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Good GPU for around 100$

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October 6, 2010 3:08:10 PM

I recently purchased a new Desktop about a month ago nothing fancy, and im looking to upgrade to a dedicated GPU for around 100$. My monitor resolution is 1600x900, im not in to hardcore gaming like Crysis and Far-cry ect, i mostly play MMO, RPG, RTS, Im just looking for a good card to play games on Mid to high resolution (Like i said i dont play really graphic demanding games).

Desktop Specs:
8 Gigs of DDR3 Ram
Quad Core Phenom II x4 820 Processor 2.80 GHz
Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
Power Supply 300W
MotherBoard: M2N78-LA (Violet6)
Integrated GPUP: nVidia 9100
PCIex16 Slot: 1 Avaliable
Front side bus speeds: 5200MT/s (5.2 GT/s)

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a c 355 U Graphics card
October 6, 2010 3:24:26 PM

HD 5670 512mb.
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a b U Graphics card
October 6, 2010 8:07:00 PM

If you do not care about DX11 the i would suggest the GTS250. Otherwise the one mentioned by jaguarskx is the best option.
October 7, 2010 5:04:53 AM

I searched for the HD 5670, and i got a lot of diff brands, does the brand really matter on performance?
a c 355 U Graphics card
October 7, 2010 5:15:10 AM

All video cards basically rolls off the same production line of just a few manufacturers. Therefore, they are all basically the same excluding models that are overclocked or comes with a non-standard heatsink fan. The only real difference would be customer support, warranty and bundles (if any).

PC Partners is one such OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and they sell their own cards under the Sapphire brand.
October 7, 2010 5:24:21 AM

Those cards say 400w minimum, will he be able to run them on a 300w psu?
a c 355 U Graphics card
October 7, 2010 5:58:54 AM

yesitsmario said:
Those cards say 400w minimum, will he be able to run them on a 300w psu?

Sure it uses less than 30w under gaming conditions. That's less power than the HD 4670 and around 25% better performance on average.

a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2010 1:25:13 PM

300W PSU sounds generic to me.Try and get a decent 400 W PSU.
October 7, 2010 4:30:26 PM

I am willing to upgrade my PSU if necessary no problem
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2010 4:33:58 PM

In that case the GTS 250 is the way to go.
October 7, 2010 4:58:08 PM

so... GTS 250 or HD 5670, which card offers more power and better performance? or is there a better card for around 100$, that i should also consider.
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2010 5:01:26 PM

GTS250 of course. Its more closer to the HD5750.
a b U Graphics card
October 7, 2010 5:02:59 PM

GTS 250, if not, then the HD 4850.
October 7, 2010 11:33:48 PM

Gekko Shadow said:
^+1 for the chart! :) 

+2 for the chart - nice to know my 5570 is not pulling much from my coolermaster 350 psu. Thanks!
a b U Graphics card
October 8, 2010 12:01:10 AM

There are a couple of 4870s for 99.99 after rebates on newegg, an asus and an XFX, I thought those cards were the beezneez a couple of years ago how come no one ever recommends them anymore? I know when they were the same price as the 5770 they didn't make much sense but if you don't care about DX11 and and have the PSU to handle it they seem like a really good value. Clearly not an option with a 300 watter but if you are upgrading anyways...