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February 26, 2011 4:28:19 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: around this month

BUDGET RANGE: 100-200

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: for gaming wow. starcraft 2,,diablo 3 Crysis....web,music

using mobo vidoe

ASRock 880GMH

Power supply 300w

Cpu
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz

memory
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB

need a good video card that will play all the games

i can upgrade Power supply if need to



February 26, 2011 5:42:01 AM

I seen this booster, people are saying it works. I never tried it myself so i am not sure. But good luck if you try it out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ePOWER EP-450CD 450W ATX12V $19.99
It fits in a standard 5 1/2 cd-rom slot. you still use your existing p/s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 PowerColor AX4830 512MD3 Radeon HD 4830 512MB
Its a 640 shader card, ddr3. Should be reasonably fast, gets you within your $100 budget too.
It is better to buy a card like a geforce 560/570 or hd-6950/5870, but new ones will come out too. The 640 shader hd-4830 would be easy to sell used later on for $40 if you want to upgrade later on. By then the much faster hd-7950's and geforce 670's will be out.
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February 26, 2011 5:59:07 AM

need4speeds said:
I seen this booster, people are saying it works. I never tried it myself so i am not sure. But good luck if you try it out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ePOWER EP-450CD 450W ATX12V $19.99
It fits in a standard 5 1/2 cd-rom slot. you still use your existing p/s.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99 PowerColor AX4830 512MD3 Radeon HD 4830 512MB
Its a 640 shader card, ddr3. Should be reasonably fast, gets you within your $100 budget too.
It is better to buy a card like a geforce 560/570 or hd-6950/5870, but new ones will come out too. The 640 shader hd-4830 would be easy to sell used later on for $40 if you want to upgrade later on. By then the much faster hd-7950's and geforce 670's will be out.

are you kidding?you will chose hd 4830 over hd 5850?common now.my setup is way tooo better.
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February 26, 2011 7:49:07 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Galaxy GeForce GTX 460 $147.99 Free Just Cause 2 coupon w/ purchase
$107.99 after mail-in rebate card.

PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB $119.99 $99.99 after mail-in rebate Its the 800 shader replacement card for the former 4870.
Also a $20 mir is less risky than a $40 mir. Often the "mail in and pray rebates" never come in, they have a assortment of excuses and make it almost impossible to get your rebate.
Mostly the 460 is ok at $150, and comes with a game, and the $120 5770 is pretty good too.
Don't pick a card for the mir, as most rebates are rejected. Mir is also a form of gambling, and like all forms of gambling your chances of winning are quite poor.
Well good luck.
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February 26, 2011 8:17:46 AM

"are you kidding?you will chose hd 4830 over hd 5850?common now.my setup is way tooo better."

The budget was for a power supply and video card upgrade in the $100 to $200 range. I was trying to stay within this budget. The 4830 is only $60.

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February 26, 2011 9:40:32 AM

but atleast choose a good video card when you are upgrading,hd 4830 is last generation card,not a mid range card even.hd 5850 is on of the high end cards available in market.so you would much better off with my setup.its worth the performance+directx11 is major advantage.
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February 26, 2011 12:36:15 PM

My setup is $20 for the power supply upgrade kit and $60 for a 640 shader card.
$80 plus taxes/shipping. It squeeks in at around $100.

For $200 i would do this.... Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99 It has a +12V@40A rail to power a larger card.

GeForce GTX 460 $147.99, same as above. If the rebate comes in you get $40 back, if not it makes it within the $200 budget.

I have nothing against the 5850, 5870 or 6950 just that they are all over budget with a power supply.

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February 26, 2011 1:13:14 PM

Your current system is very good, MB, RAM, CPU, and even the on-board 4250 graphics (one of the best on-board videos available..ok for some basic gaming at low settings & resolutions)

But that 300watt power supply has Got to go.....

On video card choice, your motherboard has ONLY one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot. Soooo, you won't ever be able to upgrade by going with a second card and SLI or Crossfire. So, let's pick a good solid single card that you can get a few years out of.....

Knowing you can't go beyond a single card says you won't ever need a power supply larger than 650watts (this will keep costs down...) With a 650watt supply you can power any single GPU currently on the market even GTX480 and GTX580 power hogs...

