Need help on lower end GPU

I am looking to buy a moderately priced GPU (I don't want to spend more than $150 shipped, and would prefer to spend less). I'm not looking to play the newest games on the highest quality, but would rather be able to play most games at lower quality. I have a GA-P35-DS3L mobo, a Corsair VX550 PSU (power shouldn't be a problem) and an overclocked E2160. My monitor is a 42" TV screen (HD, LCD) which is a few years old but was top of the line at the time (1080i).

I am thinking about the following video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814133186

I don't know as much about PNY's quality, but this one is considerably cheaper. Any suggestions/tips would be much appreciated!
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  1. Get a 512VRAM of anything decent? Even if you dont want highest quality you'll want high texture quadlity at least with no aa.
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102034<---X1950GT 256 114(w/o shipping)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102094<---X1950GT 512 130(w/o shipping)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133186<---7900GS 256 109 after MIR

    There are some 8600GT's and 2600's in your range as well, but they are more expensive so that kinda excludes them.
  3. lostandwandering said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102034<---X1950GT 256 114(w/o shipping)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102094<---X1950GT 512 130(w/o shipping)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133186<---7900GS 256 109 after MIR

    There are some 8600GT's and 2600's in your range as well, but they are more expensive so that kinda excludes them.



    The third one listed there is the one I listed above, is PNY reputable for video cards?
  4. Yes PNY is a good company. PNY makes the megabuck nVidia Quadro cards that Dell loads into their ultra highend workstations with 3-5 year warranties.

    By the way, the PNY warranty on graphics cards are 1 year, whereas other companies, such as EVGA, have a life time warranty. I own both EVGA and PNY cards would not hesitate to recommend either for your needs. PNY saves you $, so go with PNY.
  5. evga will save you more in the long run
  6. bentley306 said:
    The third one listed there is the one I listed above, is PNY reputable for video cards?


    Yeah, I noticed after I posted it. Was just too lazy to go back.
  7. if you can find one get a X1950 Pro, if you cant find those then get a X1950 GT or 7900 GS for around $100, and overclock if you feel like it. Both PNY and EVGA are good companies in my opinion.
    A 8600 GT or 2600 XT GDDR3 for ~$100-120 are also good alternatives.
  8. 8600/2600 are not good bang for the buck. a 7900gs should be great, i would try to get evga.
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