Needs a new gfx card ~$100

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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  1. I would say 4850, but then I saw the PSU :p. If the PSU is of decent quality then get a 5670.

    HIS H567Q512 Radeon HD 5670 $83.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161319

    If it's a cheap no name POS though, then use a more conservative Radeon 5570.
  2. What is your friend's monitor resolution? That's the most important spec to know when looking at video cards.
  3. my resolution is 1440x900 and the psu is a new just replaced it a like last month if i remember right its this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817338031
  4. 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.
  5. Ok, yeah, I didn't look at the power supply at all.

    From www.amd.com:
    # PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
    # 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.
  6. any ideas for a psu 400-450w
  7. 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.
  8. lol new price range 200 for card and psu.
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