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Best graphics card for under $100?

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May 10, 2010 4:12:48 PM

I was looking to upgrade my graphics card, mainly for FPS gain in the games that I play, and was wondering which would be my best option for what my computer can handle?

My computer is an m9400f elite desktop from HP. The current graphics card is a default ATI radeon HD 3650, in a PCI-2 2.0 x16 slot. The PSU is 350 watts.

I was thinking this would be a good choice, but it keeps going unavailable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have a limit of $100, maybe $120.

Any other suggestions?

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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 4:30:41 PM

Get an HD5670. It'll be much better than the HD4670, and can handle games decently at 1680x1050, and medium-low on 1920x1080. You'll definitely see an improvement from your HD3650, and it'll function just fine on your PSU.
May 10, 2010 4:48:06 PM

I recently bought a Powercolor HD 4850 for about $105 from Newegg. it far exceeded my expectations. It runs MW2, GTA 4, and Metro 2033 on high settings smoothly
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May 10, 2010 5:25:27 PM

Thanks for the input, guys.
a b U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 7:23:29 PM

For your budget HD4850 is the best and most powerful card but I won't recommend getting that because your PSU is only 350W!

I would suggest you a HD4770 which is 90$ with rebate :) 

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

This card is a bit slower than a 4850 but faster than a 9800GT/HD5670 or anything else you can find in that budget:) 

a c 130 U Graphics card
May 10, 2010 10:19:57 PM

That still requires a 6pin though, and I wouldn't trust anything much with his psu.
May 11, 2010 12:45:54 AM

shadow187 said:
That still requires a 6pin though, and I wouldn't trust anything much with his psu.


Agreed, with his PSU the 5670 would be the safest option.
a b U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 3:57:56 AM

shadow187 said:
That still requires a 6pin though, and I wouldn't trust anything much with his psu.


IDK much about this but aren't HP Power Supplies as good as Dell's?
May 11, 2010 5:54:54 AM

shubham1401 said:
IDK much about this but aren't HP Power Supplies as good as Dell's?


It's not so much quality we're worried about, its wattage, with only 350 watts he has very little room to work with.
a c 358 U Graphics card
May 11, 2010 6:29:28 AM

Dell is known for using good PSUs which are actually a little more powerful than what it is rate for on the sticker; I would say maybe an extra 25w - 35w on tap. HP is not known for under-rating their PSUs nor for using above average PSUs.
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