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Suggestions new card DVD/Blu-Ray & Older games Oblivion

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July 17, 2011 8:16:20 PM

I'm sure some will say just get any entry level card, but I have an old Passive cooled 8400GS 256mb and I'm just not happy with it.
I recently upgraded my system to:

Earthwatts 380 PSU (older V2 seasonic model)
Asus Mobo
Core 2 Duo 6400 (2.13 ghz)
2Gb (2x1gb) DDR2 5300
Samsung 103SJ 1Tb 7200RPM HD


My needs aren't exactly exotic, watching DVD's, streaming Netflix, and possibly Blu-Ray content I'm still undecided if I have enough power to even think about that.
I haven't done much gaming in the last couple years, but I'm thinking of picking up Oblivion now that I have a semi decent CPU to play it on and some older titles, I know my rig can't handle anything to intensive.

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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 8:22:49 PM

A HD 5670, 5750 or 5770 (PCI-E 2.0)would be your best choice if your not planning on OC'ing the CPU, as other cards would be bottlenecked, depending on your resolution of course.
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 8:24:40 PM

I have a AMD HD 5670 that is fine for light gaming
It doesnt use alot of watts (doesnt even need external power connector)
I was just playing Crysis 2 at 1920x1080 DX9 Advanced (second highest setting)
also plays Witcher 2 at 1920x1080
and plays Metro 2033 at 1920x1080 high settings no AA/AF DX11

I also had Oblivion playing at high settings 1920x1080 with card

It is priced around $75 on US newegg
and was named by Toms as best gaming card for $75 in latest video card guide
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

I use a Core2Duo @ 2.93ghz and 4gb ram

Decent low powered card with a good price
also has Bluray playback and UVD (universal video decoder) to help with streaming video
I record Netflix with a screen capture program myself
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 9:57:05 PM

I just finished playing Crysis 2 at 1920x1080 Hardcore setting DX9
with the Hd 5670 for about 45 minutes with no problems

good card for $75
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July 17, 2011 10:34:44 PM

Thank you both, my screen res is 1920x1080 and a 23" screen.

I'll check out the 5670, looks like a really good deal.
I had a 1650pro it came with the board (both used) but I think it's dead. Plug DVI in blank screen, plug in VGA and it's just scrambled color bars. Other then that my experience wtih ATI is limited.
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 10:40:14 PM

I like Ati and Nvidia both
I have owned many different models from both
At the $75 price point and also wattage x performance x price
the Hd 5670 rules in that segment
for example if I wanted a card around $150 I would definitley go with
the GTX 460 if I could
Ati and Nvidia rule different segments of the market

As far as brands if you stick with the major names like Asus,MSI,EVGA,Sapphire,XFX then it really comes down to the lowest price between them
(I know I am forgetting a few good brands so dont yell at me)
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July 17, 2011 10:55:54 PM

O yea I'm not in one camp or the other, I've only staid with Nvidia all these years as it's what I know.

I tried an ATI 2400XT in 07 but for some reason my monitor looked blurry, I rma'd it same thing, So I went back to Nvidia 8400, wasn't great but at least wasn't blurry. Since then I've got a new monitor so I'm willing to try ATI again, especially if there consuming less wattage (less heat), I have the computer in a bedroom and use 2 almost silent 120mm fans so anything lower heat is welcome.

Brands, there all about the same, and I'm not going to yell for missing a few names, lol..I appreciate the help.
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 11:06:00 PM

this is a link to a HD 5670 review in that Toms article
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...

I have a low profile Dell Optiplex 745 Slim Desktop with a Dell 280w PSU
and my tower is primarily an office/multimedia tower that can do light gaming
so for me the HD 5670 was the right choice
1080p HD plays nicely either Youtbube or video files
I idle at @45C in a 75F room
I actually had to cut the dual fan assembly in half and only use one fan
to fit it in the case
I do have an two extra intakes and exhaust fan and it is reasonably quiet
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 11:10:51 PM

