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New Build - Need Graphics Card ~ $100-150

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April 26, 2011 5:51:18 AM

I just finished building a new system from scratch for the first time a couple days ago, so I'm still really new at this. I have:

Core i5 2500k
ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

It is fantastic so far; the speed is great. My only problem is that the onboard graphics do not seem to be enough for some games. I am not a gamer so I don't need anything really expensive, but I'd like it to be able to handle graphics better than it is now.

My motherboard does not say that it supports either SLI or Crossfire, so I'm assuming neither. Does that limit me in what card I can choose? It has one PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot and two PCI-e x1 slots.

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a c 376 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 10:38:30 AM

shrkbay said:

best bang for buck, good performer and a great card, you shouldn't worry much about CF or SLI imo, many ppl run only 1 card and are fine with it and just like you i have an IGP right now ;) 

It's $10 cheaper and has free shipping at newegg.

What kind of power supply is in your system and what is your monitor's native resolution?
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April 26, 2011 12:21:01 PM

Wow, those 5850s are superb value for money
April 26, 2011 2:17:19 PM

My power supply is:

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

So I can buy one of the cards that has crossfire, as long as I have the correct PCIe slots (and enough power)?
April 26, 2011 2:49:57 PM

It wouldn't let me edit that message, but just to add, my resolution is 1440 x 900.
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 3:19:04 PM

Imo this card is overkill for that res, 5850 would max out everything for at least 2 years (maybe not Metro 2034). And if you'll want to CF you will need more power...

BTW, great find jyjjy
April 26, 2011 6:12:02 PM

Apparently it is a great deal - it's now out of stock at NewEgg. I'm waiting a few days to buy it anyway, but I may get that one at TigerDirect if they have it.

What does CF mean? And if this would need a lot of power, would the 5750 be a good option instead?
a b U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 7:19:07 PM

CF = Crossfire = running multiple GPUs, usually CF needs more power than single GPU
a c 376 U Graphics card
April 26, 2011 11:39:30 PM

The 5850 is still a nice deal at $150. It is however overkill for your current resolution. Fortunately that Sapphire card has a lil brother in the HD5830 which is also crazy cheap on newegg and this time it is in stock;
Still a bit of overkill to be honest but nothing else makes sense with it selling at that price. For example it's cheaper than the cheapest HD5750 you mentioned and at your resolution it is approximately 35% faster.
May 7, 2011 5:02:55 AM

Best answer selected by Elysian.
a c 169 U Graphics card
May 7, 2011 8:31:51 AM

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