New graphics card help
Hi. I'm lookiing for a new graphics card for my computer but I have no idea what's best for my computer. I want to be able to play KOTOR and TSL with being able to have working alpha channels and shaders.
And now my compter:
Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Core i3-540 Processor, 3.06GHz
500GB hard drive
6GB DDR3 SDRAM
Intel HD graphics solution
multi-in-one card reader
Variety of interface ports: including HDMI, ten (four front, six rear) USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, headphone/microphone, RJ-45, three audio, VGA and two PS/2
Dimension: 10.57" H x 3.94" W x 14.48" D Weight: 12 lbs
Can anybody help with this? I just want a cheap graphics card that fixes these problems I have.
If you want a system that will run KOTOR well, you'd be better off finding an old XP system someone is offloading for next to nothing (or better yet, for free). Any new card worth having isn't really optimised for crusty decade-old OGL console ports.
That being said, you have a few options, although "cheap" is an extremely vague term. You might want to specify a budget. I would say an nVidia 560 Ti is about as entry level as you'd want to bother with. Anything less and you may as well stick with your integrated graphics, especially given how anaemic your CPU is (that will be a bottleneck in any modern game). Looking at the Newegg site, they would appear to be around the $200 mark, slightly less for ones with a mail-in rebate. Someone else may be able to offer their 2¢ on ATI/AMD alternatives, if you go in for that sort of thing.
^ROFLCopter. OP's CPU is more than adequate for either KotOR game, as long as it's set to run on a single core.
@OP: Since ATI GPUs are notoriously glitchy with these games, I recommend an Nvidia GT 430 or better. You can find one for ~$30 after rebate if you're in the US.
I said modern games in relation to the CPU. I was not talking about either KOTOR game (which I thought would be apparent by the modern qualifier).
But if I'm getting a new graphics card, I MAY need to get a new case.
EDIT: I think I found what I'm looking for: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16814134147
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