Get a Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, Thermaltake, CoolerMaster 650watt supply ($50 to $80 when on sale)

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

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


Now if you want to play Crysis, your going to need some serious GPU power. Best deals I've seen lately are on the out going 5870 cards, I've seen one sale for $199 (these cards were $400 when they 1st came out...). Yeah I did blow the budget, but that's what I'd recommend rather than find you need an upgrade again when Crysis 2 comes out .....


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



You can get a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 for $105, it's half the price but half as Fast as a 5870...

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

Or this 5770 for $99

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


I bought a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 when it 1st came out $190. But, I added a second 5770 to get frame rates and detail I wanted on newer games.... (two 5770 in Crossfire are about the same as a SINGLE 5870..)


For $250 to $300 you'll be rock solid for 2 or 3 years of gaming.....

If you only spend $200 you'll have to play newer games at lower detail and resolutions.... future games are going to suck...

For $100 I wouldn't do ANY thing, you'll only spend money and not get much real extra performance for it...



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February 26, 2011 3:32:43 PM

jb6684 said:
Your current system is very good, MB, RAM, CPU, and even the on-board 4250 graphics (one of the best on-board videos available..ok for some basic gaming at low settings & resolutions)

But that 300watt power supply has Got to go.....

On video card choice, your motherboard has ONLY one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot. Soooo, you won't ever be able to upgrade by going with a second card and SLI or Crossfire. So, let's pick a good solid single card that you can get a few years out of.....

Knowing you can't go beyond a single card says you won't ever need a power supply larger than 650watts (this will keep costs down...) With a 650watt supply you can power any single GPU currently on the market even GTX480 and GTX580 power hogs...

Get a Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, Thermaltake, CoolerMaster 650watt supply ($50 to $80 when on sale)

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

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


Now if you want to play Crysis, your going to need some serious GPU power. Best deals I've seen lately are on the out going 5870 cards, I've seen one sale for $199 (these cards were $400 when they 1st came out...). Yeah I did blow the budget, but that's what I'd recommend rather than find you need an upgrade again when Crysis 2 comes out .....


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



You can get a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 for $105, it's half the price but half as Fast as a 5870...

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

Or this 5770 for $99

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


I bought a Sapphire Vapor-X 5770 when it 1st came out $190. But, I added a second 5770 to get frame rates and detail I wanted on newer games.... (two 5770 in Crossfire are about the same as a SINGLE 5870..)


For $250 to $300 you'll be rock solid for 2 or 3 years of gaming.....

If you only spend $200 you'll have to play newer games at lower detail and resolutions.... future games are going to suck...

For $100 I wouldn't do ANY thing, you'll only spend money and not get much real extra performance for it...


what kind of card for 250

power supply extra
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February 26, 2011 9:19:03 PM

For $250, graphics card only:

The new GTX 560 Ti is a solid card

ATI 6950 is about the most powerful card you could get

There plenty of sites that test banks of cards under the same conditions so you can compare them:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-6870-hawk-revi...


But around $200 5870 rules...for the moment.
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February 27, 2011 5:27:08 AM

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February 27, 2011 5:27:45 AM

ok thanx for the help iam go for the GTX 560 Ti
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February 27, 2011 2:12:21 PM

Hope you have the money for a new power supply as well. Your 300watt unit won't power a GTX560Ti...
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February 27, 2011 2:30:39 PM

He stated his budget to be $100-200 in his original post....GTX560Ti + PSU puts him close to $300. The cost is rarely the issue in purchases, but rather available funds to make such a purchase. If the $100-200 was a self induced budget and not a financially induced budget, great...otherwise, bad news.
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February 28, 2011 4:33:51 AM

yea i know is going to be close to 300
i just want to spend 200 but i guess i need to spend little more to have good card
thanx for the help
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March 1, 2011 2:16:01 AM

jb6684 said:
For $250, graphics card only:

The new GTX 560 Ti is a solid card

ATI 6950 is about the most powerful card you could get

There plenty of sites that test banks of cards under the same conditions so you can compare them:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-radeon-6870-hawk-revi...


But around $200 5870 rules...for the moment.


hey would a power supply with 450w work?
for GTX 560 Ti
my friend has one
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March 5, 2011 11:50:22 PM

The PSU that Minitron815 linked to would work better
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