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Best Graphics Card for $100-125?

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June 28, 2011 2:26:24 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a month

BUDGET RANGE:
USD $100-125

USAGE: Mostly Gaming (FIFA 11, Crysis 2, NFS, Just Cause 2 etc. i.e. yeah all the latest ones too.)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Presently onboard graphics(No Gaming :(  ) have used Nvidia XFX 8400GS PCX-16X, D (First one but I didn't like it at all :pfff:  , need a hell lot better card than that)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Intel Pentium D 3.00 Ghz (Should I upgrade to i3/i5 or Core2Duo?) RAM: 2GB (Will be upgrading to 4GB or will 8GB be better?) Desktop Board: Intel D945GCCR (Is that gonna need upgrading too?)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: India

PARTS PREFERENCES: No Preference, can be Nvidia, ATI or anything good (if it exists :p ) but GDDR5 highly preferred.

OVERCLOCKING: Preferably no.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No Idea.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: As you can see along-with Graphics Card I also need your advice on other parts such as CPU,RAM..., so please help. High-end games (like Crysis 2) running even at Medium settings with 30+ framerate will do (though I won't mind them running at Ultra settings :D  (If at all possible)).

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a b U Graphics card
June 30, 2011 1:43:01 PM

Graphics card for that price is a HD 5770/6770. At your resolution, it will play any game, most of them on high settings, a few on medium.

I'm really not sure where the best place to buy parts in India is, but search "HD 5770", then "HD 6770", whichever is cheaper is the one to get.

Concerning upgrading everything else, it's highly recommended.

-8gb RAM is not really needed, and is also not supported on your motherboard, the max you can have is 4GB DDR2.
-If you upgrade your cpu, which is recommended, I suggest an i3 at the very least, depends on your budget.
-If you upgrade to an i3 2100, it's best to buy a h67 motherboard. No overclocking, but the i3 2100 isn't overclockable anyway.

If you can let me know what website you will be using to buy these parts, I can give you an idea on how much it will cost.

If you choose not to upgrade anything else, the 5770/6770 should run on your motherboard just fine.
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July 1, 2011 6:03:20 AM

@OP
Can you state your budget in INR?
I'm from India too so maybe I can suggest the best ones in your budget.
July 1, 2011 9:27:24 AM

NeoFirenX said:
@OP
Can you state your budget in INR?
I'm from India too so maybe I can suggest the best ones in your budget.


is their any site to view latest price of computer parts in India?
July 1, 2011 10:44:42 AM

www.ebay.in is the most favorite of all techies but the products are slightly overpriced there.
www.lynx-india.com gives the correct street prices for most of the parts but charges 5% VAT for the items(only if you're gonna buy from them).

The above two sites are only for reference for keeping update to the latest prices of the products. If you want to buy one, it's ALWAYS recommended to go to a local dealer because you get the same products for a much lower price tag.
July 1, 2011 12:30:13 PM

Thanks for your help mates.
So as far as I am concerned my budget for graphics card is INR 5000-5700.

And I checked out HD 5770 online, quite impressive, but seems a bit out of my budget (They say its a 160$ card). How are HD 5670 and HD 5750 compared to it in price and performance?
July 1, 2011 2:34:45 PM

@OP
I think you should go on with HD 5750 as it can easily handle your resolution and the hd 5770 will be an overkill. Moreover you can overclock it if you give it a good cooling supply. The HD 5750 OCed can beat the HD 5770.
It's your call, get the hd 5750 or hd 5670. But hd 5670 is inferior to to hd 5750 considerably.

But make sure you have a processor good enough to avoid bottleneck. Even a C2D can handle either of the GPUs but you can get the i3 if you want to make it future proof.

You need a good power supply as well to handle the hd 5750. Running it on stock SMPS can blow your PC, so get a better 400~450W coolermaster,cooler master etc. depending on your budget again.

July 1, 2011 2:43:38 PM

@Red5devil- i think you can get radeon 5750 at rs6500 and at rs5000 you can get 5670.

