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Old July 3, 2010, 02:06 PM
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Hey guys,

My graphics card just bit the dust and now I am on the hunt for a new one. My previous card was a Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT. It was okay as a temporary card and now I am looking for an upgrade. I don't play a ton of intensive games or anything so my requirements are fairly modest. However, I would like to have capabilities of playing games casually. Also, I am looking for a nice "bang for buck" GPU that will compliment my CPU nicely.

Here are my specs:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 940
Memory: 8GB
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H (not crossfire capable)
OS: Windows 7 Pro (64 bit)
HD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB
PSU: Sparklepower 400w

The computer is mostly used for word processing, HD movies, internet, and light gaming. Looking for a boost in the graphics department! Would like to find something that won't require me to buy an new PSU.

Budget: Under $200.00 (cheaper is better)

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for your time! :)
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A 5770 would be your best bet in that price range.
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Old July 3, 2010, 02:30 PM
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@ncix there's an ati 5750 on sale for 110
NCIXUS.com - Buy Powercolor Radeon HD 5750 PCs 700MHZ 512MB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI VGA DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card - AX5750 512MD5-H.
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that or score a used 260 or 4870.

or a 5770 around 120
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Old July 3, 2010, 04:46 PM
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that or score a used 260 or 4870.

or a 5770 around 120
I second the used last gen of either brand over a 5770- 128bit memory interfaces belong in the distant past, not crippling current gen cards. (although the 5770 is accordingly dirt cheap due to this limitation)
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Old July 3, 2010, 04:58 PM
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I would say Nvidia 250 or Radeon 5770. If you keep an eye on the BST thread, you could get a good deal on something better as stated by another member. Possibly a 260/275 or 5830/5850. It might be a bit pricey for the higher end ones though.
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My honest suggestion would be a GTS250 and then Upgrade your PSU to something other than that Sparkle.
I would not trust them to power your rig in all honesty.

So say:

GTS250
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VX450 or something similar.

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You can probably get a used GTX260 or 4870 for less than $135-ish.

or 5770 if you play DX11 games (BFBC2).

EDIT: After looking at your PSU, i'd recommend a 5770. That way you don't have to upgrade the PSU because the 5770 doesn't use that much power.
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You can probably get a used GTX260 or 4870 for less than $135-ish.

or 5770 if you play DX11 games (BFBC2).

EDIT: After looking at your PSU, i'd recommend a 5770. That way you don't have to upgrade the PSU because the 5770 doesn't use that much power.
Yep - I didn't notice that 400W - ouch.

5770, or buy a new PSU. A 400W Sparkle is pretty bad for a modern PC.
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A 400W Sparkle should be enough for the OP's system with a 5770.
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