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October 25, 2009 5:02:50 AM

Hi. I currently have an ATI Radeon x1900 gt running on a:
GA-965P-DS3 motherboard
intel duo 2 core e6400 clocked to 2.8ghz
Power supply at 420w
2gb corsair 800mhz
windows XP

I'm looking into buying a new card because this one is starting to give me some trouble. I'm looking to spend around $130.00. I normally watch a lot of movies on my computer and would like to play the latest games. Looking foward to COD Advance warfare 2 and Crysis. I've played COD 4 and is usually on it for about 6+ hrs. I've looked at many cards and there are so many to choose from. Any recommendations?
I was looking at:
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3

Any suggestions? Still debate'n on either Radeon or Geforce
October 25, 2009 5:10:59 AM

For your price range the best performance is the 4870....you can find them for $125
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October 25, 2009 5:43:41 AM

Same. However, it will be a bad idea to buy now. If you can save up for an HD5850 ($260) or better yet, the 5870 ($380), you'll be able to play your games max'd.
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October 25, 2009 6:20:50 AM

HD4770, HD5770 or HD5750

Both your Power Supply and your CPU limit how much of a graphics card you can install.

The newer 5700 series are DX11 cards so if the price isn't too far off I recommend one of these. You really won't see much benefit for a while though. The HD4770 is an excellent card which also has low power.

The HD4870 uses 90W when IDLING and the HD5750 uses 16Watts so the HD5750 will be far, far quieter.
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October 25, 2009 7:00:12 AM

It looks like a lot are recommending Radeon HD cards. No words on GeForce yet. I was thinking about getting another psu also... Was looking at the BFG 550w.
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October 25, 2009 7:26:27 AM

shadow187 said:
Same. However, it will be a bad idea to buy now. If you can save up for an HD5850 ($260) or better yet, the 5870 ($380), you'll be able to play your games max'd.


serious bottleneck.
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October 25, 2009 10:19:35 AM

' Deep sigh': What is the resolution of the monitor?
If it's 1920x1080/1200 then the HD4870/GTX260 would be good and the HD4870 1Gb should be around your budget if you hunt around, although the GTX260 is a bit more expensive. The HD5770 suffers at this resolution due to its low 128 bit memory interface and adding AA into the mix hurts even more.
At 1680x1050 the HD5770 makes more sense, it's a bit more expensive but has DX11 and much lower power consumption with better outputs for movies.
The GTS250 is an OK card but it's easily outperformed by the others mentioned.
As for power, the HD5770 will run on your existing PSU while the others will need it to be upgraded. Look to: OCZ, Corsair, Antec, Pc Power and Cooling, FSP and Silverstone. The BFG is not the same quality. They should all have dual 6 pin PCI-E connectors as a minimum and 1x6 and 1x8 pin for preferance. Expect to pay 60-80 Dollars US if you exclude rebates or as little as this with:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 25, 2009 11:47:45 AM

Well if you stick with ati you'll never get the chance at 3D gaming....
I thought about this when I bought my GTS250 and am glad I went nvidia cause the 3D is awesome!
COD World at War is totally amazing!
JQ
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October 26, 2009 6:10:16 AM

coozie7 said:
' Deep sigh': What is the resolution of the monitor?
If it's 1920x1080/1200 then the HD4870/GTX260 would be good and the HD4870 1Gb should be around your budget if you hunt around, although the GTX260 is a bit more expensive. The HD5770 suffers at this resolution due to its low 128 bit memory interface and adding AA into the mix hurts even more.
At 1680x1050 the HD5770 makes more sense, it's a bit more expensive but has DX11 and much lower power consumption with better outputs for movies.
The GTS250 is an OK card but it's easily outperformed by the others mentioned.
As for power, the HD5770 will run on your existing PSU while the others will need it to be upgraded. Look to: OCZ, Corsair, Antec, Pc Power and Cooling, FSP and Silverstone. The BFG is not the same quality. They should all have dual 6 pin PCI-E connectors as a minimum and 1x6 and 1x8 pin for preferance. Expect to pay 60-80 Dollars US if you exclude rebates or as little as this with:

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



Thank you for your response. I have a 19" monitor that I mostly use for gaming and a 26" monitor that I use to watch movies. The 19" monitor resolution is 1440x900. I'm thinking about getting the OCZ psu because that looks about the best for my budget. What is a good company when it comes to Geforce video cards? There are so many out there and I'm not really sure which one to choose from that has the quality card. I've also heard that Geforce cards are better for gaming than Radeon, so that's why I'm leaning more towards the Geforce. But I'm still doing my research on it before I plan on buying one.
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October 26, 2009 7:11:11 AM

johnnyq1233 said:
Well if you stick with ati you'll never get the chance at 3D gaming....


Actually you will, guess you missed out on the fact that ATi supports 3D gaming too, they just didn't give it a marketing name like nVidia.

So instead you bought a GTS250, which severely limits your other features too. :sarcastic: 
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October 26, 2009 7:31:22 AM

So what would you suggest for under $200 for gaming?
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October 26, 2009 7:38:41 AM

5770 definitely, all the features for games, plus the features for movie playback, plus the low power consumption to fit your situation.

The HD4870/4890 would be nice with a little better performance in some situations now, but you'd definitely need a new power supply, and over the life of the cards they'd be about the same as the HD5770.

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October 26, 2009 7:48:30 AM

I was thinking about getting the OCZ 550w. Would that be good enough? How come the HD4890 version price is higher than the HD5770? So for my budget, getting the HD4890 would be the best choice for gaming and movie? From which maker would you suggest?
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October 26, 2009 8:00:13 AM

4890 is better now for gaming, longer term it may become feature limited, as well as shader limited (the HD5770 has more pixel shader power, but few titles require that as much as textures and such right now which is where they are currently being limited). For movies the HD5770 is slightly better, and would only get even better with time.

They're all pretty similar, but my preferences are HIS and Gigabyte, with the Sapphire Vapor-X and MSI Cyclone models being good as well.
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October 26, 2009 1:16:27 PM

Grapeape....I've never seen any ads for 3D glasses for ati...do you have a link?
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October 26, 2009 2:45:21 PM

ATI .... 5850 ..... but if you have enough room and power supply a 5870 .... XFX BRAND ... geforce/nvidia is 2 years behind on technology .... why waste your money on them ? Plus ATI is win7/dx11 and everyone sooner or later WILL want it ... all the new games will be dx11 and man what a world of difference !!!! ....................... http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/xfx_hd_5870_1gb...
the 5850 is designed exactly the same as the 5870 .... a no brainer .... got ATI !!

Pay no attention to that avatar label .. " youngster " I've been building and selling computer systems for over 25 years .... just new THardware signon ...
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October 26, 2009 8:27:18 PM

johnnyq1233 said:
Grapeape....I've never seen any ads for 3D glasses for ati...do you have a link?


Here's another thread about the topic;
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

ATi like nV have been doing this for years, especially on workstation, but only recently have they refocused on it, like ATi re-focusing on Surround Gaming (which nV will likley do too since neither 3D nor Surround Gaming is proprietary, thus anyone can do it) .
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