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Generic "Which Graphic card should I buy?"

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December 15, 2009 2:19:18 AM

Ello thar :D  I'm planning on building my own computer soon for the first time and I need some help on picking a graphics card. I'm pretty much on a budget and i've narrowed it down to a few choices. Which do you guys think is a solid performer for current-generation gaming and maybe hold me off in the future for a coupla years if i tone down the settings some?

NVIDIA GeForce GT 220 1024MB DDR2 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Also found this,never used a Radeon card before,usually Nvidia, but it looks decent o3o

Viper Radeon HD 4650 1024MB GDDR2 PCIe Graphics Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

EDIT: OOOH. Found this on Newegg. Used to come with CoD WaW....but i missed it. bleh. Free game acquire fail. :sweat:  :sweat:  :sweat: 
Ah well
EVGA 01G-P3-N964-LR GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130509
December 15, 2009 2:40:02 AM

if you are going with a pre-built computer to build up get a 4670. it will run on most psu as it is a low power card (does not even require 6pin cable) and will out perform a gt 220 and 4650. also can be found around $65. and for $100 you could get a 4850 that will play most games at 1080p with good framerates but requires a decent psu.
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December 15, 2009 2:43:49 AM

Your links do not work.

The 9600 GSO is the most powerful card listed.

I don't know if the GT 220 is faster than the HD 4650, I don't normally stay in touch with "value" segment video cards.
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December 15, 2009 3:02:27 AM

:< sorry for my fail links. I'll try to update them soon. I feel like I should go for the 9600 GSO as well :D  . Thanks for the info,and if you know any other good graphic cards in the 50-80$ range let me know ^,^
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December 15, 2009 7:36:16 AM

If you want to game an HD4670 or 9600 GSO is the absolute minimum you should be considering. Those cards are decent at low resolutions for now but if you want something that will last a while like you say I highly suggest you up your budget to an HD4770 or GTS 250.
Also I would avoid the 2 9600 GSOs on newegg at the moment. The one you mentioned is DDR2 which is a bad, bad thing with a 128-bit bus and the other one is the gimped 48 stream processor version and only has 256mb of ram.
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