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January 17, 2009 1:45:13 AM

I am building a new computer and need a little help deciding on a graphics card. I would like to keep it around $200 USD, but if an increase merits it, I could go higher. That said, this is what I'm thinking so far:

CPU: Intel E7300
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB
RAM:G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
PSU: Earthwatts ea650

For the video card, I can't decide if I should go for the 9800GTX, 4870, or something else. I would like to find a GTX 260 core 216, but finding one that is somewhat close to 200.00 seems like it may be an obstacle.

I'm leaning toward the 4870. I found a couple on newegg for around 200.00. This one is from sapphire:

Can anyone give me some advice on which route to go here? I've been reading reviews and I've seen a lot of varying opinions on this price point for cards. I'm also not sure if I should get a better motherboard so I could add another of the same card later on? Thanks in advance for your help.

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January 17, 2009 2:49:47 AM

Either the 4870 or 9800 GTX will work just fine, but the 4870 is probably your best bet. I have a 9800 GTX and am very pleased with it, but it is getting a little outdated compared with the 4870.

I honestly don't think you'll see a ton of difference between the 4870 and the GTX 260 to justify the ~$60 extra to get it.
January 30, 2009 5:05:25 AM

could look at what you intend to run with ur system, the ati cards runs some things much better than the nvidia cards but the same is also true in reverse...if you see that most of what you want to run works best with a certain company, then go with that company. cost wise though, the 4870 is probably your best bet, after MIR, u can find some that are sub $200
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January 30, 2009 7:25:37 AM

Tough to beat a HD4870 at $165 after rebate, even the 1GB models are right around $205. I'd be inclined to go with a 512 model and use the extra $$ to get a crossfire capable motherboard to leave the crossfire option alive.
January 30, 2009 7:48:57 AM

ok..$165, get the 4870 512mb