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Medium Range Graphics Card Suggestion?
I'm having some issue deciding on which video cards to go for in looking for a video card to go with a build I'm currently using.

AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4ghz
G-Skill 4GB DDR3-12800 (running at DD3-10700)
Corsair 650w PSU
Antec 300 case

I'm running all stock cooling stuff right now and don't plan to overclock. Also, I'm running Radeon integrated video right now.

I believe the CPU should do fairly well with most PS2 games (I was happy to see Kingdom Hearts running full speed without the need for a card at all). However, GTAIII hovered around 35 FPS. (This is with some basic speed hacks and things running at native.)

Anyways, I was wondering what card I should go with to complete this build and still be good for PCSX2? My budget is around $100 (give or take $10) and I'm sticking with one video card. I'm probably going to shop at Newegg or Tigerdirect.

I'm not a big PC gamer, but I'd like to have the capability to play some recent games at least at 1440x900 with full detail. I try to balance this performance expectation with heat and noise though. I'm not looking for a card that generates a ton of heat or a lot of noise (but I'm reasonable about this).

I've mainly looked at the Radeon 5770 and 5750 series (which are just a bit out of my budget), but I'm also wondering about the 5670 or even the 4670 series (the 4800 series runs hot?). I'm more familiar with ATI and the motherboard I have is CrossFire supported. What I've heard leads me to believe that ATI provides the better heat/price to performance bang for the buck versus similar Nvidia counterparts.

Sorry for the long post and thanks for any suggestions.

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If you can flip the few extra bucks, the 5770 is certainly worth it.
If not get a 5750 and overclock it.

The bang for buck is indeed better for the midrange ATI cards and debatable on the high end cards.
For example: 1GB 5870 is a lot cheaper than GTX480 however a 2GB 5870 is more expansive whilst barely adding performance.
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I would suggest a 9600gt or a 9800gt. A 9600gt would be fit for a $100 budget. Im not really familiar with ati cards sorry.
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actually 9600gt sucks for that price... he can get a gts 250 for around 110-120 and thats allot better, very good is the suggestion of chronicnl also cause he will have dx11 also xD
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The HD57xx isn't really powerfull enough with dx11 in some cases.
dx11 is just a gimmick on the midrange HD5xxx
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ATI HD57XX just fine with directx.11 games as far as you play those games below 1600x1200 res and not set to very high setting on menu and you still can overclock grapich card to boost performance level too.
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>> Emulation speed differs for each game. There will be some you can run fast easily, but others will simply require more powerfull hardware <<.
It's not like you have to overclock the 5750 for PCSX2. It's overpowered as is for PCSX2 lol. Unless you have to use antialiasing or something >_>

If 5700 series is out of your budget, definately get a GTS 250.
for 1440x900 resolution high end gfx cards are pointless at this stage. 5770 is definetly the best bang for buck at that resolution.

I would steer away from the GTS 250 and see if you can net a used 9800GTX on the cheap as the 250 is just a rebrand of it(typical Nvidia). The 4850 1GB would be better as in most places its cheaper and performs exactly the same in benchmarks from what I can see, 2 fps here or there depending on the game vs the 250.

so pretty much a choice of

HD 5770
HD 5830
HD 4850(IF 1GB)
GTS 250
9800 GTX
GTX 465
HD 5850

For Raw performance the HD 5850 is the best choice but expensive and at your resolution a bit overkill

the 5830, GTX 465 and 5770 would be the range to look at to get the most of your resolution to maximise FPS at max settings in practically everything.

the 4850, GTS 250 and 9800 GTX is the budget area but will net you good performance but not neccasarily at max settings in demanding games.

However I have given a good range to choose from and seperated them in tiers for you to make a decision.
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Mostly for PCSX2: One of the Nvidia 9800GTX or its derivates, whatever is cheaper.
For PCSX2 and PC games: The ATI 5750, and overclock it.
meh 5750 good card but then for around 30 bucks more might as well get the 5770.

its $124.99 vs $159.99
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