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Hello to everyone on the forums! I've been long-time ATI cards user, and I currently own a Radeon x1650PRO 512mb DDR2. I've tried to overclock it a bit, but the temperature rises quickly (I use air-cooling) so I returned it to the default core/memory settings. I rarely play games, so performance hasn't been that much of an issue, but I want to build a decent machine for Mass Effect PC which should be out in early June (besides that I'm playing only on Il-2 19146 which is an old game and doesn't require much resources).
Sadly, finances are an issue since I'm studying and I'm wondering what's the best cheap solution to give the best performance for the games mentioned above?
My motherboard is Asus M2N32 SLI which doesn't support DDR3 so I guess even the low-end newer GPU's are out of the question?
I found several stores that offer Radeon 1650PRO's for 80lv (around 55-60USD). Would crossfiring another one with the one I already own produce good results? Possibly with some overclock or would that require better cooling system?
Or should I sell my 1650 and add some more for an HD-2x / 3x series (if the motherboard supports them)?
My CPU isn't that great also, it's a single core AMD Athlon 64 3500+ . Would it hold back any of the newer cards if I go for that option?

Apologies for the noobish questions but I haven't paid much attention to hardware development recently. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 11
Your Asus M2N32 SLI doesn't support DDR3 RAM, not a video card with that on it. You can run any video card on any motherboard provided you have the correct slot, i.e. PCI Express or AGP. For you, if you want to stay ATI, i would get the ATI Radeon HD 3650 if money is a concern. It can be found around 60 - 70 dollars after mail in rebate, 75 - 100 without. Welcome to the forums!
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Going Crossfire with the X1650Pro is worthless. The HD3850 is a great card for its price right now, and I highly recommend it. If you can find a nice dual-core chip that's compatible with your motherboard, that would almost certainly go a long way to keeping it competitive in newer games as well. And if you don't have 2GB of RAM, I'd try to squeeze that in as well.
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post #4 of 11
For 1, you cannot do Crossfire seeing as you have an SLI board. You must have an ATI/Intel chipset for Crossfire and Nvidia for SLI, which is what you have.

As for a good card. As mentioned the 3650 would be a great option on a budget.
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post #5 of 11
Welcome to OCN! The 3850 and the 3650 are both good cards. It just depends on how much you want to spend on which one you want to get.

on a side note, fill out your system specs by going to the User CP at the top of the page and click edit system on the left. It will help us give you suggestions based on your current hardware
post #6 of 11
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Thank you all for the advices! I've updated my profile with the system specifications I remember, I'll update the others tomorrow.
If my motherboard supports a GPU with DDR3 which HD 3650 should I opt for, the 256DDR3 or the 512DDR2 model? They both seem to be at the same price (95-100$ where I live) and I guess in a couple of months it would drop further. If I remain with the current CPU will it hold back the graphics card? I suppose a new CPU would also require better cooling than what I have currently. Any good AMD CPU for the HD 3650?
Again, thank you all!
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Depends on your monitor and the resolution. Higher the resolution, the more video ram you need.
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post #8 of 11
If you are looking for a CPU as well, a good budget CPU would be the athlon x2 4200+. Newegg has it around $60, not sure how much it would be where you live. Not only is it a good budget CPU, it would overclock well if needed.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by jaclipse View Post
Depends on your monitor and the resolution. Higher the resolution, the more video ram you need.
Wrong, the DDR3 version is faster than the DDR2 at any resolution.

DDR2 = cheap way to add extra vram to trick the customers into thinking they are getting a better card.

You could have an HD 3650 with 4GB of DDR2 on it and it would still be slower than one with 256mb (maybe even 128mb) of DDR3.
    
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I'd pick a 2600XT or an HD3850 if I wanted lower cost cards that don't suck for gaming
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