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Upgrading from GT 220, 100-160 price range.

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July 23, 2010 12:18:17 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: 100-160

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (Mostly Global Agenda, maybe a side of WoW.)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Geforce GT 220 & 600w Cooler master (Has a 6-pin PCI-E)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Current MB - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg mostly but I wouldn't mind other sites for cheaper prices.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 by 1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like it to be able to play Global Agenda/WoW at medium/high settings. DirectX 10.1 is a huge +

My CPU is a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz

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a c 130 U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 12:25:17 AM

Is your power supply adequate? If you do not have a 6-pin PCI-E, the only thing is an HD5670, unless you're willing to use an adapter. The HD5770 is the best card in your price range.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 12:53:53 AM

Get an HD5770. Best card for ~or under $150.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 1:01:19 AM

shadow187 said:
Get an HD5770. Best card for ~or under $150.


+1, I agree with this.
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July 23, 2010 4:31:38 AM

HD 4850 if you want to keep it right around $100.

HD 5770 if you don't mind spending a few extra bucks and want the best card in the price range.
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July 23, 2010 4:40:40 AM

HD5770 is the obvious answer.
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July 23, 2010 9:26:31 AM

capt_taco said:
HD 4850 if you want to keep it right around $100.

HD 5770 if you don't mind spending a few extra bucks and want the best card in the price range.


I think I might go with the HD 4850, just to keep it on the low side. Which one would give me better performance? 4850 512MB 256-bit DDR5 or 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3. Would the DDR5 speed make up for being half the ram?

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a c 153 U Graphics card
July 23, 2010 9:50:51 AM

Vatti said:
I think I might go with the HD 4850, just to keep it on the low side. Which one would give me better performance? 4850 512MB 256-bit DDR5 or 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3. Would the DDR5 speed make up for being half the ram?


You want to keep the price on the low side? Or the card?
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July 23, 2010 10:44:33 AM

The difference in memory sizes wont matter much at your resolution, but could help if you upgrade your monitor. Then again the HD5770 would be the right call if you may upgrade your monitor. Keep in mind that card also is DX11 and uses significantly less power than the HD4850. That card for $130 after rebate really is a nice deal.
Another option would be the GTS 250. This is a particularly nice version with a big rebate if you like that kind of thing;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is slightly faster than the HD4850 but still a tier below the HD5770
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July 23, 2010 10:49:16 AM

Helltech said:
You want to keep the price on the low side? Or the card?


The price. As for the card I would like it better then my GT 220 by a good stretch.

jyjjy said:
Another option would be the GTS 250. This is a particularly nice version with a big rebate if you like that kind of thing;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is slightly faster than the HD4850 but still a tier below the HD5770


Whoa. Nice find there.

[Also, the question I was trying to put forward was... Would 512 DDR5 beat 1024 DDR3? Or would size win? *the difference in memory sizes wont matter much at your resolution* What do you mean by that?
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July 23, 2010 11:47:27 AM

Well, the higher the resolution the more pixels the card needs to process which means it needs both more processing power and memory to do so. At a low resolution like yours more than 512mb of memory is simply unnecessary. It would be marginally useful if you upgrade your monitor to 1680x1050 but doesn't really have a large benefit until you hit 1920x1080 and at that point you would probably want a better card anyway.
As for the DDR5 honestly I'm not sure how much difference it would make. That is actually a new card. There was a thread on it the other day where people were trying to figure out if it was a typo or not. All HD4850s usually have DDR3. Memory speed on it's own doesn't really matter much but rather combines with the bus size to give the card's memory bandwidth. With a 256 bit bus already I'm not sure the HD4850 will benefit all that much from the faster ram and once again if it does it probably would be of most benefit at higher resolutions.
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July 30, 2010 2:52:23 AM

Best answer selected by Vatti.
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February 23, 2012 3:10:10 PM

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