Ready to upgrade..

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by failurbydesign, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. failurbydesign

    failurbydesign music MUSIC music Political User

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    I have an EVGA 8800 GTS 640mb video card...i love it but it gets hot, i would like to move up and get a better card but keep a reasonable budget. Any thought?
     
  2. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    ati hd 5800 ;)
     
  3. failurbydesign

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    I would like to stay under $200
     
  4. BouncingSoul

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    Is there really a $120+ difference between the 5850 and 5870? I have the same card as FbD and could use an upgrade.
     
  5. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    Not necessarily the best bang for the buck, but rather the highest end while still remotely reasonable, I recommend one of these two video cards:

    XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


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    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail


    They both have lifetime warranties. I bought an HIS 4850 about six months ago and have been very happy with it.
     
  6. failurbydesign

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    With the cards that have HDMI built in, if i ran it to my TV, will i need a separate cable for for my audio?
     
  7. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    From what I've read, on any recent ATI video card, at least in the 47xx or higher range, then the sound is passed through the HDMI as well, or even through DVI if you use the appropriate DVI->HDMI adapter (some cards come with it and some you have to buy additional).
     
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  9. Petros

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    5770s are about equal in power to a 4870, but have DX11 support and INCREDIBLE power savings (<30W at idle!). 4890s are also under $200 these days.