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GPU Fried, old PC, looking at some bad Graphic cards?

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February 13, 2013 10:39:19 PM

Hello,
I'm currently running

Motherboard:

CPU Type DualCore AMD Athlon II X2 250, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)

Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H (2 PCI, 3 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Video, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
Motherboard Chipset AMD 785G, AMD K10

System Memory 3328 MB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM)

DIMM3: Corsair Value Select VS2GB1333D4 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz) (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz) (7-7-7-19 @ 518 MHz) (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz)

DIMM4: Kingmax FLFE85F-B8MH9 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz) (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz) (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz) BIOS Type Award Modular (09/16/09) Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:

Video Adapter ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (512 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon HD 4850 (RV770)
Monitor BenQ G2420HDB (Analog) [24" LCD] (CA909850SL000)

Multimedia:

Audio Adapter ATI Radeon HDMI @ ATI RV770/790 - High Definition Audio Controller Audio Adapter Realtek ALC885/889A/890 @ ATI SB750 - High Definition Audio Controller
Storage:

IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
Disk Drive WDC WD5000AADS-00S9B0 ATA Device (465 GB, IDE)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

So this is the current pc spec. Also the PSU is a 500W not sure if nonamer or something not that great. I made this pc 4 years ago..

Before I upgrade the pc as a whole ( which I cannot afford atm ) I'm looking for a GPU Upgrade. The current one died and it's most likely the GPU and not the PSU.

Im looking to get something in a price range of max 100$ that can run decently ( Not greatly or ultra settings ) World of Warcraft, LoL, maybe some other crap games here and there ( Nothing end-market ultra settings ).
At first I was looking at a http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=886 but Im not sure if this will be bottlenecked by cpu and mobo. Anyone can recommend a decent video card for this bad setup?
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February 13, 2013 10:56:17 PM

Hello... GTX 460 1GB on the BAY.
February 13, 2013 11:01:23 PM

You could go for a GTX 650, not the Ti model, just the normal 650. They run right at $100.It might be bottlenecked by the CPU, but if you plan on rebuilding a new system, this will work perfectly fine in an updated system
Here is a link to one:
MSI N650-MD1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 650 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 13, 2013 11:02:27 PM

What is the difference betwen Ti and the other one :) ? Thanks for the quick response
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February 13, 2013 11:02:30 PM

I would go this route: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you get a 7750 though, make sure it's DDR5 like that one, there's a big performance difference between that and the DD3 kind.
If you could possibly scrape some more money together, I would look at a 650Ti, it'll probably be bottle necked by your current CPU, but you said your going to upgrade it soon right? Then you'll have a much better card for an extra $50.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/535?vs=680
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February 13, 2013 11:03:09 PM

the 630 and the 4850 are about the same performance so if you upgrede, you'll a better card than a 630 as a 4850 is about the same performance as a HD6750 / GT630 except wihtout DX11 (but WOW and LOL runs on 9/10 no problem)

To really upgrade, you'll need a 150$ card as throw 100$ for a similar card isn't worth it and if you have less than that, the cards that you'll check will be slower than your old card...

You can buy a 6750 to have similar performance but it'll still cost you 100$ so i suggest to buy a better card and keep it for your next build...

The 6750 is only a bit faster...
http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=659&card2...
February 13, 2013 11:15:27 PM

Like he said, it's just a step difference, but its a difference. Also Stay away from cards that have DDR3. Majority of cards now have DDR5 memory, which is way faster.
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February 13, 2013 11:18:09 PM

^ thank you, last time I brought this up about 7750's no one wanted to believe me until AFTER the guy ordered his card. They said very hurtful things :'( 
February 13, 2013 11:21:34 PM

haha. Don't get me wrong 7750's are a good card, but only the ones with DDR5
February 14, 2013 6:55:19 AM

Thanks for the feedback, i'll look into the market. Unfortunately the ones priced 100$ on newegg are priced 150 or more where I live. Damn shame that newegg can't ship internationally. As far as I read, it realy doesn't matter which card I buy if it has ddr5? It's an improvement
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