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Upgrading Geforce gt 430 1gb card, 130 budget

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December 22, 2012 5:41:04 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or next
BUDGET RANGE: prefer something less than $100 after Rebates but i would go 130

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming-- I play Dungeon and Dragons online and would like to be able to run at full settings now and for the next year or so till i buy another desktop

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: Nvidia Geforce gt 430 with 1gb memory and have a 500 watt psu

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: Compaq Presario SR5710Y Desktop PC with the iris8 motherboard, please see the following link for full specs:
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?cc=za&dlc=e...
Note: i upgraded the psu to 500 watts and the ram to 3gb

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: bestbuy, newegg or tiger direct...Im in the USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: just want something solid, I like the nvidia cards i have had in the past

OVERCLOCKING:No, motherboard does not support

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1200 is what i run at now

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just need a card that will be good for 12-16 months while a i save enough for a real gaming build
December 22, 2012 6:14:39 PM

I did not think my computer could handle the pci 3.0 cards...I see my motherboard says pci x 16 but not whether it could handle 1.0, 2.0, 3.0. I don't have much experience with this to I wanted to make sure....thanks.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:10:16 PM

All PCI-Express slots are backwards compatible with all PCI-e cards
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:22:06 PM

the 550 ti is actually a bad card IMO. Its nothing more than a GTS 450 with more voltage injected into it so it can achieve 900 mhz... baloney . The GTX 650 will serve his needs JUST FINE. and where did you hear anything about a 550 ti being better than GTX 650
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:22:58 PM

Rockdpm said:
the 550 ti is actually a bad card IMO. Its nothing more than a GTS 450 with more voltage injected into it so it can achieve 900 mhz... baloney . The GTX 650 will serve his needs JUST FINE. and where did you hear anything about a 550 ti being better than GTX 650


I didn't hear I have both of them on different computers! :)  And the GTX 550ti is better.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:34:27 PM

Maybe in your eyes but Not to me!

Let me point it out for you. Neither 192 bit or 128 bit is gonna make a difference at his resolution or his budget. But he might as well get the best performing card

here and if you wanna still believe that the 550 TI is better than a newer generation at ANYTHING.....your still wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6eGw8B1mfk
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:45:27 PM

No... Madi is right. GTX550 Ti averages around 5% faster. It's next to nothing, but it does have the lead. The two options are near enough the same though.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:49:35 PM

Ok well look. None of these cards are gonna do jack squate for the original poster anyways if he's gonna be gaming at that resolution. Its just not gonna cut it.... He could get a 7770 and it'd be better than BOTH those cards. But he said: 130$ is the most he'd pay..anyone know of a 7770 that is in that price point? No? Ok. Now if he's playing on more than 1 monitors well Ole 550 ti won't do anymore than TWO, thats right TWO screens so.. that cancels that out. There isn't ANY cards for 100-130$ thats gonna give you good FPS on that resolution. for another year.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:51:44 PM

Rockdpm said:
Maybe in your eyes but Not to me!

Let me point it out for you. Neither 192 bit or 128 bit is gonna make a difference at his resolution or his budget. But he might as well get the best performing card

here and if you wanna still believe that the 550 TI is better than a newer generation at ANYTHING.....your still wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6eGw8B1mfk


LOL. comparing GTX 650 OC to a stock GTX 550ti? ....
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 8:52:36 PM

Haha relax :-) These are indeed low-end cards, so he'll just have to drop some settings or increase budget.
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December 22, 2012 9:11:47 PM

Hey guys thanks for all the responses. I just checked my in game resolution and its at 1366x768 or just slightly higher. my main screen resolution is much higher but I dont think it matter for this dscussion. Not sure if your judgements will change at all based on this new information. Also if i buy the card first mention do you think it would be a good one to keep as i build a rig for around 600-700 in a year or just plan on buying a new card. Thanks for the expert advice. Cheers.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 9:15:27 PM

Well I would hold off on buy a graphics card for right now. If your gonna get a 700$ computer in a few months. Your gonna want the best hardware you can put in it at the budget line. a 650 isn't that card. and a 550 ti isn't that card. something more along like a GTX 660 would be a better option or 660 ti.

If your gonna build a rig in a few months then I'd say a Ivy bridge I3, a GTX 660/660 ti or 7770/7850. and a Z75 board of some sort
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 9:17:18 PM

+1 to Rockdpm. You can save a little bit of money using an H77/B75 board instead of Z77, but just see what deals there are at the time.
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a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2012 9:22:44 PM

Yea and since your not gonna overclock a I3. I think Z75 should give you some great features for less cost
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a c 186 U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 5:00:33 PM

+1 to Rockdpm.
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a c 186 U Graphics card
December 24, 2012 5:03:56 PM

The 550 TI is one of the worst gaming card!I would not touch it!I just quit gaming if things got that bad!
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