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Needs a new gfx card ~$100

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April 5, 2010 7:05:10 PM

Hey guys, i have a friend who needs a new, budget gfx card, he says around ~100.

Doesn't have to be great, but he wants to run original halo pc with decent gfx, and resolution.


Current specs:
Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU E1400 @ 2.00GHz (2 CPUs
2gb ram
330 gb hd
mother bord / gfx
NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / NVIDIA nForce 610i
300w psu
suports pci and pci-e


I know this is a tuff one, but any suggestions would be nice (and newegg is preferable)

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a b B Homebuilt system
April 5, 2010 7:36:05 PM

What is your friend's monitor resolution? That's the most important spec to know when looking at video cards.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 5, 2010 8:39:47 PM

I'd say 4850, unless you're really concerned with DirectX11 support. The 4850 is a much better gaming card than the 5nnn series cards available at that price. Check out this THG Best Graphics cards for the money article for a few more details.

The 5670 is much more an HTPC card than a gaming card, though it might perform adequately at 1440x900.
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 5, 2010 9:50:52 PM

Ok, yeah, I didn't look at the power supply at all.

From www.amd.com:
  1. # PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  2. # 450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)


That power supply is pretty limiting. You don't really have a whole lot of options with a 300 W PSU. None of the current (5nnn series) ATI cards suggest less than a 400 W PSU. And they're generally less power-hungry than the previous generation. Perhaps there's an nVidia card, or something from an earlier generation available.
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April 7, 2010 9:16:52 PM

any ideas for a psu 400-450w
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 7, 2010 10:44:20 PM

If it's worth it or not is up to the OP. He asked for a 400 - 450W PSU suggestion. That's what I gave him. The 400CX would power up to a 5770.
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April 8, 2010 12:59:22 AM

lol new price range 200 for card and psu.
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