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Galaxy - GeForce GT 640 GC 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card
This is the card I am thinking of getting, yes its cheap but I just need something to give me more FPS :D.
That is the computer I have gotten a few years ago..yes its old :(
Gotten a few upgrades which are
(Current card) Galaxy-GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card
AMD Phenom (tm) II 955 processor 3.2 GHZ
1. Will the graphic card be a upgrade to what I have?
2. How much of a performance increase will I get?
It's not an upgrade. You need to get a 650ti or HD7770 to perform better than your current card. The price on that is terrible too. You can get a MUCH better card for cheaper.
^There's your 550ti vs. a 650. The only advantage the 650 has is that it uses less power and runs cooler. You can compare other cards with Anand's bench tool as well. Mog and I have both said you need at least a Radeon 7770 or Geforce 650ti to really upgrade. We're not lying. lol
Will it fit in my computer though sir?
Yes it will fit your computer. If a 550ti works, then a 7770 would work. I would recommend better than the 7770, perhaps the 7850...but without knowing more details about your power supply, I don't know if it could handle a 7850 or not. You said 500w but that doesn't mean anything. Need to know manufacturer, and whether or not it is 80+ bronze or not.
Edited by Mogrigg on 3/16/2013 11:57 PM PDT
^Yeah, with 650ti cards available for as little as $110 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162127 - the Radeon 7770 isn't the value it once was. The 7790 is intended to come in and crush the $100-$150 price point. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/AMD-Radeon-7790-Saturn-GPU,21447.html
that will handle 25 man on low-med settings pretty easily. you might even get away with a few settings on high.
for the money that's a great card but a 7850 would be much better and last you thru the next expansion imo. you might even want to spring for a 7950 if you've got the cash. though the phenom would probably bottleneck then.
No, we recommend AMD because you can get a better performing card for less money than with Nvidia. For this generation, AMD *consistently* beat Nvidia in every bracket in price/performance. Not saying you shouldn't ever get Nvidia...after all, sales and specials do come up, and there is always the chance you can find a killer deal on something. But for the most part, if you go Nvidia right now you will pay more and get less.
GCN is actually quite an amazing architecture, and the performance on it has been incredibly good since AMD got their drivers sorted. When the HD7000 series first launched, there were some hiccups in the drivers, because it is a VASTLY different architecture than the VLIW5/VLIW4 they used for HD6000.
Edited by Mogrigg on 3/17/2013 11:15 AM PDT
Someone fell in the sarchasm.
There are other reasons to buy vid cards other than sheer bullheaded economics. Granted, no one wants to pay more than they have to, but nVidia has always met my needs better than ATi.
The AMD buyout was a vast improvement for the ATi cards, mostly in terms of support (after all when your driver support is lower than whale !@#$, there's no where to go but up). Still, I have scars from the earlier ATi days and, well, won't have them in my boxes.
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