Cheap "gaming" card for father in law

I'm looking to upgrade my father in laws current graphics card - some older, 256mb thingy (don't have the specs on it, but can find out).
He doesn't want to spend alot as the has a PS3 for playing his main games, just wants something that can handle say, COD4 and Bioshock easily.
Budget is <$100cdn
PCIe16 (not 2.0) it's an MSI 945P motherboard w/Pentium 4 3.0Ghz
Thanks.
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  1. 7600GT $15 off ebay + S&H - FEAR, Oblivion, HL2EP2 on high
    7800GT $25 off ebay + S&H - FEAR, Oblivion, HL2EP2etc maxed out
    7800GTX/7950GT $45 off ebay + S&H - Bioshock, COD4 maxed out
    9600GT $>80 on Newegg-Bioshock, COD4 maxed out, Crysis on med-high
    4830 or 8800/9800GT ~$100 on Newegg - Crysis on High
  2. Can't do things like the 9600 or the 4830 (they are 2.0)...
    Need 512mb, PCIx16 (1.0 i believe it is)...
    It looks like the 8600 GT is the best we can go. 512, PCI16, for $83cdn...or a Radeon 2600 Pro (newegg)
  3. 2.0 is backwards compatible with 1.0 with very low reported loss in performance
  4. So does that mean I can use a 2.0 card in a non 2.0 slot and not have any real issues? Don't want to piss off the father in law ya know ;D
  5. His PSU may be weak. Without knowing more about it (brand, model, age), the safest bet would be a 4670, which requires no auxiliary power connector.

    A 2.0 card will work just fine in a 1.0 slot.
  6. I run a PCI Express 2.0 card in a PCI Express x16 slot currently. The Radeon 4670 I have is a great card by the way. It absolutely destroys the 8600GT I had previously, is a very inexpensive card, and doesn't require a lot of power. As an added bonus, it is quieter than my Shuttle case fan.
  7. Onus said:
    His PSU may be weak. Without knowing more about it (brand, model, age), the safest bet would be a 4670, which requires no auxiliary power connector.

    A 2.0 card will work just fine in a 1.0 slot.


    +1 what he said.
  8. 7600GT < 8600GT < 7800GT < 7950, etc

    The 8x00 series is just plain bad. The only good ones are the 8800s
  9. I'd second the Radeon 4670. It doesn't draw that much power. It will work in a PCI-e 1.0 X16 slot and it's well under $100. The performance is fairly good. It would also offer him DX10 compatibility and speed up video decoding.
  10. I second (or third, or fourth) the HD 4670. Runs nicely, doesn't need a power connector, pretty quiet. Should have no issues, and runs very well.
  11. Onus said:
    His PSU may be weak. Without knowing more about it (brand, model, age), the safest bet would be a 4670, which requires no auxiliary power connector.

    A 2.0 card will work just fine in a 1.0 slot.


    +1
  12. The 4670 is an excellent choice - no connectors required other than just plugging it into the PCI-E slot, and quite good performance for the price.
  13. The 4670 definitely. Low power consumption and nice bang for your buck.
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