Graphics card advice

By HereticAngel
Jun 13, 2010
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  1. Hey i'm getting a new graphics card for my computer need to know what is compatible and what you guys recommend, my price range is between $100-$200 us and im looking to play games like Diablo 3, Crysis. If you think ill need a new power supply please suggest ideas for that too. here are my specs. i dont know how much of this is necessary so i chucked heaps down.

    Compaq Presario SR5540AN

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Unknown, 2800 MHz
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset Unknown
    System Memory 1920 MB
    BIOS Type Award (04/28/08)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (CNC801QK03)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

    Storage:
    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Maxtor Basics Desktop USB Device (465 GB, USB)
    Disk Drive Apple iPod USB Device (941 MB, USB)
    Disk Drive ST336032 0AS SCSI Disk Device (335 GB)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH10L SCSI CdRom Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 334015 MB (206444 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 9381 MB (1273 MB free)
    J: (NTFS) 476937 MB (434274 MB free)
    Total Size 801.1 GB (626.9 GB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Enhanced Multimedia PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

    Network:
    Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce 10/100 Mbps Ethernet (192.168.1.66)
    Modem PCI Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP

    Peripherals:
    Printer Canon MP210 series Printer
    Printer Microsoft XPS Document Writer
    USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
    USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

    Also I'm from New Zealand.
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    HI HereticAngel,
    Welcome to Techspot.
    I see you have a lot of 'unknowns ' in your spec list there, so here are the particulars on your machine.
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01485446&cc=nz&dlc=en&lc=en
    I would go with this card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447&cm_re=hd_5770-_-14-150-447-_-Product
    It will give you good performance to 1920 x 1080 most games on details on high. Crysis will have to be backed of a bit at that resolution.

    If you can swing a bit more...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161327&cm_re=hd_5830-_-14-161-327-_-Product
    The 5830 will get you the high details at that resolution, and handle AA settings more handily.
    As far as power supplies, I will assume that your OEM machine came with a really lousy PSU that 99.9% of them come with. A 350W or so Bestech or low end Antec, or the like. so yes you will need a new PSU if that is the case. this PSU is of excellent quality and will work nicely for either of the cards I recommended.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003
    If you can let us know what those cards run in NZ (i understand components are extremely expensive there) we**** I'm sure CMH is right on my heels here :p:wave:**** can get you a better idea for your budget.

    *****I also notice that you only have 2gb of ram. Adding another 2gb would be extremely advantageous and pretty much necessary.
  3. HereticAngel

    HereticAngel Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks man, the cheaper card is $277 and the better one $390.
    Would it be worth it in the long run(i'm planning to have this computer for a number of years) to save up for the better one rather than buy the cheaper one now?
    Also i assume i need the power supply before i can run the graphics cards is this true?
    The power supply is $126.
    I have been led to believe that you need crossfire to be able to run radeons but you have only placed them so is this info wrong? or is my computer actually crossfire compatible?
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    1. In the longer run, 5830 is a slightly better solution.
    2. You may need a new PSU, as usually system builders like HP don't sell systems like you with much head room when it comes to PSU wattage etc.
    3. No you can run Radeons in a single card configuration without any issue.
  5. HereticAngel

    HereticAngel Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Alright thanks a lot you guys its a great help.
  6. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    If DX11 is not important then the Radeon HD 4890 is a good purchase.
  7. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    Hey Rit,
    Well I didn't advised him about DX10 cards because he is saying he'd be using this system for next 3-5 years; hence, IMHO he'd be better off with DX11, as it'll give him slightly longer life.
  8. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Then the HD 5830 at least. But I wonder if 5 years down the line these cards will still play well.
  9. umar

    umar TechSpot Member Posts: 64

    @ Ritwik
    nahin yaar 5 yr to much bro
    Gaming industry is flourishing day by day ... max 2 yr after that change card if you are enthusiat
  10. umar

    umar TechSpot Member Posts: 64

    @ Archean
    Good suggestion of 5830 for longer run but i think 5700 series will also work isnt it?
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    That is OP's choice really, I have no idea at which resolution he wants to play these games, which can be detrimental factor in this decision.
  12. umar

    umar TechSpot Member Posts: 64

    @ Archean
    Correct. One which resolution you play bro
    Mfg of ur 5770 ?
  13. HereticAngel

    HereticAngel Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I generally play 1280 by 1024
     
  14. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,847   +64

    Then the 5770 will work wonderfully for you.
  15. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    That is the obvious logical choice, here are two suggestions in this regard:

    POWERCOLOR AX5770 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5770 512MB
    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB

    These are just to give you idea so you can figure out what these may cost you in your area; also ensure that you buy from a reputed vendor, so in case, there are some issues with the hardware, you can get it replaced without any hassle.

    At the resolution you intend to play these games IMHO you do not need 1GB frame buffer, but anyway, that is your call because the price difference isn't that great.
  17. HereticAngel

    HereticAngel Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    im making this post so i can put a link in my next one :D
  18. HereticAngel

    HereticAngel Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    Your choice seems to be ok to me, however, as red pointed out in his earlier post you will need a new PSU as well, which should be no less than 450W and should be of good quality/brand. Regards
  20. HereticAngel

    HereticAngel Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    yes i'm going to get the one he pointed out, thanks heaps too all of you guys who posted here.
  21. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    You are most welcome and goodluck, do please do keep us posted about your results with the upgrades :)
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