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January 4, 2012 1:21:15 PM

Hi,

I am looking for a graphics card capable of playing games like assassins creed revelations on my pc. I won't be using it for 3D only 2D.

Since I live in South Africa graphics card cost almost twice as much as they do overseas, so I have little to choose from:

- Axle 3D NVIDIA GT240 1GB GDDR3

- Axle 3D ATI Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5

- Biostar ATI RADEON HD5570 1GB DDR3 PCI EXPRESS

- Axle 3D NVIDIA GT240 1GB GDDR3

- TWINTECH GEFORCE GT440 1GB DDR5

- Twintech NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800GT 512MB DDR3

- Twintech™ NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800GT 1GB DDR3

- Axle 3D NVIDIA 9800GT 1GB GDDR3

Feel free If you want to help me to go and look at www.vtechnologies.co.za for the more suggestions, my maximum price is R950 which is about 95 uero.

Thank you you're awesome for helping a south african with computer troubles

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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 1:58:55 PM

Of those the ATI Radeon HD5670 is the best. Depending on the resolution of your monitor, you may have to lower some settings in the games for best results. Most games will also set themselves for best performance.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 2:37:26 PM

Get Axle 3D ATI Radeon HD5670 1GB GDDR5. It's the best among all of them. EDIT: I mean best to get.
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January 4, 2012 2:48:29 PM

delete your email from post! :)  and yes, the HD5670 is best among those listed
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a c 253 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 2:59:25 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

This is a Hierarchy chart for graphics cards and will help you to see where the cards fall in order of best to worst. You will see that the 5670 and the 9800GT are on the same level so it would be a tossup to choose which one to get. I would go with the 9800GT 1gb because I think the driver support is better with Nvidia.
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January 4, 2012 3:08:02 PM

5670:
- Core Clock: 775MHz
- Memory: 1024MB GDDR5
- Memory Clock: 4000MHz (Effective)
- Processing Cores: 400
- Bus Type: PCI-Express 2.1
- Display Connectors: 1 Dual-Link DVI-I, 1 HDMI & 1 VGA
- HDCP Capable
- DirectX 11 Support
- OpenGL 3.2 Support

vs

9800GT
Chipset : GeForce™ 9800GT
Process Core : 112
Memory : 1GB GDDR3 256-bit
Core Clock (MHz) : 600MHz
Memory Clock (MHz) : 1800MHz
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January 4, 2012 3:09:27 PM

and the 9800GT does not support dx11
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a c 106 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 3:29:24 PM

The 9800GT is faster so get the 1GB version. The 5670 uses a lot less power, but is a step down in performance from the 9800GT.

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

As for the DX11 argument, in reality the 5670 is too slow to play games in DX 11 mode with improved quality at a decent frame rate. It may prove more valuable in the future as a minimum requirement, but that's about it.
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January 4, 2012 3:40:17 PM

btw, what PSU do you have?
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January 4, 2012 4:29:05 PM

I am going to build a pc but at the moment I am looking at buying a amd phenom II hex core 2.8 ghz 1055t
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January 4, 2012 4:30:54 PM

sweet, thought you were going to install the card in a current setup. just wanted to make sure you had a power supply unit that could handle the beefier card
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January 4, 2012 4:35:48 PM

Ok so I looked up the 9800gt but now i have one more question: which one?

- Twintech NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800GT 512MB DDR3
or
- Twintech™ NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800GT 1GB DDR3.

because in my country the 1gb is 20 euros more.

And i noticed it only has ddr3 where as the 5670 has ddr, but the 5670 is another 17 euros more than the 9800 1gb

so finally which one of the 3 should i choose
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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 4:38:59 PM

Help a south african said:
Ok so I looked up the 9800gt but now i have one more question: which one?

- Twintech NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800GT 512MB DDR3
or
- Twintech™ NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9800GT 1GB DDR3.

because in my country the 1gb is 20 euros more.

And i noticed it only has ddr3 where as the 5670 has ddr, but the 5670 is another 17 euros more than the 9800 1gb

so finally which one of the 3 should i choose

get the 1gb but the 5670 is a better choice for you.
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January 4, 2012 4:40:05 PM

the 5670 was released after the 9800, can that make a difference with compatibility in the future?
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January 4, 2012 4:42:18 PM

if you go 9800GT, go 1gb. the 9800GT is a better performer right now, but is 4 generations old and cannot support newest type of graphics API. right now it doesn't matter, but may in future games.

if you go the 5670 route, it doesn't perform as well as the 9800, but has newer graphics ram (gddr5) as well as support for dx11 which improves how games look. but by running at dx11, it will run slower because of the improved graphics.

