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Looking to buy a budget card but want to make sure I get the best Bang for my Buck. I was looking at Radeon 5450, 5550, 5570, and 5670 because I can Hybrid Crossfire those w/my IGP which will give me some kind of advantage. I am not familiar with AMD GPUs, so I don't know how well each card overclocks. Expert help would be appreciated. poke.gif
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What's your budget?

The Radeon HD 5670 is the best bang-for-buck out of those.
    
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel;13563118 
What's your budget?

The Radeon HD 5670 is the best bang-for-buck out of those.

I was just about to edit to add more info. My Radeon HD 4290 is almost sufficient for my gaming purposes (just recently switched from Ultra to Low settings on SC2). I'm now getting around 45fps which is pretty good for a RTS game. I'm not able to have the settings exactly how I want (FPS drops to like 15 when I do).

Since the GPUs listed above are so low-end, I guess $125 is my budget (which means I can buy any GPU from the list above).

I know how much overclocking can do (My GTX 460 overclocks like a cookie monster), so I would like to consider OC as well.
Edited by charlie310 - 5/19/11 at 10:47am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by charlie310;13563181 
I was just about to edit to add more info. My Radeon HD 4290 is almost sufficient for my gaming purposes (just recently switched from Ultra to Low settings on SC2). I'm now getting around 45fps which is pretty good for a RTS game. I'm not able to have the settings exactly how I want (FPS drops to like 15 when I do).

Since the GPUs listed above are so low-end, I guess $125 is my budget (which means I can buy any GPU from the list above).

I know how much overclocking can do (My GTX 460 overclocks like a cookie monster), so I would like to consider OC as well.

For under $125, the Radeon HD 5830 is the absolute best you're gonna get. It handily leaves the Radeon HD 5670 in the dust, and is a good 10% faster than the Radeon HD 5770, while costing the same amount. It has tons of over-clocking headroom, and most reviewers are able to get 100MHz more on the Core stock and almost 200MHz more with over-volting. The next card that surpasses it is the GTX 460 768MB, but that costs $40 more.
    
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Helping out two OCN members with one post smile.gif

PNY GTX460 1GB -$135

http://www.overclock.net/video/1018001-fs-pny-gtx-460-1gb-pics.html

I know it's not AMD, but I had it opened and it just seemed to fit.
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For under $125, the Radeon HD 5830 is the absolute best you're gonna get. It handily leaves the Radeon HD 5670 in the dust, and is a good 10% faster than the Radeon HD 5770, while costing the same amount. It has tons of over-clocking headroom, and most reviewers are able to get 100MHz more on the Core stock and almost 200MHz more with over-volting. The next card that surpasses it is the GTX 460 768MB, but that costs $40 more.

I appreciate the help. But, I would just keep my GTX 460 if I wanted the 5830. I guessing you didn't see "my system". The reason I am selling it and downgrading is because it is obviously a waste to have a beastly overclocked GTX 460 running only SC2 on low settings. Might as well sell it and downgrade so I can pocket some cash. I guess there is no Radeon card that overclocks like a beast like the GTX 460. I guess I'll wait for a 5670 deal. I'm sure I can snag one for $40-$50.
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I appreciate the help. But, I would just keep my GTX 460 if I wanted the 5830. I guessing you didn't see "my system". The reason I am selling it and downgrading is because it is obviously a waste to have a beastly overclocked GTX 460 running only SC2 on low settings. Might as well sell it and downgrade so I can pocket some cash. I guess there is no Radeon card that overclocks like a beast like the GTX 460. I guess I'll wait for a 5670 deal. I'm sure I can snag one for $40-$50.

Right, but you said your budget was $125. That's why I recommended a Radeon HD 5830, a card that's available for $110. If you want something lower-end, you can always get the Radeon HD 5670 for $70. If you want to save even more you can get a GeForce 9800GT, a card that's just as fast but consumes more power.
    
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really looking to downgrade for some mondy savings?

pick up a used 4830 for $30, should still run starcraft on low just fine and power consumptions is pretty low as well
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