What graphics card is good for gaming for my desktop?
Basically, I'm looking to play tera online and WoW downloading expansion packs, mostly looking to play modern day MMO games. But I don't have good graphics. I'm trying to play it medium graphics where it still looks nice, I also have a windows 7. I'm looking to spend $50-$80 on a graphics card. Here is my specs for my computer :
Processor: intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU E7400 @ 2.80GHz (2 CPUS), ~ 2.8GHz Memory: 6144MB RAM
If your looking to get bang for buck, check ebay for cheap GTX 460's, they play most games on fancy settings.
what is your gaming resolution? for your price range i would suggest 6670 though it depends on which version of pci-e x16 slot you have with your mobo. some budget mobo with intel chipsets such as G41 or G31 are using PCI-E version 1.1 which has known problem to work with amd cards based on PCI-E 2.1 standards (though some mobo manufacture do provide BIOS update to fix the problem).
If you get a HD6670, get a GDDR5 version, not DDR3. They start around $90, but I think it is a worthwhile stretch of your budget. Otherwise, a GDDR5 version of the GT440 would be better than a DDR3 version of the HD6670, but only because you specifically mentioned WoW, which runs a little better on nVidia cards.
wow all great thanks for the information!
Because of the g31 chipset with AMD issues, I'd go with a GT440
I've never heard of any "G31 chipset with AMD issues," unless this is a reference to some PCI 2.1 cards not working in some PCI 1.0 slots. Most of those are fixed by a BIOS update.
"some budget mobo with intel chipsets such as G41 or G31 are using PCI-E version 1.1 which has known problem to work with amd cards based on PCI-E 2.1 standards (though some mobo manufacture do provide BIOS update to fix the problem)."