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    As I finish up my first build my last obstacle is a graphics card. I'm looking to purchase a 1440x900 monitor and want to know some suggestions on what would be a good option as far as graphics cards go. I plan on playing mainly counter-strike: source but will be looking to play newer games in the future. Crossfire will also be an option down the road. I'd like to keep the price of the card around or below $100 if at all possible.

    I appreciate all the help this forum has given me throughout my build :)
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    The HD4830 is definitely your best bet, my only hesitation would be that they will likely be discontinued in the near future, makeing finding a second for Crossfire difficult.
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    What if I stepped up my budget a little? Keeping it in the low $100s. What could some options be then?
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    Sub 100$ 4830 would be the best call. For just a bit over 100$ you can get a 4850. If it were me I would "bite the bullet" and spend a few more green backs and get a 4850.
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    the 4850 will give you those extra shaders that the 4830 is lacking. That is something oveclocking cant do for you.
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    shoot based on your description a 9600gt would do it. *checks the egg

    wait nm 9600gt's cost about the same as a 4830 lol. bummer.
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    4830 with long PCB. Or 4870 for 130-140$ or something.
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    what motherboard is going into your new build?
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    You can use any HD 4000 card for Crossfire with it, even the HD 4770 that replaces it.
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    ATI 4830 hands down, cheap and fast.

    I've got the 4830 and I play Tombraider Underworld at very high detail, 4x AA, 1440x900 @ 45-120 FPS. COD: WAW at the same settings @ 45-100 FPS.


    Powercolour 4830 $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131129

    Sapphire 4830 $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

    Edit:

    Do not waste money on crossfire if you're a casual gamer.

    Get the 4830, its enough to play games at high detail and at good frames rate for atleast a year and a bit.
    In a year if you feel you need more power buy something more powerful then. (a single card solution)

    Edit 2:

    I just found a special deal on a Powercolor 4850 for £114.99, they usually cost more than this!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131125
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    I'm sorry for not specifying this. My current specs are the build this will be going into.
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    Since you're in the U.S. you can pick up an open box 4850 from newegg for about that price, if you get lucky. That's what I did.
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    The Sapphire one I got was $95 which is closer to what he's looking for. I didn't know if $105 would be a deal breaker or not.
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    Hd4850.
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    New 4830, Open box 4850 like said. I would go for the Open Box.
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    You've got an existing GPU. Use it for 10 days. Then get the 4750/4770. It's performance is midway between 4830 and 4850 BUT is significantly lower power and will be priced less than $100.

    Lower power = quieter fans too.
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    Why 10 days?
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    I would just buy 2 4670's, that should do the job :)
    You can go crossfire with the 4670's i think.
    Would be nice if the Diamond 4670 were cheaper tho :(
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    Stick with single card solution, more upgrade options later on, and draw less power.

    HD4850 is the way to go.
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