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  • I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

    Hi Guys and Gals,

    This is the specs of my 2 year old computer. I want to upgrade my graphics card but I need something that wont crash my machine (IE its too powerful and my comp cant handle it).

    I play 3 games: CS:s;DOD Source and hopefully Red Orcestra.

    Here are the Specs:

    HP Pavillion Intel Pent 4 cpu 2.80GHz
    2.80 GHz, 1.00GB of Ram
    windows xp home edition version 2002 service pack 2

    NVIDIA gforce fx 5500


    Any knowledgeable help is greatly appreciated. ALSO, feel totally free to tell me what I can add to my current setup to make things run faster. i am a computer NOOOB but I'll destroy you on CS:S...lol...thnx

    Ben




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    Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

    I would recommend a used 9800 pro if you can find one. It should be very inexpensive and you won't have to worry too much about the extra cooling and power issues with a GeForce 6 or 7 (or ATI equivalent).

    For the games you listed a 9800 pro can do very well even though its a 2-generations-old card (I recommend no HDR though).

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    • #3
      Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

      How much do you want to spend? Like Random said, a 9800 pro is going to be crazy cheap and run those games pretty well (I'm easily able to play them all on a 9600), but if you have the money something like a 6800GS would last you much longer and get you much much better quality in those 3 games.

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        Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

        I can spend up to $200 and I dont want to worry about cooling problems and such. Is the 6800gs still an option?




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        • #5
          Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

          You can get a very nice card for $200, but we need to know what power supply you have before recomending one.
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            Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

            at $200, it's an option. Most 6800GS cards run in the $150-$225 price range, depending on brand. They are available in AGP, which is what I'm assuming your motherboard supports. Power wise, unless you're sporting some ultra-generic 400W or smaller PSU shouldn't be a problem, neither should cooling, as stock cooling on most GFX is more than sufficient for everyday use.
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              Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

              ok, i will check out power..where do I see what power it is?




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              • #8
                Re: I want a New Graphics Card.. Help Meeeee!!

                Originally posted by Ben
                ok, i will check out power..where do I see what power it is?
                Should be a sticker on the PSU inside your case, write down and copy the details here. Or just get the make and model number.

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