The 9800 will run hotter and require more power, but is better for the short term. Depends on when you plan to upgrade the GPU next. If you want to make it last for a few years, i'd go 5670, but for short term id go 9800 1GB
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January 4, 2012 4:42:52 PM

ebola28 said:
sweet, thought you were going to install the card in a current setup. just wanted to make sure you had a power supply unit that could handle the beefier card


I used asus to calculate a power supply because i will be buying and assembling a pc from scracth and they said 600w power supply
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January 4, 2012 4:47:15 PM

ebola28 said:
if you go 9800GT, go 1gb. the 9800GT is a better performer right now, but is 4 generations old and cannot support newest type of graphics API. right now it doesn't matter, but may in future games.

if you go the 5670 route, it doesn't perform as well as the 9800, but has newer graphics ram (gddr5) as well as support for dx11 which improves how games look. but by running at dx11, it will run slower because of the improved graphics.

The 9800 will run hotter and require more power, but is better for the short term. Depends on when you plan to upgrade the GPU next. If you want to make it last for a few years, i'd go 5670, but for short term id go 9800 1GB


i plan on making my pc last 4-6 years until i upgrade something in it. ok but will new games like mass effect 3 and assassins creed
revalations work on it?
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January 4, 2012 4:47:20 PM

if you go with seasonic, corsair, xfc, antec you could use a lower wattage PSU without problem, but if you go offbrand, yeah 600w sounds right
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 4:47:39 PM

Make sure you get a decent branded PSU.
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January 4, 2012 4:48:16 PM

Help a south african said:
i plan on making my pc last 4-6 years until i upgrade something in it. ok but will new games like mass effect 3 and assassins creed
revalations work on it?


what monitor resolution will you be playing at
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a c 253 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 4:52:06 PM

You should always go just a bit higher then what you actually need with the power supply , it doesn't hurt to do so and having some extra watts is a good thing because you don't want to find yourself having to upgrade the psu after having it for a short while just because you added a few things to your computer(fans , lights etc.)
If you go with the 9800GT then make sure you go with the 1gb version. If by some chance you were to add some more budget money somehow you can always put it towards a better video card. That is the one component that would add more performance for gaming.
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January 4, 2012 4:52:16 PM

ebola28 said:
what monitor resolution will you be playing at



+/- 1400 x 900
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a c 253 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 4:55:18 PM

If you are building a new Pc then post the components you are thinking of using and maybe we can shave of a few dollars to help you.
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January 4, 2012 5:00:59 PM

ok

Case: aerocool syclone 2
motherboard: Asus m5a97
cpu: amd phenom II hex core 2.8 ghz 1055t
power supply: huntkey 600w
(still deciding about graphics card?)
ram: just plane 8 gb
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January 4, 2012 5:28:04 PM

These are from COD: MW2 but should give you a good idea. your FPS will be higher at that resolution



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January 4, 2012 5:53:36 PM

Headspin_69 said:
I was going to say 5670 is just as good as 9800GT or even a bit better but with so many Nvidia bigots Radeon will never be know as the great company it is.


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January 4, 2012 6:02:08 PM

OK thanks guys you are great i think ill be choosing the 5670 :) 
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a b U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 6:04:15 PM

ebola28 said:
:D 

I am afraid to say anything good about AMD/Radeon for fear of being persecuted and blacklisted by the many Nvidia/Intel Bigots like I have in the past so i will have to keep clandestine about the greatness of AMD ;-)
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a c 253 U Graphics card
January 4, 2012 8:30:32 PM

Help a south african said:
ok

Case: aerocool syclone 2
motherboard: Asus m5a97
cpu: amd phenom II hex core 2.8 ghz 1055t
power supply: huntkey 600w
(still deciding about graphics card?)
ram: just plane 8 gb




You could go with a Quad core on the Phenom since you won't use more than four cores for gaming. There is a psu brand called huntkey , now there's a brand name you don't see everyday. A GTX 560Ti will fit in nice with those components and you will get very good performance from it.
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January 5, 2012 7:50:13 AM

So i looked up the gtx 560Ti but its not availble in my area. You mentioned that I will not be using more than 4 cores for gaming, will that change in the future or is it better to choose lets say a 4 core 3.1 ghz instead of 6 core 2.8 ghz
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a c 271 U Graphics card
January 5, 2012 7:58:02 AM

Headspin_69 said:
I am afraid to say anything good about AMD/Radeon for fear of being persecuted and blacklisted by the many Nvidia/Intel Bigots like I have in the past so i will have to keep clandestine about the greatness of AMD ;-)


Persecuted like you were in this thread you mean?

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/3087-56-star-wars-rep...
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January 5, 2012 8:04:27 AM

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