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Best graphics card for $100-$200, that can run on a 300W PSU

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January 27, 2009 12:45:46 AM

So a while ago I bought a new HP.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...

It was a good deal, Q600, 6gb of RAM.
But when I tried to play, I couldn't help but feel that it wasn't performing as well as it should. After I bit of research, I realized that the card it came with, Nvidia GeForce 9500Gs isn't really a popular card.

So, I believe that I got a REALLY good deal, as I payed $1000 Canadian, for a 22inch 1680x1050 monitor, Q600 processor, and 6GB DDR2 RAM. The only con I can see is the graphics card.

So, can anyone recommend me a video card that costs betwen 100-200 dollars, and can run with a 300W PSU?
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a b α HP
January 27, 2009 1:26:46 AM

Radeon HD 4670
January 27, 2009 2:34:47 AM

jaguarskx said:
Radeon HD 4670

Correct me if I'm wroung but I think that card uses 450w minimum requirments
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January 27, 2009 3:33:34 AM

bobmarley said:
Correct me if I'm wroung but I think that card uses 450w minimum requirments


Nope. The 4670 doesn't even require a 6-pin connector. The low power requirements are one of the reasons that card is so popular.
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January 27, 2009 3:47:00 AM

The best and simplest option is to run a HD4670 graphic card. It has low power requirements and gives decent performance. Here's some benchmarks for recent games which include the 4670 from www.hardwarecanucks.com
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

another option might be to add a power supply like a 430w antec Earthwatts and install a HD4830 graphic card and still be in budget.
January 27, 2009 3:58:59 AM

I'd go for a new power supply and an HD 4830 or HD 4850. Otherwise, HD 4670 gets my vote.
January 27, 2009 4:48:11 AM

Dekasav said:
I'd go for a new power supply and an HD 4830 or HD 4850. Otherwise, HD 4670 gets my vote.


Considering that the OP has a 22" monitor I'm inclined to agree. I have a 4670 in my backup computer/media server and while I love the card I do find that it simply isn't adequate for gaming at resolutions over 1280x1024 especially on newer games.
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