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Thread: best graphics card for the G41M-ES2L

  1. #1
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    Dec 2009

    Default best graphics card for the G41M-ES2L

    Also want to upgrade my power supply from 300 watts to 500 watts.

    This is what i have
    Gigabyte G41M-ES2L Motherboard & Intel C2D Bundle - Gigabyte G41M-ES2L MOBO, Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz, 2GB DDR2, 500GB HDD, Case & PSU at

    Also running dual boot XP and Vista both 32-bit.Also added another gig of ram for a total of 3 gigs.Can play C&C3 on low settings,but the
    Intel GMA X4500 sucks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    J'Habite En Angleterre

    Default Re: best graphics card for the G41M-ES2L

    You would be better off getting yorself another 2gb rather than 1gb. If you do get a single GB of RAM, then use two 512MB sticks to maintain Dual Channel operation. Moving to a 64bit OS would also be a good move, especially for gaming. This way you can take full advantage of 4GB of RAM and a 512/1024MB GPU.

    It really depends what you want to spend and if you need DX11 as to what would be the best card for you. The ATI 4800 series are now extremely cheap, you can pick up a HD4890 1GB for peanuts. If you want to go for the new 5800 series, the 5850 is a reasonable price considering the power, but you may want to go for a 5770 to save a lot of cash. NVidia cards have also come down in price. A 260 GTX can be had for around 140/$180+ and is a very capable card indeed.

    500W isn't a bad capacity, but get a little more if you can afford it. a good 600W/650W supply won't cost you much more and will both run quieter and give capacity for you to upgrade later or use the PSU in your next build too. Note that a single 5770/4890/GTX 260 will be fine on a 500W supply.

    Brands of PSU to look out for include but are not limited to: Corsair, Seasonic, BeQuiet, OCZ, PC Power and Cooling, FSP and Tagan. Avoid cheap power supplies like the plague! A good PSU shpuld be certified to be able to output its max rated wattage at 40c or above. Many cheap PSU's are rated to 25c. This means that right away, the PSU won't be able to hit anywhere near its maximum because ambient temps inside a PC case will almost certainly be above 25c. A lot of these cheap PSU's will also be based on older designs and more geared up toward supplying 5V than 12V. Todays modern PC requires a strong 12V line or lines.
    Coolermaster CM 690 II advance Case
    Corsair HX750 (CWT, 91%(80+ Gold rated @230V) single 62A 12V rail
    P55A-UD4 v2.0 @ F14
    Core i5 760 @ 20 x 201, 4.02GHz
    TRUE Black with a single Noctua NF-P12 pumping out 55 CFM @ 19db .
    2 x 2GB Mushkin Ridgeback (996902), @ 7-10-8-27, 2010-DDR, 1.66v
    2 x Gigabyte GTX 460 1024MB in SLI (Pre OC'd to 715MHz core and 1800MHz VRAM) @ 850 Core / 4100 Mem.
    Intel X25-M Boot Drive (OS and Programs) 200MB/s Read & 90MB/s Write
    Corsair X32 200MB/s Read & 100MB/s Write
    WD Caviar Blue 640GB C (Steam, Games, Storage, Temp Files & Folders, etc)
    Samsung F3 500GB Backup/Images
    Noctua 1300RPM 19dB case fan (rear extraction)
    3 x 140 MM Coolermaster LED fans (one front intake, one top extraction, one side intake)
    Dell Ultra Sharp 2209WAf E-IPS @ 1680x1050

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    Dec 2009

    Default Re: best graphics card for the G41M-ES2L

    Just picked up a PNY GeForce 9800 GT 1024MB GDDR3 and a BFG 450 watt psu.Can now play all my C&C games on max settings(even A-A) with no slow down what so ever.C&C3,Red Alert 3 and Kane's Wrath look like totally different games.I'm a happy camper.I'm still going to buy a larger psu and more ram later,but this will do for now.Thanks for the input.

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