I am looking to upgrade my graphics card, my computer's specs are:
intel pentium dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20GHz
800W power supply
RAM = 8 GB PC2-6400
Windows 7 - 64bit
I am willing to spend around $120-135
the 4 cards I have come across are:
XFX ATI Radeon HD 4850 1GB DDR3 $105
XFX ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB DDR5 $115
GTS 250 1GB DDR3 $125
9800 GTX 512MB GDDR3 $135
I am assuming the 9800 GTX is the best, but of the 4 it has half the memory and is the most expensive, why? And with my fairly slow CPU will a nice graphics card be able to work to its fullest capacity or will games and things be slowed by the CPU? I am interested in FFXIV which is going to be super graphics intense.
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide on this matter. I am of course willing to look at other graphics cards if there are decent ones.
The GTS 250 is a rebranded 9800 GTX, however it has more memory and so I'd go for that. Otherwise if you don't mind a tiny bit of a performance loss, the HD 4850 will perform nearly as well, while the HD 5670 will lose out even to the 9800 GT.
Also, you might want to upgrade your CPU as well - it could prove to be a bottleneck.
The 9800GTX is not the best. The GTS 250 is actually a 9800 GTX+ with a different sticker, and performs similarly to the 4850. The 5670 is the slowest performer of the bunch. I would go for the 4850 with it being that much less than the similarly performing GTS250.
The GTS 250 was faster in Fallout 3 and World in Conflict.
Both were the same in Crysis 1.2.1 & Left 4 Dead
The ATI 4850 won (by a lot) in "Burnout Paradise"
If you opt for the GTS 250, there have been issues with some versions where the cooler is programmed to run at one speed. And apparently you cannot adjust it. So you'll want to see if you can get one that's not prone to that issue.
Otherwise, the ATI 4850 is a great choice (though "older" model).
EDIT: By the way, I agree with folks' sentiments on your CPU/Processor. It could use an update to assist with overall gaming ability.