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Little brother has a AM2 3600+, 2GB of RAM, and a 7600GT and a 1024x768 monitor. Sadly he has to turn down everything to even get horrible frames. What GPU would you all suggest he goes for? He pretty much plays Borderlands but mixes TF2 and DoD:S from time to time. And it's unlikely that he will get a new monitor for awhile, so maybe suggest something that can do well up to maybe 1680x1050.

He does not need everything set to run on maximum with X64 AA or any of that bull****, and I know that the 3800 series can still pull down some nice frames, but I just wanted to check before hand.

Looking at maybe $70 shipped, maybe a bit more if it's a really good deal. Can be from eBay or even a member here. Just need some ideas.
 

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used 8800/9800gt.
ATI equivalent? I'm not buying nvidia, hence the fact that its in the ATI Forum.
 

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3850 or 3870
but it'll be hard to find those

the 4850 is out of your budget so...

but as people have recommended the 8800gt would be perfect for you
 

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sorry bout that, didn't notice what subforum it was in, a used 4770, 5750 should do it.
That was the area of cards I was thinking about.

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3850 or 3870
but it'll be hard to find those

the 4850 is out of your budget so...

but as people have recommended the 8800gt would be perfect for you
Yeah I've thought about 3850/3870, I might go that wrong I've seem them on eBay for decent prices.
 

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I picked up a 4870 from the marketplace for $82 last weekend. You should keep on eye on the sale threads.
 

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3850 or 3870
but it'll be hard to find those

the 4850 is out of your budget so...

but as people have recommended the 8800gt would be perfect for you
In his price range..yes.

Although I'm not totatly sure a 8800GT can play TF2 on max settings..I use to have one and couldn't and that was with it slighty overclocked. Might of been my CPU though..which was a E5200 dual core, I think Valve games rely heavily on CPU speeds also.
 

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I picked up a 4870 from the marketplace for $82 last weekend. You should keep on eye on the sale threads.
Wow nice, I picked up one for $90 shipped about two months back.

Thinking of posted a Wanted thread with 3850/3870/4850(just for the future), seem like a nice set of cards?

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In his price range..yes.

Although I'm not totatly sure a 8800GT can play TF2 on max settings..I use to have one and couldn't and that was with it slighty overclocked. Might of been my CPU though..which was a E5200 dual core, I think Valve games rely heavily on CPU speeds also.
I think they do as well.
 

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4770 would be the minimum

My son's rig plays it at good quality on a EVGA 8800 GTS 320mb g80, even better on the 8800 GTS 512mb g92

4770 is slightly better so i'd imagine that would work fine. Though my sons e2180 was clocked at 3.2 ghz
 

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In his price range..yes.

Although I'm not totatly sure a 8800GT can play TF2 on max settings..I use to have one and couldn't and that was with it slighty overclocked. Might of been my CPU though..which was a E5200 dual core, I think Valve games rely heavily on CPU speeds also.
the 8800gt can totally play tf2 maxed out

anyways... i seriously suggests he gets a 3850 or 3870 but he'll be limited to dx10

ONE BIG THING I FORGOT TO ADD

you better make sure that your bros psu can handle whatever video card you get

seems like alot of people forgot to give you this advice

not enough juice will either not start your computer or not run your video card like it's suppose to our take away power from some other component like your usb or etc.
 

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See if you can find a used 4770 or 5670, those two cards will run most of the newest games at medium and probably work through 2011. But know that you'll be upgrading Q1 2012 without a doubt.
 
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