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  1. So, my current build is from like early 2008. I know I'm in desperate need of an upgrade, but I'm not entirely sure I can afford it all right now. So I'm asking your opinions. The build currently is as follows: Intel Core 2 quad Q9550 8Gb DDR2 1066? EVGA GTX 260 896mb 500Gb HDD 850 watt Antec modular PSU So I'm really just curious if you guys think buying solely a new graphics card at this point will improve my performance? I could use it in my new build as I get more parts, but I didnt know if you thought it would improve it very much or not with the rest of the stuff. I have a new build on Newegg where i keep my case and PSU, but replace everything else for just shy of $700, but to me thats still a lot of money at once at this point. What are your thoughts on what route I should take?
  2. So I'm looking to get a new video card that hopefully is at least twice as good as the one I'm currently using, but I'm on kind of a tight budget. I'll give details of my build. I built this comp like 6? years ago. Intel Q9550 quad core, 8gb of DDR2 1066 MHz RAM, and an EVGA GTX260 896mb. I'm really thinking this rig can still runs games for a while if I just upgrade the video card and possibly get a SSD in the near future as well. Basically I know cyber Monday is upon us, and if anyone sees any great deals at around the $100 range for a card that's what I'm looking for, or if anyone upgrades and has one to sell fairly cheap ( so long as the card isn't like beat up or really old) then I'm interested. I'll be looking around tomorrow, but if you guys find any sweet deals would you mind posting them here? Thanks for any and all help!
  3. AMD's Radeon R9 290: A Mid-range Monster Yesterday AMD launched the Radeon R9 290, which is the second card in its all-new Hawaii series of GPUs designed to take on Nvidia's GK110-based super GPUs. This particular card is extremely similar to its big brother, the R9 290X, but has slightly lower clock speeds and fewer stream processors, allowing it to come in at a slightly lower price point of $400. Though it was originally designed to take on the formerly $400 GTX 770, AMD is now positioning it to compete with the GTX 780 due to Nvidia's recent price drops on both cards to $500 and $329, respectively. Read on to see how it handles the heat, both literally and figuratively. Little Hawaii As the second, lower-priced Hawaii board you might assume this card has been neutered more than a made-for-TV version of The Big Lebowski, but you would be wrong. Thankfully, AMD has left almost everything from the R9 290X intact, choosing to only reduce its texture units from 176 to 160, its Stream Processors from 2,816 to 2,560, and its maximum clock speed from 1,000MHz to 947MHz. It still has the same 4GB of memory, the same 512-bit memory bus, and is otherwise the exact same GPU. It also has the same PowerTune hardware and software that lets you dictate maximum fan speeds and core temps. Before we jump in, let's take a look at the specs for the Hawaii cards along with their Nvidia counterparts: *We are putting an asterick next to the AMD cards' TDP because it's not a quoted spec but "standard board power." As the spec chart shows, this card is almost exactly the same as the R9 290X, just like the GTX 780 and GTX Titan in that you have two cards with the same die but one is a bit less powerful. The two cards are the same physical size at 11 inches, both require a six-pin and an eight-pin power connector, and both cards draw a bit over 300 watts too. AMD listed the TDP for the 290X as 250w, but it hedged that answer and never gave it as an official number, but rather an estimate. It didn't reply to our emails asking for the TDP of the R9 290, so we'll just put 250w there with an asterick. PowerTune, TrueAudio, and XDMA Like it's larger, more-powerful sibling, the R9 290 comes with all the baked in features that define the top-tier of this generation of GPUs, namely revamped PowerTune controls, TrueAudio technology, and XDNA Crossfire. TrueAudio and XDMA Crossfire are