Budget gaming GPU for an i3 2120

Hi,
I am building up a computer mainly for gaming. i am new at this stuff.please help me to figure out a GPU.i have done some research and i have been considering ATi Radeon 5450 and 5570..
my system components are.
i3 2120
4 GB DDR3
intel 61ww motherboard

Guys my budget is kind of tight,also suggest me a fine motherboard so i can upgrade to an ivy bridge later.I don't know anything about GPUs.I was curious to know that how memory of GPU matter,like i should buy a 1GB or a 2GB.

Thanks to all in advance.
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  1. What resolution is your monitor?
    2GB VRAM for a video card like ATi Radeon 5450 and 5570 is not worth paying extra in a tight budget build.

    What do you have left in your budget for the motherboard?
  2. shivaaa said:
    Hi,
    I am building up a computer mainly for gaming. i am new at this stuff.please help me to figure out a GPU.i have done some research and i have been considering ATi Radeon 5450 and 5570..
    my system components are.
    i3 2120
    4 GB DDR3
    intel 61ww motherboard

    Guys my budget is kind of tight,also suggest me a fine motherboard so i can upgrade to an ivy bridge later.I don't know anything about GPUs.I was curious to know that how memory of GPU matter,like i should buy a 1GB or a 2GB.

    Thanks to all in advance.


    gpu memory works the same way as your computer memory but it is dedicated to the gpu, depending on how much gaming you want i don't think a 5570 will be enough what are you planning to game?

    check this 6870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150521

    playing games up to a resolution of 1920x1080 you will be ok with 1gb of memory, if you are planning to buying a high resolution screen, or a multi monitor setup you should get more memory. otherwise for resolution <= 1920x1080 you will not gain performance for more than 1gb.
  3. 2GB of VRAM is not worth it until you reach 2560x1440 resolution. If the cards is too weak to handle that resolution, then there's no need for that much VRAM anyway.

    The HD 5450 and HD 5570 are not even considered gaming video cards. When the HD 5670 was released it was considered an entry level (mainstream) gaming card. There were two versions; one with 512MB of VRAM and the 1GB VRAM version. At best the 1GB version got 1 or 2 frame more than the 512MB version, but that was at 2560x1600 resolution which the card was too slow for anyway unless you like playing games with between 9 FPS - 13 FPS.
  4. Best budget GPU closest to $100.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131461

    Uses the new 28nm tech so power consumption is low too.
    You don't need an expensive Power Supply.
  5. I would suggest the 6570/5670 if you could fine one for $50. They offer what I would consider the minimal you need to run games decently.

    if you have more money, the 6770 and 6850 are much more powerful and cost about $100-150.
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