Video crad for wow <$100

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What is the best video card for around $100 that will support WOW gaming. CPU is i3-530.
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  1. I think your best bet would be either the ATI RADEON 5670 or the GeForce GT240. they are both very capable and compact gpus. plus, the 5670 is newer so it supports DirectX 11 (you wont need that for wow, but its a nice bonus)
  2. w/o knowing ya resolution and potential upgrades you are considering, this is a rather difficult question.

    However, choices would be the 5670 / 4850 on the ATI side and the GTS 250 / GT240 on the nVidia side. If ya think ya might ever get into PhysX, the nVidia ones have some potential value a a dedicated PhysX card. The 5670 is DX11 compliant but struggles a bit w/ DX11 games...here's a comparison of some bvenchies:

    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=915&pageid=8

    Dirt2 @ 1920 x 1080
    5670 26 fps
    GT240 35 fps
    GTS 250 51 fps


    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=915&pageid=6

    Modern warfare 2 @ 1920 x 1080
    5670 45 fps
    GT240 27 fps
    GTS 250 53 fps


    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=915&pageid=7

    HAWX @ 1920 x 1080
    5670 57 fps
    GT240 60 fps
    GTS 250 73 fps
  3. Ogiisan said:
    Hello,

    What is the best video card for around $100 that will support WOW gaming. CPU is i3-530.


    Without knowing the resolution at which you are going to play, we really can not give you any answer.

    However, according to this article, for WoW, you will be getting better bang for your buck going with a NVIDIA card, PREFERABLY a 1 GB card, which with some searching your might find close to the $100 mark.
  4. JackNaylorPE said:
    w/o knowing ya resolution and potential upgrades you are considering, this is a rather difficult question.

    However, choices would be the 5670 / 4850 on the ATI side and the GTS 250 / GT240 on the nVidia side. If ya think ya might ever get into PhysX, the nVidia ones have some potential value a a dedicated PhysX card. The 5670 is DX11 compliant but struggles a bit w/ DX11 games...here's a comparison of some bvenchies:

    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=915&pageid=8

    Dirt2 @ 1920 x 1080
    5670 26 fps
    GT240 35 fps
    GTS 250 51 fps


    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=915&pageid=6

    Modern warfare 2 @ 1920 x 1080
    5670 45 fps
    GT240 27 fps
    GTS 250 53 fps


    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews.php?reviewid=915&pageid=7

    HAWX @ 1920 x 1080
    5670 57 fps
    GT240 60 fps
    GTS 250 73 fps

    While the GTS 250 is a relatively capable and affordable card, it does require quite a bit of power through 2 pcie connectors (or 1, im not certain). The 5670 and GT240, however, are very low-power solutions for those who are not hard-core gamers, such as wow players. I would personally choose the 5670 over the gt240 because it does offer a slight increase in performance, along with DirectX 11 capability. The gt240's only exclusive feature is PhysX, which is not supported by any well-known game aside from Arkham Asylum.
    As with the resolution, I also believe it is a crucial factor in determining the right graphics card. Generally, both the 5670 and the gt240 can manage resolutions up to 1650 x 1080. They are both available with 1 gb of memory (DDR3 or DDR5), which would be the better choice (although the 5670 can be slightly more expensive than $100 with 1024 Mb GDDR5 RAM). If you are going to be playing on resolutions higher than 1680 x 1050, then you should be looking at a different price-point in order to get solid frame rates.
  5. I wouldn't try and factor DX11 into your decision. I have nothing against Dx11 or the ATI cards, but a 5670 is not going to handle DX11 very well. I think this is shown in the first benchmark with Dirt 2. So why get a DX11 card when it cannot effectively handle DX11.

    Get the card that performs best for you for the price you want to pay.
  6. DX11 is like DX10.1 you can either implement features that increase visuals or performance, some devs can implement both.
    DX11 offers better texture compression.
  7. I would recommend the 4670. Most of those cards cannot be gotten for under $100. The 4670 is still great and is under $70.
  8. Remember that WoW does like Nvidia cards better.

    ...

    But the 4850 is still a helluva card.
  9. peyman_tp said:
    While the GTS 250 is a relatively capable and affordable card, it does require quite a bit of power through 2 pcie connectors (or 1, im not certain). The 5670 and GT240, however, are very low-power solutions for those who are not hard-core gamers, such as wow players. I would personally choose the 5670 over the gt240 because it does offer a slight increase in performance, along with DirectX 11 capability. The gt240's only exclusive feature is PhysX, which is not supported by any well-known game aside from Arkham Asylum.


    The GTS 250 draws 70 watts and a single 6 pin connector. The 5670 draws 61.

    http://www.itreviews.co.uk/hardware/h2195.htm

    As for PhysX, Batman gets the press cause like Crysis it shows what technology can do.....Cryostasis , Dark Void, Mirrors Edge, Unreal Tournament 3 showed good use of the technology but with every major game engines having licensed it, I expect the number of games using it to increase.

    The one thing that most points to an increase in PhysX however is that GFX card makers and MoBo manufacturers are making "PhysX only" hardware..... we're just a bunch of geeks sitting home and speculating on what's gonna happen.....but these high powered executives get paid big bucks to make the right decisions and investing millions in a technology w/o a future is the kinda thing that gets you fired....so I wonder what they know that we don't know.
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