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Upgrading from integrated graphics, $115 limit.Need opinions on cards.

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May 12, 2012 9:58:26 PM

Okay so here is a link to my current specs, along with some info to the PSU/RAM that I'll be upgrading to.

RAM: AMD Memory Performance Edition 4GB Kit (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM (Model number: AP34G1338U1K)
PSU: Antec VP450

Link to Current PC Specs: (click on the + signs next to item on page for more info )
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...


I'll be doing a little bit everything(except overclocking), and my computer runs nearly 24/7. I'll be gaming a bit, watching vast amounts of media (sometimes I'll have videos running in background of games). I only have $115 to spend and can't really go higher than that (wouldn't mind going lower of course ).

I'm not a graphics-nut who insists on highest settings. Although I don't enjoy playing on the lowest quality either. That being said, I'll be looking for a smooth FPS rate on medium-high settings, while still having things running in background (sometimes VLC, other times youtube or ustream or w/e). I also do a bit of video conversions, but not while gaming.

I'll be purchasing my items all from one site, and I'm kinda stuck with that site, so here is the prices of the GDDR5 cards from that site. I have overlooked DDR3 cards all together, so if there are some that will actually work just as fast and are in same price bracket I'll be willing to consider those. I just havent been looking at them because to my knowledge DDR3 is completely inferior to GDDR5 in speeds. I'm looking for something faster if I'm not mistaken. But PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong. Because that would open up a whole new horizon of cards.

VisionTek Radeon HD6750 1GB GDDR5 (Model number: 900367) $106.98

EVGA GeForce GTS 450 1GB GDDR5 (Model number: 01G-P3-1351-KR) $107.88

GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB GDDR5 (Model number: GV-N550D5-1GI) $114.00

MSI ATI Radeon HD6670 1GB DDR5 (dual fan version) (Model number: R6670-MD1GD5) $89.99

XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR5 (Model number: HD667XZWF4) $90.89

XFX AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB DDR5 (Model number: HD677XZNFC) $118.44

ASUS GeForce GT440 1GB DDR5 (Model number: ENGT440/DI/1GD5) $94.99

I'd really like to know the best deal here. Also if my understanding of DDR3 speeds are incorrect, please point me to which DDR3 cards match the cards listed here.

Thank you for your time, and happy early Mother's Day to any moms out there ;)  .

NOTE: If anybody has had any of these EXACT cards, please tell me of your experiences with it.

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a c 291 U Graphics card
May 12, 2012 10:41:28 PM

You've done correctly, it's not worth going for DDR3 card.

The best from the list is XFX AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB DDR5, and that's what I would have recommended anyway when I saw your budget.

Is there a reason you're buying from a specific shop? It seems like those cards are overpriced.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
May 12, 2012 10:42:45 PM

you didn't mention the resolution you are going to use... nevertheless out of the cards you listed the gtx550ti and hd6770 are the fastest and quite even with each other. (6770 is just renamed 5770 with some added features, iirc hdmi1.4a, it will perform just like the 5770 listed in the chart below).

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_67...
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May 12, 2012 10:53:10 PM

For me like paying my own elec bill, I would look for HD 7750. You won't need pci-e power cable going to the card and probably you won't need a new power supply. It's just 5% less powerful than Gtx 550ti.

But from the list you gave I'll go for Gtx 550 ti or HD 6770. 3% difference in performance for gtx 550 ti coming on top. I would not go lower than those 2.

Goodluck.
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May 12, 2012 11:00:08 PM

Kari said:
you didn't mention the resolution you are going to use... nevertheless out of the cards you listed the gtx550ti and hd6770 are the fastest and quite even with each other. (6770 is just renamed 5770 with some added features, iirc hdmi1.4a, it will perform just like the 5770 listed in the chart below).
http://tpucdn.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_670_Amp_Edition/images/perfrel_1920.gif
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Zotac/GeForce_GTX_67...

Oh, well the recommended resolution for my screen is 1280x1024 if that helps at all.
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a c 88 U Graphics card
May 12, 2012 11:36:33 PM

afewquestions said:
Oh, well the recommended resolution for my screen is 1280x1024 if that helps at all.

Ive been running a 5770 at that same resolution for 2 years now, never had any real problems with performance in any of the games I've played with it. Sure I can't max the AA or AF settings in modern games but it is running for example Skyrim at steady 60fps at ultra (shadows at high) with AA and AF set to x2 (though I have a stronger cpu than the athlon x2 you got). So I'd say the 6770 is a pretty good match for that resolution. :) 
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May 13, 2012 12:36:49 AM

Sunius said:

Is there a reason you're buying from a specific shop? It seems like those cards are overpriced.

Mostly because of convenience.


Kari said:
Ive been running a 5770 at that same resolution for 2 years now, never had any real problems with performance in any of the games I've played with it. Sure I can't max the AA or AF settings in modern games but it is running for example Skyrim at steady 60fps at ultra (shadows at high) with AA and AF set to x2 (though I have a stronger cpu than the athlon x2 you got). So I'd say the 6770 is a pretty good match for that resolution. :) 



HMMMM interesting. How greatly is my cpu going to effect these cards?
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May 13, 2012 12:49:12 AM

I would definitely pick the 550ti. I bought one for my dad's Dell because he loves his Warcrack and I couldn't look at 7fps anymore when I watched him play.

It performs great, and Nvidia has had excellent driver support for its 500 series.
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May 13, 2012 2:10:25 AM

Best answer selected by afewquestions.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
May 13, 2012 9:10:57 AM

It depends on game, how it reacts on CPU. Some games, like skyrim, are very CPU dependent. Others, like crysis, are not. It's just depends on a game.
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