Which budget graphics card

Hi everyone,
I'm looking for several bang-for-buck graphics cards to be used primarily for work - i.e. very light gamig. However I'd still like these cards to run some games so I have imposed the following criteria:

$50 or under after any rebates
Support SLI/Crossfire
Good multi-display support
Multiple digital ouptuts
512RAM minimum

Are there any ohther criteria anyone can think of that make for a good well rounded carn? Can anyone suggest any in particular?

Also, two or three of these will be going in an ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 mobo and apparently the spacing gives the PCIEs a tight fit so I would need some good cooling or at least one that wont burn upwith some overclocking.

Thanks in advance
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  1. Crossfiring/SLIing these cards are utterly pointless, you'll be better off selling one and buying a decent mid-range card.

    This GT240 would be the best choice, come out to be $50 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162042&cm_re=GT240-_-14-162-042-_-Product

    This HD5550 for $45 AR is also a good choice, a bit slower, but $10 cheaper up-front:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131355&cm_re=HD_5550-_-14-131-355-_-Product
  2. what size PSU do you have?
  3. Timop - I want the multi-display support more than gaming abilities - I don't game much but I'd like to be able to so getting sli/crossfire with the cards would allow me to pay as little as necessary since I must have 2 cards rather than a single mid-range one.

    Emerald - I have a 750W PSU.
  4. how many monitors?
  5. narwen said:
    how many monitors?


    At least 4, may add another later
  6. killerchickens said:


    Thats the main one I was looking at :) Anyone else got opinions regarding this card?
  7. Timop said:
    Crossfiring/SLIing these cards are utterly pointless, you'll be better off selling one and buying a decent mid-range card.

    This GT240 would be the best choice, come out to be $50 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162042&cm_re=GT240-_-14-162-042-_-Product

    This HD5550 for $45 AR is also a good choice, a bit slower, but $10 cheaper up-front:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131355&cm_re=HD_5550-_-14-131-355-_-Product



    Little confused, are you saying that one GT240 would be better than two 9800GTs in SLI??
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