What should I upgrade to.
Hello! First time posting and not the best at knowing about video cards. I currently have a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4400 Intel Viiv Technology and a 8400 GS NVIDIA GeForce video card. What would be the best upgrade that will work on my computer? I am interested in playing Diablo 3. Supported video cards are located here [url="http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/video-card-support-for-diablo-iii"]Diablo 3 supported video cards[/url].... im just not sure which one will work with my few years old computer. Also should i upgrade to more RAM?

Any help would be most appreciated - Please and Thankyou
-Cameron

Edit* here are some of my system specs
Operating System:
Windows 2.6.0.6002 (Service Pack 2)
CPU Type:
Intel® Core™2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz
CPU Speed:
2.02 GHz
System Memory:
2 GB
Video Card Model:
NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Video Card Memory:
1.24 GB
Video Card Driver:
nvd3dum.dll
Desktop Resolution:
1680x1050
Hard Disk Size:
364.82 GB
Hard Disk Free Space:
71.94 GB (20%)
Download Speed:
2.2 MB/s (18.5 mbps)
Hello! First time posting and not the best at knowing about video cards. I currently have a Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E4400 Intel Viiv Technology and a 8400 GS NVIDIA GeForce video card. What would be the best upgrade that will work on my computer? I am interested in playing Diablo 3. Supported video cards are located here Diablo 3 supported video cards.... im just not sure which one will work with my few years old computer. Also should i upgrade to more RAM?



Any help would be most appreciated - Please and Thankyou

-Cameron



Edit* here are some of my system specs

Operating System:

Windows 2.6.0.6002 (Service Pack 2)

CPU Type:

Intel® Core™2 CPU 4400 @ 2.00GHz

CPU Speed:

2.02 GHz

System Memory:

2 GB

Video Card Model:

NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS

Video Card Memory:

1.24 GB

Video Card Driver:

nvd3dum.dll

Desktop Resolution:

1680x1050

Hard Disk Size:

364.82 GB

Hard Disk Free Space:

71.94 GB (20%)

Download Speed:

2.2 MB/s (18.5 mbps)

#1
Posted 04/19/2012 05:41 PM   
More RAM would certainly be a good idea, especially if you are going to upgrade to a graphics card with 1GB of VRAM (hard not to these days). I would add another 2GB.

A 2GHz Dual Core is not going to support the more powerful cards available. There would be no point in spending the money on a 560Ti, for example. It would just be bottlenecked by the CPU.

I would go for something like the GTX550Ti. This is the lowest current model on that list. Or you could save a bit of cash by going for the GTS450 which, although it's not on the list, is actually the same as the 550 and would still be approximately 15 times as powerful as your 8400. It also supports DirectX 11.
More RAM would certainly be a good idea, especially if you are going to upgrade to a graphics card with 1GB of VRAM (hard not to these days). I would add another 2GB.



A 2GHz Dual Core is not going to support the more powerful cards available. There would be no point in spending the money on a 560Ti, for example. It would just be bottlenecked by the CPU.



I would go for something like the GTX550Ti. This is the lowest current model on that list. Or you could save a bit of cash by going for the GTS450 which, although it's not on the list, is actually the same as the 550 and would still be approximately 15 times as powerful as your 8400. It also supports DirectX 11.

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#2
Posted 04/20/2012 08:16 AM   
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