Also I would recommend 2 x 2gb DDR2-800 ram if you can find it cheap enough
I went from 2gb ddr2-533 to Gskill 4gb ddr2-800 (craigslist used) and bought Win7 Ultimate 64-bit (newegg)
and combined with the Western Digital VelociRaptor 10k OS boot drive I got on Ebay for $51
it was a huge improvement
I can hold off until I can afford a good 1155 P67 build in a year or so
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July 17, 2011 11:21:15 PM

O yea I would be all over new ram but this motherboard is an old 945 based Asus P5LD2-VM, I think it tops out at 4Gb and 945's don't go over 5300 speed . I don't have a lot of money and just couldn't afford to keep throwing money at my old AMD64, so I picked this up off ebay pretty cheap. I mainly got it to hopefully to tide me over a year or two at most till I can afford to build something nice.
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a b U Graphics card
July 17, 2011 11:23:24 PM

totally understand :) 

if you look at my cofiguration under my avatar you will see that LOL
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July 17, 2011 11:39:16 PM

O yea pretty similar, you got a complete optiplex for $25? That's an awesome deal, not much of a consumer Dell fan, but I like there Optiplex machines.
I paid $90 for this mobo, processor, and that blown 1650pro video card. I'm still talking to the seller who says "the card was basically a freebie" well it was listed as working. Still an ok deal even if we don't reach some sort of an amicable solution I guess.

Your profile reminds me of my old phone support days, I remember that ID-10-T error =)
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a b U Graphics card
July 18, 2011 12:01:21 AM

the tower was actually $75 but the guy threw in a P4 2.66 tower so I sold that for $50
original specs of the Opti was
Pentium D 3.4
2gb DDR2-533
80gb HD
CD rom
no video card

I upgraded with the idea that alot of the parts can transfer to a new build
I have a 160gb WD Raptor,Seagate Barracuda 250gb,Liteon DVD-rw DL Lightscribe
and the HD 5670 and maybe the RAM for the next build (pobably get DDR3 since it is cheap)

so it worked out pretty cool
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a b U Graphics card
July 18, 2011 12:45:34 AM

I have a small computer business
so I have quite a few ID-10-T errors I run across LOL
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July 20, 2011 7:32:42 AM

Not sure if I made the best decision or not put a I pulled the trigger on an older card, a Saphire 3850 512MB DDR3.. It was on sale for $32, just didn't have enough to fork out almost $80 and then to wait on the rebate. It pulls 835 marks on the Passmark site, and the 5670 pulls 1200, and I'll loose direct x11 support (not that I'm worried about that right now) and should still be able to do some old games.

Another thing that made me go for the 3850 is the silent heat pipe design, I think I'll loose one of my PCI slot but not to big a deal right now.

Thanks again for your help!

king smp said:
this is a link to a HD 5670 review in that Toms article
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...

I have a low profile Dell Optiplex 745 Slim Desktop with a Dell 280w PSU
and my tower is primarily an office/multimedia tower that can do light gaming
so for me the HD 5670 was the right choice
1080p HD plays nicely either Youtbube or video files
I idle at @45C in a 75F room
I actually had to cut the dual fan assembly in half and only use one fan
to fit it in the case
I do have an two extra intakes and exhaust fan and it is reasonably quiet

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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2011 3:48:06 PM

that is a good price for that card
good luck
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July 20, 2011 4:18:01 PM

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a b U Graphics card
July 20, 2011 4:37:22 PM

thank you for selecting me as Best Answer
please feel free to private message me if you need help or just to
let me know how the card worked :) 

BTW are you a Pink Floyd fan?
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July 20, 2011 5:24:46 PM

king smp said:
thank you for selecting me as Best Answer
please feel free to private message me if you need help or just to
let me know how the card worked :) 

BTW are you a Pink Floyd fan?


Yes there older stuff Obscured By Clouds, The Wall , DSOTM (I have the mofi gold cd) which sounds awesome going through the EMU0404 using ASIO, via a TOSLINK to an external DAC(ebay scored many years ago $30) and headphone amp =)

O and do you think the Earthwatts 380 is good enough? The 3850 from what I can find has a max draw of 100 watt but AMD reccomdends 450 and 30AMPS I know the 380 is a dual rail one supplying 17 amp and the other rail is 15.
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a c 332 U Graphics card
July 20, 2011 5:42:20 PM

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