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Budget Gaming Rig - Needs GPU

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March 27, 2012 4:05:37 PM

Hi. I recently put together this budget barebones system and I'm looking for the appropriate video card to give me good frame rates for Tribes Ascend.

http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-de...
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GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 Board (only 1 PCI-express x16 slot)
AMD Phenom II X6 1045T CPU
Corsair 8GB DDR3 RAM Kit (maxed out)
Seagate 500GB HDD
450W PSU


The game is in BETA and I understand that means nothing is final but as it stands the System Requirements for this game are as follows:

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Minimum requirements
OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
RAM: 2GB (XP), 3GB (Vista, Win7)
Graphic card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 512MB video ram or better and Shader Model 3.0+ support. (ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher).
Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
Hard drive: 10 GB free

Recommended system requirements
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD CPU
RAM: 4GB
Graphics card: ATI or Nvidia graphics card with 1GB video ram or better and Shader Model 3.0+ support (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560+ or ATI Radeon 6950+).
Sound card: DirectX compatible sound card
Hard drive: 10 GB free


I'm not picky about pretty graphics, I just want a smooth game play. I will be using a 24" monitor for gaming and a 32" monitor/TV for Netflix/movies.

I'm looking for suggestions, not just feedback. I've read that having an AMD video card helps with compatibility and also has some nice features.

I would like to keep it under $80 but I'd be willing to pay up to $100 if its a deal-maker.
So far I've looked at the following cards, but besides the price I have no idea why I should pick one over the other.

XFX HD-657X-ZHF2 Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY VCGGT4301XPB GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you in advance.

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a c 141 U Graphics card
March 27, 2012 4:21:55 PM

Both cards you listed are rather weak for gaming, especially on a 24 inch display, which is probably at 1920x1080 resolution or something similar. What kind of 450 watt PSU do you have? A brand and model number would hekp, if it is a poor quality 450 watt and may not be able to power some of the better cards.

I think the best card you can get right now for around $100 is the Radeon HD 6750, which is considerably more powerful than the GT 430 and 6570, it would at least offer playable performance at a higher resolution, something the cards you listed likely can't do. If you want to play the rebate game, or find a really good deal you may be able to find a 6770 for around $100, which is a little bit faster than the 6750.
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a c 253 U Graphics card
March 27, 2012 4:23:53 PM

Acording to the minimum requirements of the game neither card qualifies for the minimum video card. The 6570 is the closest but the one you have selected is the GDDR3 and the one that qualifies has GDDR5. The Nvidia 430 is way below the minimum. The cards may in fact play the game but it's up to you if you want to take the chance that they will work , because if they don't then you'll have to RMA for a better card. The chart below will help you to see where cards fall in the ranking order.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$119.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $99.99 and free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
$84.99 and a $20 rebate makes it $64.99 and free shipping.

These two cards fall into the range of cards that will play your game.
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a b U Graphics card
March 27, 2012 4:48:41 PM

I definitely recommend an HD 6750 GDDR5 or an HD 6770. An HD 6670 will barely get you by.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 27, 2012 4:54:44 PM

Which game is it that's in Beta your looking to play?

You have a strong build so far but your weakest link will be the video card if you buy one of those cards from the lower tier.It's a little out of your budget but I would suggest going for a 6850.It's a very solid performing card at 1080p and should allow for decent frame rates at decent settings.The money spent is well worth it,imo.

This one has a good deal going...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 27, 2012 5:07:40 PM

Supernova1138 said:
What kind of 450 watt PSU do you have? A brand and model number would hekp, if it is a poor quality 450 watt and may not be able to power some of the better cards.


PSU came with the case. I'll need to check the brand when I get home.
DiabloTek Mid Tower Case, 450W PSU
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a c 141 U Graphics card
March 27, 2012 5:11:41 PM

Diablotek, the PSU is probably the same brand, not good. I wouldn't recommend anything higher than the 6670 with that PSU, I wouldn't trust it with anything more than that. Diablotek PSUs are notorious for poor quality and not delivering the amount of power they promise.
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a c 214 U Graphics card
March 27, 2012 5:41:04 PM

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April 3, 2012 2:56:18 AM

I went with the HD5770. Works fantastic so far. Only had it for a couple of hours.
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April 3, 2012 4:15:49 PM

Best answer selected by bosketaru.
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