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February 22, 2010 12:42:32 AM

What is the concensus best $100 card available? I am about to spend $100 to upgrade my PC to play PC games decently, and I want the most bang for my buck when I spend it... Note that I am adding this to a AMD 64 x2 3800+ (2GHz?) with 2mb DDR3 ram...

Here are my options...

NVidia

9800 GT 512mb DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9600 GT 1gb DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GT 240 1gb DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GT 240 512mb DDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ATI

HD 4850 512mb DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 4670 1gb DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 5670 512mb DDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 5570 1gb DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Which one of these cards will get me the most performance for now and in the next comng 2 years? I dont want to play Crysis here, just games like COD, GTA, SF4, and most of the games you will see as console ports and the such...

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February 22, 2010 1:10:58 AM

to be honest with you, at this point I am really only interested in whether or not the 240 GT is better with 1GB DDR3 or 512MB DDR5 (i do like my bigger games...). At the $70/$80 price point (after MIR), I dont know if I can turn that down...

does DDR5 memory make a sugnificant different with cards at this level? Or would the extra 512mb of DDR3 ram help me more?
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February 22, 2010 1:23:34 AM

This fits the $100 price limit (after MIR) and gives another option

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One of the reasons I mentioned it is I remembered THG speaking abo0t the 0.5 GB / 1 GB memory thing in their comparison

For $15 more than the 512MB version, an interested gamer can get the benefit of a full gigabyte of memory. At the highest resolutions and levels of anti-aliasing, this extra memory might provide a performance boost, though it's unlikely the GeForce GTS 250 is powerful enough to run at those detail levels. Still, many buyers might find the slight $10 price increase worthwhile in something like Grand Theft Auto IV.
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February 22, 2010 1:28:55 AM

would 1gb of video memory actually help counter-balance the fact that I only have 2gb of on board memory? Considering I dont plan on upgrading my memory yet...
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February 22, 2010 2:14:21 AM

The GT 240 is ok, but not particularly good. I highly recommend the HD4850 instead. As you can see from that link I pasted earlier it is a much, much better card(over 50% more powerful.) Here is one on sale for $94 with free shipping;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you do still go for the GT 240 the DDR5 512mb is definitely a better choice than DDR3 1gb. The extra memory is almost entirely useless for cards of that caliber but the increased memory speed of DDR5 over DDR3 is quite important on a 128 bit bus.
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