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Old 11-26-10, 08:37 AM   #1
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Default Help me choose a graphics card!

Hi all,

So I'm doing my *third* build for a friend (snowball effect FTW!), and we've come to the point where we are choosing the graphics card. We are looking to be able to play the following games at good settings (i.e. as good/better than what you can get on a PS3):

- Borderlands
- BioShock 1/2
- Left 4 Dead 2
- CoD: Black Ops

The candidates are:

- Radeon 5670 1GB
- Radeon 4850 512MB
- GeForce GTS 450 1GB

We do not care about DirectX 11, since no card in this price range will give good frames with it, anyway. So, what's the best choice here? Looking at the specs, the 5670 sucks (400 stream processors versus 4850's 800), but I may be missing some architectural subtlties that are not immediate from the newegg page.

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