AfterDawn Forums

Need a new video card. Help me pick.

This discussion thread has 9 messages.

#1
Chakan923 Suspended due non-functional email address
I'm not sure about getting the right hardware for my PC. I want a new and better video card, but I don't want to have to upgrade anything else for it to work. Here are my current specs...


------------------
System Information
------------------
   Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: MSI
       System Model: Z1-7309
               BIOS: Default System BIOS
          Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 255 Processor (2 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
             Memory: 2048MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2048MB RAM
          Page File: 2098MB used, 1995MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode
---------------
Display Devices
---------------
          Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
       Manufacturer: NVIDIA
          Chip type: GeForce 9500 GT
           DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0640&SUBSYS_241D1682&REV_A1
     Display Memory: 1777 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 1009 MB
      Shared Memory: 767 MB
       Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (59Hz)
       Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
      Monitor Model: VCF-32FDV1U
         Monitor Id: AMG0020
        Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
        Output Type: HDMI
        Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 9.18.0013.0697 (English)
     Driver Version: 9.18.13.697
        DDI Version: 10

Could anyone recommend me a better video card without having to upgrade anything else? Or is that not even possible? I mainly want something that can play games like Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, NBA 2K13, Farcry 3, etc. at max or medium graphical settings without running slowly.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Dec 2012 @ 17:20
▼▼ This topic has 8 answers - they are below this advertisement ▼▼
AfterDawn Advertisement
#2
what is your psu stated wattage & your budget?
#3
Chakan923 Suspended due non-functional email address
PSU stated wattage? I haven't a clue what that is. Budget would probably be $200. $250 tops.
#4
read the label on the side of your power supply as it will indicate the total wattage output. need that info because some videocards require 300 plus watts, never mind the rest of the computer.
#5
Chakan923 Suspended due non-functional email address
I think it may be 400w. There was a lot of stuff on the label. It's nothing over that, though.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Dec 2012 @ 21:51
#6
go thru this link about videocards & gaming. http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/677037
#7
Chakan923 Suspended due non-functional email address
I don't see how that link helps me. No offense. From what I've seen in that thread, people are just talking about games, there is even a post where someone reviews a game pretty much out of the blue.

I have to be honest here, I thought this community was much more active, but all of my threads are responded to by just one person, you. It makes me think this place has seen better days, or people just don't care about helping me or others.

You're attempts at helping me are appreciated, though I wouldn't exactly recommend this place to anyone. I think I'll be taking a leave from this particular community. Hopefully I can find better help elsewhere.
#8
Quote:
I think it may be 400w. There was a lot of stuff on the label. It's nothing over that, though.
Good one.

Anyway, a $200 GPU is going to require a 450W PSU minimum generally speaking. Your CPU is going to fall behind at the higher end of a game like FarCry 3, most likely. You also don't have enough RAM.

Go away and read the recommended specs, they may suggest an example GPU. If not, Google has plenty of suggestions (it took 0.40 seconds to find 300,000+ results). I would then read reviews on tomshardware of any suggested cards you come across, compare them and purchase accordingly.

If I were in your situation, I would spend $150 on a GPU, $50 on additional RAM, $50 on a new PSU and then look into overclocking your CPU as typically I think they overclock quite well and you would notice the performance increase.

As for your last post..




Edit:

Quote:
but all of my threads are responded to by just one person, you.
What other threads? You only have one other, and I was actually the one who replied.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Dec 2012 @ 17:00


#9
Chakan923, you only posted 2 threads.
http://forums.afterdawn.com/t.cfm/f-216...me_pick-951070/
http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_jump.cfm/938693/5740926
as what ripper's picture says, you might want to do it.
This discussion topic is closed. You can't post to this topic.