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June 3, 2012 6:53:34 PM

I was wondering which is a good low profile gaming graphic card because my 8400 gs 512mb is old and i was pretty noob when i bought it (didnt know *** back then) but I the thing is atm cant go over $45 and also i want a low power card, I know its difficult to find one and if i do buy one what are the specs i should see before buying so far i think the ram of graphic card is important (2gb) memory clock, core clock, and shader module anyway i would like to know how to best buy a graphic card. So far i found only this MSI R6570-MD2GD3/LP Graphics card - low profile - 2 GB
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June 3, 2012 7:05:53 PM

That's probably as good as you are going to get given your low budget. If you can find a 1GB version for less money then go for it because a HD 6570 is really not powerful enough to take advantage of 2GB. 2GB of RAM is not really used at all until you go over 1920x1200 resolution, but a HD 6570 is too weak even for that resolution unless you don't mind low quality graphics.
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June 3, 2012 7:10:55 PM

I actually have one of those for a custom HTPC I build into old NES cases, havent had a chance to put it thru some tests, however I also use 430 GTs in them and the 6570 is 2 tiers above the 430 in terms of rankings here on TH and also on the 430 GT with an E-350 chipset ive tested Diablo 3 on high and had about 20-25 FPS. At 720p I think the 6570 would do ok. There is a low profile 6670 as well but its out of your budget.
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June 3, 2012 7:29:33 PM

i googled 430gt and 6570 i came up with this results

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=430+GT&cid=560... ($39)

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=430+GT&cid=318... ($50)

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=HD+6570&cid=17... ($54)

idk which is better at low price but i cant see difference in the $39 MSI N430GT and the MSI R6570 if anyone could point them out it would be helpful although when i compared details given below it except the 6570 has opengl 4.1 and 2.1 x16 bus and 430gt has 4.0 and 2.0 x16 bus so is $39 better for its price?
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June 3, 2012 7:48:43 PM

Neither is really good for gaming, altho some will be playable at 720p. Mostly they are HTPC cards and the 2 gb 6570 is just a gimmick card really, as stated above, it isnt powerful enough to even take advantage of 2 gb of VRAM.
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June 4, 2012 1:17:23 AM

I build low profile computers daily. Your best bet would be the radeon 6670 with 1GB GDDR5 The 6570s are normally GDDR3. I believe an XFX comes with a pure low profile 6670 for $99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that is a great card and @ 1080p Med/High will run great.
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June 4, 2012 12:06:00 PM

The rad 6670 is outta my budget and anyway if i do buy a graphics card what specs should i see as important for gaming?
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