Helping my friend build his own system, just some advice would be appreciated. Just for some general information he'll be running xp, so I had him switch out his first choice of graphics card (which had 1g of memory, a waste in most circumstances) to a 512mb model. I also switched the motherboard to ASUS since his other one was from some company I'd never even heard of (he picked it due to a bundle deal)
He already has a monitor and 1TB harddrive so those aren't included in the list.
The things I am curious is about is should i have him get a Radeon 4850 instead of his current card, since it is a tad cheaper and performs only slightly worse (in some circumstances better) in all the benchmarks i've looked at. Also, due to the size of the card a larger case is needed, however I feel that the current case is a bit overkill, but will be helpful for future builds. His Budget is around 500 Dollars.
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June 20, 2009 7:11:08 PM
get the 4850. Right now, ati cut the prices on those cards so you can get a decent 4850 for around 110-130 dollars. The gts 250 (which is by the way the competitor for the 4850) starts at around 140-160 for both the 512mb and 1gb models. In other words, go with the 4850.