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September 15, 2010 1:42:42 AM

Evening gentlemen I recently bought a new PC and I am unhappy with the performance of the graphics card and I was wondering what would be the best buy for my money I'm looking to spend under 200$. These are my current specs.
Operating Systems: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Platform: PC

Bays: 2 - 3.5" Drive Bays (internal)
2 - 5.25" Drive Bays (external)
1 - 3.5" Drive Bay (external)

Available 3.5" Drive Bays: 1 - External
1 - Internal

Available 5.25" Drive Bays: 1

Colors: Black

PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 3
1 minicard socket

PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): 2
1 minicard socket

PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1

PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1

USB Ports (Total): 2 x USB 1.1
6 x USB 2.0

FireWire Ports: 1

Audio Out Jacks: 5

Line In Jacks: 1

Microphone Jacks: 2

VGA Ports: 1

DVI Video: 1

S/PDIF Connectors: 1 - Optical

Processor Brand: AMD

Processor Class: Athlon II X4

Processor Number: 635

Processor Speed: 2.9GHz

Processor Interface: Socket AM3

Processors Supported: 1

Processors Onboard: 1

Memory Type: DDR3

Memory Size: 3 x 2048MB

Total Memory: 6.0GB

Memory Speed: PC3-10600

Memory Slots (Total): 4

Memory Slots (Available): 1

Maximum Memory Supported: 16GB - 64 bit

Hard Drives Included: 1

Hard Drive Types: Hard Disk Drive

Interface: SATA 3G






Audio Description: Integrated Audio

Audio Chipset: High Definition Audio

Channels: 7.1 channel surround

Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics

GPU/VPU: ATI Radeon HD 4200
AMD 785G chipset



Power: 250 Watt



Height: 15.32"

Width: 6.97"

Depth: 16.85"

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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 2:03:08 AM

Youll need a new PSU also, 250W wont cut it. This is a pretty good combo for you. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

However, if you could wait, do that. With the HD6000 and black friday right around the corner, you should see some good deals on the 5770 and GTS450/455.
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September 15, 2010 2:11:54 AM

I have until Christmas to decide, Would I be able to run my hd 4200 and that one at the same time?
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 2:13:51 AM

Nope, but why would you want to?
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September 15, 2010 2:15:15 AM

Timop is right. A better PSU is required to game. I recommend the HD 5770 or 5830. Here is one by MSI w/a double cooler and factory overclock for 160 after rebate. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise, wait until the HD 6000's roll out and from everything that is being leaked there should be a 5770 replacement which costs in the neighborhood of 200 bucks.

Either way though remember, upgrade that PSU!
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September 15, 2010 2:24:53 AM

Timop said:
Nope, but why would you want to?

I wasn't sure if I could. I probably should of mentioned I am Canadian so the prices on those items may be a bit more for me. I am willing to wait as long as a couple weeks before Christmas for a new card so if there are any sales etc let me know. thanks
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September 15, 2010 2:49:03 AM

wait until black friday for brick and mortar store sales or cyber monday for online sales! I got a bunch of great deals at newegg last cyber-monday!
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 2:49:47 AM

^ Or Boxing day as they call it IIRC.
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September 15, 2010 2:54:57 AM

Sorry about that Neigborino to the North! I'll just use something universal:

Wait until late November and be on the lookout for deals on websites like slickdeals.net or logicbuy.com !
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 2:58:45 AM

makwy2 said:
Sorry about that Neigborino to the North! I'll just use something universal:

Wait until late November and be on the lookout for deals on websites like slickdeals.net or logicbuy.com !

I think both websites are limited to American retailers..
Try this: http://www.redflagdeals.com/

LOL. :pt1cable: 
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September 15, 2010 3:01:18 AM

well newegg does have a canadian site but il also keep an eye on those sites as well thanks for all the help guys its much appreciated. Would you be able to send me a link to the graphics card and power supply you had in mind on newegg.ca? ^^
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September 15, 2010 3:05:44 AM

I am quite sure they are not limited to American retailers. In fact often times they will carry deals from Newegg.ca and universal companies like Amazon
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 3:17:54 AM

makwy2 said:
I am quite sure they are not limited to American retailers. In fact often times they will carry deals from Newegg.ca and universal companies like Amazon

I'm not sure about slickdeals, but Logicbuy rarely have any Canadian deals, unless it was like one with newegg on both site. But again, I barely use Logic buy anyways, so you could be right.
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2010 3:24:49 AM

slp29784 said:
well newegg does have a canadian site but il also keep an eye on those sites as well thanks for all the help guys its much appreciated. Would you be able to send me a link to the graphics card and power supply you had in mind on newegg.ca? ^^

Its the HD5770: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The combo isn't available in Canada, so for the PSU a 400W+ from a reputable brand (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, etc.) would be good, like these:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
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September 15, 2010 5:39:18 PM

well as far as graphics cards go i wouldnt mind going over 200$ if the quality was a big improvement. but if its just miniscule improvment il stick with the hd 5770
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September 15, 2010 11:05:29 PM

should i go with a ati hd 5830 instead of the ati hd 5770? is it a big improvement?
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September 15, 2010 11:34:26 PM

Now that the price of HD 5830 has come down there is a significant improvement. Whether you consider that significant difference to be a "big" improvement is a good question. There is a difference of about $50 CND between the two.

Here is a great forum discussion that happened on just this subject: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284037-33-5770-5830-h...

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