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March 16, 2010 6:43:31 PM

Hi
I have a Acer AM5640-E5511A, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz,
4GB RAM, currently Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 7100 / NVIDIA nForce 630i
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_07E1&SUBSYS_01371025&REV_A2
Display Memory: 1529 MB
Dedicated Memory: 249 MB
Shared Memory: 1279 MB
Current Mode: 1680 x 1050 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Acer LCD Monitor X213W
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver Version: 7.15.0011.7813 (English)
Using vista home premium 32bit, upgrading 2 win7 home premium 64bit soon.
Wat is the best graphics card u can recommend to me? btw i would want a ATI, cz has better quality-price. no more than 250$ can plz

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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 6:54:47 PM

You could get the Radeon HD 5770 which would do just about anything you would want at 1680x1050. The only question is what power supply are you using? I can't find specs for your exact machine, but I'm guessing that you'll need to upgrade your PSU for a new GPU as well, so for $150 you can get a 5770, and then for another $50ish you can get a 400-450W Corsair PSU that'll do what you need, so total cost is about $200.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 7:02:15 PM

It depends on the PSU, and Google wasn't helpful in finding out. Acers don't usually ship with PSUs that can support videocards of any decent power.

for 250 I would buy:
$55 Corsair 400w PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$180 XFX 5770 Overclocked edition:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I pick XFX for the double lifetime warranty (you can sell it and the second owner also gets a second lifetime warranty) as well as the extra speed from the factory overclock.
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a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 7:03:06 PM

flyinfinni said:
You could get the Radeon HD 5770 which would do just about anything you would want at 1680x1050. The only question is what power supply are you using? I can't find specs for your exact machine, but I'm guessing that you'll need to upgrade your PSU for a new GPU as well, so for $150 you can get a 5770, and then for another $50ish you can get a 400-450W Corsair PSU that'll do what you need, so total cost is about $200.

I have to learn to type faster, hah.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 7:19:00 PM

I was trying to max out the budget, hah, but yeah, the non OC edition would be great as well.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 7:28:30 PM

I guess I'm a hardcore deal-seeker, so I always feel like best performance UNDER the limit, and save the rest of that cash for something else that you might need, like an extra $50 to put towards a new display later, or a new gaming mouse/keyboard/headset, etc. That how I look at it anyway.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 8:06:14 PM

When it's my own money, sure. ;) 
March 16, 2010 8:21:33 PM

I had bad luck with buggy ADI drivers years ago. Recently I bought another hoping the AMD influence had improved the product. It hasn't. A board is no better than it's driver.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 8:43:58 PM

ram1009 said:
I had bad luck with buggy ADI drivers years ago. Recently I bought another hoping the AMD influence had improved the product. It hasn't. A board is no better than it's driver.

Exactly how did you contribute to this thread? The OP wasn't asking for assistance in choosing red or green, he was asking for suggestions within a budget. Also, from my years of building, fixing, updating and generally using gaming computers, ATI driver problems, at least for the past 3-4 years, were based ENTIRELY off of user error, and Nvidia's driver's refusing to be removed without using a specialty program (like Driver Sweeper) or formatting the HDD and reinstalling the OS, and thus wreaking havoc on the ATI drivers.

Please leave your biased and ignorant opinion out of threads that don't even contain even the slightest hint of asking for it.
a b U Graphics card
March 16, 2010 8:45:51 PM

You beat me to that one:-)
March 16, 2010 9:50:06 PM

Ati Radeon HD 5770 OR HD 5830.

They willbe GREAT for your resolution of 1680x1050, practically every game known at least at very high settings, IF not maxed out.

gd luck.

Peace.
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