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GIGABYTE GV-R567OC-1GI Rev2.0 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I am thinking about getting it within the next few days, but I haven't seen any reviews of it and didn't find many when I googled it.

Here's my situation...

I am rebuilding my system. Because of financial reasons, I have to buy my parts a piece or 2 at a time, usually not spending more than $200 a month, if that much. I've been gathering parts for a while now, and I am just about ready to put it together.

So far, I have an ASUS P7P55D-E Pro mobo, an Antec Truepower 750 watt psu, 4 gigs of Mushkin memory, a 750gig WD hard drive, and a few other things. My goal is to put an Intel Core I7 processor in it, but for right now, I am going with a place-holder...a Pentium G6950 dual core chip. I know it isn't the best, but it will hold down the fort until I can get the one I want.

That chip is half my budget for this month, and I want to use the other half to get a decent graphics card, hence me making this topic The chip and the video card that I end up with will probably only be used until around January or so of next year, then they will be replaced. I figure my budget constraints will be gone by then (!), but the problem is that I am impatient, and I want to do something now to get this puppy rolling, hence the 'placeholders'.

So my question is, "What is a good graphics card for under $100?" I was considering the Gigabyte card above. I know they make solid products, but it still bugs me a bit not seeing any reviews for it. If you know anything about this card or have a better recommendation, please post it here. I'd like to get something that will support Dx11, but I don't need anything that will play @ 1080p Crysis on full detail....not yet anyway, that'll come later! I just need something that will play today's games at a decent resolution and framerate, and that will make Win7 look nice and pretty.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
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  1. Maziar said:

    The 4850s were one of the first lines I looked at, and at the time I started looking, they were actually a little less than the Gigabyte card above. Now, though, they've gone back up in price, which is why I took a look at the 5670s. I'm guessing their stock has gone down or something, which made the price go back up. I believe I saw a 4850 card listed as 'Discontinued' on one site!

    Anyway, good advice, and I will consider it. Thanks.

    One other question...the mobo that I bought is crossfire only. I realize that if I ever want to do the 2-card thing, I'll have to go ATI with it. But in the mean time, does that mean that I can't use an Nvidia card at all in a 1 card setup? Would using a geforce card cause any hiccups in this type of scenario? I've been looking at mostly ATi cards because of this, but I am open to Nvida cards as well if they won't cause any issues.
  2. You can use a single Nvidia card on an AMD chipset (and vice-versa) and there shouldn't be any problems doing it.
  3. If your mobo is just CrossFire only then you can't use 2 different cards (ATI + Nvidia) on CF...
  4. Cool. Thanks guys.

    Any recommendations on good Nvidia cards in my price range, then? I'm probably going to put in my order either today or tomorrow, so decision time is fast approaching.
  5. Ok, its about time to make the call. I have about narrowed it down to the 2 cards you guys recommended above. Now I gotta pick between them...

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100273L Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $99.99 with free shipping

    MSI N250GTS Twin Frozr GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $99.99 with free shipping

    Both cards have rebates, but I don't put much stock in them, so that is not a factor. Will the extra 512mb of ram help the 4850 here? If so, I'll go with that one based on that alone.

    One last question about another the Geforce 240 chipset any good? It is a little cheaper than both of these, and if the performance doesn't drop THAT much, then it might be an option too.

    Thanks again for your advice.
  6. Do you mean GT240? No, it's slower than HD4850 and GTS250.
    Get that GTS250, it's little faster than HD4850 and it's hard to use all 1GB memory (both HD4850 and GTS250), so you'll be fine with 512MB version... :)
  7. Best answer
    Both GTS 250 and 4850 are good, and will give you roughly the same performance(GTS 250 performs better in some games, and 4850 does better in others especially with AA/AF)
    However GTS 250 has lower power consumption.
    Both are significantly faster than a GT 240,and i wouldn't recommend going with a GT 240 at all.
  8. Thanks again for the advice, guys. I appreciate it. I just placed my order for the Sapphire HD 4850 card. I was going to get the GTS 250, but Newegg upped the price from $99.99 to $114.99, and that would have put me over budget.

    Anyway, hope to have the stuff this week, and a new system built sometime this weekend. Wish me luck!
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