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$50 PCI-E GPU Decision, Help Needed!

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May 19, 2008 1:47:27 AM


I'm upgrading a firends PC and needed some help picking a PCI-E GPU for his mobo thats under or around $50.
this is his mobo - > http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en-us/mb/content.php?S_ID=283

& this is what I have to choose from as my friend doesn't want to order it online and wants to buy something from their retail store near him http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=cpl&id=999.243&sort=3

if you look through you'll see that some of the Galaxy Cards have mail in rebates that bring them down to the $40 range...

Please advise!

Many thanks!
a c 143 U Graphics card
May 19, 2008 2:28:13 AM

What is this GPU for? All those cards are good for Word and Excel, but useless for recent games. If your friend is looking for a gaming card he should get the $160 9600GT or better. That's the cheapest card I found on that list which can play Crysis acceptably, for example.

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May 19, 2008 2:32:50 AM

He isn't going to be gaming much from what i know.

He just wants to be able to play movies on his HDTV with it and have visualizations run well when hes listening to music on his computer.
a b U Graphics card
May 19, 2008 2:53:40 AM

id say the 3450.
a b U Graphics card
May 19, 2008 2:54:39 AM

and the 9600 is no good.
May 19, 2008 2:57:54 AM

Yeah I would definately second the 3450. Its pretty much the best GPU for HD as it has avivo which offloads HD onto the GPU so it won't ever lag playing movies, plus it sends audio through HDMI out of the box (on Nvidia GPU's you have to connect a cable to it for it to do that)
If you want a comparable nvidia part, it would be the 8400GS, but the 3450 is MUCH preferred over it.
a c 143 U Graphics card
May 19, 2008 3:14:28 AM

+1 for the HD 3450.
May 19, 2008 3:16:34 AM

nvalhalla: What's wrong with the 9600? I haven't heard anything but good about it.
a b U Graphics card
May 19, 2008 11:32:40 AM

zachthurston said:
nvalhalla: What's wrong with the 9600? I haven't heard anything but good about it.



hmm.... 64 stream processors on the 9600 for $150 or 112 stream processors on the 8800gt for about the same price...
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