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    Best budget graphics card?

    I'm looking to upgrade from my GeForce 9400 (it will hamstring the system I'm having built shortly) and was looking for a quality card under $230. Any suggestions?

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    What power supply do you have?
    Are you planning on ordering from newegg?
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    If this is to go in that Dell 8400 you have mentioned in other posts it will need a PSU upgrade. Not to mention any decent card will be bottlenecked by the P4.

    Your post is a little confusing and am not sure if you meant will be putting this card or the 9400 in a new rig.

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    Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

    That is just $5 over IF you manage to get the card rebate.
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    This won't be going on the 8400. I plan on scrapping it soon (taking only the HDD, the sound card, and the optical drives). I was planning on ordering off Newegg or Pricewatch.

    I'm upgrading to a 650W+ PSU.

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    Last edited by Aaron_8015; June 13th, 2009 at 01:30 PM.
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    What are you planning on doing with the new computer? Will it be a gaming rig or more of a general use computer?
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    Gaming, for sure.

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    OK. Then any of the above cards will work well for you.


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    y helo thar Crysis

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    What is it with people and crysis. Dont get me wrong I enjoyed it its just there are better games out there.
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    Of the choices listed, the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition is the best bang for your buck. It performs on par with the GTX 280.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron_8015 View Post
    What is it with people and crysis. Dont get me wrong I enjoyed it its just there are better games out there.
    It's just so pretty.

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    Yea, Crysis is pretty cool when you can play it on high settings.
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    That's the objective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic Rooster View Post
    Yea, Crysis is pretty cool when you can play it on high settings.
    I had to get a new system to play it, and its the game that forced me to upgrade that system, than I still wasn't satisfied I went ahead and built an even more powerful system.

    Remember Crysis can be tweaked for the lesser GPU's, and you can still achieve great framerates and smooth gameplay if not better than the newest cards out on the market. I learned the hardway of course and after I have wasted soo much $$$ on 2 9800GX2's just because I wasn't satisfied with how the game ran. Just saying Khalzhatar, don't fall in the same hole I did.



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    Yea, the 4890 is a bit faster than a standard clocked GTX 260/216, but not quite as fast as the overclocked 260/216 which runs on par with a GTX 280. (You could always OC the 4890.) That is a great deal on an HD 4890, but then, it is a PowerColor.
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    I've heard of OC's on the 4890 reach as much as 1Ghz core speed, which is a good 25% increase.

    I don't think Powercolor is anything but the reference design always, so they can sell them cheaper.
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