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Best budget graphic card

For a long time i had eyes on the ATI 5670 .... but i came to know that it has serious issues with pcie 1.0 and 1.1 , being 2.1 requires a bios update... and i have an ECS Mobo


Motherboard
Manufacturer ECS
Model Alhena5
Chipset Vendor ATI
Chipset Model RS400/RC400/RC410
Chipset Revision 01
Southbridge Vendor ATI
Southbridge Model SB600
Southbridge Revision 00
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc.
Version 5.14
Date 04/11/2007


and they have no recent updates

so i want to know the best available graphic card option ( PCIE
Quote:
2.0
) available in the budget 100 - 120 $ maximum
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    I had a Dell PC with PCIe 1.1 in which I installed an HD 5670 and it worked just fine. All modern GPUs are backwards-compatible with all versions of PCIe. Unless your motherboard has a problem, you won't.

    Best card at that price is the HD 7750 - and you won't have to upgrade your power supply to run it.
  2. i have seen the same mobo causing same problems... nonetheless i will try with a 2.1 card.. but i want to know the best options for PCIE2.0
  3. You could bump up to the HD 7770 as well, can be had for $110 after rebate. Need to be sure your psu has a 6 pin power connector though.
  4. please keep up to the budget!!! In india.... it comes about 10$ more
  5. 7770 cost about 180 - 200 $and 7750 cost about 140 $
  6. jessterman21 said:
    I had a Dell PC with PCIe 1.1 in which I installed an HD 5670 and it worked just fine.

    Did you require any bios update?
  7. sid3695 said:
    Did you require any bios update?

    No, but mine was already on the latest BIOS version (2009) when I got the PC. You should definitely flash to the latest version of your motherboard's BIOS before any upgrades, however.

    If worst comes to worst, give American Megatrends a call and see what their latest BIOS is for that motherboard. They'll probably shunt you to someone who knows what they're talking about, and then you can ask about compatibility with recent video cards.
  8. A few cards u can check the price in the 50-110 USD bracket, from fastest to slowest.

    HD 7770, HD 6770, GTX 550 ti, HD 7750, GT 640, HD 6750, HD 6670.
  9. GT 640 seems a good option ///... referring to the PCIE 2.0 ( rest are 2.1 or 3.0 ...and most probably would require a BIOS update...)
  10. Nvidia Gts 450 how is it for the option??
  11. can gt640 run games on 1280 * 1024 with fps>=40 for games such as
    1.BF3
    2.COD(all)
    3.Crysis 1, 2
    others .....
  12. sid3695 said:
    can gt640 run games on 1280 * 1024 with fps>=40 for games such as
    1.BF3
    2.COD(all)
    3.Crysis 1, 2
    others .....

    No. The cheapest card you want is an HD 7750 or GTX 650. Especially for BF3 and the Crysis games.
  13. not even at 1280 * 1024??
  14. Best answer selected by sid3695.
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