I need a graphics card under $100 (preferably under $75) that will hold up until late 2012. I need it to be able to play games, not on the highest settings. Please list any that are better than the Nvidia 9500GT (which is what I have)
A 9500GT is not very good at all, so anything new for more than $40 will be a huge upgrade. From a performance standpoint, a GTX 260 should give you about 5 times the framerates of a 9500GT on the same settings.
A Radeon 5830 was for sale for $100 not too long ago. I'd try to get one of those for that price. Otherwise, go for a Radeon 5770 or GeForce GTX 460 768MB. Keep an eye on Newegg deals (get on their email list) and slickdeals.net to find a great deal.
Are you planning on buying right now or are you willing to wait a couple days or a week for a deal?
At exactly $100, the best you'll find is pretty much a GTX 460 SE 1GB. The SE version tops the 5770 handily and the 5830 in most cases. It should also beat out the GTX 260 while using less power and has DX11 support. Here it is for $99 right now: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...