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

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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  1. Best answer
    Here, use this chart:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diablo-iii-performance-benchmark,3195-5.html

    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.
  2. 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)?
  3. Best answer selected by Stanzig6690.
  4. Sweeet. Thank you very much for your help randomkid. I'll probably be ordering the HD 6670 next time I get paid :)
  5. You are much welcome. Best wishes on your order.
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