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Use ATI Radeon HD 4200 or keep an nVidia 7900 GS?

Ok, right now I am in the middle of a complete system overhaul. I have broken the rebuild into three stages and I have ordered Stage 1 from NewEgg. Parts on order:

Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9 ghz AM3
Wintec AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 dual channel kit

The new motherboard has an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 that I plan on allocating 512mb of memory. My current, 3 year old, system has a nVidia 7900 GS 256mb. Should I keep the single discrete 7900GS or use the integrated HD4200?

It is also important to note, that the next stage will either be 1: a new HDD, DVDr, and Win7 PRo, OR 2: an ATI Radeon 5750 1gb (I have not decided on which yet, but I'm leaning towards the graphics card), so which ever graphics choice I make, it will be short term.

Current OS is WinXP Pro SP3, and will be until I upgrade the HDD.

Any opinions would be appreciated and helpful.


Thanks!
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  1. The HD 4200 doesn't compare to the 7900 GS. Stick with your 7900.
  2. By the way, the HD 5750 has the same performance as the HD 4850. But the 4850 is $93.

    The HD 5750 is only good because it supports DX11, and eyefinity. To be honest I would take the 4850 over the 5750 any day.
  3. whitefang said:
    By the way, the HD 5750 has the same performance as the HD 4850. But the 4850 is $93.

    The HD 5750 is only good because it supports DX11, and eyefinity. To be honest I would take the 4850 over the 5750 any day.


    I chose the 5750 because I want this system to also last about three years, hence the 5750 over the 4850 (because of the DX11).
  4. Another thing is is the 7900GS PCI-E because some of the older ones were AGP and would not be compatible with the board you plan on getting.
  5. Yes, my 7900 is PCI-E (please, give me SOME credit ;)).

    After reading a review of the hd4200 here, how would overclocking the hd4200 to 800mhz affect the decision?
  6. Best answer
    If you want somthing that's going to last a few years don't get the 5750, it's barely a gaming card. Get atleast the 4870 / 5770

    The difference between the 5750 - 5770 is about $20 and it's totally worth it.
  7. whitefang said:
    The difference between the 5750 - 5770 is about $20 and it's totally worth it.


    Sounds like sound advice. Thanks Whitefang!

    Any recommendations as to the brand? I like XFX myself, but I'm open to suggestions.
  8. if you buy it today you can get the ASUS cucore 5770 for $159.99 which is an excellent video card.

    Free shipping too.
  9. whitefang said:
    if you buy it today you can get the ASUS cucore 5770 for $159.99 which is an excellent video card.

    Free shipping too.


    Noted, thanks!
  10. Best answer selected by rad666.
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