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#1 gorydragon

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:16 PM

When I built my PC, I decided to stick with the integrated graphics on my Asus M4A785TD-V EVO mobo. now, i'd like to upgrade so i can start gaming on it. the integrated radeon HD 4200 can't take much more than Minecraft. I don't know enough about this area of computing to confidently make the decision on my own. My PSU is 500W. If I can spend preferably less than $100, what recommendations do you have?

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:17 PM

You cannot get a 500W PSU and a decent graphics card for under $100. You can get a somewhat okay graphics card, or a solid power supply for $100.

For a graphics card:

XFX HD-575X-ZMF3 Radeon HD 5750 1GB - Around $100, but for a little more, you may want to seriously consider a 5770.
HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - This is a great low-end graphics card. It is a little more expensive than $100 until a mail-in rebate.
HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB - A good mid range graphics card that goes past your budget.

For a power supply:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 (CMPSU-600CX) 600W - Decent. Corsair usually makes good power supplies. The CX series is considered a budget product.
SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series ST60F-ES 600W - Again, a value product, but one that is also well made.
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W - A good, modular power supply.

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#3 gorydragon

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 10:37 PM

sorry for not being clear. I have a 500W PSU in my build already, all $100 is for the graphics card.

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Posted 25 March 2011 - 12:02 AM

For $100 you can get my card which is this. It can play all my games such as COD, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, GTA IV, F1 2010 and Mafia II.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 25 March 2011 - 10:42 PM

For $10 more, you can get a faster 5750, $20 more for the 5770. The 5670 is similar to the Radeon 4770, only with DirectX 11, which is useless at these performance levels, though, I would be interested to see benchmarks with a 5670 playing Dragon Age II in DirectX 11 with the high-res texture pack. Given the marginal price increase, I would stay with the 5700 cards.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 01:34 AM

The only reason why i purchased the 5670 is because it is $30 cheaper then the Asus EAH5770 and i didn't have enough money :blink: The 5670 is a solid card for under $100 price range :)

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 March 2011 - 08:10 PM

The only reason why i purchased the 5670 is because it is $30 cheaper then the Asus EAH5770 and i didn't have enough money :blink: The 5670 is a solid card for under $100 price range :)


There's no denying that, but being so close to the 5700 series, I believe it would be better to spend the extra cash and get a better card.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 08:45 PM

You can always overclock it, like what i did :P

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 09:16 PM

You can always overclock it, like what i did :P

There are some things that cannot be increased using firmware tweaks, like the number of shaders/stream processors. Overclocking can be a good stop gap measure if you need just a little more power.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:48 PM

As a system builder, this is a run down of what you must look at when buying a graphics card.

The memory bandwidth and type (GDDR3, GDDR4, etc)

The amount of memory (a lot of graphics card manufactures give bad cards 1GB of memory, which is used to get a newbie to buy it, most of the time the memory bandwidth is so slow that 1GB of memory is useless)

How much power is needed

Slot type (PCI-E, AGP)

Overclockability (bonus)

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 12:10 AM

Well i may not have the best graphics card but i am happy with it as long it can play all my games without lagging :)

Edited by killerx525, 28 March 2011 - 12:10 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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