Best video card for under 100$?

hello, I was wondering if you could help me find a decent video card for under 100$. I looked a few threads and they where about a year old. So i figured there prolly are a few better video cards out now. I'm lookin for a video card around 80$. I recently had mine fry on me. :'( I had an old Geforce 7900, im sure anything out today would be better then my old one. Also can anyone tell me what a low profile ready video card is?
Like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130632 <-- looks good but i dunno. Been a while since i bought a new video card. :P All I play is WoW, so i never needed one. Thank you in advance. :)
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  1. this is my choice for best LOW PROFILE card like you ASKED about

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102923&cm_re=low_profile_hd_5670-_-14-102-923-_-Product

    $80 USD
    LOW PROFILE
    No power connector
    great reviews by Toms and other
    low wattage draw
    will be compatible for almost any system
    can run on quality 300w power supplies
    was named best video card for $80 by Toms many times
    has GDDR5 memory
    128bit memory bus
  2. no way that GT 520 is awful, it's beaten by 5670 by far, if i were you, i'd take 450 ct1615 listed
  3. king smp said:
    this is my choice for best LOW PROFILE card like you ASKED about

    He didn't ask for a low profile card, he asked what one is, likely because the card he linked says it.
    I'd recommend the GTS 250 CT linked. If you want something cheaper I wouldn't go for either of those HD5670s though. This one is a better deal;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871
    The DDR5 memory is much more important than having 1gb on cards of this caliber.
    Really though you need to tell us more about your system including CPU, power supply and resolution before we can recommend an appropriate card.
  4. Thank you for the fast replies. :) I'll end up ordering GTS 450 tomorrow. 88$ isnt to bad at all. Was gonna go with the gts 250 but I can never count on gettin the MIR. 500 watt psu should be enough to run it. Thanks again. :)
  5. If you are going open box this GTS 450 is cheaper;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127521R
    The cooling is slightly better as well I believe.
  6. ooo and its a bit cheaper too. My computer is pretty much trash. Its like an old Pentium D, 500 watt psu, 4gigs of ram and a Asus P5N-E sli mobo. I really need to rebuild 1.
    I only run WoW on it and use a laptop for everything else. Since my video card fried im using a friends old ati radeon 2400.
  7. I was going to recommend that you stretch your budget by $10 and get a 5770 as it's better than the gts 450:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131330&cm_re=5770-_-14-131-330-_-Product

    But these gts 450s at $80 are damn good value so don't :)
  8. The newer iterations of WOW require better processors than a Pentium D.I would upgrade that as well.
  9. Go with the 5770,after rebates,it would be found to be 90$ to 100$

    the one without rebates,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131330

    the one with rebates,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102873

    Good Luck!
  10. yeah 5770 is a bit better than 450 and for that price it's great
  11. Thank you for all the great replies. >.< I didn't know the open boxes went to fast. Went to order the one jyjjy linked and it was gone.

    @ Tamz_msc i would upgrade my cpu, but then i'd need a new motherboard and ram. lol I'd have to get a sandy bridge. :( I has no monies for that tho.

    I'll prolly just go with the 5770. Thanks again you guys for all the great replies. :D
  12. ssraid said:
    ooo and its a bit cheaper too. My computer is pretty much trash. Its like an old Pentium D, 500 watt psu, 4gigs of ram and a Asus P5N-E sli mobo. I really need to rebuild 1.
    I only run WoW on it and use a laptop for everything else. Since my video card fried im using a friends old ati radeon 2400.

