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Video Card for around $200

JakardJakard Member Posts: 415
So, I inherited my friend's computer and I would like to upgrade the video card but I've been out of the hardware game for quite some time so I have no idea what's good in a graphics card anymore. This computer is running an ATI Radeon 4600 HD. What would be a good upgrade for around $200?

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  • miguksarammiguksaram Member UncommonPosts: 835
    I'll help you from having to worry about posting this later.  Given the fact you plan to upgrade a system I will assume it's a little older, based on the GPU you are upgrading from, there are a few questions we need answered first before anyone can offer sound advice.  First and forement, what is the make/model of your Power Supply Unit(PSU)?  It doesn't do any of us much good to recommend something the your current setup can't handle.  Second, what CPU/motherboard combo are you using?  While most GPU's will in fact be an upgrade for you (assuming your PSU can handle it) there is a chance your overall performance will be bottlenecked by the CPU.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,135

    In addition to what miguksaram asked, what case do you have?  There's no sense in buying a new video card that won't physically fit in your case, or that will release more heat than your case fans can handle.

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    Assuming that the case and power supply check out, here are some options, depending on how flexible your budget is:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127662

    A Radeon HD 7870 for $260 before a $20 rebate is a nice card at a nice price, but it's also more than you wanted to pay.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161405

    A Radeon HD 7850 for $210 is much closer to your stated budget.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131464

    Or, if you like rebates, you could get one for $217 before a $20 rebate.  I'd rather have a HIS IceQ card than a PowerColor "let's make it cheap" card, though.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604

    If you're an Nvidia fanboy, a GeForce GTX 560 Ti for $210 before a $30 rebate is the thing to get.  But a Radeon HD 7850 is substantially better in just about every way, so I don't think the GTX 560 Ti makes sense unless you have a strong preference for Nvidia over AMD.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

    You could get a Radeon HD 6870 for $175 before a $30 rebate.  That's a good deal if you like rebates, but if you don't want the hassle of a rebate, it's not cheaper than a 7850 by enough to justify saving the money.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130664

    There's also a GeForce GTX 560 for $164 before a $30 rebate.  That probably makes more sense than the 6870, but about the same argument applies.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131477

    A Radeon HD 7770 for $127 before a $10 rebate is a lot less than you were looking to spend.  But it's still a pretty capable card, and depending on what you've got for a case or power supply, everything higher on this list except the 7850 might be ruled out for you unless you want to replace other components, too.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161403

    A Radeon HD 7750 for $105 before a $10 rebate is the low power option.  It won't use all that much more power than the card you have now, and doesn't need a 6-pin PCI-E power connector.  Even so, it will easily more than double and likely triple the graphical performance of your current card, so it's very much an upgrade.

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