exclusive to the R9 290/X series of cards, though the current iteration of PowerTune is found on all Rx based cards, and TrueAudio is also found on the $140 R7 260X board. Briefly, AMD has changed the PowerTune interface found in the Catalyst Control Center to give you an easier way to control clock, memory, and fan speeds. It also now has a slider that lets you dictate the maximum fan speed and maximum temperature, just like Nvidia is doing with its GPU Boost 2.0 technology found in its 700-series GPUs. You can tell the software to force the card to run at 90C, for example, and it'll throttle the clock speeds in order to maintain those temperatures. Additionally, if you're sensitive to acoustics, you can also set a limit on the fan speed while letting the other settings run at maximum value as well. It's also provided a "2-dimensional heat map" which we found confusing. We also found in testing that moving some of the sliders too far would cause the entire system to hard lock and then experience trouble rebooting, so tread carefully here. By default the fan on the R9 290 runs at a maximum speed of 47%. TrueAudio is also found on the R9 290, and whether or not it'll make a big difference in the life of an average gamer remains to be seen as no games that use it have been released yet. Gordon wrote an extremely in-depth article about it however, so head on over to it and you'll have all your questions answered. Finally, XDMA is a new technology appearing for the first time in the Radeon R9 290 series of cards. It eschews the ribbon cable we've grown so un-fond of over all these years and instead uses hardware built into the GPUs and also lets the cards communicate over the PCI-Express bus. Though AMD had seemingly wrangled its frame pacing issues with its recent fix, it's software-based and still available for R9 280X cards and lower. For the R9 290 series though, those changes are built into the drivers and handled through XDMA. The previous GPUs based on Tahiti and lower will still have to use the ribbon cable as there's no exclusive hardware built into the GPUs to handle that transaction, but this is not surprising. It is also reasonable to assume that going forward all new GPUs will use XDMA. The main reason for XDMA is to handle the increased traffic resulting from the proliferation of multiple displays as well as 4k panels. If AMD continued using the old ribbon cable there simply wouldn't be enough bandwidth to drive the displays at 60Hz, so XDMA was both a necessity to prepare for the future as well as a great way to allow for smoother CrossFire at super-high resolutions. AMD claims there is no performance penalty at all to this configuration, but unfortunatley there's not really any way to run Apples to Apples testing since the Crossfire connectors are removed on the cards (though the electrical contacts are still intact). We also don't have a second R9 290X or R9 290 card to test Crossfire currently, but we hope to get a second card in soon. (Source: http://www.maximumpc.com/amd_radeon_r9_290_benchmarks)
  4. I'm guessing i can't, but want to be sure so i'd ask my personal team of computer geniuses: CPU Minimum: 2 GHz Dual Core Processor You Have: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz CPU Speed Minimum: Info You Have: 2.1 GHz RAM Minimum: 2 GB You Have: 3.1 GB OS Minimum: Windows XP SP3 You Have: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Service Pack 2 (build 6002), 32-bit Video card Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256MB minimum) You Have: GeForce G210M Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card: pixel shader version: required 3.0 you have: 4.1 vertex shader version: required 3.0 you have: 4.1 dedicated video ram: required 256MB you have: 256MB
  5. Just when I thought everything was ok, it's not. L4D2 is having serious issues with graphics card. I run several music and video software programs without any trouble whatsoever, but it does not like this game for some reason. Are there any settings I could tweak to stabilise this until I get a new card installed?
