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Looking to upgrade my 1950 Pro. Please Help

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October 22, 2008 12:48:32 AM

Ok, it's been close to two years now. Even though I am not a Huge gamer I'd like to upgrade my video card.

I have a Radeon 1950Pro, 5000+ BE AMD, 4 GB Ram, MSI K9A2 Platinum MoBo. two 80GB HD in Raid 0.

Modest to ok system.

Looking to spend $100 - $125. Best bang for buck, if a couple bucks more will get me a significantly better card, please feel free to include it. I'd like to stay with AMD/ATI.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks

PS. My monitor only supports 1280 * 1024



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October 22, 2008 1:05:46 AM

josmil1 said:
Well since u said your not a huge gamer then i suggest the ATI Radeon HD 4670, best bang for your buck there. Can't go wrong with either of the 3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


There is also 9600gso:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

9600gt:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

3870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

9800gt:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4 alternatives, in increase order of performance. All of them outperforms 4670.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4670/2...
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October 22, 2008 7:19:53 AM


You said you are not a huge gamer but what kind of thing do you like or think you may want to play Anything you know thats coming out soon ?
The 4670 is a good card and will be an improvement over the 1950 pro but is on a 128 bit interface, while this isnt a problem if you are sure you dont want/need to play any of the latest games at max detail, it could be an issue if later you decide you want a bigger monitor and try and run games at higher detail levels.
Just thought i would mention it so you are informed before you decide.

Mactronix :) 
a c 376 U Graphics card
October 22, 2008 7:59:41 AM

$100-120 = 9800gt
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You might want to save some money and grab a 9600gt, it should handle that resolution pretty well. This one for $85 and free shipping with no rebates to deal with is a nice deal;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your PSU is a bit sketchy you might want to go for the HD4670 that the other people are recommending.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 22, 2008 9:10:13 AM

If you can get up to about $130, there are often 4850s for that with a rebate. That card will definitely be a great card in that range.
October 22, 2008 11:20:10 AM

^+1 I would agree the 4850 is the route to go.
a c 130 U Graphics card
October 22, 2008 11:30:22 AM


As i said earlier it really comes down to what you want to play. Crysis and cod 4 would see a benefit from the 4850 using some AA AF etc. But if you only want to play older less demanding games then its going to be overkill.
Here is a good review that will show you the performance of lots of cards for your resolution.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4850/

Mactronix :) 
October 22, 2008 9:35:29 PM

I would stick with that x1950 pro, especially since you aren't a heavy gamer and you can't run past 1280x1024. I am not sure the hd4670 will outperform your card which has 256 bit memory.
October 22, 2008 9:47:41 PM

The HD 4670 will definitely outperform his card, since it's only a step below the HD 3870. I would recommend that you keep an eye out for the HD 4850 if you can stretch your budget, if not then the newly released HD 4830 (going for $130 on newegg) seems promising but we're still waiting for some test results, since it was just launched today.
October 22, 2008 9:48:31 PM



he said he would like to stay with ati dagger, i would go with the 4850 or the 4830 it will be cpu limited but you can turn up the AA. I dont think the 4670 is a worthy upgrade from the 1900xt
October 22, 2008 11:32:34 PM

rangers said:
he said he would like to stay with ati dagger, i would go with the 4850 or the 4830 it will be cpu limited but you can turn up the AA. I dont think the 4670 is a worthy upgrade from the 1900xt


IMO it is foolish to go with one company just for the hell of it. The 9600GT offers the best bang for the buck. For 50+ bucks you can't beat it. Both the 4830 and 4850 are over twice as much.

I have a 4850 and love it but for this guy who does not game much a 9600GT would be a nice upgrade. For less than a 100 bucks he can get a seriously overclocked 9600GT that is faster than some 8800GT's.

FarCry2 benchmarks The 4830 is included.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/far-cry-2-pc-vga-graphics...
October 23, 2008 12:17:38 AM

caamsa said:
IMO it is foolish to go with one company just for the hell of it. The 9600GT offers the best bang for the buck. For 50+ bucks you can't beat it. Both the 4830 and 4850 are over twice as much.

I have a 4850 and love it but for this guy who does not game much a 9600GT would be a nice upgrade. For less than a 100 bucks he can get a seriously overclocked 9600GT that is faster than some 8800GT's.

FarCry2 benchmarks The 4830 is included.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/far-cry-2-pc-vga-graphics...


Actually, 9600gt is only $50 if you count in the mail in rebates. Still have to pay twice that much initially, and wait for them to mail back a check.

But since it outperforms 4670, which is $80, it's a good deal if you don't mind mir.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4670/2...

But it's true that it's a bad idea to be a "loyal customer." Even with only 2 competitors (ATI/Nvidia), there's 50% chance that your favorite won't offer the better performance or bang for the buck. In this case, the 4670 happens to offers neither the better performance nor better value. Unlucky. :p 
October 23, 2008 1:00:11 AM

caamsa said:
IMO it is foolish to go with one company just for the hell of it. The 9600GT offers the best bang for the buck. For 50+ bucks you can't beat it. Both the 4830 and 4850 are over twice as much.

I have a 4850 and love it but for this guy who does not game much a 9600GT would be a nice upgrade. For less than a 100 bucks he can get a seriously overclocked 9600GT that is faster than some 8800GT's.

FarCry2 benchmarks The 4830 is included.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/far-cry-2-pc-vga-graphics...


some people have long memories, i for one will not give my cash to what ever company that overcharges or wont take responsibility when the fcuk up. its just the way i am i dont like being made a fool of
on a side note how much did nvidia charge for the 7800x2
October 23, 2008 2:10:57 AM

rangers said:
some people have long memories, i for one will not give my cash to what ever company that overcharges or wont take responsibility when the fcuk up. its just the way i am i dont like being made a fool of
on a side note how much did nvidia charge for the 7800x2


So someone who got the worse value of 7800x2 then should also choose the worse value now? Then it's a matter of acting foolish now, after acting foolish then. Some of us would rather get the best value then, and now, meaning not going for 7800x2 then, but going for 9600gt/9800gt now. Doing the opposite of what you stated. :p 
October 23, 2008 3:07:27 AM

I am going ATI because they have dx10.1 and Nvidia does not. Also ATI properly supports LCD monitor/TV where Nvidia you need lots of tweaking and powerstrip doesn't work with newer Nvidia cards :( 

Ill take that x1950pro off your hands if you are so inclined. Post a thread in the "for sale or deals" section or PM me. With one of those cards, I won't bother with hd4670, ill wait for hd5670 with it's dx11 ;) 
October 23, 2008 7:56:34 AM

^+1, I wouldn't mind getting an X1950 pro to replace my 8600gt :) 
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