I have a Dell 4600 Windows XP and after I upgraded my RAM, I am looking to upgrade my graphics, from the lousy integrated graphics. I have searched and found that for my needs that the ATI 9550 series is best suited. However, there are the certified retailers that use ATI graphics in their cards. I was originally just going to get the one from ATI for about $120, but then I noticed the Connect3D and Sapphire and Powercolor. I am looking for the 256 MB in these, and their specifications look almost identical to the one made exclusively by ATI but for a lot less. And about the Catalyst software, I know that the ATI one comes with it, and I do believe that you can get it for the other made brands, but from their website download. Does anyone know which is the best card? And would I be able to get Catalyst with this from the download?
Thanks a bunch,
PS I am willing to sacrifice money for quality. If these other cards are much worse, the extra money is not a factor. Also, the fan with the card is not a big deal because I am planning on purchasing maybe either just a PCI fan or the Aquarius III is I decide to overclock.