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April 8, 2010 11:27:54 PM

Hello, going to be getting a new GPU very soon. My budget happens to be about $100.

I saw this ATI card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and figured that was the best performance for the price after confirming that by searching the nvidia cards also.

I sent the link to a hardware friend who said it wouldn't work with my Intel CPU, is this true? Currently I have an NVIDIA 9500 gt which is 2 and a half years old, looking to upgrade.

Besides the issue my friend flagged, I know the card will be compatible.

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a c 1406 U Graphics card
April 8, 2010 11:47:28 PM

You should be fine with that card. There have though been reported issues of needing bios updates for older motherboards to run the new ATI HD5xxx series in PCIe 1.x slots.
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April 8, 2010 11:51:42 PM

Never heard of that.

If I come into that issue needing done, how would I?
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a c 1406 U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 12:00:03 AM

Check with motherboard manufacturer.
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 12:21:43 AM

There is another thread where the OP experience bottleneck with his Athlon X2 6000+ and an HD5770. We can not find fault to these components and can only think that his motherboard with PCIe V1.0 is the only possible cause. But that is on an HD5770. Maybe the demands of the HD5670 will be less.

What resolution are you playing on?
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April 9, 2010 12:33:13 AM

Games?

Empire: Total war 1400x900 which is my desktop res.

TF2: 1280x1200 or similar number.
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 12:54:37 AM

The HD5670 should play those games at those resolutions even at high settings. The new cards will work with PCIe V1.0 slots albeit with small ( or even no ) performance hits.
In fact, even your current 9500GT should be playing it as well but maybe a lower game setting. The only reason I can see you need a video card upgrade for is if you get a new monitor with a higher resolution say 1680x1050 and up.
But if you want to maximize your setting and see all graphic effects of the games, the HD5670 is good choice and should run with your current motherboard.
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April 9, 2010 10:21:08 PM

Thank you, I have been playing at medium settings and feel it would be nice to have an upgrade.

ARMA 2 has a awesome mod coming soon, and I wanted to be ready to enjoy all of it's nice graphics.

Thanks for the help guys, I love Tom's Hardware now.
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April 9, 2010 10:25:45 PM

Best answer selected by boilerrat.
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