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Upgrading my Card ! best one for under $150bucks?

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December 17, 2008 3:29:47 PM

Alright so I have a ATI X1200 stock onboard videocard , which I can play games like cs: s and halflife2 with like decent framerate on lower settings, but i want to maximize my gaming experience alot more!! So I am on a tight budget I guess of $150.

My comps specs:

Windows Vista Home 64bit
AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ ~ 2.3Ghz
2046mb RAM
PSU: Antec 650W EarthWatts - 3 +12V rails with 22A on 12v1 & 12v2 and 25A on 12v3.

Motherboard INFO: Supports PCI-E, PCI, AGP. ~ Manufactured by ACER
MODEL:F690GVM

and it has all the pci pci-e pci-x agp card slots n stuff.

So basically I need a card that can run call of duty 4 , crysis on like higher graphic settings without low FPS.
December 17, 2008 3:43:06 PM

9800gt/4870 for US$120
December 17, 2008 3:57:09 PM

i think boxzor means the 4830, i would suggest that as well, for it barely even needs a pcie 6pin power connector to run. and you can get it for as low as $110 usd

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

the 4870 is much faster, but is at the cheapest $200
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December 17, 2008 4:57:59 PM

It does have a PCI-Express 16X as well as a 1X slot.
December 17, 2008 6:48:25 PM

Jim_L9 said:
It does have a PCI-Express 16X as well as a 1X slot.


r u saying u have pci-e 16x and agp???
December 17, 2008 7:02:50 PM

tim_tank said:
Alright so I have a ATI X1200 stock onboard videocard , which I can play games like cs: s and halflife2 with like decent framerate on lower settings, but i want to maximize my gaming experience alot more!! So I am on a tight budget I guess of $150.

My comps specs:

Windows Vista Home 64bit
AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ ~ 2.3Ghz
2046mb RAM
PSU: Antec 650W EarthWatts - 3 +12V rails with 22A on 12v1 & 12v2 and 25A on 12v3.

Motherboard INFO: Supports PCI-E, PCI, AGP. ~ Manufactured by ACER
MODEL:F690GVM

and it has all the pci pci-e pci-x agp card slots n stuff.

So basically I need a card that can run call of duty 4 , crysis on like higher graphic settings without low FPS.


Timmy

Say if the problem isnt your card? diagnose your problem dude
December 17, 2008 7:24:04 PM

hd 4850 if you can find one for that low, if not then 9800 gt or hd 4830
December 18, 2008 3:35:30 AM

if you're lucky you can find 4870s on sale for under $150 w/ rebates, i just picked one up 2 days ago for $140 after rebates.
December 18, 2008 11:20:07 PM

whoa hold on. That motherboard has a 690V chipset I believe. There is NO WAY that there is a PCI-X or AGP slot on that motherboard. It has to be PCI-E 16x.

I have no idea what you're talking about, tim, and it doesn't seem like you do either. Do you know how uninstall the old drivers, install the card, and install the new drivers without causing conflict? Are you prepared to switch graphics cards?

If you think that motherboard has all "pci-e pci-x agp card slots n stuff" then you clearly aren't ready. Please do your research first.

There are no motherboards which have both PCI-E and AGP (except for a few special ones, but those aren't ever put in manufactured desktops from Dell, Acer, etc.), and there are no non server motherboards that have PCI-X on them....
December 19, 2008 2:31:03 AM

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if you're lucky you can find 4870s on sale for under $150 w/ rebates, i just picked one up 2 days ago for $140 after rebates.


where'd you get that? I've only seen them as low as $175.
December 19, 2008 3:30:15 AM

ledzeprules said:
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if you're lucky you can find 4870s on sale for under $150 w/ rebates, i just picked one up 2 days ago for $140 after rebates.


where'd you get that? I've only seen them as low as $175.


I'd kinda like to know that as well. I've seen the Sapphire 4870 with aftermarket cooling going for $170 after rebates but that's the cheapest I've seen. $140 is getting into the realm of being too good a deal to pass up.
December 19, 2008 5:39:38 PM

Just_An_Engineer said:
I'd kinda like to know that as well. I've seen the Sapphire 4870 with aftermarket cooling going for $170 after rebates but that's the cheapest I've seen. $140 is getting into the realm of being too good a deal to pass up.

yessum, especially when I paid $310 for mine. Link?
December 19, 2008 7:42:49 PM

doomsdaydave11 said:
yessum, especially when I paid $310 for mine. Link?


I still don't know where that rediculously low price came from, but they do have a holiday buyer's guide posted over at Anandtech that lists the best prices for the different cards. Might be useful for people who haven't seen it yet.

http://www.anandtech.com/guides/showdoc.aspx?i=3479
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