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Upgrading Intel HD Graphics, $50 Budget

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February 9, 2013 8:20:57 PM

Hello,
I bought a computer a few months ago that came with integrated Intel HD Graphics and I want to upgrade it. I want to be able to play modern games like Battlefield 3 on atleast medium. I have a $50 budget, and a 300 watt PSU, which I know will limit my choices but that's my situation. My computer has one PCIe x16 slot. This is my first time buying and installing a graphics card or really any computer part besides a disc drive so I don't have much knowledge on graphics cards. I'm looking at a $42 Galaxy GeForce GT 440 2 GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0, which acoording to PassMark is one of the best performing video cards for my price range. The card must be from Amazon because I will be buying it using an Amazon giftcard.
My questions are
1. Will this card work in my computer?
2. Are there any better cards for the price that will work in my computer?

Thank you for reading.
February 9, 2013 9:23:17 PM

You will not get a consistent 30fps in battlefield 3 on medium presets with a 440. If even at all.
Even the 640, you will probably get frustrated pretty quickly by the low framerates.
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February 9, 2013 10:33:50 PM

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You will not get a consistent 30fps in battlefield 3 on medium presets with a 440. If even at all.
Even the 640, you will probably get frustrated pretty quickly by the low framerates.

Well is there any card that you would reccomend for my budget and psu? I know I have a limited choice but I just am trying to get the best one I can get.
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February 9, 2013 11:29:29 PM

Any way you can sell your giftcard on something like cardpool and save your money until you can get a radeon 7750? Its going for $89 on amazon. You could try the 440, I just think sub 30 fps is going to put you at a huge disadvantage against people getting 60+ at all times.
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February 9, 2013 11:43:28 PM

7770 is the absolute lowest I'd consider and even that is bottom of the barrel for BF3. If you don't have a higher clocked quad core, that's going to further hose you.
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February 9, 2013 11:43:41 PM

For $50, you'd be better off sticking with integrated. The value of entry level cards is abysmal, you would be better off saving until you can afford to spend $100, where you will likely see a 4x increase in performance compared to what you can get for $50.
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February 9, 2013 11:58:00 PM

id save up for a 7700 for 100$ or a 650 1gig. those are ur best bet for budget gaming card.

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February 10, 2013 11:56:36 AM

Thanks for the answers guys. But I have another question, do I need a low profile graphics card or a normal one?
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February 10, 2013 3:02:38 PM

full pc specs?

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February 10, 2013 5:32:57 PM

not bad enjoy

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