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Old 09-20-2010, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Graphics card.

Hey guys, I had some bad luck recently, had my GPU aswell as motherboard Die on me, Got a new motherboard, Love it .

Ok Basically.

I play COD MW, got MW2 Also, not opened yet... Counter Strike, so basically alot of FPS, also play some RPG's, I need a new graphics card That'll be able to max out call of duty, aswell as the upcoming black ops, which apparently will need minimum of an 8800gts, which is ironic as thats my old card....

At the mo I'm low on funds, got around 100... So was looking at the gts 450.

People are saying to me to spend a bit more and get a 5770, or if I can to get a 5850 or a gtx 460, what are your opinions?

Note: Not interested in the DX10 cards as I'm ultimately looking to futureproof as much as I can. E.G I'm getting DDR3 Ram and a quad core/hex core eventually as I do video editing

I'd have to upgrade my PSU too wouldn't I if I didn't get a gts 450?
Specs of my PC:

Asrock N68C-S UCC
|Corsair 2GB XMS2 DDR2 Ram
|AMD Athlon 6000+ 3GHZ AM2
|Seagate 250GB Barracuda 7200RPM Sata HDD
|LG Flatron M228WDP 22" TV/LCD
|Casecom 6788 Case
|Logitech G15 Keyboard
|Logitech G5 Mouse
|ThermalTake 450W Modular PSU

Also another question, Is my RAM/CPU going to bottleneck me in the future, or with another 2gb and a nice GPU, would it suffice?

I play games currently on 1650x1050 Resolution but am looking to upgrade to a 24-32" ( Depending on cash at xmas ) at 1920x1080 res.


Cheers guys! Much appreciated.
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Well I think for any DX11 card your going to have to spend more. I really think around $250.00 ($160.89 GBP) is going to get you into the 5850 bracket which should do what you need (the GTX 460 is really beast too which your board can run) Initially yes your cpu and ram will be your bottleneck and not get full use out of the card. Your computer wont bottleneck you once you have an AM3 cpu in there and you upgrade to DDR3. Remember to get your CPU first because your board will not run DDR3 without an AM3 socket cpu.

Newegg.com - XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity has a rebate right now bringing it down to 239.00 US

Newegg.com - MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 229.99 with a 20.00 MIR This is the better card

I did not see your power supply listed anywhere unless I missed it. I would say 600 watts would be plenty for your machine with room to spare. The games you listed with the exception of MW2 are not incredibly demanding vs a 5850 or GTX 460
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Well I think for any DX11 card your going to have to spend more. I really think around $250.00 ($160.89 GBP) is going to get you into the 5850 bracket which should do what you need (the GTX 460 is really beast too which your board can run) Initially yes your cpu and ram will be your bottleneck and not get full use out of the card. Your computer wont bottleneck you once you have an AM3 cpu in there and you upgrade to DDR3. Remember to get your CPU first because your board will not run DDR3 without an AM3 socket cpu.

Newegg.com - XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity has a rebate right now bringing it down to 239.00 US

Newegg.com - MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 229.99 with a 20.00 MIR This is the better card

I did not see your power supply listed anywhere unless I missed it. I would say 600 watts would be plenty for your machine with room to spare. The games you listed with the exception of MW2 are not incredibly demanding vs a 5850 or GTX 460
Sorry, How silly of me, I have a 450W Thermaltake Modular PSU.
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Yeah your going to want a bigger power supply if you go with 1 of the cards I suggested I think the following would work (600-650 would be plenty)

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply 79.99 after rebate (US)
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