Video Card advice

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Hey I was hoping someone could post a good forum topic to help me find a decent video card.

Here's my info in case someone can help me who reads this:

Operating system: Windows 7 professional 32-bit(6.1, build 7601)
Processor: Intel® core™2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 3072MB RAM
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
Device Name: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE
Version: 9.18.13.623
Date: 8/30/2012
DDI Version: 9Ex

I really don't want an expensive one. In fact it would be nice if I could get one for under $100. But I'm open for suggestions if I need to go higher.

Also, I dont need the graphics to be maxed. I'd rather have moderate to low graphics with FPS above 30, and all while raiding (LFR).

Thanks for your help,
02/26/2013 11:17 AMPosted by Alindraa
I really don't want an expensive one. In fact it would be nice if I could get one for under $100.


I dont need the graphics to be maxed. I'd rather have moderate to low graphics with FPS above 30


what is your screen resolution?
What is your PSU in your system rated?

A simple HD 6670 with GDDR3 should be fine for what you want.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102988
$64.99 - $49.99 after rebate.

HD 6670 with GDDR5 should me more than fine for what you want.
Passive cooling http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102950
Active cooling http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958
both $84.99 - $69.99 after rebate.

WoW on HD 6670
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzPkxyU6aA8
These two links should provide some insight:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/video_lookup.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7570&id=90
I'm not very good with computers so forgive my ignorance. I looked at my PSU label and it says "total average output 330W," and "Total Max. output 480W."

Nightflyer, is that the info you wanted? I noticed that the cards you posted say minimum of 400W... so does mine work? do I need something better?

on the screen resolution question - 1920x1080. In-game I put it on the very lowest res so I can reach ~ 10 FPS, lol. And it's really blurry on fullscreen mode. It's clearer on Windowed fullscreen mode but lower FPS.
I looked on the toms Hardware site with the video card hierarchy like Tratt suggested, found my current card, compared it with the HD 6670 GDDR3 and they are 14 tiers apart!!! just interesting observation - thanks for ur help, you two.
This particular Asus 6670 is designed for low power consumption - max it uses is 75watts. It would just plug right into your motherboard. Powered by motherboard sockett - no need to attach extra power cables.

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/EAH6670DIS1GD5/

Asus makes quality cards - that card runs around $80-90

Your power supply would definately be up to the task of running it.
Whenever I see "low power" I think of not-for-gaming. Am I wrong?
Actually the Asus card I linked is definately a gaming card. It is the same as the first one you looked at. Just designed to use less power.
Tratt,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121442

this looks like the card... pretty cool. only $10 more than the sapphire DDR5... but $30 more than the Sapphire DDR3... may not sound like a lot to you but... is it worth going with the ASUS?
This is how it works with graphic cards

nVidia GT (multimedia surf the net watch net videos)

nVidia GTS (low end gaming card - lower price)

nVidia GTX (top end gaming card)

ATI/AMD

First number you could consider as year introduced (not really but close enough)

Second number you could consider as series 5 is like GT - 6-7 is like GTS - 8-9 is like GTX

The last two numbers are sub models higher the better.

If you look at the Tom's Hardware link with all this in mind you will see what I am saying.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121442this looks like the card... pretty cool. only $10 more than the sapphire DDR5... but $30 more than the Sapphire DDR3... may not sound like a lot to you but... is it worth going with the ASUS?


I would go with the Asus - Sapphire cards don't have a good reputation as a whole. Also the Asus will definately work. Your power supply is rated 330w with peaks of 480w. (At least they were being honest on the sticker.) I checked the Sapphire and they are calling for 400w system. Like I said the Asus is definitely low power - max 75w for a gaming card is almost unheard of. (My GTX 570 uses 185w at idle.)
You better prepare yourself for a bit of a shock. That new card is going to make you think you bought a new computer. LOL

Let us know when you have the card in hand. We can provide you with suggestions for uninstalling the old card's drivers and downloading up to date drivers for the new card. Don't bother with the install disk that comes with the card. You would want to download the latest ATI drivers.
I would avoid sapphire like the plaque. They are one of the worst ATi manufactures there are. Not only is there waranty worthless. But they have knowingly shipped and sold defective parts. They knew in October that the capacitors they were using were defective it took AMD to investigate the issue for them to fix it in january. So most of the 7000 series ATI cards by sapphire are junk. They did the same thing with the 5000 series cards they knew that there version of the firmware was bad but they shipped 6 months of cards.

Asus is a great company and there waranty is very good. No hassles

Here are some links on why not to by sapphire products
http://www.techpowerup.com/174858/Some-Sapphire-Radeon-HD-7870-Cards-Affected-by-quot-Black-Screen-quot-Issue.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/333251-33-radeon-5000-series-crash-detailed-problem-description
Thank you Tratt and Northernlite!!!

I just purchased the ASUS card so I will post here as soon as I get it in the mail!

ttyl
My new card will be here any minute! Tratt, what did you want to tell me about the drivers? do I just go to the mfgs website or was there something else?
Go to amd you can download the new drivers before the card arives. Just enter your computers info in the drop down boxes

http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
There's an option to download the "latest beta driver." Do I want that? Forgive my ignorance on the subject... thanks Northernlite
I would go with the release driver. Only use beta drivers if you are having a issue with the release ones and the beta claims to have fixed the problem

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