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Best bang for buck on 1280x1024

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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 21, 2010 9:32:59 AM

I am currently deciding which Graphics card to get at 1280x1024 res
45+ FPS is a playable standard for me on full blown settings with 4x AA
i might get another 17inch monitor so i would like to be future proof

I would like it to be under $130 USD or 200 NZD

Gigabyte 785GMT-USB3 Motherboard (Not crossfireable)
4GB Of Kingston RAM
AMD Athlon II X4
500W OEM CoolerMaster PSU
Coolermaster Gladiator 600

Also i would like to ask if if any of my components are bottlenecking eachother


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June 21, 2010 11:06:27 AM

a 4870 or a 5770 would be suitable for your system, you power supply should be able to handle it, and the rest of your components are fine, but if you buy a 4870 make sure you try to get one of the sapphire non reference ones

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June 21, 2010 12:48:49 PM

Best bang for buck, in the USA would be the $100 HD 4850. It's a capable card and could meet those settings in most games.

But even the (quicker) 5770 and 4870 recommended above still would not max 1280x1024 + 4XAA in all games (Crysis, STALKER, Metro 2033, etc.), so +1 for stepping up to these if within budget. The HD 4890 is even better, but likely far too expensive. This may be too muh for your PSU though.

edit: are any of these cards within your budget where you live, or are you limited to 5670's and 9800GTs?
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June 21, 2010 2:16:48 PM

Get the 5750 , its withing your budget, low power, faster than 4850, ideal for this resolution, dx11
June 28, 2010 5:18:05 AM

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