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Which Graphics card is the best?

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July 21, 2011 7:08:33 PM

Hey guys I'm new here, and I don't know much about graphics cards so I need your help.

I want to buy a relatively cheap graphics card for my pc. Right now I am stuck with the horrid integrated graphics of my HP.

This is my PC:

Proccesser: Intel Core i3 @2.93 GHz
RAM: 5.87 GB usable out of 6 GB
System type: 64 bit
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
My computer is an HP p6330f and my moniter is a Samsung SyncMaster T220.

I have looked through some graphics cards that I would like to buy at my local Best Buy or online, but I don't know which is best, so I ask you :) 

So which graphics card is the best?

EVGA GeForce 9800 GT 1GB - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

GT 430 1GB - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+GT+430+1GB+G... 9800 GT&cp=1&lp=7

GT 520 1GB - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Galaxy+-+GeForce+GT+520+1GB...

ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sapphire+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+43...

ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB Express 2.0 (Wheras the card before had only Express) - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/MSI+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+4350+51... radeon HD&cp=1&lp=10

Any help is greatly appreciated, cause I'm not that good at computers and graphics cards :) 

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July 21, 2011 9:44:52 PM

Unless you're willing to replace your 300 Watt power supply you can eliminate the EVGA 01G-P3-N988-TR GeForce 9800 GT 1GB since it requires a 6-pin PCI Express Supplementary Power Connector that your 300 Watt power supply just doesn't have.

Currently the Radeon HD 6670 is the highest performing card that doesn't require a PCI Express Supplementary Power Connector.

Out of the remaining cards you've listed the GeForce GT 430 has the best performance.

I would be looking at cards in the following list ranked by performance with best at the top and worst at the bottom :

Radeon HD 6670
Radeon HD 5670
Radeon HD 6570 GDDR5
GeForce GT 440
Radeon HD 5570
GeForce GT 430
Radeon HD 6450
GeForce GT 520
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July 21, 2011 9:58:51 PM

what is the max you want to spend?
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July 22, 2011 12:54:31 AM

The 5450 will only be slightly better than your integrated graphics, it is one of the weakest cards out there right now. It would barely be able to run the games you mentioned. As already stated above, go for the 5670 or 6670 if you want decent game performance.
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July 22, 2011 1:54:47 AM

In terms of relative performance a HD 5670 1GB performs 263% better than a HD 5450 1GB.

That tells you just how poorly the HD 5450 1GB performs. Don't disappoint yourself by purchasing one of these.
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July 22, 2011 3:15:03 AM

ko888 said:
In terms of relative performance a HD 5670 1GB performs 263% better than a HD 5450 1GB.
As high as that sounds it seemed low to me so I double checked. According to techpowerup the HD5670 is actually 355% faster than the HD5450.
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July 22, 2011 3:21:33 AM

jyjjy said:
As high as that sounds it seemed low to me so I double checked. According to techpowerup the HD5670 is actually 355% faster than the HD5450.


That's good to know haha. Well anyways thanks guys for answering my question.
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July 24, 2011 11:29:17 PM

Well, I have found that the HD5670 is actually not compatible with my powersupply, so I'm going with the GeForce GT 430.
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July 25, 2011 2:22:24 AM

How did you "find this out"? If you mean the recommendation from AMD/ATI then ignore it. It has no bearing on reality. The HD5670 will work on a standard 300w PSU. The difference between the GT 430 and HD5670 is only approximately 10w.
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