Purchase Date: Now to Jan 31, 2013 Usage Most to Least: Homework, Internet, Gaming Current GPU: onboard Intel GMA 3000 Current PSU: HIPRO 300W PSU CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz MB: Asus P5BW-LA a.k.a. Buckeye-GL8E Memory: 4 GB DDR2 Pref. Store: newegg, microcenter Country: USA Parts Pref.: none OC: No Monitor Res.: 1280x1024 Budget 1: $100-200 Budget 2: $50-100
I just want this as a gift for a friend so he can play Magicka, Amnesia, TF2 some other Steam games. The most complex game he might be interested in would be Skyrim or Dark Souls. I also anticipate him buying or building a new computer in 12 months. So transfer to a current machine is a plus.
Out of curiosity what would be the card on a $50-100 budget?
I have not seen any benchmarks about the new nVidia GT 640. However, the Radeon HD 7750 consumes less power than the GT 440 and it also performs much better since the Radeon HD 7750 can outperform a GT 450. For a low quality PSU like the HIPRO 300w PSU, I generally do not recommend anything more powerful than the HD 7750.
Here's benchmarks Metro 2033 which is probably the most demanding game used for benchmarking graphic cards.
You can read the entire Radeon HD 7750 review here:
I just Googled for some nvidia GT 640 reviews and the benchmarks indicates that while it is faster than the GT 440 it is slower the GT 450. So... that means the Radeon HD 7750 is definitely faster than the GT 640.