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i once had a GTS250, it was great. it handled crysis 2 just fine on mid but got 60 bucks more u could get a gtx465
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I also had a single gts 250/dual core setup ran games fialry well. then upgraded to sli gts250,s/quad core played most games respectable even higher end games.
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I dig a little into this Hybrid Crossfire and have found some interesting data. From my read in the internet, it seems the highest card that works with the integrated HD4250 is a discrete HD5450 (~US$25-30)

Under this Hybrid Crossfire mode, an end user reports the performance gain varies from 1.93 to 3.69 times (depending on various applications).
http://www1.oc.com.tw/forums/forumvi...d=1&msgid=2000

As the review is in Chinese and you are mainly concerned about gaming, let me abstract a few gaming numbers for you:- (all @1280x720)

1) Street Fighter IV
4250 alone: 18 fps
4250+5450: 40 fps

2) Resident Evil V
4250 alone: 6.5 fps
4250+5450: 24.0 fps

3) Devil May Cry 4 (Scene 1 / Scene 2 / Scene 3 / Scene 4)
4250 alone: 14 / 11 / 17 / 11 fps
4250+5450: 34 / 28 / 42 / 24 fps

It seems quite an improvement. I am not sure the resolution that your brother plays with. If it is not a high resolution, perhaps this route is an alternative.

If you do consider using HD5450, I suggest you to contact Asrock to confirm that the HD5450 is actually compatible with their motherboard 880GM-LE to do Hybrid Crossfire.
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@mdocod: Thanks for the detailed reply. What I meant was that he wanted a system that was "twice as fast all around". Sorry for that misunderstanding. I didn't realize that a discrete GPU would give such a performance boost in game though.

Right now, I am looking at this. Seems to be a decent card, but will it last? Never had experience with Sapphire.

@windfire: Thank you for your research! I think I will pay a little more to go with a non-SLI GPU. I figure that would eliminate any problems that would occur with SLI.

+1 to you both!
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you could find an open box 6850 for under 100 bucks on newegg. A gtx 465 for that price too and a maybe on having the chance to unlock it to a gtx 470 :O
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@mdocod: Thanks for the detailed reply. What I meant was that he wanted a system that was "twice as fast all around". Sorry for that misunderstanding. I didn't realize that a discrete GPU would give such a performance boost in game though.

Right now, I am looking at this. Seems to be a decent card, but will it last? Never had experience with Sapphire.

@windfire: Thank you for your research! I think I will pay a little more to go with a non-SLI GPU. I figure that would eliminate any problems that would occur with SLI.

+1 to you both!
No problem, The video card in your link is a good choice. Sapphire is a good brand, and the 6770 is a very decent card.

If you want to try to pry more out of your dollars, as quesoblanco was saying, try to find something used or open box or re-certified.

Look at this chart:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2...ndex,2673.html

The 5770/6770 falls in with a score of about 70. If you can find cards that score in the 90+ range for a similar or lower price in the open box/recert/used arena then that would also be a good route to go...

In looking at that chart, take note that the highest performing single GPU card configurations are coming in around 145-165 (The HD6970s and GTX580s). Anything that performs roughly half as well as the best available cards being sold is more than adequate to play any game title at reasonable settings.

Also.... Take a look at that chart, all the way at the bottom you see the 5450. That 5450 is about twice as fast as the 4250 that your brother is currently using. That will help put things in perspective. According to that particular chart, assuming a 4250 would score a 5, the 6770 would be ~14X faster

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post #16 of 17
5770 is the best card for a budget.
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With only a 400w PSU, then a GTX460 is as high a power card I'd ever put in such a rig. Which means a 5850/5870 may work too.
But if you end up buying new, a 5770/6770 is the best option for his rig as is.
Any GPU that will be too much for his PSU will be bottlenecked by his phenom.
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