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February 5, 2010 10:23:06 PM

I sill can't decide on a video card. I've asked a few times, and thought I was clear on what I was going to get, then I started to doubt my decision again.

Anyways, I would like to get a new video card for my computer. I don't want to go over $200, but would like to go less if possible. I want the card to last for 2 years. I don't plan on playing a lot of games. The only one of concern is Star Trek Online. I would like to play it with MAX settings and not get any "graphics lag" when I play as I get on my current card.

I don't care of it's nvidia or ati. I just want it to last. I will not overclock it. Just want a simple card, that will last for a couple of years until I am ready to buy a new system.

Please list make & model as I don't know much about brand names on video cards.

Current Specs:
PSU: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000QF1EK4/ref=ox_ya_o...
Mobo: http://www.ascendtech.us/itemdesc.asp?ic=MB64DELINSRY20...
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4000+
RAM: 2gb DDR2 RAM


Ask if you need to know more about my system.

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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 11:19:00 PM

Here's a group at newegg. All the XFX cards I've seen have a lifetime warranty if you register the hardware on the website within 30 days of purchase.
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a c 230 U Graphics card
February 5, 2010 11:25:31 PM

You have one PCI=E x 16 GFX slot......take your budget and resolution and look at this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Only bomb on the list is the 5770 as tho it says great 1920 x 1200 performance and touts DX11 compatibility, fact is it can't do 30 fps at that res on DX11 games.
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February 5, 2010 11:37:08 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
You have one PCI=E x 16 GFX slot......take your budget and resolution and look at this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Only bomb on the list is the 5770 as tho it says great 1920 x 1200 performance and touts DX11 compatibility, fact is it can't do 30 fps at that res on DX11 games.



My budget is about 200, my res is 1440x900, so which would you recommend? The 5770?
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February 6, 2010 1:28:15 AM

Any suggestions?
I'm clueless when it comes to hardware
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a b U Graphics card
February 6, 2010 1:39:02 AM

You really don't need to spend $200 for GPU to game at 1440x900, you can spend much less, but it is your money right up until you spend it. I would go with a 4870 1GB mem or a 4890 only because you will buy a larger (and higher resolution monitor) at some point - and I guarantee you will never voluntarily go back to 1440x900.
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February 18, 2010 11:08:30 AM

Best answer selected by TrickyNick.
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