    According to Asus your motherboard supports Core 2 Duo processors so you don't need a new board/RAM.
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5NE_SLI/#CPUS
    I'd either overclock this;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348
    or get this;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116381
    As for the video card this HD5830 is an impressive deal;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878
    It's both faster and cheaper than the HD5770.
  13. ^+1 HD5830 good idea
  14. Your motherboard supports 45 nm Core2Duos,
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5NE_SLI/#CPUS
    Any C2D would be a huge upgrade over a pentium D.
  15. +1 for 5830.
  16. Yeah 5830 is a lot better than 5770, but with his CPU he won't see any difference, but the price is great, so i'd take that. Also @ Tamz_msc, imo OP should better save some money rather than upgrade from very old to quite old.
  17. If he can a good price on a decent C2D (something around 3 ghz)
    then would be ok for now
    A good C2D can still do game and run almost all apps with no problems
    And I am sorry a C2D from 2009 is not "quite old" unless
    you are 17 years old LOL
  18. It isn't the best designed card but I think you are overstating the power/heat issues to a large degree. The card uses about 110w during normal gaming and it's numbers are fine at idle. It also runs at 65C under load which is not high for a current card.
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd5830-hd5850-xtreme-edition-review-crossfirex/18/
    It is big and less power efficient than it should be compared to the other HD5000 cards and if that is important to you then fine. Suggesting anyone who considers price and performance more important is a noob... well, whatever. Not everyone has the exact same priorities as you do so save the insults.
  19. Wow 31 years of owning and working and making a living on computers
    and I am put into noob category LMAO
  20. I based my recommedation on a search of Toms forums
    I then read about 5 different threads
    where REAL owners in REAL life applications were using and very happy with card

    Not some articles by reviewers who get FREE product and sometimes even money for their reviews

    Real world recommendations by many different REAL people
    using a product is the BEST way to judge a product IMHO
  21. ct1615 said:
    tech spot has it using 40w then the ATI 5850 and running as hot as the ATI 5870 (not a shocker since its based off the card)

    http://www.techspot.com/review/249-ati-radeon-hd-5830/page11.html

    neoseeker has its temps hitting 86c while power is on par with the ATI 5850
    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/hd5830launch/16.html

    the 65c seems more like wishful thinking from kitguru's open bench or an industry leading cooling by sapphire. either way, the linked card is sold out.
    The "Xtreme" cards are newly launched redesigns by Sapphire. The cooler on the HD5830 is pretty nice with 3 copper heat pipes. Reviews of the reference model from over a year ago aren't particularly relevant.
  22. For only $79 you can get this baby:

    Galaxy 50SGH8HX3QMZ GeForce GTS 450 GC Edition Video Card - 1024MB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, SLI, DirectX 11, Fermi
    It is normally $150 but is on sale til it is sold out

    Check this out: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6680894&Sku=G458-0450
  23. Will all the above cards run fine on a 450watt psu? lol Thread derailed for a minute there. Also would gettin a 50$ C2D be worth it? I really don't anything on my computer, but if i can find a 60-70$ card I'll just get a C2D also if its better then just getting a better video card. And once again thanks.
  24. mmm I guess i was right the firs time. Its a power king 500watt vista. Thats all i can see from the side without having to take it out. The cpu is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040X9d5607dab0cfa574dd5d54f77610147 a someone posted it earlier. Right now i just have a PD 940. I was just curious if it would be better over all to get a cheaper video card and that cpu or just go for a nicer video card.
    I only really play WoW so i don't need that good of a system. Eventually i'll rebuild a whole new computer.
  25. ct1615 said:
    its very much relevant since the sapphire card is no longer available and the ati 5830 runs hot as proved by many reviewers (assuming one is available within the OP's budget)
    No, it's not relevant. We were talking about a specific card at a specific price when you made your comment. It was in stock then. That it has gone out of stock since doesn't change the appropriateness of what you said. If people had since been recommending an alternate version of the card then perhaps you'd have a point but that hasn't happened.
  26. ct1615 said:
    it really depends on the exact 450w PSU you have, do you know the make and model of the PSU?
    the ATI 5670 will run on just about any 450w PSU plus you can power the 7900GT so powering cards like the GTS 250, ATI 4850, GTS450, ATI 5770 should be fine.
    The 7900GT uses less than 50w so that's no indication that it can use the cards you are talking about.

