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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?


  • 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: 22,096

    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.


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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