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ATI 4890 vs NVidia GTX 260

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May 19, 2010 9:05:14 PM

Ok, I'm looking to replace the video card in my HP Pavillion Elite m9340f desktop. Here's a link to the specs http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01.... It's a great desktop and suits my needs for the most part except it's got a weak video card with the 9500 gs. I'm not a hardcore gamer by any means, but I do play a variety of games (mainly sims, command and conquer, occasionally an rpg like oblivion). The other things is that I want a video card that supports component output so it can connect to my slingbox hd. I know that both the 4890 and the gtx 260 have component out through an adapter. Which card should I go with or is there another one I should consider? I think that the power supply in the desktop is 400 Watts and I know I will probably have to go with a bigger one for either card, but beyond that i'm not really wanting to replace the motherboard or anything if I can get away with it. Any help would be appreciated.
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May 19, 2010 9:13:49 PM

You can get an adapter for any card, but some come with it built-in.
The 4890 or 260 will be overkill if all you play is sims, c&c and oblivion. Something like a 4850 or gts 250 would be more than good enough for those games.
If you don't want to use an adapter, there are a lot of cards that come with component built in, including many models of the 9800gt, some gts 250s, 4850s, 4670s. Just look around
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May 21, 2010 2:55:01 AM

But then again, you're not really gonna be playing those games for years are you? If so + 1 on the 4850, definitely get it, otherwise get the gtx 260
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