    ssraid said:
    mmm I guess i was right the firs time. Its a power king 500watt vista. Thats all i can see from the side without having to take it out. The cpu is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040X9d5607dab0cfa574dd5d54f77610147 a someone posted it earlier. Right now i just have a PD 940. I was just curious if it would be better over all to get a cheaper video card and that cpu or just go for a nicer video card.
    I only really play WoW so i don't need that good of a system. Eventually i'll rebuild a whole new computer.
    It would be much better for WoW to upgrade the processor and get a weaker card rather than a high end card + a Pentium D. Your PSU supposedly had 22a or 264w on the +12v rail so you can't use higher end cards without replacing it anyway. I would stick with cards that don't need an external power connector. An HD5670 would be a good choice. Try to stick with one that is PCI-E 2.0 as 2.1 cards sometimes have issues with older 1.0 motherboards.
  27. without any insults
    what about this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102934&cm_re=hd_6570-_-14-102-934-_-Product
    just a thought
    could be better out there
  28. and the GT 250 is just a little over a $100
  29. ct1615 said:
    it's an old PSU with just 19a on its 12v rail, what you would find on a modern 300w PSU. your Pentium D is decent enough for WoW, I would just team it up with an ATI 5670 PCI 2.0 card (or even an ATI 4670). I would not try running anything more powerful then that on your PSU. put the rest of your money towards a new build starting with a quality PSU.



    even with all the insults :)

    that is good advice
  30. ct1615 said:
    yes it is relevant! we are no longer talking about a specific card since it is no l0onger for sale. that opens up the door to the ATI 5830 in general which is proven to be a hot card that uses a lot of power for the amount of performance it delivers, all proven facts and all relevant!
    We were always talking about that specific card. No one ever made any reference to other HD5830s nor recommended any other and it was still on sale when you made the comment being discussed. Spare me the obfuscation so you can act like you weren't accusing others of ignorance simply because of your own. The card in question was a good choice at $106 and there was no reason to call the four of us who thought so "noobs."

    ct1615 said:
    completely incorrect again, the 7900GT needs a 6-pin power connector. meaning it needs more the 65w (65 is greater then 50w) provided by the PCI-E x16 bus

    http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2006/07/17/summer_2006_geforce_7_graphics_gear/xfx-7900gt-angle.jpg

    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130281

    First off the limit of the technical specification of PCI-E port is to deliver 75w of power, not 65w. Nice pic of the card but here are some actual numbers for its power usage;
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/video/display/powercolor-x1800gto_6.html
    You can write xbit and ask for a retraction because clearly you know better than their volt meter but please keep it between you and them. I had enough of you the last time we argued for no reason and find your method of debate tedious. That said I do find it humorous that you are arguing with me for pointing out that the following was incorrect;

    "powering cards like the GTS 250, ATI 4850, GTS450, ATI 5770 should be fine"

    while at the same totally retracting it when speaking to the OP;

    "it's an old PSU with just 19a on its 12v rail, what you would find on a modern 300w PSU ... I would just team it up with an ATI 5670 PCI 2.0 card (or even an ATI 4670). I would not try running anything more powerful then that on your PSU."

    Furthermore the above is you rewording the second half of the very post you're arguing with me about and presenting it as your own advice 10 hours later;

    "Your PSU supposedly had 22a or 264w on the +12v rail so you can't use higher end cards without replacing it anyway. I would stick with cards that don't need an external power connector. An HD5670 would be a good choice. Try to stick with one that is PCI-E 2.0 as 2.1 cards sometimes have issues with older 1.0 motherboards."

    Uncannily similar apart from you getting the amperage wrong. You are an odd person.

    ct1615 said:
    your Pentium D is decent enough for WoW
    Here is a chart from Tom's article on Cataclysm;

    As you can see an Athlon II x2 dips down to 20 fps a number of times. Passmark gives a Pentium D at 3.4ghz half the score of the Athlon II x2 260 in the above chart so I suspect it will struggle a good deal with the game in its current form.
  31. So would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127489 be a good choice? Also my psu reads like:

    # +3.3V / 22A
    # +5V / 30A
    # +12V / 22A
    # -12V / 0.5A
    # -5V / 0.5A

    If that helps at all.

