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May 17, 2010 10:48:15 PM

**Please pay attention to the most important question in bold below.**

I want to get a good video card that is future proof but UNDER $150 w/VGA capabilities
I was originally planning on getting a GTS 250, but someone told me that it isnt that good.

Here are the 3 cards including the GTS 250 I'm willing to get.

5770 w/Dirt 2 (No VGA)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Above is the card I'd like to get the most because it comes with Dirt 2 for free, but I'm wondering if it comes with a DVI to VGA adapter because I don't own a DVI monitor

5750
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Palit GTS 250

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

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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 17, 2010 10:51:54 PM

An adapter is $5, but cards usually come with one.
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May 17, 2010 10:55:26 PM

Shadow, do you know for sure that any DVI ONLY card is 100% compatible with a DVI to VGA adapter?

The reason why this is so important is because if it doesn't work I have a useless video card. I cant do anything with it because I don't have a DVI capable monitor.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 17, 2010 10:57:06 PM

My HD4850 is DVI only, and an adapter works just fine.
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May 17, 2010 11:05:26 PM

Okay, Im just making sure. They have a version with VGA of the 5770 for 5 dollars less but it doesnt include dirt 2.

Thanks a lot man! I will give you the best answer if you can help me choose whihc one of the 3 is the best for price over preformance.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 18, 2010 12:53:15 AM

5770 is $157 + $30 Game = $127 (Shipping + Rebate included).
GTS250 = $127 (shipping included).

The HD5770 is 20%+ better than the GTS250 whilst offering all the new features of a newer architecture + DX11.
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May 18, 2010 1:28:21 AM

What about the 5750 vs the gts250

I dont have enough money for the 5770, so i decided to choose between the two mentioned above.

help?
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May 18, 2010 7:26:15 AM

between ati and nvidia choose ati bcoz 5750 is ddr5 + dx11 hence u will get more framerates
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a c 376 U Graphics card
May 18, 2010 7:48:46 AM

The HD5770 you linked does in fact come with a DVI/VGA adapter. You can see it in one of the pictures.
If you can't afford the HD5770 then this HD5750 is cheaper than the Powercolor card you linked and also a better brand;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
This GTS 250 is also both better and cheaper than the one you linked;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
It is the best choice for the money considering that rebate.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 18, 2010 10:06:29 AM

That GTS250 will be hard to beat. If you want ATI's equiv, the HD4850 performs almost exactly the same as the GTS250, and will be around the same cost.
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May 18, 2010 7:58:26 PM

jyjjy said:
The HD5770 you linked does in fact come with a DVI/VGA adapter. You can see it in one of the pictures.
If you can't afford the HD5770 then this HD5750 is cheaper than the Powercolor card you linked and also a better brand;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
This GTS 250 is also both better and cheaper than the one you linked;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
It is the best choice for the money considering that rebate.


I am now trying to decide between the PALIT GTS 250 because I want the 1 GB version (I have 2 monitors)... and the XFX HD5750... which doesn't come with an adapter.

I dont know If i should get the 5770 and have to wait a while to buy BFBC2...

I dont actually have the full amount of money for the 5770, I have to wait until I get money for my B-day for that... and I dont want to pay HST tax that applies the day before my birthday!

Its a tough choice because I'm worried about all of the driver issues I read about with ati cards and windows 7.

Should I be worried about that? I dunno I might just go with the gts 250... but I do want dx11.

Anyone know about ati drivers at all?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 18, 2010 8:13:44 PM

the HD5770 is one of the lesser-affected cards, and any issues (such as desktop gray-screening) is easily fixed. But like I said, these cards are a bit better.
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May 18, 2010 9:22:24 PM

okay cool shadow, I think Ill buy the ati card... if you can add me as a friend so that i have someone to help me with any problems i might run into! Thanks man! Best answer if you try to add me.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 18, 2010 9:51:03 PM

As a friend to what? Steam? My ID is shadowwolf0189
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May 18, 2010 10:37:15 PM

is there any possible way for you to add me on here? if not just quickly PM me so That I can just reply to you if I have any problems in the future. Id be happy to add you to steam in a couple months, When I actually build my system and buy css+gmod+bfbc2+dirt2.

I have ONE last question. My MOBO doesnt have onboard graphics. Do I just seat my card into one of the pci slots, and expect it to work? How Do I download drivers if I dont have any video? How do I install drivers if I cant see. How does all of that work?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 18, 2010 10:48:24 PM

Your computer will automatically recognize your GPU as a "generic display adapter", and will use it. You need to install drivers though (after you boot for the first time).

And you can PM me over the forums any time, just click on my name above my silver (^_^) badge, and you can PM me from there. I'm on the forums at least 4x a day.
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May 19, 2010 12:14:24 AM

Thanks so much for the help shadow, I really owe you one!
Ill give you my steam id when I get a non cracked one. I want to buy css so i can play on real servers.
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