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First time video card buyer...help!

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January 16, 2009 8:27:37 PM

I am wanting to purchase a new video card for my Dell E521 which currently has Radeon x1300, and a AMD 4400+ dual processor. I do like to game and currently am trying to play Assassins Creed and Rise of the Argonauts, both of which require something more than what I have now. If you could let me know what you would recommend, my budget would be <$100.

One that I have found is: for $69.99
EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

This seems like a good deal. Please let me know.

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January 17, 2009 7:47:40 PM

HD 4670 or Geforce 9600GSO or 9600GT. Probably your best two options. But the 9500GT isn't anywhere near either one in performance, but the cost is very close.
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January 18, 2009 5:31:14 AM

Dell E521 on google shows a mid tower.

The 9500gt is NOT a good gaming card. The 9600 series would be a good choice, but it uses more power than you have.

I'd recommend going with a 4670, it will perform like the 9600, use less power, and it is cheaper I believe. The link dirtmountian provided is a good choice for a 4670.
January 19, 2009 9:02:52 AM

No competition for the efficiency of the 4670. +1
January 20, 2009 9:40:59 PM

Thank you very much for your input. Looking at newegg I was able to find this which seemed to be a good deal and it received really good reviews. If there are any cautions or better cards, please let me know.

For $80.99
HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Overclocked to 780MHz and fast, quiet IceQ Turbo

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