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hoffman259
09-26-2009, 1:00 PM
I am looking to do some upgrades to my system. I currently have a 2.40ghz quad core with 3gigs of ram. I want to double my ram and update my video card. I have no idea of what card to get now days, but want to play graphic intense FPS games with good settings. I am running windows vista and have had 0 issues with it. I might upgrade to windows 7 at a later time.

Can someone recommend what video card to get, that wont break the bank and still offer performance. Around $250.

JDay
09-27-2009, 8:33 PM
The Radeon HD5870 is the fastest graphics card out currently. Its also the only DirectX 11 card on the market.

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JimmyD
09-27-2009, 8:44 PM
Get the 4870

patman
09-27-2009, 9:28 PM
Here's what I did with my last graphics card update.

1) Get them from a place where you can return with no penalty.
2) Try the cards out in your system with latest drivers.
3) The one that works to your satisfaction is the one you keep. Return the others.

I settled for the 3870. My cpu was a limiting factor - AMD dual core 939 ;). My wallet was the primary limiter. On sale at BB and out the door with RZ coupons for under $100.00. COD4 and BF2 (even with this months 1.5 patch) work fine now. I use to be near the bottom scores in BF2 and now my K/D ratio is greater in Kills than D! Too bad my fingers and brain are still too slow for COD4 but my sons are happier with the new card. I'm still running XP Pro SP3.

The 4870 or 5870 might be more suitable for you with a much newer system than mine.

hoffman259
09-27-2009, 10:00 PM
Thanks for the info guys. I used to be up to date on the latest, but my time and interest have shifted. I might give the 4870 a look. Any geforce cards to look at?

armygunsmith
09-27-2009, 10:15 PM
You'll have to switch to a 64bit OS if you're going to double your RAM. Make sure to check out game compatibility with the games you're going to play.

Brianguy
09-27-2009, 10:38 PM
A 4890 is just under your price limit. I like nvidia but ATI is more performance for your buck at the moment. I just got in on some windows 7 promotion for students. I got 7 pro 64-bit for $30. All you need is a .edu e-mail address.

armygunsmith
09-27-2009, 10:47 PM
Where did you score such a good deal on Windows 7? Did you go direct through Microsoft or your educational institution?

locosway
09-28-2009, 12:29 AM
You'll have to switch to a 64bit OS if you're going to double your RAM. Make sure to check out game compatibility with the games you're going to play.

This...

Also, why do you need to upgrade the whole system? Just get a newer video card if you need more video power.

Brianguy
09-28-2009, 10:33 AM
Where did you score such a good deal on Windows 7? Did you go direct through Microsoft or your educational institution?

http://windows7.digitalriver.com/
It's just the upgrade version but you can do a clean install if you have xp or vista discs.
To get the pro verison:
After you get the first confirmation e-mail and open the link. Theres a link on the page about is windows right for you or some crap. click on it and theres another link asking if you need to connect to your school network. presto theres pro and you can select 32 or 64 version.
It's 30 for the image download but you can have the discs shipped to you for a few extra bucks.

JDay
09-28-2009, 2:02 PM
A 4890 is just under your price limit. I like nvidia but ATI is more performance for your buck at the moment. I just got in on some windows 7 promotion for students. I got 7 pro 64-bit for $30. All you need is a .edu e-mail address.

You probably could have got Windows 7 for free.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/default.aspx

M198
09-29-2009, 7:24 PM
http://windows7.digitalriver.com/
It's just the upgrade version but you can do a clean install if you have xp or vista discs.
To get the pro verison:
After you get the first confirmation e-mail and open the link. Theres a link on the page about is windows right for you or some crap. click on it and theres another link asking if you need to connect to your school network. presto theres pro and you can select 32 or 64 version.
It's 30 for the image download but you can have the discs shipped to you for a few extra bucks.

You can do a clean install with the update disc. The update disc will just verify that you have a version of windows already installed on your computer before you choose clean install or upgrade choice. Atleast that's the word on the internets.

Corbin Dallas
09-29-2009, 9:25 PM
Interesting you were able to purchase win7 before the official release to market.

JDay
09-29-2009, 10:08 PM
Interesting you were able to purchase win7 before the official release to market.

I've had it since Aug 6 when it hit TechNet and MSDN. If you're thinking about buying Windows 7 you may want to just get a TechNet subscription, cheaper than buying Ultimate, you get 10 keys and they never expire. You also get access to most MS software. Well worth the price.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx

List of software here (login with hotmail account). http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx

ETA: Enter code TMSAM03 to get $100 off.

Brianguy
09-29-2009, 11:34 PM
I've had it since Aug 6 when it hit TechNet and MSDN. If you're thinking about buying Windows 7 you may want to just get a TechNet subscription, cheaper than buying Ultimate, you get 10 keys and they never expire. You also get access to most MS software. Well worth the price.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/default.aspx

List of software here (login with hotmail account). http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx

ETA: Enter code TMSAM03 to get $100 off.

So i can download office and all that other crap too?

locosway
09-29-2009, 11:42 PM
So i can download office and all that other crap too?

Openoffice.org, it's free, does the same thing, and frees you from being a M$ slave. :)

Brianguy
09-29-2009, 11:46 PM
Openoffice.org, it's free, does the same thing, and frees you from being a M$ slave. :)

it's too late for me. i've learned ms and my brain wont let me learn anything else.

locosway
09-29-2009, 11:48 PM
it's too late for me. i've learned ms and my brain wont let me learn anything else.

My wife is the same way. Instead of going to a menu to look for the option she just gives up when it's not the same look. She's the one with the degree, so I'm really confused by this behavior.. ;)

Brianguy
09-29-2009, 11:52 PM
My wife is the same way. Instead of going to a menu to look for the option she just gives up when it's not the same look. She's the one with the degree, so I'm really confused by this behavior.. ;)

if it aint broke... :cool:

JDay
09-30-2009, 12:24 AM
So i can download office and all that other crap too?

Yep, almost every product and version MS has ever released.

Brianguy
09-30-2009, 12:32 AM
Yep, almost every product and version MS has ever released.

oh man i want win98 BSOD edition:D

JDay
09-30-2009, 1:40 AM
oh man i want win98 BSOD edition:D

You can get 3.0 off there if you want it.