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Best Video Card/PSU for $200?

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March 29, 2009 7:05:57 PM

Currently using integrated graphics. HL2 is playable, Bioshock barely playable, although I was able to make it through the whole game. What is my best bet for a video card and psu for under $200?
XFX 8200 motherboard, AMD X2 5000+, 4gb 800mhz OCZ RAM, WD 320 gb HDD, 17" Acer 1280x1024.

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March 29, 2009 7:18:17 PM

how are you playing bioshock on intergated graphics? but I keep hearing 260 gtx
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March 29, 2009 7:20:56 PM

Why a PSU as well? Is yours really THAT weak?
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March 29, 2009 7:45:56 PM

I replaced the innards of my Acer Aspire 3800 X2 but haven't replaced the psu yet; still has the stock 350w.
March 29, 2009 7:52:43 PM

milestailsprowe said:
how are you playing bioshock on intergated graphics? but I keep hearing 260 gtx


Played at minimum settings--the integrated graphics are pretty decent on the 8200, but obviously not good for gaming.

260 gtx too big for case and out of budget. Leaning towards 9800 gt or HD 4830.
March 29, 2009 8:10:38 PM

Geofelt's combo is $200 exactly. Thats probably youre best bet jockhart.
March 29, 2009 8:36:47 PM

Corsair PSU's are pretty much the best. That 450W is comparable to like 550W of a "lesser" brand.
March 29, 2009 11:35:14 PM

spathotan said:
Corsair PSU's are pretty much the best. That 450W is comparable to like 550W of a "lesser" brand.

I disagree. PC power and cooling are rated higher and for the most part perform better. Corsair are good psu's but saying they are the best is not correct.
March 29, 2009 11:53:51 PM

chef7734 said:
I disagree. PC power and cooling are rated higher and for the most part perform better. Corsair are good psu's but saying they are the best is not correct.


Actually it is correct. PCP&C has been garbage since OCZ bought the company. Its all about rebranding now.

There is a reason why the number of people using Corsair PSU's is rising while PCP&C users are becoming scarce.
March 29, 2009 11:58:44 PM

PCP&C is still run independently of ocz. PC is still run by Doug Dodson.
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March 30, 2009 12:41:48 PM

^ I <3 my trusty modular Zalman 750watts, with its overwattage protection and 850watt max continuous rating.

My only beef is it only came with 2 PCI-e connectors when it has a total of 80amps! :o 
March 30, 2009 7:07:08 PM

For $200, get a Corsair 650W TX, it's a beast. Also, get the XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog edition. The card is very good, but the PSU is immense!
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March 30, 2009 10:31:11 PM

^ Nice find invisk. 4830 runs on par with the 8800/9800GT
March 30, 2009 10:52:13 PM

sick deal invisik...definitely a good find
March 31, 2009 2:03:05 AM

You should just get a Ati R4670 it will run fine on your PSU and it can max out a lot of games out there at your resoulution.
March 31, 2009 7:01:38 AM

lasoski311 said:
LOGISYS Computer PS575XBK 575W ATX12V SLI Ready Power Supply - $30


Why spend $30 on crap, when you can get good quality for a few $ more.
March 31, 2009 12:30:11 PM

theAnimal said:
Why spend $30 on crap, when you can get good quality for a few $ more.


the reviews for it arent bad and its a really good price
March 31, 2009 8:31:04 PM

theAnimal said:
Here is a review of some cheap PSUs.
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

Cheap is not the way to buy your PSU, it is the most important component in your system.


i understand that the PSU is important and i wouldnt suggest a cheap PSU normally but he doesnt have that much room in his budget for a high-quality PSU
April 1, 2009 4:50:47 AM

lasoski311 said:
i understand that the PSU is important and i wouldnt suggest a cheap PSU normally but he doesnt have that much room in his budget for a high-quality PSU


Corsair CX400 is only ~$10 more.
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