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Buying a new card

By Ziziz
May 28, 2010
  1. So ive just seen the stickied thread about when asking for an upgrade ill will post the information needed;

    1. Motherboard - AsusTeK Computer INC. Grouper. Chipset = Intel i915P/i915G
    2. Graphic interface - PCIe 1.0 (apparently can use 2.0)
    3. Memory - 2.5gb DDR
    4. CPU - Intel Pentium 4 505
    5. CPU Speed - 2.6Ghz
    6. Power Supply Make/Model - X-Power ATX 500TD
    7. Watt output/Amperage - 500w

    The only game i will be playing is World of Warcraft, i dont want a top class graphics card which going to cost me hundreds i want a graphics card which is less than £100, ($144) preferably under £70 ($101) but if needed i can go more.

    I live in the UK (as might of guessed) but if you just name a suitable card then i can go hunting in shops and if needed online.
     
  2. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Read your other posts as well and as you're aware you have a pretty dated system. The advice of saving up for an entire new system is the best option imo. However if you are adamant on just a new GPU to play World of Warcraft, I would think a 4670 would suffice. They run around $60-70 depending on who you buy them from. Unfortunately I do not know a good online retailer for the UK so hopefully someone else here can help. Also be aware that even a low-end card like the 4670 will likely be bottlenecked by your system. But the card alone should be just fine on your PSU, you could take a photo of the specs on the side of it though for us to double-check :) .
     
  3. Ziziz

    Ziziz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Ah see thats the problem i don't really have the money at the moment for a whole new system so thats why i need to upgrade seperate parts and hope it works, sorry for all the posts :)

    Umm the photo for the PSU?
    http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/8208/28052010517.jpg
    is that what you wanted?
     
  4. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Ya, but I should of done a quick google: http://www.compucase-hec.co.uk/psu_xpower_400-450-500.htm. :blush:

    Either way that PSU should be enough for a low-end card.

    PS: Just save up! Times are tight but a decent gaming system isn't a huge amount anymore. Of course playing something right now can be a lot better then saving and doing nothing.
     
  5. Ziziz

    Ziziz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Not a great card, I would actually prefer a low end HD 5000 series.
     
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    That is a low-end card indeed, but I prefer the 4670 as its imo one of the better ones price/performance wise. Of course it might not run at its fullest in your system though.
     
  8. Ziziz

    Ziziz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Hmm never tried an ATI, don't understand the difference between them and nVidia but thanks for the input, something like this maybe? http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=390530 (HD5450 1GB)
     
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  10. Ziziz

    Ziziz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Ahhhh thank you a link :) pointless in me attempting to find a one lol. Hmm in my budget and the reviews are Ok, ill guess ill look into buying this. Thanks alot

    Edit: if i couldn't get the gt 240 in 512mb can i still buy it in 1gb or is that too powerful?
     
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    1gb is a waste.
     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    What HK said.....1gb on that card is useless. it wont hurt things, but if you can save money on the 512mb version, do it.
     
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