I need help deciding on a video card upgrade!
Posted 27 July 2009 - 04:43 PM
Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:54 PM
The HD4850 is nice and your $150 budget is easy to work with. If you go a little over budget, you could get the HD4870 for $162. The one thing to really watch, even while using a dual core @2.5ghz, bottlenecking may occur. If the CPU can't handle what the GPU is putting out you will notice it.
Ensure your current GPU is running cool enough. ATI's run HOT, simple as that. Add a few $5-$8 case fans.
I see you are using Vista. Have you gone through and turned off the services that you don't need? Vista is a resource HOG! Turn off as much of that junk as you possibly can. My Vista "looks" like XP and isn't far behind it either in terms of performance.
While looking at Vid Cards, take a look and see how much RAM cost. Go here, Crucial Scanner, and it will tell you what kind and how much(if any) you can upgrade to and then check the prices on Newegg. I would recommend Crucial, G.Skill, OCZ.
Anyway, I know this is a little more than asked for but it may help.
Edited by sspazz35, 27 July 2009 - 09:06 PM.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 04:08 PM
Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:41 AM
Vista 32 can/may recognize up to 3.5gb. If you install 4gb's, your system will automatically clock itself down to what it can recognize. If you install 4gb's, it may just recognize 3.5gb, however, if you install just 3gb's, that is all it will recognize. You really won't notice the difference between 3 to 3.5 but your system will.
For a list of services that can be tweaked visit www.BlackViper.Com.
As far as keeping card temps at a minimum, I would definitely invest in a 3rd party heatsink/fan. Most stock HS/F's are mediocre at best. If you haven't already, look into buying one for your CPU as well. There are numerous $25-30 CPU HS/F's that can drop the temperature about 5-10 degrees, some even more.
Edited by sspazz35, 29 July 2009 - 11:56 AM.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 02:31 PM
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