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Best grpahics card for around $100

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July 23, 2011 12:57:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within a month

BUDGET RANGE: $120 Max but try to stay like below $120

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Will be used for A LOT of gaming so try and make it as powerful as possible for the money EX RIFT, BF3, Crysis 2, and other new FPS coming out and MMOs

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Right now i was thinking of getting a 5670 for like $70 but i put together a cart of good items and i have an extra like $30-$40 I am going to be using the corsair builder series CX 430, and a PCIE 2.0 slot X 16

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: will be using 4 gigs of DDR3 1333 MHZ, an MSI H61 MOBO, corsair builder series CX 430, and an AZZA Orion 202.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX.com because i am canadian but if it is cheaper at another site then i can send them the link and they will match the price for the product.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am running an I3 so probably a good idea if i used NVIDIA because they go together better apparently but i also love ATI either way does not matter, whatever is better.

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI or crossfire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Highest HD resoloution because i will be getting a really nice screen later on

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want to Maybe run two monitors have no idea yet but it is an option, also i want to be able to record and stream gameplay.

Thanks ahead of time guys

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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 8:51:59 AM
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Processors do not favor either brand of video card.
This is the best card around what you want to spend;
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54534&vpn=ZT-40401-10P%20...
I recommend you don't go for anything less if you'll be using an HD monitor.
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 9:06:52 AM

Yeah that is the best thing going in your price range, I must ask you to get exactly that,

The 550 ti and 5770/6770 will be outperformed by a margin

and I doubt you can find a 460SE 1 GB for less than that or even in your price range
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a c 376 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 8:17:48 PM

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and as far multi-monitor, going AMD would be better since they have support for Tri-monitor single Card
But you wouldn't want to use Eyefinity on a single HD5770/6770. He should definitely get the GTX 460 I linked if he can afford it IMO. Significantly faster and there's no reason not to pair it with an i3.
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 9:54:28 PM

The GTS 250/Nvidia 9800 GTX+.. Both are same! Fit Your Budget! And The Most Powerful in that exact price range!
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 10:01:29 PM

djabhi003 said:
The GTS 250/Nvidia 9800 GTX+.. Both are same! Fit Your Budget! And The Most Powerful in that exact price range!

They are weaker than every other card mentioned in this thread. They are also old tech without DX11 compatibility. The current Nvidia card in that performance area is the GTS 450 but he should be able to do better.
a c 106 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 10:11:55 PM

Check your local Bestbuy I saw a 5770 for 94.99 and a 5750 for 79.99 today on clearance
a c 214 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 10:14:20 PM

I would have to agree.The GTX550ti is the best bang for your buck in this case.Although it is most on par with the 6770 the GTX560ti beats the 6770 in every benchmark by a few fps.

Asus GTX550ti $130=$110 after MIR + Free Shipping

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


I would also have to agree with the Eyefinity comment.With these type of lower mid-range cards you can't really use eyefinity because you don't have enough power to generate that big of a reosultion and still have playable fps.You would have to SLI/Crossfire anyway.
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 10:37:38 PM

purple stank said:
I would have to agree.The GTX550ti is the best bang for your buck in this case.
The GTX 460 768mb I linked is the same price but cheaper after MIR and approximately 20% faster than the GTX 550 Ti.
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 11:09:33 PM

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Dont even touch the Stupid Edition cards.
at that price range, u should go with a HD5770/6770 ,
and i3 with those cards are just right together IMO, as for the term highest HD resolution .......there's like 1280*720, 1920*1080, 3840*2160.........


and as far multi-monitor, going AMD would be better since they have support for Tri-monitor single Card


sorry but this is not good advice, if you can find a 460SE cheaper or the same as a 550ti or 460 768 it would be a good buy. Depending on the resolution of your screen, it is a 460 after all and will overclock quite well the 256 memory bus and additional frame buffer make up for the missing cores putting it on par with the 768MB version

The SE is a good amount more powerfull than the 5770
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 11:22:51 PM

spentshells said:
the 256 memory bus and additional frame buffer make up for the missing cores putting it on par with the 768MB version

This is not so. The GTX 460 768mb averages 5-10% faster than the SE version including high resolutions.
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 11:26:54 PM

jyjjy said:
This is not so. The GTX 460 768mb averages 5-10% faster than the SE version including high resolutions.


