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Last response: in Graphics Cards
March 14, 2010 5:50:34 PM

i have the asus P5E-VM HDMI and in the manuel it says i have pci express x16 slot,i want to upgrade from my 8600 gts card,whats a good card for under $100? below is the card i have now

case - antec 2480

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March 15, 2010 12:23:14 AM

Hey Cooldude,

Almost all modern cards are PCI Express x16 compatible. Some are PCIe x 16 2.0, but these cards are backward compatible with the 1.0 slot--and your 1.0 slot is plenty large enough to run any card in this price range.

Generically. the best under ~$100 card available is definitely either the ATI HD 4850 linked above, or a Nvidia GTS 250 after MIR (

HOWEVER-- the Antec 2480 looks to be a home-theater PC case with a 380w micro ATX power supply. This could seriously crimp your upgrade options.
Is this it?

If the above link is your case, you have the option to either get a full size case, or buy the best low-profile card you can.

Your best option would probably be an ATI 5570 like this one. Its not really a "gaming" graphic card--but should still provide a measurable performance jump from the 8600GTS. It supports direct x 11 and will run very cool with low power usage because of the newer ATI manufacturing process.

Slightly more powerful than that option would be a low-profile 9600GT. This is an older card, so it will run a little hotter and use slightly more energy--but should still be ok on your system if it has a 300w+ psu.
(if you dont want to do the MIR there are other models on newegg too)