    My old video card used to get about 30-40fps. I run at 1280x1024.

    Should I still get a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040X9d5607dab0cfa574dd5d54f77610147 since after the mir I could just drop a few more $ and pick it up, or just save for a whole new build. I see you all are pretty passionate on these forums, Its nice to see. I really do appreciate all the help.
  32. ssraid said:
    So would http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127489 be a good choice? Also my psu reads like:

    # +3.3V / 22A
    # +5V / 30A
    # +12V / 22A
    # -12V / 0.5A
    # -5V / 0.5A

    If that helps at all.

    My old video card used to get about 30-40fps. I run at 1280x1024.

    Should I still get a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040X9d5607dab0cfa574dd5d54f77610147 since after the mir I could just drop a few more $ and pick it up, or just save for a whole new build. I see you all are pretty passionate on these forums, Its nice to see. I really do appreciate all the help.



    No problem :)
    Sorry for the drama LOL

    both choices are a big YES in my humble opinion
    obviously there are more powerful choices
    but for what you want to do
    and for the money spent
    that is a good way to go

    edit
    BTW the HD5670 is my choice for my next card if that matters :)
  33. The Cyclone is a nice card but it is both pretty expensive for an HD5670 and PCI-E 2.1 which may give you issues. This is what I would get if I were you;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102870
  34. ^+1
    not a Fanboi but I do like Sapphire cards for the money
  35. Sorry for the late reply. So that 512 mbs doesn't really matter much in a video card? Or is it just because its a PCI-E 2.1. Since they are both about the same price. I'll end up gettin one this week and prolly a new cpu also. :) thanks for all the help.
  36. larger memory matters at high resolutions with high settings
    over 1920x1080

    PCI-E 2.1 can be tricky if you have older PCI_E slot
  37. ssraid said:
    Sorry for the late reply. So that 512 mbs doesn't really matter much in a video card? Or is it just because its a PCI-E 2.1. Since they are both about the same price. I'll end up gettin one this week and prolly a new cpu also. :) thanks for all the help.

    The 2.1 thing is important but they aren't about the same price. The Cyclone is $30 more than the card I linked after shipping. You can use that money to get a better processor like the second one I linked earlier;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116381
    It's default clock is higher and it has twice as much L2 cache. As for 512mb vs 1gb it doesn't make much difference on cards of this caliber.
    If you are ok with rebates there are other things you could do. This card is about 50% faster than the HD5670 and has a large rebate that makes it the same price;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162062
    It is too much for your power supply however but you can get one that is capable for just $20 after rebate/promo code;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371023
  38. Just got my 5670 a few days ago. It runs nice and plays everything on high. On all ultra setting I'm gettin bout an avg of 30 fps on WoW. :) I can also play crysis maxed out. I havent installed my new cpu yet tho. -_- I really hate 775 sockets lol and im also curious to see if i will notice a difference. Thank you guys for all the help.

    If you could also be so kind as to answer another quick question for me. When I start a game up or anything really for that matter i get a lot of greenish fragments and then VPU recover has reset your graphic accelerator. Any idea how or what causes that? I have the newest drivers and I cant seem to find a way to fix it.
  39. That could have something to do with the fact that you had an nvidia card before.

    If I remember right the way to fix it should be this.

    Go to device manager, find the new card, uninstall the drivers.

    Run this app.

    http://www.guru3d.com/category/driversweeper/

    Have it clean out all the nvidia and ati drivers to be safe.

    Download and install newest ati drivers.

    Test..the fun part right?
  40. Just got my HD5670
    Had to chop the dual fan assembly in half to fit my Dell low pro case
    and run with one fan
    in 72F room it idles at 40-45 and maxes at 73c with Furmark :)

    Plays Crysis Warhead at 1920x1080 mostly enthusiast setting with a few changed
    to gamer so I am happy
  41. king smp said:
    Just got my HD5670
    Had to chop the dual fan assembly in half to fit my Dell low pro case
    and run with one fan
    in 72F room it idles at 40-45 and maxes at 73c with Furmark :)

    Plays Crysis Warhead at 1920x1080 mostly enthusiast setting with a few changed
    to gamer so I am happy

    :) nice, Its a really nice card for the price thats for sure. I'll have to try it out on crysis 2 soon.

