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Looking to upgrade from ati x1950xt

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August 9, 2010 11:45:41 PM

hi,

I'm looking to upgrade from my Ati x1950xt to something better for games and watching movies. My price range is around $100.

System specs
psu 500w
4gb ram
amd 64 x2 dual core 5000
windows 7

Someone told me to get the geforce 9800gtx but I'm looking for other options.

Which graphics card would you recommend?

thanks,

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a c 355 U Graphics card
August 10, 2010 12:02:34 AM

^^^

Yes. I would recommend that card as well.

$100 doesn't give you very many choices. It is enough to buy a 512MB HD 5670; the 1GB HD 5760 is a little over $100 and benchmarks have shown that extra VRAM makes very little difference in performance. It will be faster than your X1950XT; but it is less powerful than the HD 4850.

The $100 puts you in striking distance of the HD 5750, but you need to toss in round another $20 - $25 to buy one. It is nearly as fast as the HD 4850 (less than 5% difference), but it consumes less than half the power and supports DX11.
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August 10, 2010 12:13:46 AM

Thanks for the replies.

Sorry, I meant to write 9800gxt not 8800gtx in my original post. I'm not into getting that one if it is too much for my psu.

I think I can go up to $150 for something that will definitely handle hd movies and games like fallout\stalker . Is there much of a difference in getting a graphics card with 512mb than 1gb? Should I be more inclined in getting a 1gb card?
a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2010 12:24:11 AM

What resolution is your monitor?
If its over 1680*1050, consider a 1GB, under that, 512 would be adequate.
August 10, 2010 12:37:46 AM

Timop said:
What resolution is your monitor?
If its over 1680*1050, consider a 1GB, under that, 512 would be adequate.


currently it's 1440*900 but I'm looking to get a 1920*1080
a c 355 U Graphics card
August 10, 2010 12:39:57 AM

scientlab said:
Thanks for the replies.

I think I can go up to $150 for something that will definitely handle hd movies and games like fallout\stalker .



Welcome to the world of the HD 5770. No need to worry about 512MB or 1GB of VRAM 'cause they start at 1GB.

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


Generally speaking 1GB provide better performance than 512MB starting at around 1680 x 1050. Based on benchmarks, the HD 5670 is not fast enough to take advantage of the 512MB even at 1920x1200 resolution.

For reference purposes, the HD 5770 is nearly as fast as the older HD 4870 (within 5%), but uses about 70w compared to 120w, and it supports DX11.

The HD 5670 is about 25% more powerful than the HD 4670 and consumes less power, but is less powerful than the HD 4770.
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