Buying Graphics Card Help

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=N82E16814161315).
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=N82E16814130534)
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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  1. 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.
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125416

    Best choice for $100. No doubt about it. Will severely outperform the 7750.
  3. 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...
  4. 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.
  5. Oh =) thanx!
  6. 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 :??:
  7. Yeah my budget on computer hardware is kinda tight :( but the video card i have now isn't cutting it
  8. 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
  9. How about this one??? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125453

    I cant find feedback on it anywhere but it has the connections I want...
    ...unless I get a DVI to HDMI adapter :??:

    I have 2 monitors so I will need 2 vga or 1 VGA and 1 DVI or vice versa.
  10. That's fine. It has all the necessary connections you could possibly need
  11. Would getting a VGA splitter slow performance?

    If it doesn't I will go with the 7770 :D
  12. 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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