    I know this is prolly the wrong thread to ask this, but since all the information is already in this one i figured it'd be better to do it here then start a new one.

    Anyways, I tried installing that new CPU I got (the one mentioned above) and the screened to stayed black. Took my computer to a friends he looked it all over for me tested everything out. Then I put the old cpu back in and it booted fine. Does that mean I have a DOA product? That's the only thing i can think of. Thank you for your time. And im sorry if this shouldnt be in here. I'll start a new thread if thats better.
  42. ssraid said:
    :) nice, Its a really nice card for the price thats for sure. I'll have to try it out on crysis 2 soon.

    I know this is prolly the wrong thread to ask this, but since all the information is already in this one i figured it'd be better to do it here then start a new one.

    Anyways, I tried installing that new CPU I got (the one mentioned above) and the screened to stayed black. Took my computer to a friends he looked it all over for me tested everything out. Then I put the old cpu back in and it booted fine. Does that mean I have a DOA product? That's the only thing i can think of. Thank you for your time. And im sorry if this shouldnt be in here. I'll start a new thread if thats better.



    it would be a good idea to start a new thread
    also give more details in new thread
    motherboard model,cpu model etc

    I will look for it :)
  43. Did you reset the cmos when installing the new chip? Pop the cmos battery out for about a minute, reinstall it and try again. Also check to see if there is a bios update for your board.
  44. ohiou_grad_06 said:
    Did you reset the cmos when installing the new chip? Pop the cmos battery out for about a minute, reinstall it and try again. Also check to see if there is a bios update for your board.



    +1 good advice
  45. ohiou_grad_06 said:
    Did you reset the cmos when installing the new chip? Pop the cmos battery out for about a minute, reinstall it and try again. Also check to see if there is a bios update for your board.

    Yep i did. I ended up finding out i need to update my bios. :( And I've been having a hell of a time figure that out. the EZ flash doesn't work for me so i have to make a DOS bootable usb stick to use AWDFLASH. I'm stuck on the usb stick part right now. lol If its not 1 things its another. XD If there is an easier way some1 please let me know. Im starting to go crazy :pt1cable:
  46. Not sure what board you have, but with my board, which is like a 4 year old Gigabyte board, you save the new bios on a memory stick, go into the bios, and they've got a utility called qflash. You press like f12 in the bios, and it gives me the option to save my old bios as a backup, and then to flash to the newest there.
  47. I have an Asus P5N-E sli. Its has an Ez Flash2 bios where I'm supposed to be able to do that, but when i do it say "downgraded rom file was not suitable for the system". I looked it up and I'll have to do a forced flash.
  48. just in case your still stuck, download the correct bios from ASUS website. Burn the BIOS file to CD. now restart and press "del" to get into BIOS and go to the easy flash thing. this should be able to load the file from the cd drive and flash it. http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=p5n-e%20sli&p=1 it is only supported with bios 1404, so you need that BIOS.
  49. ssraid said:
    hello, I was wondering if you could help me find a decent video card for under 100$. I looked a few threads and they where about a year old. So i figured there prolly are a few better video cards out now. I'm lookin for a video card around 80$. I recently had mine fry on me. :'( I had an old Geforce 7900, im sure anything out today would be better then my old one. Also can anyone tell me what a low profile ready video card is?
    Like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130632 <-- looks good but i dunno. Been a while since i bought a new video card. :P All I play is WoW, so i never needed one. Thank you in advance. :)

    not sure why no one mention the msi gtx oc 550 ti . you could stat with one and add a second later dual msi gtx 550 bms out reasonably close to the much higher dollar single cards
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