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December 4, 2010 6:16:36 PM

Hello all. I'm looking for some advice on what my next upgrade should be. Here is what my PC looks like right now:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P

GPU: Radeon HD 4870 1GB

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)

Case: Antec 300

PSU: Antec Earthwatt 650W


This PC is used primarily for gaming on a 1080p display. I'm thinking a new video card would probably offer the most bang for the buck performance wise, but what do you guys think? Thanks!

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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 6:33:30 PM

I think you're right. The 48xx series is still solid, but much better can be had. What's your budget looking like?
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December 4, 2010 6:55:52 PM

Haven't thought much about budget yet, but I would like to keep things as inexpensive as possible. Maybe 150-200 bucks. Will I even see a decent upgrade in performance at this price point though? What do you think is the minimum I should be looking to spend here? I'm pretty out of the loop on the current crop of graphics cards.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 7:05:03 PM

Quality GPU's start around 200, and can go up to 700. IMO, best bang for buck right now is the Radeon 6870 or the GTX460. Both single GPU's, cool, quiet, and efficient. 460 is a bit cheaper around ~180, with the 6870 being ~250.
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December 4, 2010 7:08:52 PM

Thanks, I will check those out.
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 4, 2010 8:52:31 PM

+ 1 to jack_attack...@ OP - you have your answer :) 
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December 5, 2010 5:51:11 AM

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