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    Default Good bang for the buck these days.

    I haven't been following the GPU business for a while, since my 4850 does what I ask of it, so I'm a bit out of date when it comes to what models are good for the money.

    Anyway, my girlfriend is looking to do some upgrades to her prebuilt HP (an A6700Y), and looking at the specs of it, I'm not seeing much that really needs to be upgraded other than putting in a video card, and ditching the factory PSU.

    Anyhow, for the PSU, I'm thinking something along the lines of a 400CX, but I'm not sure on a video card. She's looking to do the upgrades later in the Fall or over winter break (we're both students), and the budget isn't large, but considering that she's not a huge gamer, the card doesn't need to be either.

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    The Radeon 5770 and GeForce GTX460 1GB/768MB are the best bang for the buck in the $150-$200 and $200-$250 ranges respectively, and in overall FPS/$. The 5770 would be my pick for a casual gamer since it's smaller, cooler, and uses only 80W under load. If you're serious gamers then the extra performance of the GTX460 would be more worthwhile for the 150W power draw and louder fan.


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    I agree with the above post, although I never knew the 5770's power consumption is that low. A non reference model perhaps? Also keep in mind that GF106 will be out in a month, the GTS 450 more specifically which should best the 5770 considering the release date of both products.

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    I'll check them out, but IIRC, they might be massive overkill. Also, would they be significantly better than a 4850? Because for a lot less, there is this with a lifetime warranty, which from what I've seen, even a 4850 would still be massive overkill for what she does, game-wise.

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    The 5770 performs on par with a GTX 260 and a 4870. Considering the specs of that prebuilt HP system, a powerful video card would be pointless. You can just get a 5670.

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    if she's not a gamer, why bother with such an expensive card?

    HD5550 $65 shipped plus it comes with a $15 MIR
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrWicked1968 View Post
    if she's not a gamer, why bother with such an expensive card?

    HD5550 $65 shipped plus it comes with a $15 MIR
    Somewhat of a gamer, but not what would push a system very hard. She gets slight lag in the games she plays on the onboard 6150 SE, so I'm thinking it'd be a good idea to do a minor upgrade.

    Hell, I have a 6600 vanilla sitting here somewhere (it got displaced during cleanup from the flood), that she can have, but I'd like to get her something a little better. That said, that card, the 5550, looks like it would fit the bill nicely. I know it's a bit silly, but I still lean toward ATI, after that 6800 debacle.

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    yeah, newegg has cheaper cards but they either have a 64-bit memory interface or DDR2 memory, or both.
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    I did some digging through parts bins here, and found the spare card I had. It's an Asus en6600silent/td/512m/a, which I *think* is a 6600 vanilla, but I can't really find much on it (understandable, since not a lot of people bought passively-cooled cards). Not sure if it even works, as it's been sitting for a few years, but if it does, it's a nice temporary upgrade until later in the Fall when she can afford to do the upgrades she wants.

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    Quick question for in case the card does work.

    I've never used such a non-standard card as this (it's upside-down, for some obscure reason known only to Asus...), here's someone's pics of it, for reference. Should I use the outdated drivers Asus has on the website, or do you guys think I can use the standard Nvidia ones?

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