View Full Version : What mid level graphics card?

12-31-2012, 06:56 PM
My game keeps crashing and I'm assuming that it's because I have an older graphics card. I'm looking to upgrade and I'm wondering which mid level card would work the best? Is processor speed/number more important or the amount of memory?

Thanks for the help!!

12-31-2012, 07:01 PM
Game is crashing because of software conflicts, not hardware performance, but if you want to upgrade tell me what cpu and how much of ram you already have.

12-31-2012, 08:08 PM
I have an Intel Core2 6400 @ 2.13 Ghz with 4 GB of ram.


12-31-2012, 08:15 PM
What is your current gpu?

Your cpu is old and only dual core, for modern games best is 4 or more core cpu. Post also your motherboard name.

12-31-2012, 08:32 PM
My motherboard manufacturer is MSI and my current GPU is a GEForce 7100. I know the equipment is old but it's all I have right now. I have a newer laptop (only 3-4 years old) that it runs on but it's so slow as to be almost useless. The sound comes out and a minute or two later the video catches up.I figure the desktop I can upgarde a little at a time. Would a faster processor be a better upgrade? The actual problem I'm having is the dreaded "AC3SP.exe has stopped working".

12-31-2012, 08:44 PM
MSI is manufacturer, i'm asking about model...
Geforce 7100? The game even support it? I do not think so, so i think it is not your main gpu. This is integrated gpu if i remember correctly.

If it is as you described so far so the only solution is to replace whole computer.

12-31-2012, 08:50 PM
It is an intergrated gpu and I also have a GEForce 7600 in another system. I'll have to get the model number.

12-31-2012, 08:54 PM
As temporary, cheap upgrade you may install one of these gpus: radeon hd6770, radeon hd7770, geforce 650ti, geforce 660. Any of these will be good upgrade for your current rig and will be also good for your future computer if you plan to buy new one soon.

12-31-2012, 09:19 PM
Thanks spectatorx.

12-31-2012, 09:30 PM
I have one more question if you don't mind. How important is the memory on the GPU vs the speed. Is it better to get a geforce 650 ti with 2gb of memory or is it better to get a 660 with 1 gb?

Thanks again.

12-31-2012, 10:15 PM
For this level of gpus difference between 1 and 2GB is none.

01-01-2013, 02:47 AM
Geforce 7100 and a dual core processor? Jesus Christ. You're going to have a hard time playing anything modern with a setup like that.

Upgrade your CPU to at least a quad core, and go for a GPU with atleast 2gb. The 660Ti or Radeon 7850 are good places to start for mid-end graphics.

Failing that, you can't really go wrong with the older generation 560Ti, or Radeon 6950 either. 2gb probably isn't necessary right now, but games are already starting to push the 1gb envelope.

Good luck.

01-01-2013, 10:14 AM
When buying new hardware for your pc try to think 18- 24 months ahead.Go for the GTX 650ti 2gb and update your RAM sticks to maybe 8 GB.While your there upgrade your power unit to about 700 watt and.....and ....and ........

01-01-2013, 10:55 AM
As i said, best decision in this case is to replace whole computer but as temporary upgrade install one of these gpus. 2GB is not worth, not so many games use more than 1GB of vram. Max Payne 3 requires additional 1GB for maximum antialiasing so this game benefits with 2GB.