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March 29, 2010 3:05:12 AM

Hi, I am looking for a video card to run games like bad company 2 and modern warfare 2. Which one of these is the better choice? I have an AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor 2.60 GHz, resolution is at 1600 x 900.

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV for $144.97

EVGA GeForce GTS 250 1GB (01G-P3-1145-TR) nVidia GeForce GTS 250 Chipset (675Mhz) 1GB (1800Mhz) GDDR3 Dual Dual-Link DVI/HDMI/D-Sub PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card for $158.99

Sapphire 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link),HDTV, HDMI, VGA & DVI for $145.99

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5 ATI Radeon HD 5670 Chipset (775Mhz) 1GB GDDR5 (4000Mhz) Dual Dual-Link DVI/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card for $121.99

These are CAD prices by the way, I don't really want to spend anything much over the $150ish price range.

Thanks!

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a c 1392 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 3:12:39 AM

If your resolution is lower than 1680x1050 I would choose between the 9800GTX+ or the HD4850 they are similar in performance and both with 512mb memory. If 1680 x 1050 or higher the GTS250 because of the 1 GB memory, it is on par with the other 2 in performance but higher resolutions gain from additional memory. HD5670 is underpowered compared to the other 3.
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 3:17:20 AM

HD 4850
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March 29, 2010 3:30:02 PM

Right now you can find 5770 from Asus and Saphira at Newegg.com around $160. Go for them.
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a c 235 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 3:33:40 PM

4850
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 3:35:01 PM

I'm not sure where you finding these cards but remember the name newegg, the majority of the time has the best deals, for $120 for a 5750, which is already as or more powerful then all the cards you listed here.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 4:47:49 PM

There's an HD5770 for $130; there's no reason to get an HD5750.
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 4:59:36 PM

well in that case full steam ahead for 5770
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a c 106 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 5:37:18 PM

Of the choices you presented, the GTS 250 is the best option simply because it has 1GB. Even though it's performance is the same as the 9800GTX+ and on par with the 4850, the extra memory will help it in new games. Still, as others have said, a 5770 or 5750 would be a better option
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March 29, 2010 6:00:44 PM

Thanks for the input everyone! But should i go with the "POWERCOLOR AX5770 512MD5-H Radeon HD 5770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card" for $137.99 since it is not sapphire nor asus? I don't want to spend 180 for the card.. Or should I just choose a 5750 from the more popular brands like these 2? "SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card for $159.99" and "ASUS EAH5750 FORMULA/2DI/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card for $147.99", these ones are 1GB by the way. Would the 1GB be a waste since I am only running it on a resolution at 1600 x 900 on a 20" monitor?
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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 6:16:13 PM

Thats the 'big' question, will the cheaper brand, always advertised a little cheaper be just as good or fast/dependable ? I've seen people love and bash powercolor, so you could give it a shot. I read the reviews, and this I noticed. At newegg some models (you can tell by pictures) do not always come with some accessories mentioned at vendors web sites. That powercolor model , does not come with any.
crossfire connector
dvi~vga , dmi-hdmi
power adapters.
Lots of times, these accessories go unused, but if you do need them. We all know its basically 10 dollars a piece, and a drive to radio shack or 5 dollars shipping.

good luck
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March 29, 2010 6:31:01 PM

crossfire is for using more than 1 video card correct? I only have an onboard card in my system..does that even count? I'm not going to be buying anymore video cards after this one so will I need it? And for the rest of the items you listed.. I honestly don't know what they really are for.. something about converting digital to cable?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 8:03:12 PM

If your monitor is VGA then you'll need an adapter, which may or may not come with the card.

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a b U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 8:25:36 PM

marco8909 said:
crossfire is for using more than 1 video card correct? I only have an onboard card in my system..does that even count? I'm not going to be buying anymore video cards after this one so will I need it? And for the rest of the items you listed.. I honestly don't know what they really are for.. something about converting digital to cable?

Nope you won't need to worry about the crossfire bridge, Crossfire is used for two identical cards, to boost performance in some games. But more then likely if you don't plan to upgrade for a few years, you could probably just buy a new card then.
As for the accessories, most are just converters from one output cable to another, you'll probably want to figure out which you have for your monitor. the power converter if for power supplies that don't have a 6 pin pci-e cable other wise you'll need a new psu or a power adapter converter
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March 29, 2010 9:27:35 PM

Hi, okay so my monitor is a HP 2009m and these are the specs:

Manufacturer's specifications:
Resolution: 1,600x900 pixels
Pixel-response rate: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Brightness: 300cd/m2
Connectivity: DVI, VGA
HDCP compliant? Yes
Included video cables? DVI
Backlight type: CCFL
Panel type: TN
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

It says DVI and VGA so does that mean i don't need any accessories?...
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a c 230 U Graphics card
March 29, 2010 9:49:51 PM

If you are willing to break the $150 barrier, I'd skip the PC one at 512 MB and get a 1 GB model from Asus or XFX

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If money is a concern, the GTS 250 has a net cost of $62 when you consider the $50 game coupon gets you Resident Evil 5 $60 Canadian) for example

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
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