Graphics Card that Will Fit My Computer

By ruffrider5956
Aug 24, 2009
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  1. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    well actually im running a 19 wide screen monitor and i do plan on going 30 to 32 inch by christmas lol but for now i have the 19inch and from the reviews i have been reading i think i should stick to nvidia card right because i need to last me atleast 2 years before it goes out and it seems like nvidia is much more reliable.
  2. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 637

    You need to get the newer form factor power supply for those cards. Make sure it says ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V. That $19 one is old school. It won't have the right connectors for those cards. Let me put the power supply thing in perspective for you. The power supply is the ONLY component that can damage everything else. Don't go cheap there.The one AndrestheBean recommended is a pretty good deal for that unit. I'm cheap and always buy refurbished or open box stuff I've had good luck with NewEgg on that stuff. In fact the only new thing in my system is the CPU. Don't know if you want to go there, but check this one out. It has the GDDR5 memory.
  3. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

  4. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 637

    Just keep in mind it's not going to have anything but the card. No cables adapters CD etc. because it's open box. Actually this one looks like a better deal and their stuff has everything in their box even though they say it doesn't. This one has the gig of GDDR5! I bought my kids 9800GT here for $65 lol. You know if it was the first of the month I would have bought this with my $10 off coupon for myself.
  5. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    what i recommended are the best parts you can get for your budget,

    of coarse there is better than the 4850 but, thats the bes you can do with your budget,

    plus the 4850 can handle almost alll games out there.

    and you shouldn't go cheap with your power supply because if it goes bad it takes everything with it, cpu, ram, gpu, etc.

    the PSU i recommended usually sells at 89.99.
  6. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Ya im going to get the psu that you reccomended to me. I was thinking though should i hold off on getting the graphics card so that I can get the 1gb version of the hd 4850 or theres not really a big difference between the cards. I read that gta 4 needs more then 512 to run right also. Luvhuffer how do you know that card comes with everything.
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    Lies the 4850 1gb isn't much better than the 512.
  8. red1776

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

    what HK and Super said above .the 1gb version wont do anything for you unless you game at 1900 x1200 or above.
  9. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 637

    I've bought a few cards and a few mobos from them. They always came with all the cords and cd's and adapters. Abit IP35Pro, MSI P45 Platinum, and the P5Q I'm running now. NewEgg ones don't even come with the back plate. And my 8800GT and my kids 9800GT I got from there.
  10. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    Will the 512mg hd4870 or hd4850 be enough for a 32inch to about a 37inch monitor, beacause I plan on getting a big monitor during christmas.
  11. red1776

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

    if you are getting that big a monitor then the 1GB version would be a wise investment, also if those are your choices, get the 4870.....or the 4870x2 :)
  12. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    thats 300 dollars waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay over my budget lol.
  13. red1776

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

    im just sayin LOL,with a 32-37" screen you could feed that alot more GPU :D
     
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    Either way, that's a huge monitor, I'd recommend a 4890 at most, but an x2 wouldnt hurt. How you expect and even impose the question of using a monitor of that size w/o having to have a mid-top end card?
  15. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    i thought a hd 4870 was a top to mid end card.
  16. red1776

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

    it is ruff, but that is a huge monitor. if you are going to game at those resolutions, it will become gpu starved. Mid-high end card definition keeps being moved upward. check out this GFX hierarchy chart from Tom's. they mention in the article that even the top cards (the GTX 295 and even GTX 285's in sli will offer good 2560x1600 "in most games") on a 30" monitor,not to mention a 37" monitor.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2387-7.html
  17. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    4870 might run that resolution, but I'm not sure. My brother had a 4870 and tested it against my 8800 ultra with my 30" monitor, the 4870 was about 3-5fps difference in crysis. I'd suggest at least a 4890.
  18. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    ok now im wondering is that the same for ps3 the bigger the monitor the worse the graphics. Also now im wondering will my blue ray movies suffer with a bigger monitor as well with my pc if I have a hd4870.
  19. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,283   +182

    Are you talking about a monitor or an HD TV? There's a difference.
  20. ruffrider5956

    ruffrider5956 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 29

    im talking bout hd tv
  21. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    it is but thats such a high resolution,

    to run games on high you would need more horsepower.

    if your going 37 inch,

    i say 4890, or 4870 X2

    or at the least 2 4850s in crossfireX
  22. red1776

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

    oh okay, you had said monitor, a tv is a different deal
  23. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    i thought it was the same thing,

    whats the difference???
  24. red1776

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

    lines of resolution, a tv with the same resolution of a monitor would be horrendously. expensive
  25. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean Newcomer, in training Posts: 217

    thanks for the lesson, i did not know that,

    so you could game nicely on a 30 inch tv with my 4770

    possibly?
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