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Old 04-18-2009, 10:15 AM   #51 (permalink)
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and yes pci-e 2.0 is compatible with pci-e
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Woot thanks! good to know, i really hope i'm set now, i know i have too many questions Just didn't want to be unsure.
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Look at this card Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100269OCSR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - OC edition - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
sorry it is 5 buck more than your max budget
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Almost all of the 4890s are the same price, but all but two have $20 MIR with them, too. XFX offers their double lifetime warranty (best ATI warranty out there), but Gigabyte and Asus both offer a three year warranty as opposed to Sapphire's two year. A couple only offer a one year warranty.
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The 4870's were about $100.00+ cheaper. So i'd go overbudget if i were to buy the 4890.
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Well, if you go with a 4870, look at more than just the price. While the HIS one you linked to will work, the Asus version has a better cooler, an additional year's warranty, and more positive reviews for only $10 more.

The 1GB Sapphire and MSI models are only $35 and $40 more than the HIS. The Sapphire has a two year warranty, but the MSI has a three year and a better cooler.
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Ah i see, yeah i guess going for the cheapest is never the best option, maybe i should just go for a higher quality lower grade card.
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The 4830 is a great card. About $90-100 for a 512MB card, $125+ for a 1GB card.
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Hm i see, thanks again for the help, you guys are helpful :-)

but i was reading GPU review sites, isn't the GTS250 better than the HD 4830?
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Agh I'm afraid my highest i can go in my budget would be:

Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AX4870 512MD5 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

is that at least better than the HIS brand?
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