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Graphics Card replacement help

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January 25, 2012 1:44:28 AM

Hello,
I wonder if I could get some advice on a new graphics card. I need to replace my current card, a Radeon X1950 Pro, in a system that I built about 5 years ago. The basic system hardware is:

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
CPU - Dual Core E2160 Allendale
PSU - Antec NeoPower 550W
Memory - Corsair 2x1GB DDR2 800

Other than the graphics card, I’m not really interested in updating any of the other components. What would be the best card for under $100 that this set up could handle? Would the Radeon HD 5670 be too advanced for the motherboard to handle (first generation vs second generation PCIe)? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, Jon

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January 25, 2012 2:27:53 AM

The HD 5670 should be fine in your system, 2.1 is backwards compatible. Iit looks like the ones that are ~$100 have DDR5 RAM, and those around $60 have DDR3 RAM. Get one with DDR5 RAM. Check newegg, and read the reviews.
January 26, 2012 2:36:41 AM

Thanks for the reply. After doing some research I got sucked into upgrading my system rather than just replacing the graphics card and ended up ordering the following replacement items (all 4 for $340):

Motherboard - MSI PH61A-P35
CPU - Intel i-3 2120
Memory - G.Skill 8GB DDR3-1333
Graphics Card - ASUS Radeon HD 6770
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