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Best Budget Graphics Card around $100-$120 US?

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July 10, 2012 6:23:40 AM

Guys can u help me choose a best budget card?
i'm irritated in playing NBA 2k12.. i saw late frames while playing.. the characters have trails.. i want to change my Palit gEforce 210 and my budget is around 100-120 US dollars.. :pfff: 

My PC Specs..

GPU: Palit geforce 210 DDR2 1gb..
MoBo: Emmaxx MCP61D3-iCafe
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 640 3.0gHz
Memory: 6gb DDR3 kingston 1333
PSU: CoolerMAster GX 650
Chassis: AeroCool VS9

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a c 185 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 6:45:32 AM

19nero68 said:
is it ok than GTX 550 Ti?
it's better than a 550TI ;) 
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a c 109 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 7:02:39 AM

AND it's the 256 bit version!
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July 10, 2012 7:22:42 AM

ok ok.. thanks.. =)

but what about on AMD? what can u recommend?
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a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 8:48:25 AM

Yes it can, as long as it has a PCI-E x16 slot and if you get the GTX 460, make sure your PSU (Power Source Unit) has the correct watts and amperage in the rails to push a card as powerful as the 7770/GTX460. Also make sure your PSU has PCI-E connectors if you get either of these cards as they will need the extra power as the PCI-E slot does not provide enough power for them.
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July 10, 2012 8:59:22 AM

El Tigre said:
Yes it can, as long as it has a PCI-E x16 slot and if you get the GTX 460, make sure your PSU (Power Source Unit) has the correct watts and amperage in the rails to push a card as powerful as the 7770/GTX460. Also make sure your PSU has PCI-E connectors if you get either of these cards as they will need the extra power as the PCI-E slot does not provide enough power for them.


this is my PSU.. CoolerMaster GX 650watts..
but how would i know if my PSU hs the correct watts and amperage for that cards?
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a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 9:22:16 AM

Your PSU is fine for either GPU you decide to purchase.
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July 10, 2012 9:31:54 AM

For only 14$~ more you can get the 6850

- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's faster than both the 7770 and the 460. And at 14$ more I'd say it's worth it.

But if you are hellbent on the 7770 and 460, I'd get the 7770 since it is newer tech and will only get better with future driver updates. 460 is pretty old.
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a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 9:36:41 AM

I agree that the 7770 is newer, but the GTX 460 is still a decent card to play games with some PhysX features turned on. It depends on the games you play as most games out today tend to favor Nvidia cards.
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a c 185 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 1:44:07 PM

I would agree with El Tigre i will also add the GTX 460 1GB 256 bit version can be OC like a beast it can go toe to toe with a 6850 they trade blows. It depends on the games you play i myself wouldn't pay 14 more dollars for a 6850 but that's just me plus most 6850 cost 150 before MIR
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July 10, 2012 1:49:43 PM

GT 440, GT 430
HD 6670, HD 6570.
Maybe even a GT 630, GT 620
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a b U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 2:42:53 PM

The GT460 is the best option

I'm biased against all AMD products, but still.

The GT550ti is just allitle slower than the 460, but its still more expensive haha!

The 460 can overclock very well, up to 800mhz.

I have 2 460's in sli, and just 1 runs NBA 2k11 at its 60fps cap with max visual settings.

I ran one of these on a 550w, so your 650w will be completely fine.

460's are cheap (89$!) on Ebay. (If you trust Ebay, I do.)
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a c 195 U Graphics card
July 10, 2012 3:04:25 PM

amgamer29 said:
GT 440, GT 430
HD 6670, HD 6570.
Maybe even a GT 630, GT 620

Believe it or not, this is not a troll post, and should actually be taken seriously. The GT210 is not a gamer card. It is so weak, that even the lowest-priced of the Tom's monthly Best Graphics Cards for the Money selections will be vastly superior; as this post indicates, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money even for a remarkable improvement.
With a budget of $100, look for a GDDR5 version of the HD6670; they start around $90. If you'd like to stretch to $110, the HD7750 is an even better choice.
Your PSU is not good under load (summarized by HardOCP as a "polished turd in a box"), however it should be fine for any of these cards, or even stronger ones.
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July 11, 2012 4:17:00 AM

THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION GUYS!! I APPRECIATED ALL OF IT!! =)

I think i'll go with GTX460.. but one thing..
What brand should i pick??
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July 11, 2012 5:24:27 AM

actually i'm from philippines..
i look for GTX460.. its so rare from pc shops..
i only saw "ASUS GTS 450 DirectCU OC 1GB GDDR5"
is it a good gpu?
but i will try to look for others shops until i saw a GTX460..

and whats the difference between GTS and GTX?
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a c 195 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 9:50:24 AM

The GTS450 is about on par with a HD7750, but uses more power. It's somewhat weaker that the GTX460, but still a lot stronger than what you have now.
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July 11, 2012 10:12:48 AM

I apologize for my previous post as I did not know what is tthe cost of Graphic Cards in the USA.
Where I come from that is what you get at around 100 - 120 $ i.e 5000 - 6000 INR
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a c 195 U Graphics card
July 11, 2012 10:24:36 AM

I thought your post provided viable options for someone looking for a substantial improvement without spending a lot of money.
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