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What is a good budget video card for my price range? ~$120 budget

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December 29, 2010 1:36:40 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime next month (maybe towards middle/end)

BUDGET RANGE: USD $120, I could go over for some shipping/handling.

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming such as crysis, mass effect 2, fallout NV, etc.


CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Onboard. Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply


OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX MOBO, AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz, and 4GB DDR3


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com


PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI I guess since they are usually cheaper.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I could try. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 is what my moniter is set to right now so...


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December 29, 2010 3:54:23 AM

Well... I easily would suggest the 5670 or maybe a 4850? Both enter the market at 100$ and the 4850 at that res is going to perform great, infact max out your games. The 5670 isn't the best card but since your PSU has such low wattage, it is a great power/energy saving card. And performs great at such a low res. The better choice though to play those at MAX settings is the 4850.
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December 29, 2010 4:23:29 AM

The most powerful card in that price range is this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Though its overkill for your monitor resolution, it will be better in the long run, ie. if you don't change that monitor, you wouldn't have to upgrade for quite some time.
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December 29, 2010 5:01:12 AM

So far it looks like I will go with the 4850. It is cheaper and can play my games maxed out at my res according to aznshinobi. Any other opinions will be appreciated.
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December 29, 2010 5:22:59 AM

a 4850
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December 29, 2010 2:14:56 PM

hd 4850 isnt worth to upgrade now its old choice,gts 450 is better and more efficient and has dx11 and physx in 1 package so we can call it Bang For Bucks and Gamers!!!
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December 29, 2010 2:38:05 PM

I too recommend the 5770. Newegg has one for as little as 109 with rebates, and it has dx 11, unlike the 4000 series (trust me you want that). The gtx450 is a good option if you can find it at a similar price.
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December 29, 2010 2:52:12 PM

my wife has almost your exect setup with down to the antec earthwatt 380 and she runs a gts 450 without any issues at 1600x900

at your res a 5770 or a gts450 woudl be fine

the asus card is a really nice card
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December 29, 2010 5:54:18 PM

Anyone else, feel free to chime in :) 
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December 29, 2010 9:03:37 PM

Well I was talking about the 4850 1gb... But then the 4850 Gigabyte model which is only 99$ is out of stock and I don't think they're going to get anymore. So I guess the GTS 450 is now an option as well as the 5770.
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December 29, 2010 10:22:02 PM

Ok, I guess I'll compare the specs/price and choose between them.
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January 6, 2011 12:53:28 AM

Best answer selected by rig3rous.
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