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Need help choosing my first GPU???

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October 9, 2009 7:11:31 PM

I am looking to spend $60-$100 on a graphics card at newegg.com
This is pretty much the best game i will be running http://www.totalwar.com/empire/?t=EnglishUSA

This is the mother board i have......
http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Motherboard/Products_Sp...

I have picked out these GPU's they seem to be pretty good??? The second one seems to have faster speeds and its cheaper...
(is there a way you can check if the card is compatible with the MOBO or does it just need to be a PCI Ex16)
Radeon HD 4830 512MB -- $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Core Clock 575MHz
Memory Clock 900MHz/1800MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 256-bit

Radeon HD 4670 512MB -- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Core Clock 750MHz
Memory Clock 2000MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 128-bit

Also does anyone know what the sound lvl of these GPU's are?? My computer is pretty quiet so i need a GPU to match it.. (if possible)
I play mostly strategy games..!! (controlling tons of troops and stuff like that)
resolution is 1680x1050
Right now with the on board video (ATI Radeon HD 4200)

Empire: Total war - (need more graphic power) -- Release Date: March 03, 2009
Rome: Total war - (runs OK) can have 18,000 troops in one battle without lag at med graphics -- Release Date: September 27, 2005
Blitzkrieg 2 (runs GREAT) full settings -- Release Date: February 20, 2007
Stronghold 2 (runs GREAT) full settings -- Release Date: April 19, 2005
Gettysburg (runs GREAT) full settings -- Released Date: April 28, 2005

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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2009 9:05:43 PM

What power supply do you have? That is likely to be a limiting factor. Graphics cards require a power supply with one or two PCIE power cables.
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October 9, 2009 9:57:09 PM

i have a 4830 in my media center its pretty quiet, im fairly confident that my 120mm fans are louder than that if you leave the fan at stock settings.
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October 9, 2009 9:57:39 PM

Once you start using the fan control in CCC it could get louder but still no where near intolerable like my 4870x2
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October 9, 2009 10:00:06 PM

Also might want to look at the 1gb variant too its only like 2 or 3 bucks more, or at least that was the case when i got mine
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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2009 10:57:48 PM

The 4830 will be enough for your gaming needs. I do not believe the card is powerful enough to use 1GB on higher resolutions, so just stick with he 512mb version.

However, here is a better choice, a 4850. The 4850 is a tier above the 4830 and equal to a 9800GTX/GTX+/GTS250:

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

On newegg it's $99, and $89.99 after MIR
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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2009 11:04:32 PM

The 4850 requires a single PCIE power cable and a 500W power supply. If the power supply is cheap junk he wont be able to add a good graphics card like that.
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a b U Graphics card
October 9, 2009 11:56:42 PM

A 4830 also requires a single PCIe. The 4850 uses slightly more power, but if he can run a 4830 then he can most likely run a 4850 as well.

Either a name brand 400watt PSU or a cheap-o 500watt PSU should do the trick.
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