Buying a new Graphics Card

Sam123456

Broken In
Hello forum members,
I will be buying a New GFX card in a few weeks. I basically want this as an upgrade to my Geforce 8500GT. I want something that will not be bottlenecked by my configuration and be future proof for atleast 2-3yrs. My PC is basically used for playing the odd game and mostly for my project work and surfing the net.
My configuration is as follows-
Processor - Intel Core2Duo E7300 2 cores at 2.66 GHz
Motherboard- Intel DG31PR
RAM- 3GB DDR2
HDD- Seagate 160GB :-(
Graphics Card- Nvidia Geforce 8500GT
PSU- some crappy company 300W :cry:
monitor - samsung 15inch :cry:
Cabinet- Crappy IBall :sad::-(

I understand that I would have 2 change my PSU so i'll keep around 4k for that ( im thinking Corsair VX450W)
And im keeping around 10k for the Graphics card.
I might even have 2 change my cabby so 1-2k for that.
 

abirthedevil

In the zone
gaming on 15" monitor? HD5670 512mb is more than enough price should be 5.5k max
i know your budget is 10k for gpu but anything more would be overkill for your system, specially monitor
 

ssb1551

Technomancer
If you are planning to upgrade the monitor down the line then get HD6850 for 10-11k.But if you aint planning to change the monitor then go with abithedevil's suggestion or if you want more horsepower then look at 5770.
 

Sam123456789

Right off the assembly line
Im sorry guys for replying so late
Its sam 12345 here but i forgot the password of my account so made a new one.
anyway i'm thinking of buying a HD5670 as suggested by abirthedevil but will i have to change my PSU?? and also since ssb1551 suggested a HD5770 im thinking i might go for that or a HD5750 if they are not overkill for my system.
 

Cilus

laborare est orare
You need to get a good PSU first. Hd 5670 is just fine for your current 15" display but my suggestion is going for HD 5750/GTS 450 or HD 5770 for better future proof solution f you are gonna opt for a new LCD display in near future.

My suggestion will be
Sapphire Radeon HD 5750 1GB @ 6.8K
Corsair CX400 @ 2.5K or Tagan Stonerock 80+ 600W @ 3K
 

Piyush

Lanaya
5670 suits u best
but if u have to upgrade ur monitor too
then u ahve to fish for some bigger cards like 5770 and above
 

sam1234567890

Right off the assembly line
Its sam123456 here 4got my password again! Anyway i have decided 2 buy an HD 5670 since i'm not changing my moniter anytime soon. Now can u guys please tell me which brand shud i buy and price estimates
 

coderunknown

Retired Forum Mod
Sapphire (mainly cause of the Arctic cooler. runs really silent & below 50C) HD5670 512Mb is the best when it comes to price:performance ratio.
 

Sam123456789

Right off the assembly line
ok so i think ill go for an HD5670 512MB from sapphire ( as recommended by almost everyone!) and the Corsair CX-400W (as recommended by cilus).
Any idea at what settings will I be able to play Assassin's Creed 2 with the new GFX since I'm playing it currently at 800*600 at med effects.
 

vickybat

I am the night...I am...
imo go for msi gts 450 @ 6.8k if you want to game at 1600x900 with all settings high.

If you want to upgrade your monitor to full hd down the line , then opt for a sapphire 6850 @ 10k along with corsair vx450 @ 3.5k
 

Cilus

laborare est orare
The chocie of the graphics card depends so much on what you can spend.
For current using HD 5670 is the best. But when TFT monitors are getting mainstream and their prices are getting reduced day by day, I think if you can spend 7k, HD 5750 or GTS 450 is the best solution. If you can get HD 5770 within 8.3K then it is also a good deal. And within 10K range HD 6870 is the best and most future proof buy. Right now games are getting very demanding and LCD displays are getting more mainstream. So right now you are thinking you are not going for a CRT to TFT update buyt within a couple of month due to the reduced price of TFT you might opt for one.
So better opr for a future proof solution like hd 5770
 
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Sam123456789

Right off the assembly line
The chocie of the graphics card depends so much on what you can spend.
For current using HD 5670 is the best. But when TFT monitors are getting mainstream and their prices are getting reduced day by day, I think if you can spend 7k, HD 5750 or GTS 450 is the best solution. If you can get HD 5770 within 8.3K then it is also a good deal. And within 10K range HD 6870 is the best and most future proof buy. Right now games are getting very demanding and LCD displays are getting more mainstream. So right now you are thinking you are not going for a CRT to TFT update buyt within a couple of month due to the reduced price of TFT you might opt for one.
So better opr for a future proof solution like hd 5770

Now guys I am sorry i didn't mention it at first :oops: but mine is a Samsung 15inch LCD monitor its not a CRT. Its this one:-
Techtree.com India > Reviews > Basics > Monitors > Samsung SyncMaster 510N
http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors/samsung-syncmaster-510-n/1707-3174_7-30920709.html
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Samsung_SyncMaster_510N_Black_15_LCD_Monitor/510N-BLACK/ps/407446

Anyway I was reading your suggestions and now I'm thinking of going for a HD5750 or a GTS450 since my father is allowing me to spend only lesser than or equal to 8k on the Graphics Card.
 
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coderunknown

Retired Forum Mod
And within 10K range HD 6870 is the best and most future proof buy. Right now games are getting very demanding and LCD displays are getting more mainstream. So right now you are thinking you are not going for a CRT to TFT update buyt within a couple of month due to the reduced price of TFT you might opt for one.
So better opr for a future proof solution like hd 5770

i think thats a typo. HD6850.

yes better get the fastest possible card cause in future games will get more demanding. i doubt if 2yrs down the line HD68** can run any game in Full HD.
 

Sam123456789

Right off the assembly line
^^ Even I understood that it was a typo but 6850 is out of my budget ( I know it was 10k but it got reduced after Dad saw my Sanskrit test marks!).
 

rajan1311

Padawan
how can anyone mess up Sanskrit ?? ;)

Since you are not changing our monitor anytime soon(your words) - HD 5670 is all you need. You can play 90% of the games at high(est) settings, just a few games like metro might be a problem, but that aint gonna be a big deal.

You will need a new PSU, if you can find,get a Corsair CX400 or Seasonic 380W PSU (dont remember model number) for around 2.6k odd. Else get an FSP Saga II 350W PSU if you dont find the other two.
 

Sam123456789

Right off the assembly line
ok but don't you think i might go for a more future proof solution like GTS450 or HD5750 just to be safe because if 1 yr down the line if I decide to change my monitor? or if it goes bad, the monitor is pretty old.
 

rajan1311

Padawan
But then if you get a 22" monitor(full HD), none of these cards will be sufficient for gaming at 1080p. They are outside your budget anyways...so you decide how much you can spend. A HD 5770+Seasonic 380W ~ 10k is what I would suggest in that case.
 

Sam123456789

Right off the assembly line
^^ Ok then I'll convince my father to return to our old budget of 10k for the GFX card, but it will take a little time (1-2 weeks or so). Do you guys think the price of HD6850 will fall buy then?
 
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