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August 4, 2011 5:03:13 AM

Hi!

lots of people told me I should buy a graphic card with the computer I want to order which is:
P8Z68-V, i5 2500k, 8gb DDR3 G-skill, Antec 620W gamer PSU, 1TB Western Digital, ASUS DVD-Writer and all in a Antec 300 case.

Just to tell you... I dont't know anything about graphic cards and I'm pretty confused. (The last graphic card I bought was an ATI 3D Rage II 4MB and it was around 1997 hahahaha).

I want to be able to watch HD movies and play some games once in a while. The game I play is basically my old NHL 2009 but I would be interested of playing the new Duke Nukem and some game like Call of duty. I don't care about not getting the max quality.

I don't want to pay lots of money too. Something under 75$ would be alright.
I read that the 5670 were good cards for casual gamer but there is like 12 versions from different manufacturers so I have no clue. All the 5670 cards are giving the same performance?

Any suggestions? Thanks! :) 

August 4, 2011 5:10:47 AM

For what you're wanting to do, I'd recommend this:
HIS Radeon HD 4670
Has 1x DVI, 1x D-SUB and 1x HDMI outputs.
Costs $60 with MIR.
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a c 358 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 5:18:14 AM

Basically they all give the same performance.

There are two versions; one with 512MB and another with 1GB of VRAM. The HD 5670 is really too slow to make use of more than 512MB of VRAM so there is virtually no difference in performance. Basically at the very best the 1GB version would give at most 2 extra frames per second at high resolutions.

Pick the cheapest one with the best warranty. If they all are only one year warranty then pick the cheapest.

I would choose the following Sapphire HD 5670 1GB since it is the cheapest (after a rebate) with free shipping; total ending price of $55. Sapphire's parent company is Athlon Micro. They are an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) who manufactures video cards for other brand name and slaps the appropriate sticker on those cards.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a c 144 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 5:28:02 AM

your PSU can take high end gpu but if insist for something that more suitable for casual gaming you can look for 5670 or 6670.
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August 4, 2011 5:31:48 AM

renz496 said:
your PSU can take high end gpu but if insist for something that more suitable for casual gaming you can look for 5670 or 6670.


He'd like to spend under $75.
The 6670s reach the $90-100 mark.
And he could spend less for what he's wanting to do.
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a c 144 U Graphics card
August 4, 2011 5:41:00 AM

i'm just suggesting for him to look at it not to buy it :) .
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August 6, 2011 11:10:07 PM

renz496 said:
your PSU can take high end gpu but if insist for something that more suitable for casual gaming you can look for 5670 or 6670.


Is there a very big difference of performance between the 5670 and the 6670 ?
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a c 358 U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 11:17:31 PM

The HD 6670 is roughly 10% faster than the HD 5670 so you need to determine for yourself if that is worth the price difference.
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