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June 1, 2010 6:15:23 PM

hii... im new ere..
and i was wondering if some 1 could tell me about buying a budget card which could run (even with moderate settings) games that hav come out recently and games that will come out later on,preferralby the next 2 years or so..

My budget : $55


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My system(excluding GPU)
Inter p4 3.0 ghz
512mb ram
40 hard disk




P.s : any yeah... i am not looking to change my other specs... just want a Video card.. for the near future games..AND im a casual gamer not a hardcore one...
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 6:21:06 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
I think if you upgrade your whole system,then it would be much better because there aren't great graphic cards for your system that can handle games fine;moreover,your CPU and RAM are low for gaming too.
June 1, 2010 6:25:21 PM

u mean if i want to.. ,let say for instance... , get a ATI 4550 HD. so it wont function in the pc?
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a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 6:58:33 PM

A 4550 will function just fine, but a card that low end will struggle with most new games on anything but low settings. Your cpu and ram are also below the required for most current and upcoming games, a better video card will only do so much for your system.
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 7:03:37 PM

Agree with both of them...
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 7:12:39 PM

I'd get an ATI 4650 or a 4670. You might spend a couple bucks extra, but anything less won't be very good.
June 1, 2010 7:17:45 PM

what games are you looking to play??
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 7:36:04 PM

1 gb of ram first then 4550 ,Maziar's not mean he's just stating the obvious.
You'll have to be carefull on gpu selection since we don't know your psu.
I'm assuming its atleast 300w.
a c 172 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 7:53:13 PM

If you are using a socket 775 P4 that has a pci-e slot then a 5450 would hold up for a few years for basic 2D and very low end gaming. If it is AGP then that complicates things and for $55 us your budget isn't going to help.
a c 169 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 8:00:33 PM

Yanzir said:
u mean if i want to.. ,let say for instance... , get a ATI 4550 HD. so it wont function in the pc?

I didn't mean it won't work in the PC,i meant that instead of getting a new VGA for your system,build a new system instead,however if its not possible,then first get 1GB RAM(which is the minimum amount recommended for gaming),and then get a video card like a HD 4670(depending on your budget),those are the best AGP cards currently available.
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 9:05:38 PM

I know the OP said he/she did not want a new system. But quite frankly...

Even casual gaming is not going to work on your current system. An old P4 3Ghz, with 512MB RAM isn't going to cut it with any recent games. Period.

You need a newer CPU, really should have 4GB of RAM for gaming purposes, plus a video card. Ultimately, you'd probably have to upgrade everything in your case (maybe even power supply) to make anything reasonable happen.

Much as I hate to say it... it might be cheaper to buy an XBOX or PS3 if you don't see yourself playing many games.
a c 376 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 9:19:58 PM

The first question is whether or not your system has a PCI-E x16 slot or an AGP slot. If it is AGP basically I would forget about it. If it is PCI-E x16 then wait for this to come back in stock for the best card under $55;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That said everyone is correct about both your processor and ram. Your CPU is very poor by today's standards and it will make most current games unplayable. The card linked above should let you play most games a few years old acceptably however.
If you can scrape together $200-250 you can get a card plus replace your motherboard/cpu/ram with something that would allow you to play all current games decently at low resolutions.
a b U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 10:12:28 PM

I hate to rain on folks' parade. But I have to be entirely honest. Without a whole system upgrade, even spending $250 is going to get you a system that hardly works for recent titles. That's why I was suggesting buying an XBOX 360 or PS3 instead. It's a low budget gaming machine.

Spending so little money on a PC will ultimately disappoint you for playing any kind of games within the last 2-3 years.
a c 376 U Graphics card
June 1, 2010 10:32:20 PM

jerreece said:
I hate to rain on folks' parade. But I have to be entirely honest. Without a whole system upgrade, even spending $250 is going to get you a system that hardly works for recent titles. That's why I was suggesting buying an XBOX 360 or PS3 instead. It's a low budget gaming machine.

Spending so little money on a PC will ultimately disappoint you for playing any kind of games within the last 2-3 years.

Clearly you haven't checked hardware prices very recently. Not everyone needs an Phenom II/i5/i7 and an HD5770 or above. $250 can get you an Athlon II x2/x3 that can likely be unlocked into a x4 and/or OCed to 3.5 easily, an acceptable motherboard for it, 2 gigs of DDR2-800 and a GTS 250 or HD4850(or bump it down to an HD5670 if the PSU cant handle those.) 4 gigs of ram would be nice but still that is a perfectly capable gaming system and certainly better than any console.
a b U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 2:20:15 AM

@OP you just cant, new games REQUIRE 2 gigs of ram, at low settings. forget it. make more money and repost with a better budget.
June 2, 2010 6:50:42 PM

my bad... its a PCI express 1.0 machine..
but definitely.. i will elect to play games on low settings
ok..maybe im a bit outdated.. but i think my PSU will handle a 300w card
but still.. lets ease up things a bit...

my budget:$60


now i know... there will be shouts of a transition to 2 gb rams, dual core...n all.. but ryt now.. its impossible however.

i did be very appreciative...(for now)..if someone could tell me anything about a GPu that lets me play future games on LOWEST settings with a respectable FPS...
a c 376 U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 7:04:58 PM

Yanzir said:
i did be very appreciative...(for now)..if someone could tell me anything about a GPu that lets me play future games on LOWEST settings with a respectable FPS...


