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post #11 of 58
Yeah you should really consider a whole new rig, but if you had to upgrade GPU and use the 300W psu- I would get a GT240 from Evga B-Stock page for $40.

http://www.evga.com/products/prodlist.asp?switch=20
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post #12 of 58
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Originally Posted by Atreyu5050 View Post
I'm not really playing anything newer than Oblivion.

Embarassing, I know. Wish I had the money for a better system, but I don't.
What is a better gague of performance than RAM? Core speed?
It is about architecture, clock speed, memory speed...which even then performance would be hampered by the rest of your system. Lots of stuff is involved.

But dropping $50 on a card that is now 3 generations old...and wasn't even that good when new is not wise. Especially for how little money reasonably well performing pre-builts can be had from even brick and mortar stores these days.
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post #13 of 58
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I'm not really playing anything newer than Oblivion.

Embarassing, I know. Wish I had the money for a better system, but I don't.
What is a better gague of performance than RAM? Core speed?
no way you can play oblivion at decent settings with any of those.
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post #14 of 58
You need to look at the digits after the first number on the model.... First digit is the series, the two or three digits after indicate a rough idea on the performance catagory in that series....

The best way would be to check reviews online.

You would be better off looking for a second hand ATI 4670 or Nvidia 9600.
 
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post #15 of 58
Grab a used ati 4830 and throw it in there, it should be ok and it is a big improvement...van probably get one for 30-40 bucks on cl or ebay
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post #16 of 58
I am gonna be very honest with you. It will be a waste of time and money to bother upgrading your GPU as anything that is actually worthwhile in getting will be bottlenecked on you CPU. Your best bet is to save the money and build a new rig.
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post #17 of 58
Good god man... What are you doing looking at those cards? Even if you absolutely cannot afford more than $50, my advice is to hold off getting any of those, save up some money and get a GTX 460 or something.
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post #18 of 58
I think that Athlon 2.1 is more than likely a 2.1 Athlon XP, judging from the age of the other hardware in the system.
post #19 of 58
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Good god man... What are you doing looking at those cards? Even if you absolutely cannot afford more than $50, my advice is to hold off getting any of those, save up some money and get a GTX 460 or something.
You think he should put a 460 in that rig?
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post #20 of 58
OP, is this your board? If so, you should look into a CPU upgrade. Find a cheap Athlon X2.
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