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Windows 7: Need help choosing a Video Card please

31 Jan 2012   #1

windows 7 ultimate 32bit
Need help choosing a Video Card please

I need help choosing a decent vcard for online gaming. Games like Lineage II, LoL, Bloodline Champions, Dragon Nest... i dont mind playing with low details, i just like to have smooth gameplay and I usually don't play full screen unless it has no option to play windowed.

Seeing on the system specs they usually have for minimun requirements for the games i download is the geforce 6600 gt, though, after asking my pc tech friend, he said that card is old so people dont sell it anymore and he suggested the GT430. After some googling, it seems that many people came to agree that the GT430 isnt good for gaming and they gave comments saying at least get a GTX460 for decent gaming. I'm totally new to the video card world so i have no idea how to choose one.

I'm looking for one for somewhat around 200$ below.

My system specs are:
-Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
-Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 @2.80GHz
-4GB ddr2 ram
-Asus P5KPL-AM mainboard
-Samsung SyncMaster 743nx 1280x1024 monitor
-Power supply

If I'm missing any info please do tell me.
Thanks again all.

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01 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Maybe this will help.


I would recommend you Nvidia GTX 460, 560 or Radeon 6850, 6870. That GTX 460 and 6850 costs pretty much the same and they perform equally in most games. Next little more expensive cards are those 560 GTX and 6870. If i remember right that GTX 560 costs little more than 6870 but its also little better. With those games your playing and with that screen (1280x1024 resolution is pretty low nowadays) those all cards should be enough. For example LoL should work with every card smoothly even with medium/max. It all just depends how much you are going to spend for that video card.

Those cards should costs from some 180$ to some 250$. Im not 100% shure cause those prices have changed somewhat on past few months.

Here is one review for those cards. Check that and you should then know how much you should expect fps etc... from those cards.

AnandTech - NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560: The Top To Bottom Factory Overclock

My English isn't perfect but i think that you should understand what i try to say. I hope this will help you even little with your video card problem.
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01 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Little More

I forgot to check out that power supply . Im not shure how big your power supply should have with those cards. You should check those before your going to buy any card. That GTX 460 and 6850 should work with some 450W or bigger power supply. Even thought im not 100% shure. So that GTX 560 and 6870 would't maybe work with that power supply.
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01 Feb 2012   #4

windows 7 ultimate 32bit

Mhm thanks JusMu,
I'm currently in Vietnam so this machine was put together here as well. For the power supply i have "Vision 3G Power Supply P4 ATXW485-24SYL", sadly, I didn't find any results on english google search. On the Viet forums though, it seems that this is a no name bottom line PSU which is not recommended for gaming with an upgraded video card. I can't even find the wattage for this PSU, don't know if you guys can guess by looking at the info provided? If it seems to be a too low of a psu, can you guys recommend some decent ones for me?
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01 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit


If you can't find any info on your power supply anywhere then I would strongly suggest that it will not be up to the job for any of the video cards already mentioned.

I would suggest buying a good quality branded PSU and with a minimum of 500 watts. You would need to look for the requirements for each card but I would go for 650 watt plus for the 560 or 6870

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

I think that your PSU is 485W. If i have to quess from that model name. I haven't heard from that PSU and google didn't give anything information that i could understand. You could try to buy that video card first if your going to get GTX 460 or that 6850. If that is 485W is should work. If not then you could buy even new PSU. In my opinion those corsair power supplys are very good, but they are pretty expensive. Some 550W should good choice if you have to change your PSU too. It little depends . Cause i don't know too much from those PSU things i recommend that you check that does that your PSU have PCI-E connectors. If its not too old it should have those. And you should check that does that new video card your going to buy need 6 or 8 pin PCI-E power connectors/cables or what ever you call them. If i quess right those card need 1 or 2 6-pin PCI-E connectors. You should be able to check those things from manufactures site. Those GTX 560 and 6870 can maybe need bigger PSU. I think that you find that information on manufactures site as well. That your 485W isn't too much nowadays so i think thats why it isnt recommened for gaming.

My self have GTX 570 and if i remember right you should have for that some 500-550W power supply min. I have 650W so it works well. Its good to get little bigger PSU than you need if you choose to get something new for that computer.
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