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Vid card to match to my Pentium E5300 @ 3.0

AV1611

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I'm currently using a Radeon 3870 DDR3. My CPU is at 3.0 at stock voltage. I could always try to OC it more, but would really like to keep it at stock voltage. I'm running a 19" LCD @ 1440x900 but want to upgrade to 1920x1080. Ideas???

Thanks,

AV1611 out......
 

nemesismk2

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Yeah I would go along with the suggestions from the person above. The HD 5770 and GTX 460 1GB are great video cards. If money is a problem then get the 5770 but the 460 1GB is the one to get.
 

Marty502

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Your CPU will be fine for gaming at that speed, except for certain multicore-hungry games.
So I wouldn't be too upset about cranking the OC a bit further.

I used to have a 3870 in this rig. Then a friend passed me his 8800GTX for a few months.
The 3870 was holding me back even with my slow CPU.

So don't sweat it.
 

VirtualLarry

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Yeah, GTX460 1GB is a good choice. Or perhaps an HD6870. I don't think that I would go any higher, with only a 3.0Ghz dual-core, but many games will probably be able to take advantage of at least that level of GPU with that CPU.

Or you could consider getting a C2Q chip too, for BF3.

Btw, E5200 would OC to at least 3.5Ghz, yours might do even more. (Had a friend with an E5200 @ 3.75, but slightly too high vcore apparently causes it to degrade. It's at 3.5 now, with lesser vcore.)
 

daveybrat

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This is probably the best bang for the buck card currently:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-591-_-Product

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

The 'SE' 460 model is faster than a 5770 and slightly slower than a real GTX 460.

But it's only $99 after rebate right now and free shipping!! :)
 

Marty502

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That’s very interesting.
Yeah. Crysis got at least an extra 30% FPS. Though I remember the 3870 sucked at Crysis.
Still, even if I was CPU limited at certain moments, I could still crank the eye candy to the sky and enjoy a better experience than with the 3870.
So I expect the OP with his CPU and a nice card to kick ass.
 

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