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Old 09-17-2009, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was hoping to get some advice on upgrading my video card. My current comp is a couple years old:

Motherboard: ASUS NODUSM3
Chipset: nVidia nForce 410
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ @ 2200 MHZ
Memory: 4 Gig
Current Vid Card: nVidia 7600 GT

I'd like to spend less than $150 on a card and was looking at this:
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Would this card be a decent choice? I've changed vid cards in comps before but don't really keep up until it's time to do it so I wanted to make sure this card would work with the motherboard. Using PC wizard, it indicates the board had a PCI Express slot. I don't do any heavy gaming really. I mainly play WoW and am tired of low frame rates during 25 man raids. I'm open to suggestions of other cards or advice as well. Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 279L Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

this card costs the same amount and is much better.

but you also have to check if your psu will handle a better card. post its brand, model # if you can.
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you could really go with something like a 4830 for under $100 or however much they cost these days and you'll be fine for wow.
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I really appreciate the help.

My power supply is Antec TP3 - 430.

I figured I could get by on a slightly lesser card for WoW but I decided to set my budget slightly higher in case my gaming tastes changed.

The other question I have is that if I decide to switch from a nVidia card to a Radeon card, does that present any particular problems? Or as long as I clean the old drivers, I'll be ok?
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it should work fine if your psu can handle it.

looking at your psu, i would go for either a 4830 or 4850, or upgrade your psu as well. running a 4870 would be pushing things a bit IMO.
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