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Hey all, I need some input. As you all know Christmas is around the corner. I'm being hounded by family for a gift list. What I want to know is everyones oppinion on upgrading a graphics card... I want to ask for something around the $100 mark, and try not to go over that. Right now I have a Sapphire radeon x1650 pro, and with the newer games out I can't use AA or AF without it being slow and buggy... Can anyone recommend a card due to personal experience with them? I don't mind ATI or NVIDIA, just whatever you can make a compelling argument for. Thanks!!!

p.s. PCIe x16 since I didn't mention it above :)
 
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The 9800gt is falling pretty close to $100, if you can get that that would be good. If not, the 9600gso w/ 768mb of vram would probably be the best choice..
 
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I have an ATI x1950Pro in my FS thread if interested.
 
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I know this is a UK site. But if you can find the same in the US, it's not bad.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139617

Won't be playing the latest games on highest settings. But you'll be able to play Crysis on medium settings at an acceptable fps.

Far Cry 2 will be fine on Medium settings - So the card is fine, just don't expect an amazing card for $100. :)

You'd still notice a MASSIVE improvement.
 
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any 8800/9600+ 3800/46XX/48XX would be a massive upgrade from a 1650, lol I had one a while ago

u can get an open box 8800GT from newegg for $86
 
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thanks I will keep those in mind... keep em coming if there's more suggestions :)
 
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is it the ddr2 version version of the x1650 pro
 

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the 8800GS/9600GSO is good but to get the most out of it you have to volt mod it really, when volt modded to 1.3V they overclock very very easily, at least my brothers does in his pc

for example at 1.3V this is the most he can get



at 1.1V it will only go up to about 750Mhz which is nice, at 1.2V it hits about 830, and at 1.3V it hits a bit over 900 but the stock heatsink won't take the heat at all.

but you could wait and get a 9800GTX or 4850 and a psu, the prices of graphics cards should drop with the holiday sales

got a 9800gx2 myself :)
 
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Second one is a deactivated item :-\ but that would probably be perfect
Sorry forgot to specify to use the TigerDirect link.Would be perfect but I think you would have to get a new PSU as well. Oh and just as an FYI, I stated 4670 because it has lower power consumption and doesnt require a PCIe 6 pin. Almost the same as performing as the 8800GS. Just a tad under an HD3850.
 
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if the psu is the APEVIA LC-A420ATX I don't think that will be enough for a 8800/3800+ maybe a 46XX but the psu req from ATI is 400 watts

I ran a 3850 an a 380 watt antec so maybe but that antec had 2 18A 12V rails on it
 
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I'm not looking to go for the greatest card ever, just something to upgrade to, so that I don't get all the artifacts when AA and AF are applied
 
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The HD4670 is a good card, but don't be fooled into thinking it performs similar to an HD3850. The HD4670 is noticeably slower than the HD3850.

Personally, I would look in the direction of the HD4830. It is already close to the $100 mark, and by the time x-mas comes around, it should be right at the $100 mark. The performance is very good on this card.

And I wouldn't worry about your power supply, 420w should be enough. The system in my sig with the 9600GSO, even with 2 hard drives, has never gone over 300w pulled from the wall.
 
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Well in regards to possibly needing a new PSU, what would anyone suggest? Cause I can ask for a new PSU from someone in the wifes family as well
 
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If you can find one, an 8800gt would be a bargain, for a kickbutt card. It'll play crysis ect, prob for like 100 bucks. For a little more, a 9800gtx non + model should be cheap, maybe 150?
And an 8800gt will dropkick an 9600gt or gso....
 

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What until later if it is for X-Mass.

Video cards are the worst in keeping their value.

Today's cards that are 200usd today, could be 100usd in a month from now.
 
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What until later if it is for X-Mass.

Video cards are the worst in keeping their value.

Today's cards that are 200usd today, could be 100usd in a month from now.
Well I'm just trying to get an idea on what to ask for, cause my wifes family keeps asking me for ideas... I figured I'd ask here and get everyones thoughts.
 

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Then I would just get a HD 4670 then :)