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    Default Thinking about upgrading video card...suggestions please

    My wife and I both have Dell desktops with AMD Athalon II x4 630 Processors (2.8GHz) and 6 gigs of ram. The computers have ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics processors (on board) with 512 MB of memory (shared from RAM). The computer does have a PCI x16 slot so I'm thinking about getting new video cards (Christmas is almost here). I'm going to try and keep it reasonable since it will be a card for both computers. I'm guessing $100-$150 tops is what I can get away with spending. There are so many choices now, I thought I'd get some opinions from other people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arteen View Post
    My wife and I both have Dell desktops with AMD Athalon II x4 630 Processors (2.8GHz) and 6 gigs of ram. The computers have ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics processors (on board) with 512 MB of memory (shared from RAM). The computer does have a PCI x16 slot so I'm thinking about getting new video cards (Christmas is almost here). I'm going to try and keep it reasonable since it will be a card for both computers. I'm guessing $100-$150 tops is what I can get away with spending. There are so many choices now, I thought I'd get some opinions from other people.
    http://www.rabb1t.com/mypc.html I don't know if rabb1t is busy so ill link this for him. There should be a section for graphic cards to help you out.

    On the nvidia side most of the 460's I am seeing are over 150
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    With AMD AII chips your best bet is to stick with ATI as the chip infrustructure meshes better as the AII I beleive was made after the purchase of ATI so the bridged technology is built into the AII chips. I know its built into the PhaII chips.

    I am currenty running a set of ATI 5870's are mixed with the PhaII chips they are simply amazing cards for the price.

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    The 5870 is actually one I was eyeing on pricewatch. It's under $100 and looks pretty solid, especially compared to the onboard I have now. Thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arteen View Post
    The 5870 is actually one I was eyeing on pricewatch. It's under $100 and looks pretty solid, especially compared to the onboard I have now. Thanks for the input.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150476 is what I have atm and it is beastly awesome, just a lot over your price range
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    opps, It was the 5770 I was looking at. Big difference I guess.

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    The 5750 sits in the 120-140 price range the 5770 is just a tad above that. A 5750 or 5770 would match 2x 5570 and give you room to through another 5750/5770 in later. However ATI did just release the 6800 series so the prices on all cards should be coming down a bit as the 6800 price point is lower then some of the 5800 series price points.

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    Seems like you got your target on the right track. But, if you aren't upgrading until December, don't worry for a bit. Word is that AMD's 69xx cards will come out and no doubt there will be some price war stuff going on what with the new AMD 6 series and Nvidia 580, some of that war may trickle into your range, so that may alter the card you look at.

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