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Upgrading from a 8400GS, I have a $100 budget

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September 20, 2010 2:38:20 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks BUDGET RANGE: approx. $100 give or take

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Movies to my 40" LCD, light gaming and video editing.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: BGF 8400GS 512MB, 600 w Coolmax PS

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Core i5 - 750 2.67 Ghz with stock CPU cooler, Intel DP55WB motherboard, 4 GB DDR3 1600.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, bestbuy.com, open to other websites.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Nevada, United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Open to anything.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (Not sure?)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 for dual monitors, 1080p for TV

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need two things out of this graphics card. One: I need a cool running card, or atleast one that keeps the heat out of my case. I live in Las Vegas and it can get hot. Two: three ports for my two monitors and LCD tv. (VGA, DVI, and HDMI preferably)

Thanks ahead of time. I'm still new to building my own systems so any pointers would be apperciated!
September 20, 2010 3:31:09 AM

Cool + 3+ outputs? Sounds like a job for a ATI HD5670. They go for around $100...the only thing you have to figure out is which outputs you need. A lot of the cards come with 1 DVI and 2 Displayport/HDMI. There are also DVI/VGA/HDMI boards out there.

If you post what ports you need, I can look around some more.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:33:32 AM

Did you know that torture is not legal under the Geneva Convention as the 8400gs is a form of torture that being it is all lag and no game.

GT240/9600GT
9800GT/5670
Used market

GTX260/GTS250
4850/5750
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a c 255 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 6:41:52 AM

You guys did read that he needs 3 outputs right? GTS250 only has 2.
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a c 255 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 7:26:44 AM

Yep scratch the HD5670 I linked to and go with the GTS450. I overlooked that :D 
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a c 271 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 7:54:44 AM

anort3 said:
Yep scratch the HD5670 I linked to and go with the GTS450. I overlooked that :D 

That's not going to help if the OP needs 3 outputs.
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a c 255 U Graphics card
September 20, 2010 3:57:30 PM

Mousemonkey said:
That's not going to help if the OP needs 3 outputs.


That GTS450 has 3 outputs, 2 x DVI and 1 x mini HDMI. My EVGA GTX460 has the same.
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September 20, 2010 6:01:06 PM

^It will only output out of 2 at a time.
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September 20, 2010 6:48:55 PM

benski said:
^It will only output out of 2 at a time.

Ya beat me to it! :D 
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September 21, 2010 8:34:31 AM

Wow, thanks for all the replies. After reading all the posts, I'm inclined to go with the HD5670 as it seems to fit all my needs. Does anyone know if the HD5670 will post on all three screens at once? (as that seems to be a factor I didn't consider) And yes, I really would prefer 1 VGA, 1 DVI and 1 HDMI, but if there's a work around that I'm not aware to spilt a connection outside of the video card, I'm all ears. Thanks!
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