It's impossible. 512mb of ram is low just for running the operating system. Current and future games simply will not work. Can't say it any clearer. Even if you got more ram and an ok card your processor would still be too weak for most current games. Like I said the earlier the best you can do for the money you are talking about is an HD4650 and then you will be able to play games about 3+ years old acceptably but even then some will struggle with 512mb of ram.

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June 2, 2010 8:32:33 PM
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Ok i am no extrodinair gamer but,a extrea gig of ram and a 9600 gt is well apropriete if you wanna play games at low settings. If your monitor isnt too big. With my previus system I had an pentium 4 and a 7600 gt and 1 gig of ram and I played crysis fine at normal settings
a c 172 U Graphics card
June 2, 2010 8:43:06 PM

Not to rub it in I got a 10 year old socket 7 rig and it has more ram than your p4, its so slow it can barely run linux Mint. I suggest you upgrade to at least 1gb which is dirt cheap now days and get a better hard drive even if it is IDE since the controllers and caches are faster on more modern drives. As for the gpu if you want to go dirt cheap then there is no shortage of choices on eBay. Mind you I only shop on eBay.
June 3, 2010 4:03:03 AM

Best answer selected by Yanzir.
June 3, 2010 4:09:17 AM

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Pipes 2009 wrote:

Ok i am no extrodinair gamer but,a extrea gig of ram and a 9600 gt is well apropriete if you wanna play games at low settings. If your monitor isnt too big. With my previus system I had an pentium 4 and a 7600 gt and 1 gig of ram and I played crysis fine at normal settings




ok..my Monitor isnt really that big... and i am eager to play on lower settings..
and as a result what can u suggest for a GPU which is better and NEWER than the 7600 gt and under $60.
i will try my level best to atleast get my RAM to 1 gig...
keep in mind.. im a low end gamer here..
so no need to suggest a huge overhaul.
and thanks for the boost
a c 376 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 5:59:16 AM

Good luck going with the one person who is telling you what you want to hear...
June 3, 2010 12:02:26 PM

I might be wrong because I am no exppert at pc's ; but well I now have a 9800 gt and it played Gta 4 at low settings with my old system:But a 4850 is way beter and cost less. Also see if you can get a nother gig or 2 of ram that is cheap. I dont know what stuff cost in america I live in Sa so the prices differs a lot. But ask around.

a c 376 U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 7:15:28 PM

Well the stated minimum requirements for GTA4 are a core2duo and 1.5gb or ram. A P4 with 512mb, which is what this guy has is well below that.
a b U Graphics card
June 3, 2010 7:28:58 PM

pipes2009 said:
I might be wrong because I am no exppert at pc's ; but well I now have a 9800 gt and it played Gta 4 at low settings with my old system.


http://www.pcgameshardware.com/aid,669595/GTA-4-PC-CPU-...

Don't blame your 9800GT. You're processor (or something else) is to be blamed. 9800GT can play that game fairly well
June 3, 2010 7:44:35 PM

I had exactly the same system that he had , just with 2 gig ddr2 800 ram. At 1240 x 768 or something
June 3, 2010 8:06:09 PM

u can not future proof something that is already obsolete.....even if u put in a $300.00 5850 u probably still wont b able to play many games today at playable frame rates...at low settings bc the CPU and RAM will bottleneck it so badly...that computer is from 2003....its 7 year old technology...save ur money for 6 months...then go buy a 30.00 case, 100.00 CPU, 60.00 RAM, 80.00-120.00 video card, 40-60.00 power supply....you could reuse the hard drive if you wanna save 50-80 bucks...but I wouldnt even do that unless it was a must........all that current computer could ever b good for is surfing the internet or MAYBE using microsoft office...playing solitare...and it probably wont even do all of that smoothly unless u upgrade ur rame to 1-2 GBs

You have to spend money to have something decent or even usable...go all or nothing...bc if u dont it will be a complete waste of cash
June 4, 2010 5:25:48 AM

Quote:
pipes 2009 wrote:
I might be wrong because I am no exppert at pc's ; but well I now have a 9800 gt and it played Gta 4 at low settings with my old system:But a 4850 is way beter and cost less. Also see if you can get a nother gig or 2 of ram that is cheap. I dont know what stuff cost in america I live in Sa so the prices differs a lot. But ask around.



i live in SE asia... the prices differ ENORMOUSLY here..
still tell me... will a HD 4650 survive on 300W PSU?
thats my sole option now..
and thanks alot for ALLLL of ur valuable suggestions..
but, sadly, i cant go back and change the transaction... :??:  :( 
so luks like im stuck ...(probably dead and buried :heink:  )
maybe when i grow up a bit more.. i will get as knowledgeable as u guys
are... but ryt now.. im crunched


Still... do tell me about the PSU
June 4, 2010 8:54:37 AM

I dont know ; I am not a huge gemer I just play games and whenever I want to upgrade I look around and ask around. So I am not very clever with all that huge computer terms :) . Ask some of the veterens about that. Or search the internet
a c 376 U Graphics card
June 5, 2010 12:14:50 AM

An HD4650 uses very little power and should be ok on a 300w PSU
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