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

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February 20, 2010 11:08:55 PM

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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February 20, 2010 11:39:42 PM

The HD 4200 doesn't compare to the 7900 GS. Stick with your 7900.
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February 20, 2010 11:40:49 PM

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.
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February 20, 2010 11:43:32 PM

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).
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February 21, 2010 3:05:58 PM

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.
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February 21, 2010 3:32:58 PM

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?
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February 21, 2010 4:15:53 PM

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.
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February 21, 2010 4:43:20 PM

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.
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February 21, 2010 4:47:26 PM

if you buy it today you can get the ASUS cucore 5770 for $159.99 which is an excellent video card.

Free shipping too.
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February 21, 2010 5:30:53 PM

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!
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February 22, 2010 4:08:43 PM

Best answer selected by rad666.
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