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PostSubject: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:45 pm

So...it's time I've gotten an upgrade finally. I just can't keep doing this when my graphics card makes my computer like like Diablo!! It is so very aggravating. So I'm asking if anyone has any graphic card suggestions for me? I was looking at a AMD Radeon HD 6770 1gb. Is this a good choice? Here are my current specs:

64-Bit Windows 7 Operating System
Nvidia Geforce 6150SE nforce 430
I've got about 4gb of RAM with 3.87gb of it still free and usable.

That is enough for an upgrade isn't it? I here that most graphic card only need about 1gb of RAM but I'm a noob and have no idea. Any suggestions are welcome. Please and Thank You :3
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:36 pm

That will definitely be a step up from what you're using... I think in a month or two the 7770 will be coming out, and that'll be the same price AND better...

Also depends on what processor you're using because it may be limited by your CPU. Your CPU may not even be able to use the card you're looking at. Soo do you know what CPU/motherboard you have? That's going to probably be the limiting factor, not the RAM in this case.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:55 pm

Well I have a pretty sturdy processor not top-knotch but not super slow either when I looked at my system details it says I have this:

AMD Athlom(tm) II X2 215 Processor 2.70 GHz

I have no idea if those are good or is it bad? I know that on my Windows Index score says my processor is rated at a 6.2....lol but my gaming graphics is a 3.2 and my regular graphics are only a smidge higher at a 3.8
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:18 am

That's really old. I don't even think it's even sold anymore; they stopped producing in 2008. It's a dual board. It will work with it, and you'll see *some* improvement, but it IS definitely going to be limited by the CPU. Just don't expect a miracle out of it.

At this point it's too difficult to even upgrade the CPU, because everything is just so far behind what's being sold now. I recommend a full overhaul if you have the money, but if you can't like I said the card should still work, it just won't give you the full capacity of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:40 am

Oh. My computer was bought in 2009 so it's only like 3 years old...Should I aim lower?
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:00 am

It might be hard to find a lower end one for sale since it seems like they tend to retire these babies pretty quick, and it all depends on how much you want to spend on one. And what resolution you're running. If it's not 1080p or close then a lower end one would probably be fine. Even the one you're looking at would be fine, at this point it's all up to what you want to spend on one. I wouldn't go any higher than the one you're looking at on your machine though.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:05 am

Ok Thank you so much for your advice!
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sat Jun 09, 2012 2:10 am

No problem!
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:38 pm

Ok I've decided I'll just get a brand-new laptop. But I have one more question for you...lol should I spend the money on an i7-2670QM processor or would I be fine with an i5-2450M?? When I looked up reviews most people said unless you do alot of hard core computer gaming then the i5 will be just fine.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:15 am

If you have the money to spare go with the i7 because it won't go obsolete nearly as fast, and if you're gonna do any gaming other than the Sims, go with that one. Just for the sims, the i5 will be fine. The reviews are pretty much correct.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 12:22 am

Hmmm I thought so...The i7 will probably make the computer last longer if there are any other big expansions wouldn't it? Like I know that when pets came out I think the requirements went up.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:16 am

Yes, that's what I mean by it not going obsolete as fast.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:24 am

I think I'm going to end up getting this one. It seems pretty good because i7's are a lot of money lol
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:36 pm

I settled on an Satellite P750-BT4G22 Laptop with an i7- 2670QM processor and 8GB RAM with a dedicated 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology Card. That should hold me since it cost a pretty penny. There was a version with an i5 processor at the same price so the i7 was the better deal lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:56 pm

Not bad at all! :D
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PostSubject: Re: Graphic Card Suggestions?   Mon Jun 11, 2012 1:02 pm

Ohhh also, I'd like to add: I had a Satellite once. LOVED IT. They make a pretty good laptop.
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