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November 23, 2011 6:23:39 AM

Hello,

I didn't allocate funds for a video card while building my current rig because I forgot my video card was broken so I need some help deciding what to buy.

I found and can afford a Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 for $65-75
or a GeForce GT 440 1GB 128-bit DDR3 for $70-80
or a Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 for $75-80
or a Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit DDR3 for $85

If you have any recommendations that are not listed and are realistically within my budget of $65-90 shipped please let me know. I want a direct x11 card and if a really killer deal came around I could probably go up to $120 but I don't think I can afford a good one.

My current build is a Core I5-2500k @ 4.5 GHz, GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 mobo, 8Gb Crucial DDR3-1600, 640Gb WD Caviar Black, OCZ 500w PSU, and a super old x1950 pro because my HD 4830 bricked when I tried to flash the BIOS. Not sure if it really matters, but it will not hurt to mention I am running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.

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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 6:41:09 AM

The best in your price range ( 120$ ) is this one HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is 109 and with rebate 99$. Is better than any card what you wanted tu buy.
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a c 176 U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 6:45:00 AM

You should be able to find a 5770 or 6770 for less then $120.

Of the cards you listed I'm torn between the 4870 and the 6750. I'd probably go with the 4870 myself. Cheaper, and its more powerful then the 6750. But DX11 is good for some games now, and 1GB ram will allow higher levels of AA.
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November 23, 2011 6:52:30 AM

There must be a way to fix your HD4830. After all it was not a hardware failure, only a faulty bios.
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November 23, 2011 4:31:44 PM

ujaansona said:
There must be a way to fix your HD4830. After all it was not a hardware failure, only a faulty bios.

I wish that I knew of a way to fix it, but I get an error and a restart loop right after bios if the card is installed.
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November 23, 2011 4:45:14 PM

sosofm said:
The best in your price range ( 120$ ) is this one HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is 109 and with rebate 99$. Is better than any card what you wanted tu buy.

Thanks for the info, but I am not sure about the HD 6770 because from the benchmarks I have seen it operates at the same performance levels as the HD 4870. The HD 4870 does not support Eyefinity, but I run a dual screen system with a 23 and 19 inch monitor so I don't need that feature. In regards to wanting DX11 the performance increase of the HD 6750 VS the HD 6770 does not seem to warrant a $25 price premium just for 80 stream processors and a core clock increase, but I might be wrong. I just wish tweaking a video card bios was less risky because then I could probably guarantee I could make a HD 6750 operate as fast or faster than a stock HD 6770. Once again thanks for the info, but I think I am still torn mostly between the HD 4870 and the HD 6750.
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a b U Graphics card
November 23, 2011 11:52:49 PM

I see you are using a z68 motherboard. So, if you set the primary graphics to use integrated Processor Graphics unit, you should be able to boot up with your faulty card plugged in pci-e without inserting the x1950 pro. Have you tried that? If it happens, there's a chance to fix that bricked card by going into DOS and finding out adapter number of your dead HD 4830 using Atiflash & flash it.
What's your resolution & which games you intend to play? If your resolution is upto 1280x1024(4:3) or 1440x900(16:10) HD6750 will let you play any game at medium/max settings with no/2x AA @ 30+ FPS.
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November 25, 2011 5:21:21 AM

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November 25, 2011 5:31:38 AM

ujaansona said:
I see you are using a z68 motherboard. So, if you set the primary graphics to use integrated Processor Graphics unit, you should be able to boot up with your faulty card plugged in pci-e without inserting the x1950 pro. Have you tried that? If it happens, there's a chance to fix that bricked card by going into DOS and finding out adapter number of your dead HD 4830 using Atiflash & flash it.
What's your resolution & which games you intend to play? If your resolution is upto 1280x1024(4:3) or 1440x900(16:10) HD6750 will let you play any game at medium/max settings with no/2x AA @ 30+ FPS.

I don't know why I didn't think of that. I made a flash drive a dos boot-disk, set the integrated graphics to priority in the bios, and flashed the card with atiflash successfully. I wish I could say that the fix held, but after 30 min I lost display again. I am now thinking that the bios chip on the board is bad and that the HD 6750 is going to be my best bet. Thanks for the help!
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a c 176 U Graphics card
November 25, 2011 6:10:54 AM

Maybe not. Try another bios/make sure you have the right one.
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