Best Video Card/PSU for $200?

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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  1. how are you playing bioshock on intergated graphics? but I keep hearing 260 gtx
  2. Why a PSU as well? Is yours really THAT weak?
  3. I replaced the innards of my Acer Aspire 3800 X2 but haven't replaced the psu yet; still has the stock 350w.
  4. 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.
  5. GTS250 for $129.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468
    Corsair 450VX for 59.99 after $10 rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    The gts250 is a shorter card(9" I think) that uses 55nm parts.
  6. Geofelt's combo is $200 exactly. Thats probably youre best bet jockhart.
  7. This is about the cheapest decent PSU I could find on the Egg;

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012

    It will pair up nicely with the cards you`ve mentioned and should drive a HD4850 easily as well.
  8. The Gigabyte GTS250 uses a shorter then reference board, it's only a bit over 8" long.
    (as does the Gigabyte 9800GT)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125266

    card review from Tweaktown.
    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1789/gigabyte_geforce_gts_250_1gb_graphics_card/index.html
  9. geofelt said:
    GTS250 for $129.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468
    Corsair 450VX for 59.99 after $10 rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    The gts250 is a shorter card(9" I think) that uses 55nm parts.



    I had been looking at larger power supplies but this looks like it will do the job nicely. Thanks :)
  10. Corsair PSU's are pretty much the best. That 450W is comparable to like 550W of a "lesser" brand.
  11. ^Correct. Note the MAX output for the 450VX is actually 548W. The 450W rating is what Corsair has tested at 40C( I think) burn in and considered the "sweet spot".

    geofelt said:
    GTS250 for $129.99:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130468
    Corsair 450VX for 59.99 after $10 rebate:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    The gts250 is a shorter card(9" I think) that uses 55nm parts.

    +1. Well said!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. PCP&C is still run independently of ocz. PC is still run by Doug Dodson.
  15. This is what I decided to go with:

    XFX GTS 250 $129.99 (1/2 inch shorter that EVGA)
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=3005072

    PC Power Silencer 500 - Recertified $69.99
    https://shop.pcpower.com/products/description/Silencer_500_EPS12V-Recertified_/index.html
  16. ^ 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
  17. i didnt read any of the other posts but heres what i suggest....

    EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - $130

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

    Total: $160 (Approx. $185 after tax and shipping)
  18. 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!
  19. ^ Nice find invisk. 4830 runs on par with the 8800/9800GT
  20. sick deal invisik...definitely a good find
  21. I just bought that same video card that invisik mentioned, but I paired it with this psu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003

    Nothing but good things to say about both products.
  22. 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.
  23. invisik said:


    That PSU is not suitable for a modern system. It only has 18A on 12V.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. lasoski311 said:
    the reviews for it arent bad and its a really good price


    Here is a review of some cheap PSUs.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=71

    Cheap is not the way to buy your PSU, it is the most important component in your system.
  27. theAnimal said:
    Here is a review of some cheap PSUs.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=71

    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
  28. 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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