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May 2, 2010 4:04:51 PM

Looking to get a new graphics card. Not sure what I can handle. I have a 24" widescreen running at 1920x1200. PC specs are:

G.SKill 4gb PC3 10666 Ram
AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition 3.2ghz
Corsair 650w power supply
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD motherboard

Looking for the best I can get for around $400-450ish. Depends on how much I can convince my wife I need to spend. I play Bad Campany 2 right now and also will be playing other FPS in the future. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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May 2, 2010 4:15:19 PM

Ever considered getting a Radeon 5870?
It should be at 400$ id not less
a b U Graphics card
May 2, 2010 4:15:29 PM

A 5870 would be the best choice for that budget, and will run BC2 nicely, as well as any other mainstream FPS that might pop up in the near future.
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May 2, 2010 4:17:25 PM

Any suggestion on the manufac? I will be ordering from Newegg and some brands seem to have really bad reviews. Just looking for suggestions thanks!
a b U Graphics card
May 2, 2010 4:48:47 PM

i would recommend the XFX just for the warranty, and i wouldn't put much stock in newegg reviews IMO
a b U Graphics card
May 2, 2010 4:54:04 PM

The only real difference between manufacturers is warranty and cooler. XFX has a really really good warranty (lifetime for you, and if you sell it, lifetime for the buyer. I would suggest either of these:

XFX Radeon 5870
This one's cheap and its XFX. Only $410

Gigabyte Radeon 5870
This one's got a massive stock overclock, running at 950 core. Also great double fan cooler. But, $90 more.

The Gigabyte one does have a great stock oc, but the other card could probably achieve the same. I would go for the XFX.
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