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November 8, 2008 3:24:44 PM

I'm looking to upgrade to an entry to mid-level graphics card. My system came with the Intel G33/G31. I want to get a card that exceeds the Intel. Beginner gamer with video work.

From prior conversations, I've been told to go at least with 512mb memory with GDDR3.

I welcome all recommendations.

Thank you!

My system:

Dell Inspiron 530
Q6600 Quad Core 2.4GHZ
6GB Ram
Monitor - 22" Dell E228WFP
Vista Home Premium 64bit
Windows System Assessment
CPU Score 5.90 (Calculations per second)
Memory Score 5.50 (Memory operations per second)
Graphics Score 3.70 (Desktop performance for Windows Aero)
D3D Score 3.20 (3D business and gaming graphics performance)
Disk Score 5.90 (Disk data transfer rate)
Windows Experience Index 3.20 (Base score)


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November 8, 2008 3:35:40 PM

Yes, right around $100 would be OK.
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November 8, 2008 4:07:56 PM

I dunno what kind of power supply you have, but since you have a microATx system I'd assume its not the greatest.
A ATi Radeon 4670 doesn't need an external power source, and is much shorter than the other cards, so it would more than likely work with your build.

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

Performance wise it is about the same as the 3870, a little slower than the 88/9800 and 4830, but, in my opinion, a better fit to your system, especially considering you're not a hardcore gamer
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November 8, 2008 4:09:21 PM

I would vote for the 4830.
November 8, 2008 4:40:22 PM

zachthurston said:
I dunno what kind of power supply you have, but since you have a microATx system I'd assume its not the greatest.
A ATi Radeon 4670 doesn't need an external power source, and is much shorter than the other cards, so it would more than likely work with your build.

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

Performance wise it is about the same as the 3870, a little slower than the 88/9800 and 4830, but, in my opinion, a better fit to your system, especially considering you're not a hardcore gamer


4670 does not perform the same as 3870, it's slower. It's also significantly slower than 8800gt/9800gt/4830. See benchmarks.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4830/2...

Don't trade down unless you absolutely have to. 8800gt/9800gt/4830 do not consume a lot of power.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4830/2...
November 8, 2008 5:09:42 PM

L1qu1d said:
The 4670 is slightly under the 9600 GT, yet it doesn't require any extra power. For around 80$ the 4670 can be an option.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/ati-radeon-hd-4670-review...


That benchmark covers only a couples of games, using handpicked settings. 4670 is more than just "slightly" slower than 9600gt when tested with large number of games, at large number of settings. It's a significant downgrade from 8800gt/9800gt/4830. Don't go for it unless you have to.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4830/2...

Considering power consumptions, you should not have to.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Powercolor/HD_4830/2...
November 8, 2008 5:20:23 PM

I don't trust techpower though, it's benchmarks are always skew from every1 elses. If you saw the 4850 X2s you'd know what I'm saying under the all resolutions link



does this seem right to u???
November 8, 2008 5:52:22 PM

Its right in general yes.

But lets say the 280 GTX is 100%, then the 4870 X2 should be 130% (atleast close to that), the diferences are too little to justify the 200$ spent on the 4870 X2, and I've seen that card almost double the 280 GTX in GRID:)  and most of the time in other games maintain around 30% above (except in Crysis)
November 8, 2008 6:24:47 PM

L1qu1d said:
Its right in general yes.

But lets say the 280 GTX is 100%, then the 4870 X2 should be 130% (atleast close to that), the diferences are too little to justify the 200$ spent on the 4870 X2, and I've seen that card almost double the 280 GTX in GRID:)  and most of the time in other games maintain around 30% above (except in Crysis)


The overall scale of the difference, between all cards, are lower because they had lower resolutions and AA settings averaged in, only up to 1920x1200 and 4xaa. Other sites that use extreme resolutions and AA settings will get bigger relative gap. It's all in ratio. :p 
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