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Upgrading The Video Card


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#1 Geo Turtle

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 06:27 PM

I'm building a totally brand new computer in September, but I need something to last me through the summer. I need a video card that will play Oblivion better than what I currently have (Nvidia 5500 I believe.)

Here are my comp specs:

Motherboard:
EPoX EP-8NPA SLI Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16813123257
Specs: Socket 754, Athlon 64/Sempron, 800MHz Hyper Transport, 2x 184 pin DDR 400, 2 PCI/1PCI Express x16/2 PCI express x1

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 3400+
no link... I think it's outdated or something. :huh:
Replace or Keep?: Replace is fine.

Memory:
SUPER TALENT 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16820609058
Specs: 184 pin DDR 400 (PC 3200) SDRAM (2x 1GB)

Power Supply: 480W

Do I need to use a video card that uses GDDR memory? Or can I use one with GDDR3? What determines which memory I can use for the video card - the motherboard? I'm currently considering this card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130062 But I suspect that even if it DOES work, it'll be bottlenecked and wasted. Is that true, do you think?

Thanks for reading this. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 10:26 PM

The processor may hold you back a tiny bit, but upgrading to that card will give you a HUGE performance boost. Frankly, you can run any pci-express card with that mobo, and that card will probably run oblivion on mostly all high for you. It runs supreme commander on all high (except shadow calibration on medium) and runs bf2142 on almost all high settings, on my computer anyway.

Good luck!

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Posted 07 April 2007 - 10:37 PM

Excellent! Just what I was hoping to hear! Thanks for checking it out. :D




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