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June 18, 2011 11:59:07 PM

Hello guys. I am looking to purchase a new graphics card for my 2 year old HP so that i could play Starcraft II. My computer's PSU is only i believe 300 Watts so know my choices are limited but im looking to spend 100$ or less. So, please recommend me a good budget graphic's card that would allow me to play Starcraft II decently online that is 100$ or less. Thanks.

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June 19, 2011 12:39:48 AM

I would recomend this msi 6670:

And generally some 6670 but if you take a closer look to the market you might find something better.
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June 19, 2011 12:42:59 AM

how much different is that 6670 compared to that 5670 performance wise?
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June 19, 2011 12:48:45 AM

so looking at that the difference between those two cards does not seem like much at all. would the 24% difference between there textel rate's create a noticeable difference when running the game? and do you believe that if i went with the 5670 that i would be able to play at least medium settings consistently without the frame dropping to below 30 when there is a lot going on on screen?
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June 19, 2011 12:51:23 AM

What is the resolution you are playing,and also what is procesor i ask that because i know sc 2 is a cpu demanding game.
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June 19, 2011 12:57:00 AM

my processor is a dual core at 2.6 GHz and the resolution of my monitor is 1440 x 900. for the 25 dollars more would the 6670 give me that much more of an advantage of playing the game? the one thing that i really want is that the framerate does not dip below 30 when a lot is going on, other wise i'd be content.
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June 19, 2011 1:23:08 AM

kss207rc said:
The 6670 will offer you a bettter performance mainly when you have af and aa filters on,the overall performance i think want be so big and the price difference is about 10$ because the one i suggested has better cooling.
You can also concider this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or better
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I think yes it worths the extra 10$.


hm, i would definitely go for the second one that is 10 dollars more. but, i have a question on the second one you posted. earlier i was looking at the same exact version of this but the ram inside was ddr5 compared to this one ddr3. is this ram difference worth another 20 dollars or is the difference negligible.
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June 19, 2011 1:37:09 AM

Yes it makes difference but i think it would be small at this range of graphics cards.If you are willing on spending the extra money go for the ddr5 but i believe you are fine with the ddr3 also,if i were you i would get the msi from the first link because of the better cooler(you could also oc it a little) or heres another a little cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Your choise
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June 19, 2011 1:42:49 AM

alright i will think about getting the msi branded one in your first post. any other suggestions or recommendations? you've been very helpful, thanks a whole lot.

edit: since you say it has better cooling does that mean it uses more fans or power to do so? would that be bad since my psu is only 300W or does it not really matter. again, sorry for all the questions but i'm not educated on the subject.
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June 19, 2011 1:55:07 AM

As you can see on the photos ot has two fans so it might be a little louder than the other i dont know that,also it uses:
better quality componets=longer life+better overclock
better cooling=longer life+better overclock.
It draws 65watts the other 6670 draw 63watts so the difference is very small
I think you will be fine with your psu.
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June 19, 2011 1:59:38 AM

okay, so out of all the cards you've listed do you believe the msi one with two fans to be the best? i've learned in the past that when you buy electronics you really shouldn't be cheap so i won't mind spending 15 dollars more. thanks.
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June 19, 2011 2:05:12 AM

In my opinion yes,i also have an msi gtx-560ti hawk and the quality is top,and i agree on what you said about electronics so if you dont mind on spending the extra dollars dont even think it,it worths.
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June 19, 2011 2:12:30 AM

cool, thanks a lot dude you've been extremely helpful. i guess i could pm you if i need further help? thanks a whole bunch!
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June 19, 2011 2:12:48 AM

Best answer selected by italianoman111.
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June 19, 2011 2:26:29 AM

Yes my friend what ever you want to ask you can always pm me.Hope i helped...
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June 19, 2011 7:35:39 AM

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