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August 10, 2011 4:36:19 AM

hi... i am looking for a graphics card that falls in my budget of $70. considering it, i have short listed 2 options, nVidia 9500 GT & ATI Radeon HD 4670, both 1GB, DDR2. apart from that, my pc has 2 GB DDR2 ram, with core 2 duo 2.8 Ghz & lots of hard disk space, Motherboard Intel DG41RQ, PSU is ATXP4 with 450 watt (thats what it says).

i would like to mention here that i have successfully played good graphics games like COD MW2, Crysis and GTA san andreas, WITHOUT the graphics card, my system already runs games with good graphics, and adding an above average graphics card would fulfill my requirements. what do you think? i would like to play Assassin's creed 2, COD Black Ops & MW3, NFS Shift etc.

so which card should i choose? will that one run on my pc without upgrading anyother hardware (like PSU)?

thanks

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a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 5:21:40 AM

I agree with Henry. This would be a good choice:

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $65 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Note: If you go with another HD 5670, make sure you get one with 1 GB of DDR5 memory.

Here is a good review on that card:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5670,2533...

However you do need to bear in mind that the test systems used in the reviews are designed to be powerful enough that no other components will constrain or hamper the performance of the card - so they get a true read on the cards ability. Your system likely will not be as strong and so your performance might not equal the level in the review.

You can find some good information about video cards at upgradevideocards.com. Note they have a page on low end cards – primarily for HTPC but that also support the low end of gaming – and the HD 5670 is one of the recommended cards.

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/nongaming.html

Would you please look further for make and model of your PSU. “ATXP4” probably just means it meats the ATX standard for PSUs and is designed to support Pentium 4 processors. It would be good to confirm that it is a good model or you could have some problems with the HD 5670 which requires 400w. If you are not sure about how to do this or need more info about power supplies for video cards, the site linked above has a page about systems requirements that addresses power supplies – see about the middle of the page:

http://www.upgradevideocards.com/criteria.html
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a c 355 U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 6:19:09 AM

rockyjohn said:
I agree with Henry. This would be a good choice:

XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $65 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Don't forget the $5 for shipping bringing the total to $70.

As an option, you can buy the HD 6670 which is 10% faster for $10 more; $80 total after rebate. That's actually pretty good since the ratio is $1 to 1%.

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


If you are dead set on a $70 budget, then the XFX HD 5670 is your best option.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 7:04:00 AM

rockyjohn said:
It would be good to confirm that it is a good model or you could have some problems with the HD 5670 which requires 400w.
Please stop giving advice based on AMD/ATIs power suggestions. They simply aren't remotely accurate. The HD5670 uses about 60w. The 400w number is entirely made up.
August 10, 2011 7:05:24 AM

jaguarskx said:
Don't forget the $5 for shipping bringing the total to $70.

As an option, you can buy the HD 6670 which is 10% faster for $10 more; $80 total after rebate. That's actually pretty good since the ratio is $1 to 1%.

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


If you are dead set on a $70 budget, then the XFX HD 5670 is your best option.


thanks for your answer. will my PSU support 5670 or 4760 ??
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 7:13:09 AM

ayaznoor said:
thanks for your answer. will my PSU support 5670 or 4760 ??

Unless it's a remarkably poor 450w it should handle either of those.
a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 11:13:49 AM

It should be okay. I can't seem to find your PSU model though but it would be fine to run a HD 5670 or a HD 4670 ( there is no HD 4760 ).
Any other info on that PSU apart from ATXP4 450 W ?
a b U Graphics card
August 10, 2011 11:18:51 AM

Gman450 said:
It should be okay. I can't seem to find your PSU model though but it would be fine to run a HD 5670 or a HD 4670 ( there is no HD 4760 ).
Any other info on that PSU apart from ATXP4 450 W ?


yes, i would highly reccommend staying away from the 4670 its two generations old and the 6670/5670 are better (good forif you want to crossfire in the future too).
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