Long time lurker finally on the path to better graphics here! I've had this PC for about a year and just haven't been able to afford anything but my dear mother has offered to get me one for Christmas. Woohoo!
Here's what I've got:
Acer Aspire AM3300-U1332 with a monitor resolution of 1600x900
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 810(2.60GHz)
Memory: 6 GB DDR3
VGA: ATI Radeon HD 3200 Integrated
I also have a Corsair 650w PSU that is still new in box that I have yet to shove in this one (Assuming I can! It was purchased to 'fix' an older system but it was fried in too many other areas already).
I'd like to keep the budget below or around $100.
I'm not a hardcore gamer but I do appreciate pretty graphics. Sims 3, Aion, and Skyrim are some of the more graphics-hoggy games I've got on here. They can run, just slowly and with really low settings.
Any suggestions would be uber appreciated! I was leaning towards a Radeon HD 5670 but wasn't sure if that was my best option. Thanks muchly!
AMD GPUs have the advantage of good power for the price. Thus, the 5670 is a decent card for your budget. If you want fancy graphics, then you might want to consider getting a 5770 or something. It's over your budget, but you might be able to find a special or something where you can get it within your budget.
BUT For your system I would recommend something along the lines of these two cards http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... GTS450 1GB GDDR5 ( A true gaming graphics card, capable of maxing most games out with your resolution.) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HD5770 1GB GGDR5 (also a trooper that will max most games out with that resolution.)
Both of the cards I recommend ar the same price and perform very similar. HD5770 is above with maybe about 5%. But for future reference I recommend the GTS450 since nVidia tend to be more popular among game developers.