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Good graphics card for Vista PC?

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6
#1
Good morning everyone,

I was not sure where to ask so I thought I should post here in my favorite forum. I have just built a new desktop PC with the following configuration:

Mobo: Gigabyte 78LMT-S2
CPU: AMD Fx-4300 3.8GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR3 800MHz
HDD: Seagate ST3320820AS
Video: On board ATI Radeon HD 3000 (AMD 760G chipset)

The PC is okay for everyday use but I want to improve the graphics. More specifically, I would like to have HDMI (The Mobo has only a VGA port) and be able to play games like StarCraft or Crysis 2. On the other hand, I cannot afford buying the most expensive graphics card out there.

So, what graphics card do you suggest I should buy that fits my hardware configuration and requirements?

Thank you in advance,
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1525

wither 3

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#2
You said you wanted HDMI. Does your monitor have a HDMI connector?

How much are you willing to pay for a new card?
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

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#3
Good morning everyone,

I was not sure where to ask so I thought I should post here in my favorite forum. I have just built a new desktop PC with the following configuration:

Mobo: Gigabyte 78LMT-S2
CPU: AMD Fx-4300 3.8GHz
RAM: 4GB DDR3 800MHz
HDD: Seagate ST3320820AS
Video: On board ATI Radeon HD 3000 (AMD 760G chipset)

The PC is okay for everyday use but I want to improve the graphics. More specifically, I would like to have HDMI (The Mobo has only a VGA port) and be able to play games like StarCraft or Crysis 2. On the other hand, I cannot afford buying the most expensive graphics card out there.

So, what graphics card do you suggest I should buy that fits my hardware configuration and requirements?

Thank you in advance,
One very important consideration is your power supply. How powerful is it?

When Crysis came out it required was was at that time a very high end graphics card. When dealing with very resource intensive games you don't want to cheapen out or you will end up with poor performance or have to play the game at a lower frame rate. The same is true of your PSU. If you upgrade your graphics card more than likely you will have to upgrade your PSU so factor that in to your budget. Unfortunately you may not want to pay for the most powerful but games such as Crysis require the most powerful.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 7 Pro x64
    Manufacturer/Model
    Mid 2010 iMac
    CPU
    Quad core 3.2 Ghz Intel I3
    Memory
    8 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 mb ram
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 and 1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
  • Operating System
    Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise
    Manufacturer/Model
    Compaq Presario SR5350F
    CPU
    Pentium 2.0 gHZ Dual core E2160
    Memory
    2 gb
    Screen Resolution
    1440 x 900
    Hard Drives
    300 GB
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#4
Yes, my monitor has HDMI and my PSU is brand new and very powerful. I know nothing about the cards of the ATI Radeon family and I am looking for suggestion. I can afford paying up to $120.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1525

wither 3

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#5
Recommending a specific card is a can of worms. If we recommend a card, you buy it and then aren't happy, you'll be plenty mad at us. I'll stick my neck out and say take a look at the EVGA gtx 750. It is available in your price range and not only supports HDMI but, also, Displayport 1.2. You should compare it's specs to those required by the game you want to play.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps

Patonb

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#6
You need to check your power supply. Most cards that will do what you want need 400+ W psu.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...

wither 3

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#7
For information, the GTX 750 requires a minimum 300 W PSU.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Operating System
    Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP2
    Manufacturer/Model
    Cyberpower
    CPU
    Intel Quad CPU Q6700 2.67 GHZ
    Motherboard
    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
    WDC WD20
    Case
    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 3200
    Internet Speed
    30 Mbps
#8
GTX 750Ti is a little more exensive but gives you a little more performance...if you have a brand new CHINESE PSU... first change it with a serious brand new PSU (must be a 500+W PSU)...then purchase GPU...

Otherwise you will cook your PSU and HW components.

:D
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Made
    CPU
    P4 Extreme Edition 3.73 GHz @ 4.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASRock ConRoe 1333 D667 R2.0
    Memory
    2x Kingston DDRII 800 2GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti 2048 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    32" LG TV
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Black 2 1TB + 120GB 2.5"
    2x SEAGATE 1TB SATA 3.5"
    2x MAXTOR 80GB ATA 3.5"
    2x TOSHIBA 500GB SATA 2.5"
    PSU
    Atlantis 600W
    Cooling
    Hyper T4 CoolerMaster