Sub $130 (Canadian) Graphic Card that can last 1-2 years.

Hi Guys.

I am finalizing my parts for my new budget gaming computer, and I need some help deciding on the graphic card. The graphic card is planned to be upgraded in 1-2 years later.

I built this computer considering future-upgrades. There might be possible Duo-Monitor Set up. I consider H55/57 chipset with i3 processor, so I can put the integrated GPU on the less stressful output, with the graphic card handle the games and other intensive programs. (or maybe its better for the discrete graphics card to handle both?)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before July 20th, 2010 (basically next week)

BUDGET RANGE: For the Graphic Card....Less than $130 Canadian after tax ($$$$), after rebates

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming while Youtube-ing... (SC2, TF2, Diablo 3, Civ 5), ......some Photoshop / MS office 2010 stuff ( I alt-tab a lot)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: New Rig, Going with a mATX board (1x PCIe 2.0 X16...), will be using i3-530 for now (Will be OC'ing) , until future upgrade (see system specs)

Power Supply *Will it Suffice? Or Should I get an independent one* PowerUp ATX Black Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB and Audio Ports and 450-Watt Power Supply

Any recommendations? (I might need a 550W or higher)


Ram: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO

CPU: Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W

Mobo: (one of the Two, between H55 and H57)

GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, NCIX, Tigerdirect (have a local store near by as well)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Not much ATI/nV preferences, just like it as cool/quite as possible

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (but unlikely, since it will be replaced later)


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Cooler/Quieter the better, 60+ FPS at above resolution, Medium-High Settings

List of Potential Cards

Consider Price/Performance Ratio as well, if HD 5770 drops price in the near future, I will upgrade to that.

MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

EVGA 512-P3-1240-LR GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV (Free Cryostasis Download w/purchase, Register at mfg site)

GIGABYTE GV-R485ZL-512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

ASUS CuCore Series EAH4850 CUCORE TOP/2DI/1GD3 Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Future Upgrade: 5850 or better, Also likely an i5 - Quad core (32nm) processor, 4Gb more ram
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  1. Of the ones you listed, I'd probably go with the 4850.

    However if you have a Memory Express in your city...
  2. Best answer
    This is the most powerful one HD5770 just meets your budget
    For the price this is a good card HD4850
  3. in Toronto =x

    powercooler seems to have a lot of complaints about their quality, im not so sur eon that one

    I was considering 5770, but i am not sure as to how long it will last compare to a GT240 1Gb ddr5.......
  4. A 5770 is going to be better than a GT240. A 5770 is generally between a GTS250 and 260.
  5. I was originally thinking about 5770, but hopefully they will have discuonts soon. I might be able to squeeze them into my budget...

    Thanks a lot everyone =D
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