I currently have a Asus ATI Radeon X550 (512MB DDR2) graphics card. It's getting a bit old (2-3 years) and new(ish) games are having problems (not only they only work with everything turned down, they also flicker and show black areas and things like that) -- for example Need for Speed Undercover. Thus, I'm thinking of getting a new graphics card. Here's one I have found so far: Gigabyte GeForce 8400GS (the site is in Romanian, but you can understand what the specs are. I know it's not top-of-the-line, but I'm hoping it will work better than this one and that it will better support some of the newer games.
Also, another concern is Linux compatibility (as I use Linux for daily activities). I'll look this up myself, but if anyone has any experience with this card and Linux, please share.
Reading through your article, I found a new one, a Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB DDR3. It's certainly better because it is double the price (around $88). Is it good for that price? Will newer games work on it?
Thank you for your responses. I'm currently waiting for an e-mail from my motherboard vendor to let me know whether it supports PCIe x16 2.0 or not. Anyway, I found the HD4670 with both PCIe 2.0 and 1.0 versions with 512MB DDR3 (for PCIe 1.0) and 512MB DDR4 (for PCIe 2.0). From what I understand they are both as good?
Just for the heck of it, here's an exchange of e-mails with Gigabyte Support (bear in mind it's a Taiwanese company). I'm still unsure whether my motherboard has a PCI-E 2.0 slot or not, as their last e-mail is very un-clarifying. Read from the bottom up:
Tell us what you think of the hd4670, I think you'll be amazed at the performance vs the cost of these cards.
I will, but there might be a while until I get it, as I'm currently broke, but I should be getting a part-time job soon as a developer and system administrator (I'm 18, so nothing is certain right now ).