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Whats the minimum graphics card I'd need to max out these games?

Nba2k11
Alpha Protocol
Borderlands
Left 4 Dead 2
GTAIV Complete

I also might be playing these eventually but don't care whether its maxxed or not, and wouldn't choose a card based around these.

Arkham Asylum
Splinter Cell Conviction
Dirt 2

1920x1200 24"monitor
Ati 4850 512mb
Intel Q9450 @3.0
Corsair 550w PSU
4Gb Corsair XMS DDR2 800
Win 7 64bit
WD Raptor 300Gb

I'm only upgrading because a friend wants to buy all or part of my rig. I don't care about future proofing. Up to $500 is within budget but it'd be a waste, since between school and work, it'll take 2011 and almost into 2013 to get through my steam backlog (HL 1&2, Kotor, Jade Empire, GTA San Andreas, Crysis, etc).

It just needs to be an upgrade over the 4850, and DX11 would be nice. I heard Nvidia has better driver support so I'd like to give em a shot.
Edited by docwavy - 1/17/11 at 12:59am
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Left 4 Dead 2
GTAIV Complete
Dirt 2

I have these myself....

GTX 470/480/570....

you may be able to get away with a 460... but i'm not sure...

I would personally look around for a good used 480...

you can get them rather cheap....

and i know that one of them will run all those games maxed
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500$ just for the graphic card ?

you can get a GTX570 for 350$ and it will maxout every game on the market this days...
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Whats the minimum graphics card I'd need to max out these games?

Nba2k11
Alpha Protocol
Borderlands
Left 4 Dead 2
GTAIV Complete

I also might be playing these eventually but don't care whether its maxxed or not, and wouldn't choose a card based around these.

Arkham Asylum
Splinter Cell Conviction
Dirt 2

1920x1200 24"monitor
Ati 4850 512mb
Intel Q9450 @3.0
Corsair 550w PSU
4Gb Corsair XMS DDR2 800
Win 7 64bit
WD Raptor 300Gb

I'm only upgrading because a friend wants to buy all or part of my rig. I don't care about future proofing. Up to $500 is within budget but it'd be a waste, since between school and work, it'll take 2011 and almost into 2013 to get through my steam backlog (HL 1&2, Kotor, Jade Empire, GTA San Andreas, Crysis, etc).

It just needs to be an upgrade over the 4850, and DX11 would be nice. I heard Nvidia has better driver support so I'd like to give em a shot.
Don't get your hopes up on GTA IV. It is one of the worst conversions from console to PC, besides Saints Row 2, så maybe the strongest card cannot run it maxed out...
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Yea I just threw out $500 hypothetically since I technically have that much to spend. I just don't want to spend X amount now when I'm still playing games that came out 2-3 years ago. By the time I get around to 2011 games, the equivalent of a 570 will probably be $125 or less.

Yea, GTAIV isn't crucial either, I could easily wait for the 600/700 series in 2012 before I get around to playing it.
Edited by docwavy - 1/17/11 at 1:28am
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Don't get your hopes up on GTA IV. It is one of the worst conversions from console to PC, besides Saints Row 2, så maybe the strongest card cannot run it maxed out...
GTA 4 is all CPU...

with he's quad core....

it would run maxed fine
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I can run Dirt 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 maxed out at 1080p, but GTA4 needs plenty of RAM. Arkham Asylum loves PhysX, and some of those games support DX11.

GTX 570/AMD 6950.
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a 480 is actually better for GTA 4 then a 570... due to the fact it has more VRAM...

and you need 1.4Gbs of it to max it!
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a 480 is actually better for GTA 4 then a 570... due to the fact it has more VRAM...

and you need 1.4Gbs of it to max it!
The 570/6950 were my minimum suggestions I hate how that game eats cards for breakfast. Makes me wish I got a 2Gb card sometimes.
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lol.... Games like GTA 4... i like... because i can say my 480 is better then people's 570...

don't get me wrong.. the 570 is a great card....

i just think it should of had the same Vram as the 480...

and the 580 should of had 2Gbs
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