@neo- thanks for the sites. Can you help me here-

tomshardware.co.uk/forum/319947-15-gaming-perform-metro-2033
July 1, 2011 2:48:50 PM

@Ricky:
Strange, I saw a hd 5770 for sale at rs.6500.
The max it can go at a local dealer is 7k.
July 1, 2011 3:02:48 PM

@neo the local dealers always betray. But i saw on smcinternational.com that a sapphire hd 5770 priced below rs7000. Though i dont know the real price of it. Do you know the price of HD 6950?
July 1, 2011 3:11:58 PM

Well it depends how much experienced you are when it comes to locally dealing with local dealers. If you are a total newbie, they spare no opportunity in fooling you and minting your money.

Sorry, I don't know 'local dealer' prices about hd 6950 but you can check lynx india for the most appropriate prices. Btw, The prices in SMC are WITHOUT taxes. Add 5% extra to get the correct price.

July 2, 2011 5:08:32 AM

NeoFirenX said:
@OP
I think you should go on with HD 5750 as it can easily handle your resolution and the hd 5770 will be an overkill. Moreover you can overclock it if you give it a good cooling supply. The HD 5750 OCed can beat the HD 5770.
It's your call, get the hd 5750 or hd 5670. But hd 5670 is inferior to to hd 5750 considerably.

But make sure you have a processor good enough to avoid bottleneck. Even a C2D can handle either of the GPUs but you can get the i3 if you want to make it future proof.

You need a good power supply as well to handle the hd 5750. Running it on stock SMPS can blow your PC, so get a better 400~450W coolermaster,cooler master etc. depending on your budget again.



So how will this be? -
HD 5770 (as it is just about 300 rs more than 5750)
4 GB RAM(533 MHz DDR 2) <-This seems to be the maximum supported on my Motherboard(D945GCCR) and Core 2 Duo(2.9 GHz perhaps) on D945GCCR

Is that gonna be bottle-necked or fine?
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2011 5:18:40 AM

red5devil said:
So how will this be? -
HD 5770 (as it is just about 300 rs more than 5750)
4 GB RAM(533 MHz DDR 2) <-This seems to be the maximum supported on my Motherboard(D945GCCR) and Core 2 Duo(2.9 GHz perhaps) on D945GCCR

Is that gonna be bottle-necked or fine?


I'll quote myself from earlier in this thread :)  - "If you choose not to upgrade anything else, the 5770/6770 should run on your motherboard just fine."

With the Core 2 Duo, it will not bottleneck, although I do suggest an overclock, if you're willing to have a go at it, if not, it will still be fine.

It all sounds good :) .
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2011 5:39:33 AM

yeah there will be a small bottleneck but just oc and get a 5770 or 6770, personally I have a 5770 running in my main rig now bc my gtx 570 died (see sig) and coupled with my overclocked 955 its pretty damn powerful in most games even on high at 1080p Just cause 2 for example I am getting 40+ fps on mostly high settings and 4xaa @ 1080p, mind you this is dx10 but still not bad for a game that is supposed to be gpu demanding, I think the 11.6 drivers run pretty darn smooth, in fact much smoother than previous experiences ive had with a 5770 def a performance boost in certain games
July 2, 2011 6:28:26 AM

red5devil said:
So how will this be? -
HD 5770 (as it is just about 300 rs more than 5750)
4 GB RAM(533 MHz DDR 2) <-This seems to be the maximum supported on my Motherboard(D945GCCR) and Core 2 Duo(2.9 GHz perhaps) on D945GCCR

Is that gonna be bottle-necked or fine?


get the 5770 its much powerfull than 5750, just spend a little more and get it.
July 2, 2011 1:33:43 PM

@NeoFirenX- I checked out the prices of C2D and i3 and they're either same or i3 being cheaper than C2D, so are there any advantages of i3 over C2D [you mentioned future proof (if yes, then how?)], or is C2D better.

