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TOPDAWG
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reply to KCrimson

Re: Need Help Upgrading Son's Computer

»www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLi···20%24100

pretty much any card in this range will run LFD2 no issue. The big issue will that that 250W PSU. That is pretty low to add a card so the cards he can pick will be limited. Here is a card where one person said runs LFD2 maxes at 60+ frames.

quote:
Pros: This card is great for a gamer it can run payday the heist tf2 just cause 2 L4D2 ect. All on high graphics with 60+ frames minimum and at best I've seen 120+ really a great card.
»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14121442

Here is the issue the OP will run into with that low W PSU this is for the card above. I don't see those $250 plus cards running well on that PSU.

quote:
Pros: Awesome card for the price. Had no problem installing the drivers. Calls for a 450 watt PSU but I am running it fine slightly overclocked on a 380 watt PSU. No 6 pin connector required is what really turned me onto this card. Currently running Diablo 3 at almost max settings @ 1680x1020 resolution very smooth. Couldn't be happier with the purchase.


Krisnatharok
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There are some really bad GPUs in that first list (you simply offered up $75-100 cards with no regard to age).

That said, the Radeon 6670 is a good alternative to the GT 640--its max TDP is 58w.
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TOPDAWG
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he wants to run LFD2 at max that game was never a looker and it's old he does not need a powerhouse card for it. He does not need a newer higher end card for that either.I just mean in that range I posted he would be ok and I posted one card that would do the job. No idea if he wanted a range of cards he could pick from and rule out or he just wants a list of 3 cards that will work.

Now if he wants to spend the cash sure go ahead and spend it for future proofing for other games. If they want to game I'd upgrade that PSU myself while I was at it. where do you find how much power they drew?

This is the one card I posted.

»www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a···14121442

Can his PC run it? Bleep me ok looked at the first post again I see he is replacing the PSU. OK then yeah I agree with ya the Radeon 6670 would be good for him that is one I posted too.


n_w95482
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reply to Krisnatharok

said by Krisnatharok:

That said, the Radeon 6670 is a good alternative to the GT 640--its max TDP is 58w.

Using this chart as a baseline (and I'd imagine Portal 2 isn't too different from L4D2), it looks like the 640 would be the better choice of the two, and a 7750 even better. Either should work fine though, 1366x768 won't stress them much.
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Krisnatharok
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said by n_w95482:

said by Krisnatharok:

That said, the Radeon 6670 is a good alternative to the GT 640--its max TDP is 58w.

Using this chart as a baseline (and I'd imagine Portal 2 isn't too different from L4D2), it looks like the 640 would be the better choice of the two, and a 7750 even better. Either should work fine though, 1366x768 won't stress them much.

It is, but L4D2 is less demanding to run than Portal 2, and at a lower resolution, so the headroom may be wasted. That said, the 640 will perform better if he decides to pick up other games as well.

The Radeon 7750's TDP is ~43w (some places say 55w), so he should be good even if he goes with that card as well.
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