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Video Card Upgrade *help*

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July 21, 2010 9:19:48 PM

Hey folks,



Im not a hardcore gamer by any stretch of the imagination so please bare with me.

I am currently running an 4400+ AMD Athlon 64x2 with 2gb DDR2, 22'' monitor, 400w power supply, and the following card...
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
GPU GeForce 8500 GT
Core Clock 450MHz
Stream Processors 16
Memory
Effective Memory Clock 800MHz
Memory Size 1GB
Memory Interface 128-bit
Memory Type GDDR2
3D API
DirectX DirectX 10
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0
Ports
D-SUB 1 x D-SUB
DVI 1 x DVI
TV-Out HDTV / S-Video Out
General
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
SLI Support SLI Ready
Cooler With Fan



My fan is going kybosh on me so it looks like I will fork out a few bucks for a new card. I've been looking around and finding cards in the in the $40 range that seem to beat the card I have. With my current card I play "Left 4 Dead 2", "NBA 2k10", and "Team Fortress 2" at a high graphics setting with no problems. I would like my new card to be as good or better (Preferably better).

The two cards I have been looking at are...



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http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Brand GIGABYTE
Model GV-R435OC-512I
Form Factor Low Profile Ready
Low Profile Bracket Included Yes
Interface
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU Radeon HD 4350
Core Clock 650MHz
Stream Processors 80 Stream Processing Units
Memory
Effective Memory Clock 800MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 64-bit
Memory Type GDDR2
3D API
DirectX DirectX 10.1
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Ports
HDMI 1 x HDMI
D-SUB 1 x D-SUB
DVI 1 x DVI
General
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
CrossFireX Support Yes
Cooler With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
HDCP Ready Yes

Cost: $36.49, $10 shipping, $10 rebate

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AND...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Brand SAPPHIRE
Model 100291L
Interface
Interface PCI Express 2.1 x16
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar)
Core Clock 650MHz
Memory
Effective Memory Clock 800MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 64-bit
Memory Type DDR2
3D API
DirectX DirectX 11
Ports
HDMI 1 x HDMI
D-SUB 1 x D-SUB
DVI 1 x DVI
General
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
CrossFireX Support Software Crossfire
Cooler Fanless
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes
HDCP Ready Yes

Cost: $45.49, Free Shipping, $10 rebate

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Basically they will cost me near the same. One has a fan, one doesn't. I'm not looking for crazy framerates... I cant afford it. I just want something that is a step up from the card I have now. Your opinions would be much appreciated on the matter. Also, if you know of another card in the $50 range that is better, I'd love a link to it.



Cheers and thanks,

Dave

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