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January 6, 2010 11:03:04 PM

Hi everyone, I am new to this community and the PC community in general. I received a new computer for Christmas and need to upgrade the video card as the PC I have came with an integrated card. I have narrowed down my choices to two cards, but am open for more suggestions. I just bought a new monitor and use a 1920x1080 resolution. The games I am looking at playing are the Left 4 Dead series, The Mass Effect series, and Dragon Age. These are the two cards I am choosing between:

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

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

I would like some help in choosing a card. I would also like to tell everyone my case is not big at all, and it's hard for me to tell which cards will fit. If anyone would like the exact specs of my PC, here is the newegg link to it:

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

I am also getting a new power supply, but that is besides the point.

Thanks for the input, it is greatly appreciated.

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a c 1408 U Graphics card
January 6, 2010 11:25:12 PM

caderade21 said:
Hi everyone, I am new to this community and the PC community in general. I received a new computer for Christmas and need to upgrade the video card as the PC I have came with an integrated card. I have narrowed down my choices to two cards, but am open for more suggestions. I just bought a new monitor and use a 1920x1080 resolution. The games I am looking at playing are the Left 4 Dead series, The Mass Effect series, and Dragon Age. These are the two cards I am choosing between:

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

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

I would like some help in choosing a card. I would also like to tell everyone my case is not big at all, and it's hard for me to tell which cards will fit. If anyone would like the exact specs of my PC, here is the newegg link to it:

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

I am also getting a new power supply, but that is besides the point.

Thanks for the input, it is greatly appreciated.

Both links are to the same card. It is a good card but will be a little lacking at your resolution.
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a c 1408 U Graphics card
January 6, 2010 11:32:12 PM

Out of those two I would take the HD4850 it is cheaper and more powerful. To get anything better you would have to raise your budget to about $155 and you are there already with a new PSU.
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January 6, 2010 11:36:48 PM

Thanks for the input. Are Sapphire cards reliable? I am really unfamiliar with video cards and PC's in general. My family has had Macs ever since I could remember.
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a c 1408 U Graphics card
January 6, 2010 11:59:47 PM

caderade21 said:
Thanks for the input. Are Sapphire cards reliable? I am really unfamiliar with video cards and PC's in general. My family has had Macs ever since I could remember.

Sapphire is the biggest supplier of ATI graphics cards. They offer a 2 year warranty on their products which is sort a lifetime of a graphics card because of evolution in the gaming industry. I have ones had to use their support and did an RMA of a 18month old card because of failing memory and that process was flawless!
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a c 1408 U Graphics card
January 7, 2010 12:02:50 AM

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nah and yes. They are mostly underclocked thats not good. For example the HD 5850, all of them runs on 4GHz memmory clock while the sapphire runs on 1Ghz. Weird yeah. So yeah sapphire is NOT good. Go for XFX

Watch those statements! Sapphire is one of the most reputable card manufacturer in the world. They are to ATI what EVGA is to nvidia.
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