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July 8, 2010 2:21:20 AM

so im getting a graphics card and i want to know what is better for gaming of the 2 Ive found

GeForce 9500 GT 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon HD 4650 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also if theres a better card for about the same price i know nothing of video cards

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a b U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 3:44:13 AM

teall me ur budget and ill see what i can find for u.

also tell me what CPU, PSU ,and how much RAM do u have
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July 8, 2010 3:55:04 AM

my budget is 70$ i think its a 300 watt power supply
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Processor 2.7GHz
3.5 gigs ram ddr2
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a c 365 U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 4:16:21 AM

If you can stretch your budget a little bit you can get a HD 5670 which is roughly 25% more powerful than the HD 4670 and also uses less power than the HD 4670 and only slightly more than the HD 4650.

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

It is $74 after a $15 mail-in rebate + $7 shipping.

Also 1GB of RAM on slow cards does nothing. They cannot take advantage of so much RAM. It's simply marketing.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 4:42:31 AM

the nvidia 9800GT needs a good 350-375w PSU with around 20a on the 12v. you have a 300w PSU

the ATI 5670 is a 2.1 card. it will work fine on a PCI-E 2.0 slot but may have issues with a 1.0 x16
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a c 365 U Graphics card
July 8, 2010 4:48:10 AM

Do not buy the 9800GT. It consumes about 80w - 83w of power. More than is recommended for a 300w PSU; unless you are gonna buy a new PSU. It requires a 6-pin power connector. Since it is "open box" you don't know why it was returned.

The HD 5670 consumes under 30w so no additional 6-pin power connector is necessary. It is also new. But you need to deal with a mail-in rebate.

See following HD 5670 review. I think the 9800 GT is about a powerful as the GT 240 in the review. I could be wrong though. I do know it is less powerful than the GT 250.

http://www.www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/rade...
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July 8, 2010 4:50:50 AM

ok im going with the radeon its the same spot on the hierarchy needs less PSU and i looked up some videos and its awesome i was pretty amazed when people in the reviews said 1680x1050 was low res considering my current one doesn't go that high

thank you all again for all your help
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July 8, 2010 2:33:19 PM

Best answer selected by bonethrack.
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