  6. 'Can you run it', the perfect tool for computer noobs like me, seems to say i can run the game, but don't have the recommended requirements. So what does our team of resident computer geniuses think? Minimum: Minimum Recommended CPU Minimum: Intel P4/NetBurst Architecture or its AMD Equivalent (AMD K7) You Have: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz Click here for the latest CPU drivers. CPU Speed Minimum: Info You Have: 2.1 GHz RAM Minimum: 2 GB You Have: 3.1 GB OS Minimum: Windows XP or better You Have: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Service Pack 2 (build 6002), 32-bit Click here for the latest Windows drivers. Video Card Minimum: Intel GMA 950 or AMD Equivalent You Have: GeForce G210M Click here for the latest Video Card drivers. Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card Required You Have Dedicated Video RAM 32 MB 256 MB Sound Card Minimum: Yes You Have: NVIDIA High Definition Audio Click here for the latest Sound Card drivers. Free Disk Space Minimum: 90 MB You Have: 160.9 GB Recommended: Minimum Recommended CPU Recommended: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz You Have: Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T6500 @ 2.10GHz Click here for the latest CPU drivers. CPU Speed Recommended: Info You Have: 2.1 GHz RAM Recommended: 4 GB You Have: 3.1 GB Upgrade Suggested OS Recommended: Windows XP or better You Have: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Service Pack 2 (build 6002), 32-bit Click here for the latest Windows drivers. Video Card Recommended: GeForce 66xx or ATI Radeon 9xxx and Up with OpenGL 2 Support (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) You Have: GeForce G210M Click here for the latest Video Card drivers. Features: Recommended attributes of your Video Card Required You Have Pixel Shader version 2.0 4.1 Vertex Shader version 2.0 4.1 Dedicated Video RAM 64 MB 256 MB Sound Card Recommended: Yes You Have: NVIDIA High Definition Audio Click here for the latest Sound Card drivers. Free Disk Space Recommended: 150 MB You Have: 160.9 GB Edit: since it's not as easy to read as i would like, here a synopsis: only thing not ideal for playing is my RAM, which is 3.1 and should be 4.0 for the recommended settings
  7. Hello all! I am looking for a new videocard so I can maintain 100fps during the craziest of firefights with flames and smokes that involves 50 people. Not really looking to spend more than 300 bucks...anyone keep up with this stuff? I'm rocking a 8800GTS right now. Thanks
  8. I just got this GTX670 today. Plug it in, power up and the screen stays blank. Checked all power cables, all connections, just fine. When I swap back in my 8800 GTX works fine. Motherboard: M2n32Sli Deluxe with bios 5002 Powersupply lists the following: Ac Input: 100-240v 47-63 Hz 10-5A Fuse rating 12A/250V DC output: 600W +5v 30A +12v1 0-26A +12v2 0-20A +3.3v 0-30A -5V 0-0.8A -12V 0-0.8A +5VSB 0-2A +5V and +3.3V Max current 50A +12V1 and +12V2 Max current 40A Can anyone tell me if i'm doing it wrong or this is just a bad card?
  9. Hey I currently run three monitors (one is a 27", two are 19") and sometimes during a game my graphics card will glitch and a few apps will crash (like l4d2, skype, explorer). The 27 inch and one 19 inch are running on the Raedon 6870 and the other 19 inch is running on a nvidia geforce 9550 (I think, I have no idea). It seems that the 6870 is the one that crashes (maybe because of the 27 inch). If I get another 6870 can I SLI them and still run three monitors? I have never done sli before so I am kindof a n00b at this. Should I even bother or just live with the crashes? Other computer specs: Mother: MSI 870-G45 Ram: 16GB DDR3 1333MHz CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 - 3.40GHz
  10. So I find myself where I land every 2 years or so.... I need a new video card to feed my FPS habit and I'm wondering whether to go AMD (thats ATI) or nVidia again. I currently run a 9800GTX nVidia on a quad-core Intel chip. Luckily, PCI tech hasn't changed any since I bought this rig so I won't be replacing the entire mobo. So I dare to ask the community, in risking a debate worse than one based in religion, which should I get? I'm eyeing a 560 or so nVidia card. I have a $300 price range. oh and almost forgot, this will be for BF3, Batman:AC, and WoW mostly. Yeah, I know... WoW. Don't say it, just let it rest there.
  11. Odd question I guess. I usually go to newegg but this card perked my interest. Is this card a good buy? http://www.walmart.c...s-Card/16829853 Question is serious. I need a new card. I am using a gtx 260 at the moment and bf3 hates it.
  12. In the process of building a new system. I have an Intel Quad Core and MoBo now. Planning on running 16GB DDR3. Which Video Card would you choose? -Radeon HD 6970 -or- -Nvidia GTX 570 I am trying not to spend more than $400 on a card. Your opinions are appreciated. If you have a card in mind that is similar in performance, please post it. Thanks.
  13. what is the best video card out there for gaming amd music videos?
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