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What graphics card would be my best option for an upgrade?

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May 22, 2012 6:14:29 AM

I'm considering upgrading the graphics card in my system to get a bit more out of my games.

I'm primarily concerned with getting higher fps on Diablo 3 atm and currently have my graphic settings set to low on everything (AA off, V-Sync ON) and at 1280x720 and I'm seeing about 20-30 fps on average.

It's pretty choppy sometimes and I'd like to run it smoothly with the graphics settings higher and get some decent fps.

My system specs are:

Windows 7 64bit
HP a6235x
Chipset: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
Motherboard Name: MCP61PM-HM
Athlon 64 X2 (W) 6000+ 3.0 GHz (89W)
Power Supply: Dynex DX-400WPS
500 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec) 7200 rpm
ATI Radeon HD 4550 512mb
3 GB DDR2 SDRAM
LG 2453V 1080p monitor

I don't want to invest to much into this machine and would prefer to spend $150 or less and need an *HDMI Port*. I am considering the Radeon HD 5670, 6570, 6670(?).

All replies and suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks,

Matt

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May 22, 2012 7:41:50 AM

Here, use this chart:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performa...

You can look at the 6670 for the equivalent performance of the 5670. From the graph it shows that with 6670, you can get 33~38fps at maximum settings at 1920x1080. That should be enjoyable gaming experience already compared to your current card. Your Athlon 64 x2 might pose as a bottleneck but you can try upgrading the video card first.
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May 22, 2012 7:52:00 AM

Thanks. that chart is quite helpful. My only worries are as you said, the cpu bottlenecking me, and also will my 400w power supply run it effectively? Also should I go with the ddr3 version of the 6670 or ddr5 for $20 more(not really sure what the difference would be)?
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May 22, 2012 7:50:42 PM

Best answer selected by Stanzig6690.
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May 22, 2012 7:53:42 PM

Sweeet. Thank you very much for your help randomkid. I'll probably be ordering the HD 6670 next time I get paid :) 
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May 23, 2012 3:00:05 AM

You are much welcome. Best wishes on your order.
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