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Which graphics card should I get for my PC?

By Atham
May 13, 2011
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  1. Currently I have an ATI Radeon HD 4200 card. I am thinking about getting a new card, I just don't know which one.

    Here are my specifications:

    Windows 7 build 7600 32 bit

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 Processor - 2 cores - 2.8GHz

    RAM : 4096 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
    RAM Speed : 535.8 MHz (3:8) @ 7-7-7-20

    GPU Type : ATI Radeon HD 4200
    GPU Clocks : Core 501 MHz / RAM 0 MHz
    DirectX Version : 11.0

    MotherBoard Brand : MSI
    MotherBoard Model : 785GM-E51 (MS-7596)
    NB : AMD 785G rev 00
    SB : AMD SB700 rev 00

    My budget, I don't know yet, so could you tell me the price if you know for the cards?

    Oh and yes, I live in Slovakia.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Booster Posts: 357   +39

    It would be much more helpful if you could tell us your Power Supply specs. The wattage is the most important part here.

    I would recommend this one (nvidia gtx 460) as it offers quite good price to performance ratio and will handle almost all games with moderate settings.
     
  3. teklord

    teklord TS Maniac Posts: 526

    Your processor will bottleneck all high end cards. Don't recommend anything more than a GTX 460.
     
  4. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    How could I find my PC wattage? And is it strong enough the card to handle Assassins Creed Brotherhood and games similar to that?
     
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,443   +220

    For power supply wattage you will have to open the PC to look at the sticker on the side of the power supply. Amps on the 12V rail or rails is important information too.

    The GTX 460 is more than adequate for that and similar games.
     
  6. teklord

    teklord TS Maniac Posts: 526

    Depends what size your monitor is and @ what res. I need both of my GTX 470s to max modern games with some AA on my monitor, a 24" 1920x1200. Your CPU and a GTX 460 should run modern games on medium settings. Games that don't require a quad to run well that is.
     
  7. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 158

    LOL too bad GPU limited games far far far outweigh CPU limited ones. Pretty sure Techspot proves that with every GPU review.
     
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,897   +88

    From Toms on F1 2010
    From Legion Hardware/ BC2 Cpu performance:
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Hello, if this is a "normal" store-bought computer, then you will need to replace your power supply. I think that this is the case, but please confirm.
     
  10. Jurassic4096

    Jurassic4096 Banned Posts: 158

    Dual core is crap for gaming, but he'll see far more gain from a video card now, before a CPU upgrade.
     
  11. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    So should I upgrade my CPU or GPU? And what CPU should I upgrade to.

    Anyway, where exactly is the power supply. Sorry, but my skills inside the physical computer are not good.

    Oh and what card will be equal to the GTX 460 in ATI?

    @ teklord my monitor is 1920 x 1080
     
     
  12. mosu

    mosu TS Enthusiast Posts: 306

    First of all, ATI Radeon 4200 is only DirectX10.1.One advantage of this chipset is that you can upgrade in CrossfireX with selected graphic cards from AMD(ATI).For the sake of further upgrades, you shold buy something like AMD Radeon 6670, a model compatible with CrossfireX .
    On the other hand, you should easily overclock your processor with FSB from 200MHz to 220MHz,even 230 with no fuss and no need for a special cooler,since the timings of your memory look all-right.Your system was designed for HTPC use, so forget the Nvidia GTX 460 because consumes lots of power and runs very hot and probably you have a small form factor case and not so powerful PSU.
    AMD Radeon 6670 by itself is enough for most games, even some Dx11, but in crossfire you'll get a 10-to15% gain in DX 10 games only.It is a 60-70$ upgradewith no need for another PSU or processor.
     
  13. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    How come GTX 460 would not work? And what about AMD Radeon 6790 or 6850 or more? What is the maximum I can get? Would Radeon HD 6990 work?
    I plan playing games like Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
     
  14. mosu

    mosu TS Enthusiast Posts: 306

    Any card would work, I was suggesting something cheap with good results.Of course even Radeon 6990 will work but for sure you'll need an expensive PSU upgrade and a processor upgrade to Phenom II quad for such a powerful card.I suggest for the existing system, if your PSU supports it a Radeon 6850 or max. Radeon 6870, something more powerful necesitates a MB upgrade, PSU and of course a processor upgrade along with case, eventually. So I suggest to overclock a little your existing processor and use Radeon 6850 or at most 6870
    PS: a Radeon 6990 might not fit your case, first check dimensions of the card you want to buy
     
  15. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    So with my current settings max would be 6850, no upgrade or any overclock. And what is a PSU?
     
  16. mosu

    mosu TS Enthusiast Posts: 306

    PSU = Power Supply Unit
     
  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

     
  18. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    It is not a store bought computer. It is different parts put together by a friend of my dad's.

    My PSU is about 400 Wattage or 500. Didn't check, but that is what my dad's friend told me.

    So can I use the HD 6850. And what type should I choose. I was thinking about the ASUS EAHD6850 Direct CU v2/v1 card. Would it work?

    Oh and something just came in mind. Could I work a new ATI card via CrossFireX with my old one?
     
  19. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    You need more detailed specs; look up the 12v rail amperage.
    I think you have integrated, AFAIK, it won't help much.
     
  20. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Integrated Graphics Card?

    No way. I have an ATI Radeon HD 4200, and it is build up together from different parts. I will have to look into the PSU and see the details there.
     
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    AFAIK the 4200 is an integrated card.
     
  22. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

    Yeah, just realised as I looked into my PC box. So, can I put another card or swap it somehow?

    My PSU is 400 Watts


    Here is the picture:

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  23. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Nope you're stuck with whatever integrated graphics you have, but you can always add a discreet card.

    Though you will be replacing your power supply for a 6850.
     
  24. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 520

  25. Timse

    Timse TS Rookie

    To help you narrow it down a little bit. Buy an nvidia card. The are the best and need the support from gamers.
     


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