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Which cheapo card to use my $25 coupon?

Poll Results: Which card below to use my $25 coupon?

Poll expired: Mar 19, 2011  
  • 10% (3)
    HD 4650 total cost $10
  • 10% (3)
    HD 5550 total cost $33
  • 57% (16)
    GT 240 total cost $15
  • 21% (6)
    HD 4830 total cost $42
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post #1 of 28
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I have a $25 newegg coupon to use tomorrow. I'm going to get a cheapo card to put in my Windows XP machine with my Phenom II B50. Dx10 and 11 obviously don't matter. I want to get something that will be a very noticeable upgrade from onboard HD 4200 with DDR3 sideport, so it should be at least an HD 4650 with at least 128 bus DDR3. I want to maximize this $25 coupon to keep the cost low as possible. Using on a 1440x900 res monitor.

Currently looking at these:

- HD 4650 $50 shipped, $15 rebate = total cost $10

- HD 4830 for $67 shipped = total cost $42

- HD 5550 GDDR5 $68 shipped, $10 rebate = total cost $33

- GT 430 $65 shipped, $10 rebate = total cost $30

- GT 240 $70 shipped, $30 rebate = total cost $15

- HD 5670 $85 shipped, $20 rebate = total cost $40

The GT 240 looks pretty win with the $30 rebate, putting total cost to $15, but how does it compare in power to the other cards?

Edited by damric - 3/17/11 at 10:46pm
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post #2 of 28
According to the sticky and the $30 rebate, you should get the 240 and never look back!
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post #3 of 28
The 4830 will be the strongest card out of those options, followed closely by the GT240.
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post #4 of 28
I agree with the man above but the 5550 is a really nice card
    
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post #5 of 28
The 4830 is the best card there but the fact the GT 240 is only going to cost you $15 you gotta grab it
post #6 of 28
4830 is a bomb mate, bought it for 120$ a long time ago, I still can handle modern games on high or medium pretty well on 1680x1050 with AA at 0 of course
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post #7 of 28
yeah, HD4830 is the most powerful card of the group, however, it's a powercolor and not that much faster than the GT240, which has the added bonus of being an XFX card (really fast rebates and one of the better warranty/support services out there, IMHO).

I'd get the GT240, as it's the best deal in my book
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post #8 of 28
I'd go with the 4830, but that 4650 has $15 rebate not a $10 one by the way which puts its cost at $10. Still not the best choice, in my opinion, but just so you know.
    
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post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
that 4650 has $15 rebate
Fixed. ok crossed off the GT 430. It looks sucky.
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post #10 of 28
That HD 4830 i also bough for a friend and memory is downcloked very low ~ 700Mhz can can OC at all but core can do 725Mhz-750Mhz no problem.
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