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Buying Graphics Card Help

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January 3, 2013 12:09:35 AM

I am looking at getting a new graphics card, but I dont want to spend over $100.

The one I have now is an ATI Radeon HD 4600 series(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).
I have had it for about 2 years now and it started having problems, I reseated the heat-sink and cleaned the fan it fixed the problem I was having, but now its maxing out at 100% GPU load on most games I play now :( 

I did find one I might want on newegg its a GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit DDR3
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
but its core clock is only 550MHz




Here are my hardware specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD3R
Processor: Intel i7 940, 2.93GHz Quad Core
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Power Supply: Cooler Master 850W

If you need to know more just ask

I also have 2 monitors hooked up and I would like to keep them both.

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January 3, 2013 12:29:19 AM

Wow, you've got a really CPU-heavy gaming rig there, especially if you're looking to spend only $100 on your graphics card. If you're serious about gaming on two monitors, you're gonna need a lot more power than $100 will buy you. The 9800GT is very old, I wouldn't recommend it. If you absolutely must stick to such a strict price limit, I'd go with a 7750. It'l outperform your 4600 by a long shot, as well as the 9800GT.
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January 3, 2013 12:45:55 AM

Both look pretty awesome but my motherboard only has

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, running at x16
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, running at x8

Both of those cards are PCI express 3.0 =(
Darn Motherboard, sorry I didn't mention it before...
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January 3, 2013 1:53:08 AM

Revenant_06 said:
Both look pretty awesome but my motherboard only has

2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots, running at x16
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, running at x8

Both of those cards are PCI express 3.0 =(
Darn Motherboard, sorry I didn't mention it before...


3.0 is backwards compatible with 2.0. Don't worry about it.
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2013 2:10:34 AM

You're lucky enough that you can buy a 7770 below $100. In most cases, the 7750 is probably your best bet

You have such ah high end rig that it's unfortunate that you decided to spend only $100 for the video card :??: 
January 3, 2013 2:37:29 AM

Yeah my budget on computer hardware is kinda tight :(  but the video card i have now isn't cutting it
January 3, 2013 2:42:08 AM

definitely go with a GIGABYTE 7770. I used to have one and it runs bf3 on Auto settings at 60-70FPS on 64 player games. It is a beast for the price
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2013 3:02:57 AM

That's fine. It has all the necessary connections you could possibly need
January 3, 2013 3:04:55 AM

Would getting a VGA splitter slow performance?

If it doesn't I will go with the 7770 :D 
a b U Graphics card
January 3, 2013 9:30:11 AM

Revenant_06 said:
Would getting a VGA splitter slow performance?

If it doesn't I will go with the 7770 :D 


There's a 15%-25% difference between the 7750 and 7770. Much better to purchase an adapter.
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