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March 26, 2014 9:36:12 PM

I recently asked for help upgrading my old video card for a replacement here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2056745/buying-r...

The suggested replacement for my hardware and OS was this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The card I ordered by the suggestion of the users here has a design flaw. It causes distortion lines to constantly flow from bottom to top of the screen and it is incredibly annoying. That particular card has had repeated reports of screen flicker that never get solved on ANY forum that someone has asked. I asked about it here and there was never a conclusion. The reviews on Newegg do not state that this is a problem. I had to find out the hard way. Can you guys please offer me a Geforce/Nvidia replacement card for this setup:

Win XP
3 gig ram
AMD Athlon Dual Core Processor 4450e 2.3 ghz
550 watt PSU (from my previous thread, I gathered that my PSU has 24 pin main motherboard connector with an extra 4 pins for use on older 20 pin motherboards, PCI express 6 plus 2 power connector, EPS or ATX 4 plus 4 pin connector "four pins for ATX, 8 pins for EPS.)
This is my PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I realize it's an old system and most people would tell me to buy a new one, but I'm not flush with cash and I'm RMA'ing the Radeon card I was told would be best. I'm looking for a good replacement for that card under 100 dollars, something that is as good as the Radeon HD 7770 1gig that I'm talking about. Something that doesn't overheat or have any obvious flaws...

I want to buy the card from bestbuy. This is the seventh consecutive time that I've gotten something off Newegg that has not worked properly and I want to try using Bestbuy instead.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?_dync...

Something from this list between the 50-100 dollar range that is as good as the Radeon HD 7770 1gig. I'm not looking for a huge upgrade, just an equal replacement at the very least. I usually just play WoW and Diablo 3 with low-moderate settings and I need a card that is capable of doing that and not choking my processor to death while maintaining smooth frames. I want to stay away from Radeon/AMD/ATI and go back to Geforce/Nvidia. I appreciate any help!
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March 27, 2014 5:11:07 AM

HD 7770 still better than a GTX 650. If I were you I'd get the HD 7770 again from another store.
And BTW, If you can save some extra bucks, Go for a R7 260X card.. They sell for 116$ and they're awesome! Way better than a HD 7770 and much newer..
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March 27, 2014 9:42:07 AM

I see a ton of complaints about Radeon cards being underpowered or having technical problems and this is the second Radeon card I've tried that has been faulty when I bought it new. Though I'm not really trying to spark a debate. I just need help.

But, again, I'm looking for Geforce/Nvidia cards on bestbuy (the link I provided) under 100. They have cards on that link under 100, I just need help picking one out that suits my setup. Any suggestions?
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March 27, 2014 9:49:54 AM

Humm.. Many people use AMD cards without any issues.. But anyway, If you prefer nVidia cards, I'd recommend minimum GTX 650 (From the link that ak47jar3d has posted).. or if you can save some extra bucks I'd recommend GTX 750.. they sell for 120$ on Amazon.
From the link you posted, any card isn't better than 7770 and most of them won't offer smooth gaming experience..
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March 27, 2014 9:54:23 AM

The card I had before was this:

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

I was told the radeon was a HUGE upgrade from that card. I saw zero performance increase. In fact, the only change I saw was the screen distortion. So you guys are telling me that from the link I provided here:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemplatemapper.jsp?_dync...

That there are ZERO choices for what I'm asking? A card to replace my Radeon HD 7770 that is equal or slightly less equal in power?

I'm not looking for an upgrade, I'm looking for a stable replacement.

This looks okay:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/geforce-gt-630-graphic-card...;jsessionid=043C5AAF48BA7DB16D86A10E3BCC32E4.bbolsp-app03-125?id=1218668292998&skuId=5594282&st=categoryid$abcat0507002&cp=1&lp=1
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March 27, 2014 10:04:25 AM

Brother.. The upgrade from a GT220 to HD 7770 is certainly HUGE.. I can't understand why it didn't work for you..
You're asking for a good card with a budget of 100$.. Well.. for nvidia cards.. GTX 650 is REALLY the best thing you can buy with your 100$..
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March 27, 2014 10:15:28 AM

I think he wants to but from Besy Buy only, probably has a gift card or something. The problem is that they are a bit higher on BB site. I do see a GTX 650 for $106 on BB though.
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March 27, 2014 10:20:12 AM

silverforte said:
I have an old processor and I think it might be holding my VC back.

Is this the same GTX 650 you guys are talking about?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/geforce-gtx-650-1gb-gddr5-p...


Yes this is the card. While HD 7770 is still a little bit better, this card offers smooth gaming experience on medium settings at 720 and 1080p..
For the CPU bottleneck.. Look.. Having a weak CPU and a strong GPU is better than having a weak CPU and a weak GPU :)  It won't bottleneck that much BTW..
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2014 10:26:13 AM

The best nVidia card I can find in this list is the Zotac - GeForce GT 640 Graphic Card - 1046 MHz Core - 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/geforce-gt-640-graphic-card...$abcat0507002&cp=1&lp=4#tab=overview
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March 27, 2014 10:38:15 AM

Okay, then I need to decide between the zotac gt 640 you just linked and that GTX 650. I'll try the Zotac for now and if it doesn't work properly (bit skeptical given my failure rate) then I'll return it and try the gt 650.
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March 27, 2014 10:52:35 AM

silverforte said:
Okay, then I need to decide between the zotac gt 640 you just linked and that GTX 650. I'll try the Zotac for now and if it doesn't work properly (bit skeptical given my failure rate) then I'll return it and try the gt 650.


They'll both work. Why not try GTX 650 first? It worth every cent in the extra 7$ :)  The performance boost from GT 640 to GTX 650 is impressive.
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