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I have a spare build sitting at a friends house for when we hang out so we can play games all day like losers. I got one of those Akimbo 9800GTs from Tiger Direct when they were on sale as my primary GPU.

I seen that Newegg has a Sapphire 5830 for about $110

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...apphire%205830

and was wondering if the valued members of OCN think I should get one of those to put in my spare. Any thoughts are much appreciated.

I definitely want to upgrade that GPU so if you think there is a better route, i'm open to all suggestions!

I'd say $150 absolute limit for the upgrade.
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I've done a similar upgrade from a 4850 and I have chosen a second hand 5850. They can usually be found for something like 100-120$ and perform about 10-15% better while having some OCing headroom and lower power consumption.

The 5830 is an amazing deal for 110$ new, you can't find anything better imho. My take is just to go with this card or if you can find 5850s in good working condition. Another (more expensive) option would be new 5850 or 6850 which should be just below the 150$ mark.
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