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what would be better for games like far cry 2, dead space 1 (maybe 2), Halo 1 and 2, doom 3, F.E.A.R. + expansions and F.E.A.R. 2 and of course the source engine games like Half-Life 1 and 2 plus the expansions, maybe lost planet 1 not 2, and GTA 4.

6950 1 GB(non ref XFX model) + 4GB stick of ram(mobo only works with 1 stick) or 6950 2GB (HIS IceQ X Turbo and stick with the 2GB stick i have now. what would be best for my situation? please don't recommend an nvidia card they are too expensive.

i don't care about maxing the games(though it won't hurt) i just want a playable framerate on medium or high.

resolution will vary from 1024x768 to 1440x900.
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I'd keep the 2 gig since with 2 gigs + 8800 GTS 320 I layed all the games listed (except GTA4 and lost planet)


6950 is overkill for a P4, get a ATI 4670, 4770, 5750 or 5770
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I'd keep the 2 gig since with 2 gigs + 8800 GTS 320 I layed all the games listed (except GTA4 and lost planet)


6950 is overkill for a P4, get a ATI 4670, 4770, 5750 or 5770
i wont be running it on that rig it will go in my sig rig (triple core phenom 2)
and on far cry 2 even on medium it drops below 23 fps 70% of the time so its not playable
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A 1gb should do fine if your only gaming at 1080p (gaming under 1080p 2gb would really be useless), I would even go so far to say that 2gb might even be overkill and bottleneck a bit your CPU.

If you can get a 1gb 6950 for around 200$ then you should go for that and it would be a great upgrade that should last a while even with newer games.
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For older games, I suggest 4GB of RAM and a video card with 1GB VRAM.
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A 1gb should do fine if your only gaming at 1080p (gaming under 1080p 2gb would really be useless), I would even go so far to say that 2gb might even be overkill and bottleneck a bit your CPU.

If you can get a 1gb 6950 for around 200$ then you should go for that and it would be a great upgrade that should last a while even with newer games.
99% of the time i'll be running at 1024x768 lol i normally run my cpu at 3.6GHz just not right now(its hot outside)
and the 6950 i was looking at is 139.99 shipped brand new.

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For older games, I suggest 4GB of RAM and a video card with 1GB VRAM.
lol i was leaning towards this too because 2 GB on windows 7= sadness.
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99% of the time i'll be running at 1024x768 lol i normally run my cpu at 3.6GHz just not right now(its hot outside)
and the 6950 i was looking at is 139.99 shipped brand new.



lol i was leaning towards this too because 2 GB on windows 7= sadness.
At that price you better not pass this up. That's such a good price.

Also I didn't realise we were talking about system ram. Yes I would say get 4gb of ram if you can it would help out a lot.
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post #8 of 17
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At that price you better not pass this up. That's such a good price.

Also I didn't realise we were talking about system ram. Yes I would say get 4gb of ram if you can it would help out a lot.
really? i thought they were always under 250
lol yeah my motherboard is faulty so it will only run with 1 stick of ram no matter what i do so that's why i said 4GB stick of ram, its expensive as hell though $80

this is the card in question http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150523


what about a 5870/6870? would they be enough for those games? i really want alot of AA on source games 24X+ if possible.
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even at 1080 p 2 gb wouldn't be necessary for those older games. So even if you played brand new stuff at those resolutions 1gb is more than enough.
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even at 1080 p 2 gb wouldn't be necessary for those older games. So even if you played brand new stuff at those resolutions 1gb is more than enough.
what about a 6870?
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