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July 21, 2010 5:14:30 AM

Hi guys, I need your help on what video card I should that is compatible with the hardware that I have and one that will suit my needs. Here are my build's specs:

PSU: Corsair TX650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 955 "Callisto" BE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G. Skill F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: CM HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Maxtor 6L200R0 ATA (200gb)- Will upgrade to a WD Caviar Black 500gb
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Maxtor_DiamondMax_10__200...

Monitor: MAG Innovision 700p
-Couldn't find specs online

MOBO: Asus M4a785td-v evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Integrated ATI Radeon hd 4200
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

The highest resolution I will be playing games on is 1280x1024 because that is highest my monitor will support. I am looking to buy a single card because the mobo I have has only one PCIE 2.0 slot that will run at x16 speed and I didn't want to bottleneck the 2nd card's performance if I were to do a dual card setup since 2nd PCIE 2.0 slot only runs at x4 speed. I was thinking about doing crossfire with the integrated GPU but I read somewhere online that you can only do crossfire with this mobo's integrated GPU with ATI's Radeon HD 3000 series. So basically I am looking for a card that will play any of today's games smoothly on 1280x1024 res on high settings and maybe play future games.

Thanks You!

-Jared.

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July 21, 2010 5:25:11 AM

What's your budget? An ATI 5770 should pretty much destroy anything at 1280x1024.
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July 21, 2010 5:33:40 AM

Looking to spend around $150 or less
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July 21, 2010 6:22:06 AM

Do you think there will be any lag if I were to hook up my pc to a 37" lcd tv 720p (supports 1080i) if I were to buy a 1gb Radeon HD 5770? Like say if I was to play a game like splinter cell conviction? But not play it all the time though on the lcd tv, my monitor (MAG Innovision 700p) will be the primary monitor/display.
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July 21, 2010 4:57:59 PM

Best answer selected by jsagaga02.
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July 21, 2010 5:17:06 PM

720p is actually approximately the same size as 1280x1024, so there shouldn't be any real difference.

if you upgraded to a 1080p screen, then the 5770 might slow down on newer games, but older games would probably still be fine.
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July 22, 2010 1:50:42 AM

Okay then I should be fine with the size of the lcd that I have...i'm ordering radeon hd 5770 at the end of the week

Thanks for all the help guys!
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