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    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.

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    Start by checking out this article:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...card,2387.html

    Tell us your system specs also.

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    Thanks for the article, I'll read it after some sleep (it's 1 AM over here).

    My system specs:
    Intel Pentium DualCore @ 2.80Ghz
    2.5 GB DDR2 (1x 512MB, 1x 2GB)
    Gigabyte 945GCMX-S2 Motherboard
    Western Digital 160GB HDD WD1600JB-00R (looking to get a 1TB Caviar Green)

    Anything else you need to know, let me know.

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    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?

    Edit: This one looks much better, and it's only $85.5: Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512MB GDDR4. I didn't even know there was such a thing as GDDR4, I thought the latest was 3.

    Let me know what you think, please.
    Last edited by Znupi; September 8th, 2009 at 05:34 AM.

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    The hd4670 is much better than the 8400gs, and you should be able to play all current games with it.

    The hd4670 with gddr4 is faster by roughly 5%, than the model with gddr3.
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    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?

    Again, thanks for all your advice.

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    The card with ddr4 is better. Note that the Sapphire hd4670, even if it's a pcie-2 card would still work on a pci-e 1 slot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glussier View Post
    The card with ddr4 is better. Note that the Sapphire hd4670, even if it's a pcie-2 card would still work on a pci-e 1 slot.
    Really? I thought only PCIe 1 cards worked in PCIe 2 slots, but not vice versa. Interesting, thank you!

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    Contrary to nvidia most pcie-2 cards are backward compatible to pcie 1.
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    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:

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    Your motherboard has pcie-x version 1 slots, but, like I said before, both ATI cards will work fine on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glussier View Post
    Your motherboard has pcie-x version 1 slots, but, like I said before, both ATI cards will work fine on it.
    Now that's more clear :P thank you for all your responses. Thread solved.

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    Tell us what you think of the hd4670, I think you'll be amazed at the performance vs the cost of these cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glussier View Post
    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 ).

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