Best gpu for 130$

Hey guys,

I'm looking at buying a new PC, but my budget is 650USD.
I have 3GB DDR2-800 lying around, so that should preferably go into the PC.
I have a 17" monitor but I want to upgrade to 20" wide.

I was thinking:

400watt psu
Core 2 quad q8300
g31tm-lga775 mobo
500GB HDD
nvidia-geforce-9800gt-gddr3-256bit
a dvd drive
and the 20" monitor

Basically Im just wondering about the GPU.
What do you guys think? Help me out if you have any better ideas. Thanks, would really appreciate it
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  1. You can do better than the 9800GT for $130.
    Best card under $130 after rebates;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121356
    Under $130 before rebates;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127495
  2. Also a Phenom II x4 is a better value than a Q8300. I would recommend this one;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808
  3. Well.
    I think you CAN get a GeForce 250 or 260 or something like that for about 50-100 USD, that would be much better than e GeForce 9 Series :P
  4. 50-100USD for a 260? Whaaat. Where you buy your pc parts :)

    Jyjjy, so you rate I should go the AMD build? Then get a radeon GPU?
  5. HD 5750 or 5770 if you can find one for 130 bucks. Thing is both of them are extreme overkill for a 17 " monitor. I have a 22" 1080P monitor and max my games on 1080P lol. So actually a GT 220 should be enough for your monitor. 5770 is for 22" monitors
  6. Quote:
    Jyjjy, so you rate I should go the AMD build? Then get a radeon GPU?

    Yeah sure. That is what I would do. If you aren't going for an i5/i7 then the AMD chips offer better value for the money. You could also go for an Athlon II x4 which is a very good deal at $100. It is the same core as the Phenom II chips but it lacks L3 cache. The cache is nice but it is questionable whether it is worth the extra money if you are on a tight budget. Here is a good combo on one with a DDR2 motherboard;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437010
    Of the two cards I linked the HD5750 is slightly faster but also DX11 compatible and uses much less power. It should be good for a 20" monitor. An HD5770 would be optimal but it costs about $150;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161338
  7. okini55 said:
    HD 5750 or 5770 if you can find one for 130 bucks. Thing is both of them are extreme overkill for a 17 " monitor. I have a 22" 1080P monitor and max my games on 1080P lol. So actually a GT 220 should be enough for your monitor. 5770 is for 22" monitors

    He already stated he is getting a 20" monitor and a 20" will almost definitely be 1600x900.
  8. Hmm okay well right now im looking at getting the amd phenom 3.2GHz
    and the 5750 radeon.

    That should all work with a 400watt psu right? I mean the 5750 is power sufficient, how about the cpu?
  9. Okay well this is what I have come up with. Please voice your opinion and suggestions.

    Specs for a budget of 645USD:

    mobo: Asus M4A78-HTPC, AMD 780G, AM2+/AM3, HDMI
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition C3, 3.2GHz, AM3, 4C/4T
    PSU: 400Watt
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue, 7200rpm, 16MB, 500GB, SATA-II
    GPU: Club3D HD 5750 1GB, PCI-E x16 2.0, HDMI
    RAM: 3GB DDR2-800

    What you guys think?
  10. Looks good.
    I would go for the a Caviar Black or Samsung Spinpoint drive though if possible. Also these days 1tb drives tend to really not be much more expensive than 500mb drives so that is something to consider.
    For the PSU 400w should be enough but make sure to get a good brand like Corsair or Antec.
  11. Yes, but that is only the Low-End GPU (The GS or the like), if your looking for a real ass-kicker for that price, maybe GeForce GTS 250? It's $140 so that $10 more than you want to spend but still


    CORRECTION: You can get a GeForce 210 for $50
  12. Go for the GTS250 from MSI (1 gig). It's more than enough for your specs. That card doesn't heat up to melting point, which is a plus. Not too sure about the HD Cards on that point. Also consider getting a good PSU....you'll want to supplement the GPU with appropriate juice. Consider getting a 500w-550w PSU from Antec or even CoolerMaster
  13. The 1gb MSI GTS 250 costs as much as an HD5750(in the US at least) but uses much more power and isn't DX11.
  14. True, it doesn't have DX11. Upcoming games (and a few as on date) are gonna be DX11. So it boils down to this:

    1. The resolution you're gonna be playing at
    2. How badly do you want/ need DX11.
    3. Power consumption of HD v. nVidia

    As of date, DX11 is available on nVidia GTX4**, which is frightfully expensive. ATI cards offer the same at a much lesser price. ATI gives you eyefinity and nVidia, PhySx, I prefer PhySx over eyefinity (which needs 2-3 monitors) and really isn't that much as made out to be, IMHO). As for resolutions, they're both good in the field.

    Even otherwise, as of NOW you're using a 17" monitor (assuming that you're gonna get a bigger screen later). That wouldn't do justice to a higher end card. Keep in mind that the extra 512 mb on a GPU will not be utilized unless you're on a resolution of more than 1600x ***. A 1 gig is only gonna prove its worth when you game on higher resolutions. For a 20" monitor at 1600x900, I would suggest the GTS250 (1 gig), or the GTX260, though that will push your budget a li'l over.
  15. The HD5750 is also slightly faster to go along with the much greater power efficiency and DX11. Can't see why anyone would think Physx is worth the trade off there. GPU accelerated Physx is a useful feature in approximately 3 games I can think off and usually comes at a fairly steep performance hit.
    Everything I said applies to the HD5770 over the GTX 260 as well except that the GTX 260 even usually costs noticeably more. You've got to have a pretty strong Nvidia bias to be recommending their cards in the price range you are talking about. They simply aren't competitive with ATI in the midrange at the moment unless maybe you are in a country with significantly different pricings than the US.
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