Which graphics card should I get?
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July 19, 2011, 09:50 PM
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Toronto, ON
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I'm assuming you plan on reusing the monitor in your system specs, which is 1680x1050. A 4850 should be good enough for most games out there, if I were you I'd fight the upgrade bug and save my paycheques for a nice system pimpout. Unless you're playing games that demand way more than what your 4850 currently provides.
I'm mainly playing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and I can barely keep it at 60 fps, it dips as low as 23 fps when I die in a fiery crash or my tank blew up in low-medium settings (texture, soldiers, vehicles, shadow and overgrowth at medium, rest at low or off). I'm mainly upgrading for Battlefield 3 as well. Also, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit also hiccups from time-to-time as well.
I'm also capping myself at $200 because I need the funds for my next school year for food and other expenses, so I don't want to spend more than that if possible. Of course, I want to get the Radeon HD 6950 or the GTX 560 Ti but not ideal for me financially. I already spent $90 (after taxes) on the Cooler Master 690 II Advanced 2 weeks ago.
As for buying used, for electronics, I'm avoiding as I've had a terrible experience before where the component failed rather quickly.
My System Specs
Intel Core i5 3570K (4.0-4.5 GHz)
4 x 4 GB Patriot Gamer 2 Series DDR3-1600 RAM
XFX Radeon HD 6870 Dual Fan
Samsung 830 256 GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB 7200 RPM Seagate Barricuda ES.2 500 GB 7200 RPM Hitachi P7K500 320 GB 7200 RPM (tray drive)
OCZ ModXStream 500W
Cooler Master 690 II Advanced
Auzentech X-Raider 7.1
ASUS DRW-24B1ST DVD-RW
SAMSUNG SyncMaster 2220WM
Ubuntu 13.04 + Win 8 Pro
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