Video card specs compare questions

I am new to building pc's. I have a fair amount of computer knowledge but some what out of date on current hardware. I am not a hard core gamer and may not really notice small differences. But none the less, I would like to get the best for my money. I am trying to find a video card around $100 - $150. While comparing video cards, I have come accross some questions that I can not get a clear explanation of. I know there are alot of variables and some things are debatable, but due to my lack of knowledge, I need somewhat clear answers.
First question, I went with AMD CPU, does it make any difference getting a AMD video card or nvidia? Or are there absolutely no compatibility issues or benefits?
Second question, what would be better between 1 GB DDR5, or 2 GB DDR3?
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  1. It doesn´t really matter if your CPU is AMD or Intel, or if your card if from AMD or Nvidia -- they are compatible without any issue.

    I would prefer 1 GB DDR5 rather than 2 GB DDR3 tough.
  2. Neongray said:
    I am new to building pc's. I have a fair amount of computer knowledge but some what out of date on current hardware. I am not a hard core gamer and may not really notice small differences. But none the less, I would like to get the best for my money. I am trying to find a video card around $100 - $150. While comparing video cards, I have come accross some questions that I can not get a clear explanation of. I know there are alot of variables and some things are debatable, but due to my lack of knowledge, I need somewhat clear answers.
    First question, I went with AMD CPU, does it make any difference getting a AMD video card or nvidia? Or are there absolutely no compatibility issues or benefits?
    Second question, what would be better between 1 GB DDR5, or 2 GB DDR3?


    The best I have seen is a HIS 7850 for 164 at Newegg. It out performs everything else in the same price range.
  3. heres one for 149$ xfx core edition 7850

    http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=77797&vpn=FX%2D785A%2DZNL4&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1338

    some games are made with the "help" of some video card copmpanies. for example batman arkham city was helped by nvidia to make their game. so benchmarks may be a little higher for these games made wirth the help of thease companies.
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