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Ok i currectly have a (Sapphire Radeon X1950 Pro Video Adapter)

 

512 MB if i remember correctly...

 

I want a upgrade....

 

Now idk whats best out there, something in the lines of no more than $150...

 

I got a AMD Dual Core 4600+

2GB RAM and running Vista 32 Bits...

 

I play alot this MMO called Cabal Online, i cant max it cuz it lags a bit..so i want something that will run it maxed...

 

And play new tittles maybe? Crysis? is that possible? o.o for $150? >_> any tips? <.<

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102810

 

I will be honest with you, playing crysis on full settings is pretty much impossible unless you plan on spending a grand on a quad-fire/quad-SLI video cards.

 

But a 4870 will let you almost every other title full settings, nice resolution no problem.

Fall Out 3, Dead Space, Far Cry 2, COD4 and 5, Left 4 Dead..ect..

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150336

 

About the third comment down is a user claiming he can play crysis on high settings (although he says nothing about it playing smoothly!), and this is a $100 video card.

 

Or if you're an Nvidia fan (I tend to use ATI with AMD and Nvidia with intel, don't ask why...But I've tried both!)

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130440

 

This is a pretty big card though, so make sure you have plenty of room in your case. The newer Nvidia cards i've installed on smaller cases tend to bump into things --like the HDD or lower casing. I'd imagine either the 4870 mentioned in the post above or the Nvidia card I linked wouldn't have too much of a problem pumping out high on crysis. Maybe just not full effects on everything...But for $150 you may not be able to expect that.

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Eh, the 4870 creams both of the cards, the juice you get out of 20 dollars more is totally worth going from a 4830 to a 4870.

And the 9800 is ridiculously priced for the performance it offers.

 

Also, an important question is what resolution do you game at?

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Hi guys, thanks for the reccomendations!

 

Ummm i normaly game @ 1280 x 768 ...well atleast in my Cabal Online game..

 

But normaly in that close resolution o.o

 

porksandwich9113...

 

I use PCI-Express 1.0 x16

 

I dont think i can use 2.0 x16? ... o_O

 

Or does PCI-Express work with 1.0 x16?

 

Im not too familiar with this stuff

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Hi guys, thanks for the reccomendations!

 

Ummm i normaly game @ 1280 x 768 ...well atleast in my Cabal Online game..

 

But normaly in that close resolution o.o

 

porksandwich9113...

 

I use PCI-Express 1.0 x16

 

I dont think i can use 2.0 x16? ... o_O

 

Or does PCI-Express work with 1.0 x16?

 

Im not too familiar with this stuff

 

Backwards compatible. :)

 

Any of these cards is going to let you game at a much higher resolution too, I might add!

You the 4870 will easily let you game at 1650X1050 (21 inch wide screen resolution)

 

Before I you buy anything, we also should know the wattage of your PSU.

Alot of these new cards require massive amounts of power compared to cards just 2 generations ago.

 

You should pop off the side of your case and look for the PSU.

Usually in the upper left corner.

Look for a tag like this,

http://arstechnica.com/images/sn95g5/SN95G5-psu-specs.jpg

 

And see what it's maximum wattage is.

It should be clearly labeled on the PSU.

Your going to want at least 550 - 600 watts for a 4870.

And probably upwards of 450 for the 4830.

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Dang, When i got this PC, i got also a new PSU to run my card...

 

I had got a Enermax Liberty 500W

 

On the Box it says - Total Power 500W / Peak Power 550W

 

Model #: ELT500AWT

( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...p;Tpk=ELT500AWT )

So...im guessing i need a new PSU as well uh? T_T

 

 

At that time, i paid $100 ish for the PSU and $190 for the card... (May 2007 )

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You don't need a 500w PSU to run a 4870. However, the reason the manufacturers use such inflated ratings is to take into account low quality PSUs.

 

Edit: I have a 4870, and it is definitely the best video card I have ever owned.

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I had a 500w PSU that it ran just fine on, but I recently upgraded to an 800w psu.

 

It was a good brand name PSU as well, so I knew it could handle it, and it did.

 

Edit: If the game is lagging, have you considered the fact that your ISP might be the bottleneck, and not the video card?

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Just because you have fast internet doesn't mean your ping doesn't suck. I have fast internet too, but if I play a game on a far away server, there will be all sorts of lag.

 

I figured I'd put that out there, so ya might not needlessly have to spend money on a video card upgrade, but since your internet seems to not be the problem, like I suggested, go with the 4870. Your PSU should be able to handle it no problem.

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An Enermax is a high quality PSU.

I currently run my rig on a 1k watt Galaxy.

 

You shouldn't need an upgrade for a 4870.

 

What else is running in your system?

# of Fan's, Optical Drives, HDD, any PCI cards?

I don't think your PSU will be a problem unless your rig is loaded with Fans, HD's, and PCI cards.

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Well i have a HP Pavilion m7763w

 

link: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/documen...761&lang=en

 

from factory it had 300W i believe...

 

 

All i did was add the card and the 500W enermax and remove the Modem PCI Card

 

Only one DVD drive and all the ports mentioned on the site, PCI card wise, it has 3 in used in the back and 1 empty

 

1 is the wireless router antenna PCI

other is the graphic card

and other is for TV or audio/video or something idk x.x

 

Thats about it.. oh and ony one fan (not including the one that the PSU has lol )

 

 

btw, that 4870 is better than

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130440 this one?

 

that 1GB memory seems sweet ._.

 

but its not about memory right?

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Ummmm, i was looking at this...

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150395

 

I guess its the same as what you guys reccomended but with 1GB memory, is this card safe? is it better than the 512MB?

 

Im confused cause one says... SAPPHIRE the other XFX ? O.o

 

Am i better off getting this one? or the 512MB version? is the 1GB version that big of a improvement?

 

 

900MHZ (512MB) and 3800MHz (1GB) hmmmm...

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The 1GB is useful if you're playing demanding games at a high resolution, which I doubt, considering you were getting by with an X1950Pro. But, XFX does cover the card with a lifetime warranty, and I heard they are good with RMAs, so I'd go for the XFX above others.

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His fine what?

 

His power supply is fine. is what I am sayin'.

 

And XFX is really really really good with RMA's.

I did a pair of 7900's a good 3 years ago when they got fried from overclocking. They gave me a brand new pair even though I technically voided the warranty.

And It took less than a week.

 

If you play at large resolutions, you want your 1GB. I would say anything over 1650X1050 resolution could warrant 1GB of VRAM.

So if your upping your resolution now, or plan on getting a larger monitor in the near future grab the 1GB, otherwise it's just overkill.

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