You missed the overclocked part... but yeah I know the additional cores make quite a difference.
And if you tack AA on im sure it would be quite close and the 768 might even get beat

(not directed to quote above)
but from experience the 460 SE is a noticeable amount faster than 5770
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 11:32:20 PM

spentshells said:
You missed the overclocked part...
Either card can OC so I don't see how it's relevant really. They are the same GPU with small modification and should OC to the same levels on average(depending on cooling.)
a b U Graphics card
July 23, 2011 11:34:30 PM

jyjjy said:
Either card can OC so I don't see how it's relevant really. They are the same GPU with small modification and should OC to the same levels on average(depending on cooling.)


Stop half quoting me ;) 

High res and AA you are going to see better average frame rates with the SE

I've never seen them side by side 768 vs 460 SE mind you
But I do play with people who do have those cards and my 5770
even at 950 core seems really weak.
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 12:19:24 AM

spentshells said:
High res and AA you are going to see better average frame rates with the SE

Not sure where you are getting that from but it just isn't true. Certainly it's a better card than the HD5770 but it's weaker than the 768mb model.
a c 214 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 2:41:23 AM

jyjjy said:
The GTX 460 768mb I linked is the same price but cheaper after MIR and approximately 20% faster than the GTX 550 Ti.


Yes but the GTX550ti has the extra RAM which would be better at the high resoultions the OP is talking about upgrading too.Also the GTX550ti has the improved tesselation and SLI performance which,I think,would be better in the long run.
July 24, 2011 2:49:57 AM

With a corsair builder series CX 430 watt would i really be able to run the GTX 460? Or the GTS 550 TI?
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 3:08:04 AM

purple stank said:
Yes but the GTX550ti has the extra RAM which would be better at the high resoultions the OP is talking about upgrading too.Also the GTX550ti has the improved tesselation and SLI performance which,I think,would be better in the long run.

None of these things are true. The extra memory on the GTX 550 Ti doesn't come close to making up for the extra shaders on the GTX 460 no matter the resolution. It was the AMD/ATI cards that had improved tessellation and Crossfire performance from the HD5000 cards to the HD6000 cards. The GTX 500 series is basically just a respin of the GTX 400 cards with better power efficiency. There were no major architectural changes having to do with performance that I'm aware.

a c 376 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 3:10:46 AM

joho128 said:
With a corsair builder series CX 430 watt would i really be able to run the GTX 460? Or the GTS 550 TI?
Yeah, it should be ok. The rest of your system looks pretty low power. The i3s are only 65w.
a c 214 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 3:59:47 AM

I'm pretty sure that Nvidia did the same with ATI as they updated their new series.Yes most of them are just redone but the GTX550ti has improved tesselation and SLI performance than their previous GTX4xx series.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-550-ti-...

In every other benchmark the 5770 and the GTX550ti are tied but when it comes to DX11 the GTX550ti takes the lead.
July 24, 2011 4:06:19 AM

Best answer selected by joho128.
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 4:14:25 AM

Fermi cards have always had better tessellation performance than AMD/ATI which says nothing about GTX 400 vs GTX 500. Here are some benchmarks from the tessellation heavy Unigine Heaven benchmark(at 1920x1200 so it covers the high res factor as well);
a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 4:33:01 AM




just to be clear I am aware the 768 is better in general but I did actualy say high res with AA which those charts don't show


and even after reviewing them it seems im actualy pretty accurate JJ I'm actualy pretty sure if you through in some AA and bump up the res you would likely see the 460 come out on top . In some reviews at high res and AA you see the 768 fall right off the chart.

as for proof while its something someone would have to test, I've had a hard time finding comparisons of the two because Im sure nv didn't want them competing against each other in articles

frankly I would save another 25 bucks for a cheap 460 1GB and have a way better experience.
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 4:50:11 AM

The chart is with 4xAA and at 1920x1200, says it right at the top. Neither card is suitable for any resolution higher than that.
a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 4:54:47 AM

But there is no 460SE in that chart. all Im saying is it will be able to do better at high res with AA although as you mentioned not respectably...
a c 376 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 5:21:07 AM

Sorry, that one was in response to purple, got confused about who was talking about what. Here's a general performance chart that includes both the SE and 768mb card at 1920x1200 with 8xAA;

Here's the article it's from if you want to look at the individual benchmarks from which it is compiled;
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gainward/GeForce_GTX...
Looking it over the SE earns narrow victories over the 768mb card in 2 of the 19 games/benchmarks they test at 1920x1200 but overall falls behind by 7% as you can see in the above chart.
a b U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 2:56:30 PM

cool thanks but just so we are clear I never once said it was better than the 768, just better than 5770 by a margin
a c 271 U Graphics card
July 24, 2011 3:11:59 PM

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