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Need some TIPS for choosing my first GPU???

Specs.............................................................................................
NEW SYSTEM--- currently running windows XP pro-32bit (will be running WINDOWS 7-64bit a few days after its release)
CPU------------- AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W (I overclocked it to 3.72 Ghz about 2 weeks ago)
Memory--------- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
Motherboard---- GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H
Harddrive------- 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA
Power supply--- 600watt
Monitor--------- 20inch LCD widescreen (1680x1050)
GPU------------ HD 4200 (onboard video)
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I am looking to spend $100 max 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
MY motherboard....................
http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2997
MY power supply ................... (the power supply has a 6pin for a GPU)
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The BEST screen resolution for the monitor i have is 1680x1050

I have picked out these GPU's cause they seem to be pretty good???
(pretty much i just need to know which one won't rape my MOBO or PSU)

Radeon HD 4850 512MB -- $95 (REQUIRES 6PIN) (i like this one the most so far, but it might be too much for my system)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824

Radeon HD 4670 512MB -- $70 (powered by the motherboard)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125244

Also 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??
What's the sound lvl of these GPU's???? 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)
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) I 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

I DO NOT NEED MY GPU RIGHT AWAY... I'm just trying to narrow down to the BEST GPU for my system at $100.
Sorry for the long post but i want it to be detailed and clear for the PROS out there!!!
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  1. Best answer
    4850 will be fine.
  2. hey friend thank you for sharing information. it will definitely helpful to beginners.
  3. I'd go with the ATI 4850. Great video card, and should be substantially better than the 4670.
  4. I agree with teh 4850 i think it will be fine with your system

    Mactronix
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