@bluesc- You sure that without upgrading anything 5770 will work fine on my system?(remember currently I have Pentium D 3 GHz)

@jjb8675309- What do you want me to OC mate? (Well I will try to avoid overclocking because I have a history of overheating :p )
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2011 1:40:03 PM

I'll quote another part of my earlier post -

"-If you upgrade your cpu, which is recommended, I suggest an i3 at the very least, depends on your budget.
-If you upgrade to an i3 2100, it's best to buy a h67 motherboard. No overclocking, but the i3 2100 isn't overclockable anyway. "

The i3 2100 is much better than the C2D, definitely get it if you can :) 

There may be a bottleneck with the Pentium D, which is why I suggested upgrading your cpu, but the bottleneck with your current cpu won't be crippling. Just to clarify, when I said it would run fine on your mobo, I meant there won't be any problems motherboard-wise.
July 2, 2011 1:49:57 PM

@OP:
Exactly what bluesc said.... i3 is much newer than c2d so go for it.
But a decent C2D won't bottleneck the hd 5770, however.
And don't forget about the SMPS... ;) 
July 2, 2011 2:18:50 PM

@bluesc and NeoFirenX
The only reason I am thinking of going with the C2D is that I will not have to shell out extra money (110$/INR 5000 perhaps) on a new motherboard that will be required for an i3 processor.

And this is my SMPS- ADCOM ATX-450W, is that good enough?
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2011 2:40:53 PM

You might have a hard time finding compatible CPUs for that motherboard. It supports only upto the Core 2 Duo E4xxx series.
July 2, 2011 2:55:51 PM

$90 gets you a factory overclocked 1gb 4850, which is faster then a 5770. I know you said you wanted gddr5, but the 4850 has a 256bit bus versus 57xx's 128bit bus, therefore making it faster. When I play Crysis 2 on my 4850 i always get 40+ fps on max, and 60+ on medium. And i always get 60+ fps on fifa 11 (maxed). And on fable 3 maxed i always get 40+ fps.
Hope i helped

Edit: a 450w is more then enough. as long as its not a crappy psu (a hec compucase 585w actually only gives off 300w)
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2011 3:05:34 PM

You would also have to get new (DDR3) RAM.

RAM is the cheap part. You could cut the cost on the new motherboard by getting a H61 mobo instead of a H67. They are the lower end ones, but I have one with my i5 2400, and it works perfectly.

The cheapest decent H61 mobo I could find on the website suggested by NeoFirenX is :

http://www.lynx-india.com/index.php?productID=14860

I'm not a fan of mATX motherboards, but it will work fine for your build if you decide to buy an i3 2100.

Concerning your PSU, I've never heard of that brand, so I can't vouch for it or recommend it, although it may be popular in India.

On the lynx-india website, the brands that I can vouch for are Corsair, Seasonic, and Coolermaster as the lowest option. Just to be safe, 450w is recommended.

Remember, if you do go with the C2D, that will be fine too. The i3 2100 is just a much better CPU for the price :) .
July 2, 2011 3:07:34 PM

Might i add antec and xfx are also good brands for powersupplies.
a b U Graphics card
July 2, 2011 3:09:02 PM

lemon07r said:
Might i add antec and xfx are also good brands for powersupplies.


Absolutely. I have an XFX 550w in my comp. I just didn't notice them on that website, but if you can find either of those 2 brands, they are highly recommended too :) .
July 3, 2011 6:23:36 AM

@OP:
Again bluesc said exactly what I was about to say. The low-profile brands like Zebronics, i-ball, intex etc. are crappy SMPSes and not designed to run GDDR5 gpus. Get the XFX or the Antec or the Coolermaster 450W. Don't get anything lower than or higher than 450W supply.
BTW: The corsair vx450 actually supplies 550W power so don't mistake it for a 450W PSU.
And get the H61 mobo bluesc suggested, its the best one for your budget constraints.
July 4, 2011 1:37:03 PM

The xfx core edition powersupplies are fairly cheap, and they give around 50-100w more then advertised, for instance my xfx 650w runs at 700w and I love it, i bought it to repace an hec compucase 585w which couldnt even run my 4850 :(  for $60 off direct canada.
July 4, 2011 3:06:21 PM

are the Antec Earthwatts(EA 650 non green) PSU good?
July 4, 2011 3:07:50 PM

yeah its really good for the budget, antec is basically a seasonic rebrand (just like xfx), so its a very good choice.
July 4, 2011 4:00:02 PM

do you know its price?
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 4, 2011 4:07:57 PM

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