Video card for gaming suggestion?

August 1, 2011 at 10:32:12
Specs: Windows 7, QuadCore AMD Phenom X4 9100e, 1800 MHz (9 x 200)/ 2gigs of ram
Hello and I was hoping to get some suggestions from people with more knowledge than myself with hardware. I purchased and put together a Barebones kit and am fairly disappointed for the time being with it's performance. I know enough about computers to be dangerous and would really appreciate some input! I am an avid gamer and would really like to be able to play the upcoming Battlefield Bad Company 3 when it's released. As of right now i'm lagging on Lord of the Rings Online with the settings on low. The specs on my computer are:

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Direct x 11.0
CPU Type: QuadCore AMD Phenom X4 9100e, 1800 MHz (9 x 200)
Motherboard: Biostar N68S+ (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x16, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset: nVIDIA nForce 7025-630a, AMD K10
DIMM1: Centon Electronics MICT38UXB 2GB 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-18 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-9 @ 200 MHz)
Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / NVIDIA nForce 630a (128 MB)
3D Accelerator: nVIDIA nForce 7025-630a

Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! I'm planning on getting another 2gig stick of ram and need to purchase a new Power-Supply for the future graphics card. For some reason the Power-supply that was part of the Barebones bundle was junk. After sending in and receiving two more of the same power-supply I ended up having to put in a much older, lower watt powersupply. Again thank you to all in advance!

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August 1, 2011 at 10:58:49
The power supply is the most important component in the system. Do NOT buy a cheapie! Make sure to buy a reputable brand name unit with a single high amperage +12v rail, active PFC, 80% plus efficient, good warranty (at least 2 yrs).

These articles will help you to choose the best gaming card in your price range:

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August 1, 2011 at 11:40:44
Thank you so much for your help!!!

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August 1, 2011 at 11:54:24
Should I stick with a nVidia card because of my mobo or is amd/ati ok to purchase and install?

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August 1, 2011 at 12:18:19
AMD/ATI is OK, either brand (ATI or Nvidia) will work. Just make sure your power supply can handle the added load.

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