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November 26, 2009 8:27:08 PM

I'm looking to put together a cheap, but decent gaming PC. I'm on a pretty limited budget, but I'm not wanting to build anything beastly. I mostly play WoW and would like to play Oblivion and older games like that, nothing major.

So far I've bought a PNY geforce 7100 630i motherboard http://www.epartsandmore.com/product_info.php?products_...

2.5 ghz dual core Celeron processor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(yes, I know it's celeron, but it's got great reviews, you can OC it to 3.0, and as I said above, I'm not looking for anything beastly).

And 4 gigs of memory

Problem is, I don't know what video card to get for this set up. I was going to get a Galaxy 8400 gs, but I read that it wasn't the best card for gaming. The mobo says it has a pci express slot (with full x16 bandwith), but it didn't mention a 2.0 slot...

Is the 8800 gtx card the best option for me? It says that's it's a 2.0 card, and I know that you can install those in a 1.0 slot, but it cuts the bandwith in half I believe. I also wonder if it will bottleneck the cpu....
Or should I just cross my fingers with the 8400 or some other card?

Thanks
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2009 8:50:51 PM

What pricerange are you looking at for the GPU and what monitor resolution do you have?
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November 26, 2009 9:05:28 PM

enzo matrix said:
What pricerange are you looking at for the GPU and what monitor resolution do you have?




I'd rather not go any higher than $100 on the card. And my monitor resolution is 1600x900 on a 22' screen







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a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2009 9:50:46 PM

If you found an 8800GTX for less than $100, yeah that's awesome. You won't bottleneck with anything under $100.

For $95 the nvidia 9800GT is a good card.
If you can find a radeon 4850 under $100 it will outperform the above card. But they go for more around $130

For about $70 the radeon 4670 is a good card but not close to anything above. Prolly need to lower settings to play well with this card.
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November 26, 2009 11:35:00 PM

Radeon 4850...
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