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Get Better Frame Rates With Radeon 9600xt


I have a sapphire radeon 9600xt with overdrive, 128ddr. Want to get better frame rates for gaming. What's a good choice for around $150. Abit nf7
Amd 2800 athlon
1gd ram
450 watt ps


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(Ps i dont have any software like antivirus or anything running in the background)

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