1080p and high detail while maintaining a solid 50+ fps. It ran a maxed out ‘Crysis’ at about 45, which says a lot about the power it holds within its generation; did great with 2011’s ‘Rage’ – also a very demanding game, not to mention the genertion gap; and 2013’s ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ – 1080p, dynamic lights, high texture quality, 60 fps.
There are other (Crysis 2, Stalker series, Metro 2033, GTA IV, Mafia II, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3) demanding games which were handled exceptionally well (GTA4 and FC3 not at 60fps, but still smooth).
I’m on a budget of about $75. I’m not sure as to what would be a better choice:
- a current low-end video card, as it has newer technology and is possibly better optimized. On the downside, likely of bad quality and performance.
- an ex medium-high end card, as it would be quite powerful (especially in reference to the rest of my system) and at a low price due to dated technology. The downside here is of course, dated technology.
An analogy of my dilemma would be the choice between a Kar98k and a Glock 19 for city warfare.
Seeing as a frequently dictating factor is the games to be played with the new GPU, here are the games on my list. The plus sign next to a title means it has beaten the GSO; Minus indicates unsatisfactory performance due to optimization.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
Deus Ex: Human Revolution –
Sniper Elite 3
Just Cause 2 +
COJ: Gunslinger +
Team Fortress 2 –
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Shadow Warrior +
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (enhanced edition) +
Saints Row: The Third +
Max Payne 3
Thanks in advance