Deal of the week: AMD's Radeon HD 4830 and 4850

Many new games are hitting the PC at once this season, and for many users, that means a graphics card upgrade. After all, you don't want to play Fallout 3 or Far Cry 2 with the detail turned down and choppy frame rates. Good graphics cards don't come cheap, though, and that can seriously inflate one's gaming budget.

This is why we've picked AMD's Radeon HD 4830 (or, more specifically, Sapphire's variant of it) for our deal post this week. Newegg sells the card for only $130 with free shipping right now. As we've seen in our review, the 4830 has more than enough grunt to run today's games at 1680x1050 (that's the resolution of most 20.1-22" monitors) with the detail turned up and maybe some level of antialiasing enabled.

Sure, you could spend an extra $25 or so for a Radeon HD 4850. We wouldn't mind the upgrade ourselves, but that's the beauty of it: unless you have a 24" or larger display, you really can forgo that extra step and save your cash for actual games. If you're into the whole mail-in rebate thing, though, the 4850 does look like a slightly better deal—it costs only $125 after the rebate, while the 4830 is $115 after rebate.

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