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Looking for upgrade from 8600gt for under $100

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September 11, 2010 2:17:11 AM

I'm going to be looking to buy in a couple weeks.
I mainly want to play MW2 and Black Ops when it comes out, plus i'll be using for normal college work.
I currently have a Rosewill 500W psu and i'm running an 8600gt, which can actually get 80 fps in mw2 at 1440x900 if you tweak the game enough.
I have a p35 board with a 7200gt, which I'll be over clocking after i get a new gpu, going for 3 ghz.
I'm not looking to sli or crossfire, and will most likely not overclocking the GPU.

My monitor is 1080p and i understand i'll prolly have to turn down the pretty stuff to make it run smoothly.

I've been thinking a 5770, gt 240, or maybe an older 9800gt.

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a c 173 U Graphics card
September 11, 2010 2:21:53 AM

Under $100 usd your choices are limted but you might get lucky to snag a GT240/9800gt/9600gt/5670/gts250/gtx260 but only on the second hand market but you can get a few on the retail market but the margin isn't going to be nice. The 5670 and the GT240 is a safe bet with you psu while a G92 card will be max. A gtx260 is asking for possible issues.
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September 11, 2010 3:16:59 AM

I've been reading a lot of things, and the general consensus is that amd cards use less power? So i'm thinking that i should prolly go with a 5670 even if it stretches my budget a little.

btw a correction, i wrote i had a 7200gt, but i have a 8600gt... i don't know why i wrote that lol
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September 11, 2010 3:57:20 AM

The 5670 and the GT240 draw their power from the slot which is less than 75w on both. They are both safe bets power wise and aren't that expensive despite both being overpriced.
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a b U Graphics card
September 11, 2010 4:05:21 AM

thespottedelf said:
I'm going to be looking to buy in a couple weeks.
I mainly want to play MW2 and Black Ops when it comes out, plus i'll be using for normal college work.
I currently have a Rosewill 500W psu and i'm running an 8600gt, which can actually get 80 fps in mw2 at 1440x900 if you tweak the game enough.
I have a p35 board with a 7200gt, which I'll be over clocking after i get a new gpu, going for 3 ghz.
I'm not looking to sli or crossfire, and will most likely not overclocking the GPU.

My monitor is 1080p and i understand i'll prolly have to turn down the pretty stuff to make it run smoothly.

I've been thinking a 5770, gt 240, or maybe an older 9800gt.


for $100 you can't get a 5770. However for $104.99 after rebate you can get THIS excellent 5750 or for $79.99 after rebate you could get THIS 5670 1GB

Note that both cards are factory OC'ed and should run cooler and faster. You will need the 5670 1GB version since your working with 1920x1080 resolutions. It will have... adequate? performance in most games, However I would recommend the 5750 or 5770 over it.

Both card's should work fine with your PSU. however if you supply your power ratings I should be able to confirm it.
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a b U Graphics card
September 11, 2010 9:06:50 AM

If you can get the 5750 it would be great, it is not far behind the 5770 and uses less power.
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September 25, 2010 12:38:22 AM

I went ahead and got the 5750, very happy with my choice
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October 5, 2010 1:07:22 AM

Best answer selected by thespottedelf.
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