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October 22, 2008 6:42:40 PM

Hi guys
I am about to buy a sort of a low end PC
The PC will be:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4600+ 2400MHz, 0.09m, 2x512KB cache, socket AM2, Box
Seagate (ST3160815AS) 160GB 7200 rpm 8Mb cache SATA II-300 Barracuda 7200.10
Samsung 3.5" Black
DVD-RW LG (GH20_NS15) black, DVD±R 20x, SecurDisc, SATA
ASUS TA881 (Black) + PS 350W FSP
ASUS (M2N-X Plus) AM2, nForce 430 ,PCI-E, 3xPCI, 2xDDR2, SATA2 RAID, LAN, ATX
OCZ DDR2-800 2048MB XTC PC2-6400 CL5 (5-5-5-15) (Kit of 2x1024) System Elite Edition

Now im not sure about the motherboard becouse i dont undarstand much in chipsets and all that
but i choosed a cheap one becouse im not mucn into OCing so..

Now i need help choosing a video card for this system
My budget is low so please i only need to pick one of the cards below:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD3850 PCI-E 512MB DDR3, 256Bit, (668/700Mhz), HDMI
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD3870 PCI-E 512MB DDR3, 256 Bit, (766/1800Mhz), HDMI
Palit GeForce 9500GT Super PCI-E 512MB DDR2, 128Bit, TV, DVI
ASUS ATI Radeon EAH3650/HTDI/256M/А DDR3/128-bit/PCI-E/TV/DVI/RTL
ASUS ATI Radeon EAH3650 Sil MG/HTDP/512M PCI Express
Palit Radeon HD3650 Super PCI-E 512MB DDR2, 128Bit

I live in Ukraine and as far as i found the video cards options are limited.
Please help me pick one of the cards above. which one should i take as prime and as secondary in case
i wount be able to efford the primery choise.

Cheers :) 

P.S
I also have the option to take this MB insted of the one above:
MSI (K9AGM4-L) AMD 690V Socket AM2, 2 DDR2 800, 2 SATAII RAID, 1 UATA/133, 1 PCIe x16, 2
Should i?



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October 22, 2008 7:24:41 PM

Hi again, i just saw the "best 2008 video cards to buy" on this site, awesome guide
I think ill take the SAPPHIRE Radeon HD3850 PCI-E 512MB DDR3, 256Bit, (668/700Mhz), HDMI
but still i could use some recommendations about the PC i want to order.

Cheers :D 
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October 22, 2008 8:40:24 PM

"ASUS TA881 (Black) + PS 350W FSP"

You want a better power supply. That might not be able to handle the HD3850.
It can probably do ok with an HD4670 if you can find one there.
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October 22, 2008 8:51:07 PM

I would try to find a 8800 gt if you can and the money is right. or, spend a bit more and get the 3870.
October 22, 2008 9:03:17 PM

Whoops didn't read all of the first post never mind.
October 22, 2008 9:20:03 PM

Of the video cards listed, I'd suggest the Sapphire 3870. I think will give the best performance of the group. The PSU should be upgraded to one in the 450wt-550wt area, as most of the newer performance cards will demand such. If you have intentions of future upgrades to the video card, then a more powerful PSU is a must.

When it comes to motherboards, I've personally had better luck with ASUS than with MSI. I wouldn't look for the cheapest that's available, though. More often than not, even if you don't plan to overclock, you'll be happier with a mid-range motherboard than a cheap one. Look for features that you know you want, with a few extra features in case you want to add hardware later.
October 23, 2008 8:38:49 AM

Right then
thanks a lot guys :) 
Ill make sure to find a better PSU but then ill have to spend money on it, ehich means that ill have less for the vodeo card.
Well lets hope its all turn out ok.
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