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January 23, 2009 10:50:54 PM

What makes the same 512mb ddr3 video card range in price from 55-120 bucks? If you look on newegg, it lists HD 4670 cards with the variety in price, but what makes one better than the other?

Thanks

Scott

also another question... My Father-in-law just hooked his computer up to his Sony hd Flat Screen. I put a new video card in a year or more ago and it was cheap. Should he get a new video card?

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January 23, 2009 11:28:54 PM

Not sure what you're looking at. When I query Newegg for the 512 MB HD 4670, I get five options at $79.99 and one option at $80.99.

As for your father-in-law's system, what does he use it for? What did you put in there, and what's the resolution on the HDTV? If it works for him, there's no point in spending money (if it ain't broke, don't fix it).

-Wolf sends
January 24, 2009 2:52:37 PM

Sorry about the confusion. I had searched HD 4670, because it was recommended on this board and got the 512 and 1g models.

My question is what is the diffence between the 512mb ddr3 cards? Why is one 80 bucks or so and others close to 200 and are the differences worth it for an Athalon X2 6400 chipset?
January 24, 2009 3:49:35 PM

Usually the only difference is brand (which have different warranties) and the type of cooler.

I'd probably get something like this if you have the extra room:

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

It has a nice cooler that won't make too much noise and pushes hot air out of the case, it's overclocked so it's faster than most other models and it doesn't cost extra.

Is it worth it? Depends on what you're doing. If you're just watching HD video your old card will probably be fine. If you want to play newer games then this should be a nice upgrade.

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