What GPU for my motherboard

kylo

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i am looking to spend $50 - $80 on a graphics card at newegg.com
This is pretty much the best game i will be running http://www.totalwar.com/empire/?t=EnglishUSA

This is the mother board i have......
http://www.gigabyte.us/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ClassValue=Motherboard&ProductID=3143&ProductName=GA-MA785GM-US2H

I have picked out these 2 GPU's they seem to be pretty good???
The first one is my favorite right now..
The only difference between them is the the Memory size and memory clock from what i can tell..!! (difference is underlined)

Radeon HD 4670 1GB -- $70 (and free shipping on this one too)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125277
Memory Clock 1600MHz
Memory Size 1GB


Radeon HD 4670 512MB -- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125244
Memory Clock 2000MHz
Memory Size 512MB


Also does anyone know what the sound lvl of these GPU's are?? My computer is pretty quiet so i need a GPU to match it.. (if possible)
 
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Sorry i just thought the 1GB model is 2000MHZ,go for the 512MB model it has a faster clock speed and also as said the difference between 1GB and 512MB isn't much

amnotanoobie

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Go for the 512, unless the cost of shipping would make it out of reach for your budget.

You really don't need 1GB when you're going to play at 1280x1024 or less (don't know the comparable resolution for widescreen). Also the 4670 isn't anywhere near fast enough to really effectively utilize such a big amount of memory, unless your game requires loading 1GB worth of textures.
 

kylo

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I play mostly strategy games..!! (controlling tons of troops and stuff like that)
resolution is 1680x1050
Right now with the on board video (ATI Radeon HD 4200)

Empire: Total war - (need more graphic power)
Rome: Total war - (runs OK) can have 18,000 troops in one battle without lag at med graphics
Blitzkrieg 2 (runs GREAT) full settings
Stronghold 2 (runs GREAT) full settings
Gettysburg (runs GREAT) full settings
 

kelfen

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you should make your budget bigger because with 80$ the upgrade might not be much more notiable than what you have now and try to get the recent generation so it your investment will travel farther :)
 

Sorry i just thought the 1GB model is 2000MHZ,go for the 512MB model it has a faster clock speed and also as said the difference between 1GB and 512MB isn't much
 
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