I need a little help deciding on a Video Card upgrade. I was wondering what Tom's recommended for a $150 or less Video Card, AMD or NVidia, doesn't really matter. The 5670 runs OK, but not happy with the performance. Is there anything out there for $150 or less that would give me a nice performance boost?
AMD Athlon 2 x64 Quad Core processor @ 3.2 GHZ.
4 GB DDR3 Ram
Radeon HD 5670 1GB VRAM
Win 7 64 bit Pro
Need to know what resoultion you game at and what the make/model of your power supply is?
Depending on your PSU i'd say the best bang for your buck at $150 is the Saphire 5850.It's currently priced at TigerDirect for $160 but it's worth it.The price to performance is right on the money and it's definitly the best bang for your buck card.It's triple the performance of a 5670.
Thanks again, purple. My PSU is a CoolerMaster 500W, it will hopefully do good. Question for you: I found a deal today for a XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB DDR5 , for a slightly lower price than the 5850 you recommended. Would that be a similar/better card for the same money? Please let me know, I'm supposed to pick it up in about 6 hrs.Here's the product link:
This is a great deal atm, 140$ for such a great card is awesome
Thank you, shrkbay. I just read the Tom's article about the 68XX series Radeon cards and noticed the slight lead the 6870 has on the 5850. I think I will go with the 6870 since I read really good reviews, has a lifetime warranty and I can get it for 50$ cheaper than the lowest price I could find online.
Im curious: since clock and RAM speeds are pretty high by default, would this overclock even further provided I add some extra cooling?