GPU Advice for PCIe x16 slot (P5B-VM DO)

Hello,
Long story short, I want to play Diablo 3 on my desktop since i'm having issues with playing it on my Macbook. Anyhow I'm looking to add a discrete GPU, Build specs are below:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $100

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Diablo 3, don't really game much, this computer is mostly used to house my media, internet, etc.

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Onboard GMA 3000, PSU 430W Seasonic

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
Windows Vista 32bit
ASUS P5B-VM DO
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz LGA 775
2 GB G.SKILL 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Do I need to?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Basically I really don't know where to start evaluating cards that won't be too limited from my other components, especially since the port is now nearly 2 generations behind current graphics cards

Figured this was the best site to get some good feedback. Thanks in advance
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  1. For your budget and will work with your PSU GTS450 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127606
  2. if you can afford just a few more bucks upfront and do a rebate . .
    GIGABYTE GV-R677D5-1GD Radeon HD 6770 $114.99
    $84.99 after mail-in rebate card
    that will give you some insane frame rates @ your resolution

    however take into account that your cpu may not achieve that high. . .
  3. Anonymous said:
    if you can afford just a few more bucks upfront and do a rebate . .
    GIGABYTE GV-R677D5-1GD Radeon HD 6770 $114.99
    $84.99 after mail-in rebate card
    that will give you some insane frame rates @ your resolution
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/F/Q/336230/original/high%201280.png
    however take into account that your cpu may not achieve that high. . .
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/F/O/336228/original/CPU%20clock.png

    Last BIOS update for that board in 2008 so it might have issues with ver 2.1 PCIe card!
  4. good catch!
  5. Yeah, that's what I'm most concerned about, is the backwards compatibility of the newer card on the older port. As long as I stick with the 2.0 and not the 2.1 cards I should be ok right? Thanks for the suggestions, this is exactly what I needed to start filtering out my options!
  6. FWIW, I ran my HD6950 just fine on my P5B before I sold it. It's a 2.1 card and had no problems at all.
  7. rwpritchett said:
    FWIW, I ran my HD6950 just fine on my P5B before I sold it. It's a 2.1 card and had no problems at all.

    Same board or a different version of P5B? Some have BIOS updates after the release of the first ver2.1 cards.
  8. It wasn't the same board, but it didn't had a BIOS update since 2008 also. Asus is pretty good about compatibility from my experience.
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