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So guys, I need your help, 'coz I'm not really good with deciding.
I want to see your opinions about this problem.
My current configuration :

- ASUS M2N68-AM SE2 Motherboard
- AMD Athlon II x3 425 Processor @ 2.7 Mhz
- ATI Radeon HD 4550 1 GB
- 3 GB of RAM @ 800 Mhz

the problem is my GPU it's not powerful enough to give good gaming performance, it still runs all of the games but with low fps.
even when I clock it to it's stable frequency core (700) memory (760) only little better.

My motherboard has kinda DDR2 support, but it has been running my DDR3 Graphic Card fine.

So i need advices of what card would be the best choice to buy, I'd like to have as decent gaming performance as possible.

I'm not really good at picking or rating stuff, but I know that we have some pros here that know the answer. nVidia or ATI whatever u think is better.

Thanks in advance !
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Whatever new GPU you get, you'll have to change/OC the CPU- it'd be a bottleneck otherwise.
5770 is relatively cheap for good performance.
6870 is more expensive for more performance
5870 is also bit expensive, for even greater performance.

It depends on your budget, afterall.
If you don't plan on upgrading your mobo/CPU, you can't make use of anything above 5770.
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so what you're saying is that i need to OC my CPU to get better performance from my GPU ?

I OCed my CPU to a max of 2.9 Mhz through BIOS.

another question
even if I buy one of those GPU u mentioned,

Will my motherboard be able to support them ?
I've seen that the 6870 is DDR5.
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so what you're saying is that i need to OC my CPU to get better performance from my GPU ?

I OCed my CPU to a max of 2.9 Mhz through BIOS.

another question
even if I buy one of those GPU u mentioned,

Will my motherboard be able to support them ?
I've seen that the 6870 is DDR5.
The DDR rating of the mobo is in no way related to the GPU. Any card that fits the PCI-express is OK.

If that 2.9Ghz is already OCed, you'll need a better CPU *if* you decide to get anything faster than 5770.
5770 will probably still be a little bottlenecked by the CPU, but you won't feel it.
5850, 5870, 6850 and 6870 and above will not work at 100% with that CPU
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post #5 of 6
I would reccomend a new CPU motherboard RAM Combination otherwise whatever GPU you get, it might be bottlenecked by a number of things, most of all the CPU. But if you want a new card, i would suggest a ati 5750/5770.
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EXAMPLE:
(numbers are not real)
In Crysis:

Ath x3 @2.9Ghz + HD4550 = 15FPS.
Ath x3 @2.9Ghz + HD5770 = 35FPS.
Ath x3 @2.9Ghz + HD6850 = 35FPS.

i7 x4 @5.0Ghz + HD4550 = 15FPS.
i7 x4 @5.0Ghz + HD5770 = 40FPS.
i7 x4 @5.0Ghz + HD6850 = 80FPS.
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Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
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Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
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Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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