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Old 25-07-2013, 13:53
badweather
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So I'd like to play Mass Effect 3 for PC and see these are the recommended specs:

OS Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
CPU 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)
RAM 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
Disc Drive 1x speed
Hard Drive 15 GB of free space
Video AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater
Sound DirectX 9.0c compatible

My PC is Win 7, 3.30 Ghz, 4GB Ram but no graphics card (just an intel one on the motherboard), so I would like to buy one for around 40 or less which will play Mass Effect 3 well. I looked into the Geforce 9800 but that seems really old now.

Thanks for your time
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Old 25-07-2013, 16:08
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TBH any modernish card from AMD or Nvidia would beat the minimum spec.
You could certainly get a card for 40 anyway.

Look at this list, and the figure in the first column.
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php
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Old 26-07-2013, 08:43
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Thanks for the reply, how about the recommended spec cards? My power supply is only 300w.
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Old 26-07-2013, 10:44
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Your 300w PSU will not be up to the job with most cards. The HD 7750 is probably your best bet as it doesn't require a lot of power. It will cost you closer to 70 though and there's no guarantee that your PSU will cope.
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Old 26-07-2013, 16:16
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Here's another chart with the real life power consumption of various cards.

http://forums.atomicmpc.com.au/index.php?showtopic=264

All you have to do is match up the performance with the power consumption, and then find the price on Amazon (or wherever).

I may have misled you with my first post as I thought I had a Radeon HD 5750 in one of my computers, which I paid about 20 for.
However it turns out to be an HD 5450, which a lot lower powered and cheaper, so you will probably have to pay more than your 40 afterall.

Something like this Radeon HD 6670 is approx 60 on Amazon, is just over the minimum specs as far as performance, and uses about 60w at peak, so might fit the bill?

But as Migster says, the HD 7750 would give you a bit better than the minimum spec performance, with about the same power consumption for another tenner.
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Old 26-07-2013, 16:25
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yeah the 300W should not be a problem.

there is a reasonably good psu calculator here: http://www.extreme.outervision.com/p...ulatorlite.jsp

you will probably need a card that doesn't require a separate power connector though.

maybe a second hand HD 5670 should be able to get that for 40 easily.
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Old 26-07-2013, 17:04
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I bought this card

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon...cm_cr-mr-title

Its really powerful will run any game but had to also change my motherboard and PSU for it to go so in the end spent over 300 but at least its future prof for more and I changed my case to.
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Old 26-07-2013, 23:48
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I bought this card

http://www.amazon.co.uk/VTX3D-Radeon...cm_cr-mr-title

Its really powerful will run any game but had to also change my motherboard and PSU for it to go so in the end spent over 300 but at least its future prof for more and I changed my case to.
I think you may have missed the original mention of the around 40 mention
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