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7900 GT upgrade, save me from a terrible card

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September 16, 2010 3:26:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $50-$100 USD (flexible but only if necessary to meet needs)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming: Company of Heroes, Portal, Team Fortress 2, Source based games, all at high-ish settings

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: XFX or eVGA 7900 GT (I have both and they are both giving me huge issues), Corsair HX 520W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: ASUS M2N SLI-Deluxe, Athlon 64 x2 4600+, 2GB DDR2

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: will try anything as long as its not another 7900GT

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024

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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 3:31:35 PM
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September 16, 2010 5:55:41 PM

That XFX looks nice, love the liftetime warranty as well. One question...would it be worth waiting a bit for the HD 6XXX series cards?
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a c 189 U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 7:14:10 PM

Well, if you can wait then why not...
But, for your low resolution, i doubt you need more than HD5670.
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September 16, 2010 9:02:00 PM

Ultimately I would agree with wa1. The 5670 is the ideal card for you. However, I’ll present a couple more options just because. For $100 you could potentially break into the 4850 territory, which is more powerful and would offer greater frame rates and have an easier time if you upgrade your monitor to 1680 x 1050. The down side… it’s an older generation, lacks some features, uses more energy and runs hotter.

I would be on the lookout for the 5570 (ddr5) version. It's ALMOST as powerful as the 5670. I haven't seen any on newegg yet, BUT if you see one for say $80 with 1GB of RAM. I might consider that over the 5670 512mb. Even though with your resolution you wont need the extra memory now, in the furture however...

Lastly, every rumor indicates that AMD will start with the mid to high end with the new series. They may not come out with the lower end 6000 series until Q1 next year. Having said that, I don’t see any reason to wait for that series when the 5000 offers everything you need now.

Oh, another thought.. I read somewhere that AMD is going to refresh their CPU's and GPU lines on Sept 21st. If that's the case waiting until then to might help your cause.. however I could be wrong, so take that for what's it worth :) 
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a c 173 U Graphics card
September 16, 2010 9:34:37 PM

5670 or GT240..... Used 8800/9800gt
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September 23, 2010 12:27:14 PM

Thank you to everyone who answered, I went with an XFX 5670 (1GB DDR5), $80 after MIR on newegg!
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September 23, 2010 12:27:48 PM

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a c 273 U Graphics card
September 23, 2010 6:38:58 PM

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