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#1
Hi.
I play dirt 2 in minimum settings, at 800x600 on my 15" screen. I want to play dirt 3, at ultra settings at 1024x768.

What is the minimum graphics card that i can get that will work for this?

My computer is

Microsoft windows xp professional
version 2002
Service pack 2
AMD athlon(tm) II x4 620
2.62GHZ
2.5GB RAM.

And no graphics card yet.
 

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5750 would do the job
id throw windows xp out the window tho ..
 

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According to this site ( http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1168&game=Dirt 3 ), minimum requirements for a GPU in your system are

GeForce 8600 GT

A person should be apble to pick upa usable and used one from a PC repair shop to about $10.
The G73 ( http://www.gpureview.com/geforce-7600-gt-pci-e-card-385.html ) is about 6-yr old now.
NO just NO ... a 8600gt belongs in the trash .. same with the 8800 9800 or pretty much anything pre GF 104 or ATI 4850
 
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Hi.
I play dirt 2 in minimum settings, at 800x600 on my 15" screen. I want to play dirt 3, at ultra settings at 1024x768.

What is the minimum graphics card that i can get that will work for this?
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[bold mine]

OP asked for facts, not opinions! I simply gave him what he asked for.

Best wishes!
 

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6670 or such will be fine
 
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[bold mine]

OP asked for facts, not opinions! I simply gave him what he asked for.

Best wishes!
Thats the minimum card you can play it with, not play on MAX ie: what the OP asked for! :slap:

Anything around5750/gts 250 would be a nice upgrade
 
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Im going to agree with 5750. You will find that a 8600GT will play Dirt 3 but not on Ultra setting as he requested. But the 5750 needs a 6 pin and 450w I believe. The 8600GT requires no external power but is aged. Cheapest Ive seen one was $25 off e-bay. Even a 5670 would do and no power required. Just not sure if it will play on Ultra at that res.

List all your parts
 

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that and the 8600 is DX9 only lol......
 
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#10
Hi.
I play dirt 2 in minimum settings, at 800x600 on my 15" screen. I want to play dirt 3, at ultra settings at 1024x768.

What is the minimum graphics card that i can get that will work for this?

My computer is

Microsoft windows xp professional
version 2002
Service pack 2
AMD athlon(tm) II x4 620
2.62GHZ
2.5GB RAM.

And no graphics card yet.
The others have hooked you up with suitable video cards.

But I wanted to add that you should move away from XP, to Vista or Windows 7. Otherwise you won't be able to use DX10/DX11. Also ATI/Nvidia's drivers cater to the latest operating systems.

You will find that software developers in general have dropped or only offer limited XP support now. Also I would up the ram to 4GBs minimum if you intend to buy a larger screen in the future. (higher resolution requires more video memory hence more system ram for borrowing memory)
 
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Agreed
 
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Well, depending what power supply unit you have, the HD5770/HD6770 or HD6790 is good enough for the job. But at 1024x768 you will benefit more from a GTX 460 768MB if you still can find one for a decent price. But the HD6670 may be the better choice if your PSU is relatively weak. So check your power supply unit first, if it's too weak, you may need to upgrade the PSU too.

By the way, the Geforce 8600GT is DirectX 10 (the last generation DX9 nVidia videocard series was the Geforce 7 series, such as the 7600GT, 79X0GT etc.), but it will not play Dirt 3 at Ultra settings with playable framerate, not even in 1024x768. You really need a DX11 videocard and Windows 7 if you want to enable everything including tessellation in Dirt3. On the other hand, with Windows XP you can still play many games, since most of the games that are coming out do include DX9 mode. Although for best game experience with all eye-candies on, the choice of OS is definitely Windows 7 (x64 for > 4GB memory support).
 
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Windows 7 and 5770/6770. Check your PSU so it can supply proper power to the card.
 
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List all your parts
Ok so, i looked in my pc and saw that the power supply was 450w, and it has a 80plus sticker on it. Its made by silverstone. I think it may be one of those mini power supplies.

Also, i will be buying second hand as i dont have the cash to buy new.
 
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If you give us a budget. We will help you look.

Is this a custom build or production model?

What Motherboard do you have?

Do you have an extra 6 pin connector?

Are there any extra connectors?
 
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OP asked for facts, not opinions! I simply gave him what he asked for.
Yet you failed to read the sentance before, he said minimum card at ULTRA settings a 8600 would not cut ultra, even at 1024 x 768.
 

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Yet you failed to read the sentance before, he said minimum card at ULTRA settings a 8600 would not cut ultra, even at 1024 x 768.
ultra would be DX11 ....
 
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ultra would be DX11 ...
thanks there Tips :D even though you thought the card was DX 9 till enlightened. Anyways, the point is moot.
 
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#20
If you give us a budget. We will help you look.

Is this a custom build or production model?

What Motherboard do you have?

Do you have an extra 6 pin connector?

Are there any extra connectors?
I have 100 NZD to spend.
My pc is just one my brother put together for me.
He told me the motherboard is a gigabyte ga-ma785GPM-ud2h
I looked at the extra connectors and there is 2 connectors with 6 pins.
It also had extra connectors that would go into extra hardrives i assume.

Im no expert though.
 
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A used or New ATI HD5750 or ATI HD5770. Or a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or Nvidia Geforce GTS 450

These cards run in that price range. Buy New if you can
 
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NO just NO ... a 8600gt belongs in the trash .. same with the 8800 9800 or pretty much anything pre GF 104 or ATI 4850
4850 for 1024x768? *facepalm*

Why do you keep linking those same dead links? (You linked them in another thread)