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March 20, 2010 5:53:03 PM

Athlon II 435
4GB DDR3 1333
Win 7

I don't play too many games, but every now and then a title will come along that catches my eye. So if I stick with my current res. what would be the best video card?

Some titles I'd like to play: Fallout 3, Dragon Age, Borderlands, FarCry 2

Budget: ~$100

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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 6:00:40 PM

HD5670 for sure at your resolution. Will play everything fairly decently.
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March 20, 2010 6:25:22 PM

If you are not too bothered about the very latest eye candy and DX11, the HD4850 is faster than the HD5670 and can be found for under $100 US, but supplies are drying up quickly.
Also bear in mind the HD4850 draws more power and needs one 6 pin PCI-E connector to work, which the HD5670 does not.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 20, 2010 6:39:34 PM

i saw a 4770 on newegg @ $85 with rebate

i would personally choose the 4850 or 4770 over the 5670.

* the real question is what card can your PSU handle
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a b U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 7:27:28 PM

HD 5670 IMO, perfect for your resolution.
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March 20, 2010 7:37:37 PM

9600 GT can be had for $70

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

Great 1680x1050 performance in most games, 1920x1200 in most games with lowered detail

The GeForce 9600 GT is still a great entry-level performer, thanks in part to its high-end 256-bit memory interface and speedy DDR3 memory. It's a solid choice on an $80 budget, even if the architecture on which it centers is showing its age.

While the GeForce GT 240 is beginning to encroach on this card's price territory, the 9600 GT remains a bit faster than even the GDDR5 version of the newer card, and its recommendation remains secure for the time being. It remains to be seen whether the new Radeon HD 5670 will drop in price to give the 9600 GT some real competition.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 8:14:31 PM

Yeah, but for only $15 more you get a much better card.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 9:55:18 PM

shadow187 said:
Yeah, but for only $15 more you get a much better card.

HD4850 for $85 after the promo code plus free shipping;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hell of a deal. You aren't going to do better without spending about $50 more for an HD5750.
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March 21, 2010 3:51:10 PM

Go to hd 4850 or GTS 250.
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March 22, 2010 12:06:28 PM

I need to upgrade my PS anyway, I was thinking a 400W Corsair. That should be enough for the 4850.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 8:17:09 PM

Yeah, that would be fine.
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March 22, 2010 8:51:07 PM

I like the 4850. Works well for me.

I also like the 4670. Sweet card and uses so little power you don't need to upgrade your power supply. And it's $60.

$90ish for the 4850 is amazing.
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March 22, 2010 9:08:28 PM

I have a low power 9800GT that I got on close out at Best Buy for 85.00. I am quite happy with the performance of that card at 1440x900, and am running it on a 300 watt power supply.

If you do upgrade the power supply and find a 4850 for less than 100.00, that is probably the best way to go. may be hard to find though.

In my opinion, the 5670 is overpriced for the performance. As damithagg said, the 4670 is not as strong as the 5670 but is priced much lower.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 9:11:03 PM

frozentundra123456 said:
find a 4850 for less than 100.00, that is probably the best way to go. may be hard to find though
How could something already linked in this thread be hard to find?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
March 22, 2010 9:15:02 PM

Yeah, that one is good too. The HD4850 is $5 cheaper and a better brand so I'd probably still go for that one personally.
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March 23, 2010 12:37:27 AM

Yup, that pretty much confirms it then. Thanks for all the replies. HD4850 + new power supply it is. (I need a PS anyway, running some cheapo one at the moment.)
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March 30, 2010 12:22:34 AM

Best answer selected by errizzat4.
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