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Which card should i get to upgrade...?

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August 18, 2010 3:40:06 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $120 is a definite max(preferably cheaper) before rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing Most games that came out in 2008-2009 (e.g. Crysis, Modern warfare 1 or 2, other misc. games), I don't care about having the highest settings

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia 6150se integrated + 300watt psu(will upgrade accordingly though most likely to around 550watt)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Emachines et1331g-03w

Athlon II x2 2.7ghz
6gb ddr2 ram

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI over Nvidia unless given a reason that an Nvidia would be cheaper

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to upgrade the emachines to where i would be able to play some games on it because integrated graphics suck

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August 18, 2010 4:21:06 AM

You can try running it with your current power supply. The worst that might happen is you're computer won't turn on properly. If that happens, you can easily replace it. Try a 500W power supply with a decent +12V rail. I can't remember what are the guidelines to buying a psu, but I think it should be around 30amps or more.

+1 on the HD 4850
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August 18, 2010 4:39:13 AM

For power supplies, make sure you get a decent brand. The best are antec and corsair, but others are good too. I have a Thermaltake and love it, here's the 500W version of the one I have for only $35
Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply

BTW the 4850 is definitely a good idea. Best bang for the buck anywhere near $100.
Interestingly enough, I used to have a 6150 until I upgraded, and my current specs are nearly identical to yours, and it is more powerful than I need.
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August 18, 2010 4:47:36 AM

Would it be better to get a Dx11 card such as the 5670 or will the 4850 suffice for most games?

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August 18, 2010 5:16:21 AM

4850 beats the 5670 by a LOT performance-wise, and DX11 is nice but really not neccessary. It would cripple a 5670 anyway.
And yeah, that Antec psu is way better. I can't believe I didn't see it.
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August 18, 2010 5:35:23 AM

DX11 is nice but on your budget you should be getting the best card you can for the money. The HD4850 is approximately 35% faster than the HD5670 at your resolution.
If you would like the DX11 equivalent of the HD4850 it is the HD5750 but you will have to spend more;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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