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Best GPU in 100=125 dollar range

My friend has an old crappy emachines et-1331g-03w. He recently got into PC gaming, and his comp actually isn't all that bad. For the time being, I've told him to get a new PSU and GPU. We're only 14, so it'll be mowing lawns to get these things. He has $130 already, and I've recommended the Corsair CX430. In the future he'll probably get a Phenom x4, but we'll leave that for later. He's coming from an NVIDIA6150SE, so anything will seem fast to him. I've been looking at the 7750, 7770, and 550ti. The problem is, I don't know if his case has enough room for a card that takes up 2 slots, and I'm also somewhat concerned about the limits of a 430w psu with a (soon to be) 95w CPU. So if you guys could help me find the cheapest GPU out there that is small-ish, not too power demanding, and cheap, I'd love it. Thanks!
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  1. in that range, 7770. But the older Radeon 5770 is only about 10% less powerful and you can get them for $50-60 used. That might be an option.

    I don't want to seem like a downer here, but maybe at your guys' age, an xbox 360 or ps3 would be a better use of funds. I mean $200-250 and you know any game that comes out is going to run just fine on it. With a $100 graphics card in a cheap storebought computer, you can't say the same thing.
  2. twelve25 said:
    in that range, 7770. But the older Radeon 5770 is only about 10% less powerful and you can get them for $50-60 used. That might be an option.

    I don't want to seem like a downer here, but maybe at your guys' age, an xbox 360 or ps3 would be a better use of funds. I mean $200-250 and you know any game that comes out is going to run just fine on it. With a $100 graphics card in a cheap storebought computer, you can't say the same thing.


    He has a PS3 already. But he's a CS:GO and minecraft nut, so console isn't really an option. His current GPU can't handle it. I'm not looking for much performance wise, I just want it to be enough for this and *possibly* more down the road.
  3. 430W will be fine for a 5770 or 7770 even with a 125W CPU.
  4. Sapphire 7770 1gb 128bit $125 ($110 after rebates) Hands down, the best you'll do for that price range.

    The 7770 will meet all your requirements, single slot & sips power. Great GPU.
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    Here are a few things that might help you:D
    hd 7770 ghz ed, most powerful of the cards, system uses about 250w at load

    Personally I'd say that the 7750 and 550 ti are tied, but I'll say the 550 ti is the second most powerful as it performs better in a few games such as bf3 and portal 2

    so that being said, 550 ti, second best performance, system uses about 290w at load

    finally, the 7750, third best, system uses about 220w at load

    The loads are the entire system not just the gpu's, hopefully they use the same test bench for all their tests, so from what I see here it that if power is your concern just throw out the 550 ti, and get a 7750 or 7770.

    go with the 7750 if you want to save a little money or the 7770 if you want better performance, the card dscudella recommended would be a good choice, its a dual slot card, but if the case and mobo are the same as a picture I saw, it should fit just fine :)
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