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Need low budget GPU for new system, +/- $50 or less

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April 15, 2012 7:23:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a new HP w/ Intel core i3-2120 processor,
but I want to buy and install the graphics card myself, to save a little money.
Recommendations and help appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week / asap

BUDGET RANGE: +/- $50 or less

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: edit HD videos (in 1080p if possible!) would be only heavy lifting, otherwise I don't 3-D game, only old school 2D games and then basic things like watching DVD's, online content, etc.

CURRENT GPU: purchased w/ Intel HD 2000 Integrated, this will be first new GPU on this machine

POWER SUPPLY: 300W

SYSTEM SPECS:
HP Pavilion p7xt customizable Desktop PC
Windows 7 Home Premium [64-bit] OS
Intel Core i3-2120 [3.3GHz, 3MB cache]
6GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
300W PSU
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
15-in-1 memory card reader, USB ports, etc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, etc., but really doesn't matter

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: well-known reliable brands, and NVIDEA Cuda etc. if possible

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (monitor is HP 2211x 21.5" LED)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

1. can't go beyond 300W PSU !!

2. prefer w/ fan, I want to keep everything cool ... I know some people say they don't like fans because they break down all the time, but as long as it lasts a year or two beyond the warranty it will probably be time for an upgrade anyway (that said, feel free to disagree)

3. also I don't know anything about slots or low profile brackets etc. so need to make sure this will fit and not cause problems ... I've only installed one card before on my old comp, it was a NETGEAR wireless card and that was pretty easy, hoping this will be just as simple

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Here's what I was looking at so far:

GIGABYTE / NVIDEA GeForce 210 $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Feel free to recommend other good buys in that price range or slightly lower / slightly higher.

Thanks!





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a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 4:20:35 AM

The G210 is a decent GPU, it worked well enough to play Dawn of War 2 on minimum settings at 1080p.


ASUS Radeon 5450 - 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're willing to spend more, and want decent performance out of it

XFX Radeon HD 5750 89$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I had the latter in my brothers PC for a long time, and he could play STALKER, and Dawn of War 2 no problem. The power supply used was a 300 watt stock PSU that came with his HP.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 5:25:51 AM

I would like to know a bit more about that PSU. What's the model and make of that 300W PSU?

HD 6570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
It doesn't require much power, and it should be enough for your usage. It's basically just a re-branded HD 5670. And I'm sure it'll work on a 300W PSU. But I definitely would like to know the brand and model.
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April 16, 2012 1:31:51 PM

HD 5550 is good
The site everyone is linking has 3 versions i think .
It is better for editing stuff that 5450 . It is not demanding on PSU and much better than GT 210 but still for a fair price

a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2012 2:46:04 PM

Gman450 said:
I would like to know a bit more about that PSU. What's the model and make of that 300W PSU?

HD 6570
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
It doesn't require much power, and it should be enough for your usage. It's basically just a re-branded HD 5670. And I'm sure it'll work on a 300W PSU. But I definitely would like to know the brand and model.


this. The 6570 represents excellent value and should edit video just fine.
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