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    Stood in the Fire UR1L's Avatar
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    In need of a new Graphics Card!

    Hello there dear MMO-Champions!

    I'm planning to buy a new graphics card soonish. But as I'm a complete idiot when it comes to "Does X work on computer Y" I'm in need of help from the masters.
    I'm currently running with a nVidia GeForce 220GT which is crap afaik and it seems to be living it's last days. I get sudden freezes and low FPS occasionally when playing games like Fallout New Vegas, CoD MW2 and such. Even in WoW my FPS was better with my old computer.

    I was thinking about a nVidia GeForce 250GTS but I'm unsure if it will work on my computer.
    http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/produ...ts_250_uk.html

    My budget is around 100-180€ so any suggestions of a better piece instead of the 250GTS are welcome aswell.


    Providing a dxDiag of the system and GFX if it helps.
    And according to Acer it has a 300W power supply. (Power supply is what worries me the most)

    Any help/advice/suggestion are very very welcome!


    Thanks in advance!

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    System Information
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    Time of this report: 11/22/2010, 15:31:55
    Machine name: ---------
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100618-1621)
    Language: Finnish (Regional Setting: Finnish)
    System Manufacturer: Acer
    System Model: Aspire M3203
    BIOS: Default System BIOS
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
    Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 8176MB RAM
    Page File: 2025MB used, 14324MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

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    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GT 220
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0A20&SUBSYS_2160174B&REV_A2
    Display Memory: 4058 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 986 MB
    Shared Memory: 3071 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor Name: Yleinen PnP-näyttölaite
    Monitor Model: ACER X243HQ
    Monitor Id: ACR00AC
    Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
    Output Type: HDMI
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.6099 (English)
    Driver Version: 8.17.12.6099
    DDI Version: 10.1
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 10/22/2010 08:23:15, 12788840 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp:
    Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4960-11CF-2863-6C011CC2C535}
    Vendor ID: 0x10DE
    Device ID: 0x0A20
    SubSys ID: 0x2160174B
    Revision ID: 0x00A2
    Driver Strong Name: oem36.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1:Section004:8.17.12.6099ci\ven_10de&dev_0a20
    Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
    D3D9 Overlay: Supported
    DXVA-HD: Supported
    DDraw Status: Enabled
    D3D Status: Enabled
    AGP Status: Enabled
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    Yeah i dont think your PSU is enough for a GTS 250..
    But you could get a HD 5670. It has DirectX 11 and should run any game without a problem. (Not Bad company 2 or Metro 2033 on max, but it will run WoW and MW2 on pretty much max settings. If you lag in 25 man raids its your processor)

    Saw your from Finland so here: http://www.jimmspc.fi/tuote/H567Q1GD?t=false
    Best HD 5670 you can get. 123 euros. But if you dont want to use that much then get the: http://www.jimmspc.fi/tuote/1A1-G000005536?t=false
    for 77 euros.

    Even if you upgrade your graphics card you might not be able to play WoW on High due to only a 2.7ghz Dual core
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    The 220 is fine for WoW, your CPU is what's slowing down your game not that graphics card.

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    I see...thanks for the tip. Always thought the GFX was the problem. :/

    Tricky situation then!
    The GFX is gonna die. Warranty's out, and the processor is crap.
    Guess I'd better just let this one die out and buy a whole new computer when I can.
    Mum needs a computer anyway. :P

    Think xmas is going to be rough on me wallet this year.

    Thanks for the help though, much appreciated!

    edit: I just played MW2 campaing today and noticed that I wasn't having any FPS issues at all. I can notice the difference between 60+ and say 20- FPS clearly, but didn't notice any low fps at all.

    How come a game like MW2 which graphics is so much better than WoW can run quite smoothly whereas WoW goes around 30-40 fps most of the time?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UR1L View Post
    How come a game like MW2 which graphics is so much better than WoW can run quite smoothly whereas WoW goes around 30-40 fps most of the time?
    Because WoW is more CPU based, not GPU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UR1L View Post
    I see...thanks for the tip. Always thought the GFX was the problem. :/

    Tricky situation then!
    The GFX is gonna die. Warranty's out, and the processor is crap.
    Guess I'd better just let this one die out and buy a whole new computer when I can.
    Mum needs a computer anyway. :P

    Think xmas is going to be rough on me wallet this year.

    Thanks for the help though, much appreciated!

    edit: I just played MW2 campaing today and noticed that I wasn't having any FPS issues at all. I can notice the difference between 60+ and say 20- FPS clearly, but didn't notice any low fps at all.

    How come a game like MW2 which graphics is so much better than WoW can run quite smoothly whereas WoW goes around 30-40 fps most of the time?
    Meh, let us know when you come up with your new build (...wait, you ARE going to build your own PC right?)
    As for MW2 vs WoW, WoW was originally intended at computers that didn't even have graphics cards. The game engine was based on Directx8 and makes the CPU do most of the work, fortunately over the years they have added in more and more support for graphics cards but WoW continues to remain CPU-bound for the most.

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