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Radeon 5670 1GB DDR5 vs 512MB DDR5?

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January 19, 2011 1:36:11 AM

Hello experts,
I have asked some questions regarding my graphics cards upgrades, and from this thread:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/307529-33-best-graphi...

I think I'll go with the 5670 since it has the best bang for the buck, even though I'm going over $10 from my $70 budget. After looking on newegg, there are three versions of these cards. 2 with 512MB of DDR5 memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and 1 with 1GB of DDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My question is, is it really worth $10 for more memory? I'm going to be running this to my HDTV over a HDMI connection at 1080p. What difference does it make? Are there cheaper cards with DDR3 memory? And if I get one of these cards, will Sapphire pay out any rebates? My decision was made after looking at the after rebate prices, $75 after rebate for 1GB and $65 after rebate for both 512MB cards.

Basic Specs:

Dell Dimension 5150
32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium
Intel Pentium D Smithfield LGA 775 Socket
Dual 2GB SDRAM DDR2 GSkill RAM
128GB Kingston SSDNow SNV-425
1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
LG Blu-Ray DVD-RW Combo Drive
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D

Upgrading overheating XFX Nvidia GeForce 8600GT. I know my CPU is ancient, but it seems to be running fine under Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (before overheating and artifacts appear), some other games, and many Netflix DVD's and Blu-Rays I throw at it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 19, 2011 1:45:49 AM

Get the 1GB version, it's only $10 dollars more...
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January 19, 2011 3:13:56 AM

1gb is for playing at higher resolutions, you are aiming for 1080p, the 1gb would be good
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January 19, 2011 3:17:55 AM

also the 1gb has the artic cooler, min temp 30, max 50, overclocking goes till 63(c), and the power consumption is below 75W
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