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Thread Starter 
Hi guys,

I did take a look through the threads here, but figured i'd start my own rather than hijack another.

Basically I have an inexpensive rig comprising briefly of:

Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz
4GB budget ram
Intel G41 Motherboard (currently using onboard graphics)
Desktop resolution of 1680 x 1050
Win 7

Is it worth getting a graphics card for this rig so i can play games such as Skyrim at a respectable setting (i.e at least as good as on a console) and maybe some other less intensive games (i.e Bastion), and if so could anybody recommend a card? I have no real maximum budget since I expect the best performing card for this machine would not run so high anyway.

Let me know if you need more info, apologies but its been about 8 years since I had a computer for gaming and I got the current bits cheap just to get some office work done.

Thanks so much!

(Obviously my sig details my older set up, sorry - i will get that changed!)
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Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
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1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
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Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
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Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
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post #2 of 31
what PSU do you have ??
post #3 of 31
HD 6850
RED Raven
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i5 4670k Asus Maximus Hero EVGA 980 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Ripjaws X WD Blue Samsung 840 Evo Samsung 840 Evo 
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WD Black WD Blue H80i w/ SP120 x2 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Achieva Shimian 27" Ducky Shine 3 TKL reds AX860i Silverstone RV02 EW 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
G700 Ripper XXL Yamaha RX-V373 Receiver Polk Monitor 30 Bookshelfs 
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Polk CS1 Center Speaker Polk PSW10 Subwoofer DT 990 PRO 250 ohm Lian Li BZ-502B w/ Coolermaster SickleFlow 120 Red 
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4670k ASrock z87 750 TI SC G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 
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250 GB Samsung Evo 1TB WD Black H220 Win 8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
55" Samsung LED Silverstone 450w SSF Ncase M1 
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A10 6800k GA-F2A88XN-WIF Onboard G.Skill Ares 
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840 Evo H60 Win 8.1 Silverstone ST45SF 
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Sonic Screwdriver
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N+1
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4670k Asus Maximus Hero EVGA 980 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Ripjaws X WD Blue Samsung 840 Evo Samsung 840 Evo 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
WD Black WD Blue H80i w/ SP120 x2 Windows 8.1 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Achieva Shimian 27" Ducky Shine 3 TKL reds AX860i Silverstone RV02 EW 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
G700 Ripper XXL Yamaha RX-V373 Receiver Polk Monitor 30 Bookshelfs 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Polk CS1 Center Speaker Polk PSW10 Subwoofer DT 990 PRO 250 ohm Lian Li BZ-502B w/ Coolermaster SickleFlow 120 Red 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4670k ASrock z87 750 TI SC G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
250 GB Samsung Evo 1TB WD Black H220 Win 8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
55" Samsung LED Silverstone 450w SSF Ncase M1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10 6800k GA-F2A88XN-WIF Onboard G.Skill Ares 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
840 Evo H60 Win 8.1 Silverstone ST45SF 
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post #4 of 31
6850 or a 7770, 7770 if your PSU is <500 watts.
 
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Dell Vostro 3300
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Intel i5 2500k @ 4.8GHz 1.28v 24/7 MSI P67A-GD55 PowerColor Radeon 7870 PCS+ 1350/1550MHz 24/7 Crucial 12GB 8-8-8-22 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Scorpio Black 2.5" RAID 0 (1000GB) LG DVD-RW DL Dwood Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S23A700D 120Hz Microsoft Sidewinder X4 OCZ ModXStreamPro 700 Watt Corsiar 400R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
RAT 3 Wooden Desk On-board 7.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 1.9Ghz Trigem Cupertino Geforce 2 MX400 @ 185MHZ 512MB DDR @ 133MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
40Gb @ 17Mb/s 2x DVD Burner Windows XP Home Edition x86 16" CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
OEM 300 Watt OEM OEM 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
520m 2.4GHz Dell 05JR09 310m (GT218m) 4Gb DDR3 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Scorpio Black 2.5" RAID 0 (1000GB) LG DVD-RW DL Dwood Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S23A700D 120Hz Microsoft Sidewinder X4 OCZ ModXStreamPro 700 Watt Corsiar 400R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
RAT 3 Wooden Desk On-board 7.1 Surround 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium 4 1.9Ghz Trigem Cupertino Geforce 2 MX400 @ 185MHZ 512MB DDR @ 133MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
40Gb @ 17Mb/s 2x DVD Burner Windows XP Home Edition x86 16" CRT 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
OEM 300 Watt OEM OEM 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
520m 2.4GHz Dell 05JR09 310m (GT218m) 4Gb DDR3 
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post #5 of 31
Thread Starter 
Hmm, 450w - the 7770 is a no go?
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
CaseMouse
Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
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My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
CaseMouse
Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
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post #6 of 31
6850 is my pick too
post #7 of 31
7770 Should be fine with a 450w psu
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i7 3770K ASUS P8Z77-V PRO EVGA GTX 670 FTW Ed. Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 64GB, WD 640GB, Spinpoint F3 1TB LG Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 3X ASUS 23'' 1080p HDMI 6056x1080 
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Ducky Shine Cherry MX Blues Corsair HX-750W HAF 932 Black Logitech G500 
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i7 3770K ASUS P8Z77-V PRO EVGA GTX 670 FTW Ed. Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3 1600MHZ 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 64GB, WD 640GB, Spinpoint F3 1TB LG Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit 3X ASUS 23'' 1080p HDMI 6056x1080 
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Ducky Shine Cherry MX Blues Corsair HX-750W HAF 932 Black Logitech G500 
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post #8 of 31
Thread Starter 
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/atiradeongraphicscards/atihd6800series/nov-6850.html

does this look about right?

Any idea what sort of settings could I run a game like Skyrim at with this set up?

Thanks guys!
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
CaseMouse
Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
CaseMouse
Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
CaseMouse
Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium DC E6700 @ 3.2ghz Intel G41 Motherboard  GTX 470 4gb 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
1tb Win7 Logitec (Black/Wired) 700w 
CaseMouse
Antec Sonata Trust Optical (Wired) 
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post #10 of 31
I know my opinion might be very "dumbed" down but I still believe it is always smart to go with the current generation (so the 7xxx AMD series and / or 6xx series Nvidia). I say this because 1) they are 28nm and have plenty of advantages over their predecessors and 2) the parts are more "future-proof" (I am using this word very loosely here). Nothing in the PC world is future-proof but newer generation hardware will, as a rule of thumb, last you longer at a percentile of the current performance. (I hope that makes sense).
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Swiftech Apogee HD Limited Edition 24K Gold Pla... Alphacool VPP655 w/ Alphacool top Phobya Balancer 150 Gold Plated Reservoir Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP15s 
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PrimoFlex 1/2" Tubing Windows 7 Home Premium Samsung SyncMaster SA850 24" PLS Logitech G510 
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Crucial C300 Samsung Spinpoint F3 Sony-Optiarc Blu-Ray Burner XSPC RX480 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Swiftech Apogee HD Limited Edition 24K Gold Pla... Alphacool VPP655 w/ Alphacool top Phobya Balancer 150 Gold Plated Reservoir Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP15s 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
PrimoFlex 1/2" Tubing Windows 7 Home Premium Samsung SyncMaster SA850 24" PLS Logitech G510 
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