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    Default Need a new video card

    Running on this atm...

    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 9500 GS
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0644&SUBSYS_13301462&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 4071 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 487 MB
    Shared Memory: 3583 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)

    Need a cheap upgrade, roughly 50-100, really would like to get somewhere in the middle. If it's not worth it to upgrade for that little let me know that too. Would be purchasing from new egg if any video card masters want to look there for me Thanks.

    Edit: Before someone asks I just put a 650 watt psu in.
    Last edited by macfrenchfry; 02-10-2011 at 11:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfrenchfry View Post
    Running on this atm...

    Display Devices
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    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 9500 GS
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0644&SUBSYS_13301462&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 4071 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 487 MB
    Shared Memory: 3583 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)

    Need a cheap upgrade, roughly 50-100, really would like to get somewhere in the middle. If it's not worth it to upgrade for that little let me know that too. Would be purchasing from new egg if any video card masters want to look there for me Thanks.

    Edit: Before someone asks I just put a 650 watt psu in.
    GTS 250/450 or 5770 are about as high "end" you are going to get at around the $100 mark..
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/A...GT_440/26.html

    If you are diligent, you can find on a quick sale or two a GTX 460 768 under $100 but those are rare.. IF you do see one,, BUY it . do NOT wait. Other than that your options become very limited as far as playability and your budget .. ;-(
    Last edited by SirPent; 02-10-2011 at 11:56 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirPent View Post
    GTS 250/450 or 5770 are about as high "end" you are going to get at around the $100 mark..
    ^ What he said. To be honest though it would be nice to know what else your system has in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anakha View Post
    ^ What he said. To be honest though it would be nice to know what else your system has in it.
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    Time of this report: 2/10/2011, 13:45:44
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    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.101014-0432)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
    System Model: FQ562AA-ABA m9500f
    BIOS: )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9750 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
    Memory: 8184MB RAM
    Page File: 2158MB used, 14410MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

    Everything else is stock, except the PSU. Running on a 23 inch monitor.

    I was looking at this card. Tell me what you think. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...y=REVIEWS#tabs
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    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...36_60094_60094

    Was also looking at this entire page. I have no idea what the difference in most are except the memory/price tbh. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Add 50 bucks to what you got and grab one of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130600.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macfrenchfry View Post
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...36_60094_60094

    Was also looking at this entire page. I have no idea what the difference in most are except the memory/price tbh. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    if you are stuck on using nV you are limiting yourself in terms of performance you can buy at 40-70..
    take a look at these reviews to get an idea of performance:

    GT 430
    GT 440

    those price seem way too high for such a level of performance .. ($80 when +$20 will get you something literally nearly 2X faster)

    edit: your display is 1920x1080... you NEED a faster GPU if you expect to be able to play Rift at acceptable framerates (+25)

    get THIS !! <-- Best damn deal you are going to see under $100
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirPent View Post
    if you are stuck on using nV you are limiting yourself in terms of performance you can buy at 40-70..
    take a look at these reviews to get an idea of performance:

    GT 430
    GT 440

    those price seem way too high for such a level of performance .. ($80 when +$20 will get you something literally nearly 2X faster)

    edit: your display is 1920x1080... you NEED a faster GPU if you expect to be able to play Rift at acceptable framerates (+25)

    get THIS !! <-- Best damn deal you are going to see under $100
    I'm not 100% stuck on nVidia it's just all I've used. If you can find me a good ATI I'd switch

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfrenchfry View Post
    I'm not 100% stuck on nVidia it's just all I've used. If you can find me a good ATI I'd switch
    The best BANG!!! for your buck right at this moment would be that GTX 460 @ 89.99 after MIR.. of course that means spending @149.99 (+tax if you live in a state listed on their site) then waiting 4-6 weeks for most likely a "Visa" debit/credit card.. but in the long run that card will give you quite a few "miles".

    Other than that.. I'd go:

    5770 @$99.99 after MIR
    GTS 450 @$89.99 after MIR
    5750
    GTS 250 @$74.99
    5670 @$64.99 Double Lifetime warranty
    GTS 440
    GT 430 or 5570 or 5550 DDR5 <- BIG difference with DDR5 and not (about 30-40%)


    Check out GT 440 Review (has other similar cards listed above included compared)
    as well as this one: GT 430 Review.. (German but graphs are easy to read)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirPent View Post
    The best BANG!!! for your buck right at this moment would be that GTX 460 @ 89.99 after MIR.. of course that means spending @149.99 (+tax if you live in a state listed on their site) then waiting 4-6 weeks for most likely a "Visa" debit/credit card.. but in the long run that card will give you quite a few "miles".

    Other than that.. I'd go:

    5770 @$99.99 after MIR
    GTS 450 @$89.99 after MIR
    5750
    GTS 250 @$74.99
    5670 @$64.99 Double Lifetime warranty
    GTS 440
    GT 430 or 5570 or 5550 DDR5 <- BIG difference with DDR5 and not (about 30-40%)


    Check out GT 440 Review (has other similar cards listed above included compared)
    as well as this one: GT 430 Review.. (German but graphs are easy to read)
    Is that in order from best to worst? Also, is there any way you can tell me which of those require the extra power from the psu. I'd rather it just run off the mobo. Thanks for all tha info there. I'm still quite lost lol.

    Edit: Actually after reading all the reviews around I'm upping my budget to $200. Any help would be appreciated. Again, I'm a video card noob. I'd like to stay away from the extra power cable and prefer a slimmer card so I can leave my other PCI slot open.Looking around I'm not seeing anything really slim enough to leave that slot open so not a big deal I guess.
    Last edited by macfrenchfry; 02-10-2011 at 10:52 PM.

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    Bumping this. I'm getting one today. I've got About 150-175.

    I am looking at the following cards...

    EVGA - GeForce GTS 450 FPB 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card
    Asus - ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card(higher end of budget)
    Asus - ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Asus - NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 1GB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4550 512MB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Asus - GeForce GT430 1GB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Asus - ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card


    I'm upgrading from this...
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce 9500 GS
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0644&SUBSYS_13301462&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 4071 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 487 MB
    Shared Memory: 3583 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor

    If you could tell me which one will be my biggest upgrade or if I'm even going to notice a difference, let me know please. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfrenchfry View Post
    Bumping this. I'm getting one today. I've got About 150-175.

    I am looking at the following cards...

    EVGA - GeForce GTS 450 FPB 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card
    Asus - ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card(higher end of budget)
    Asus - ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Asus - NVIDIA GeForce GT 240 1GB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4550 512MB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Asus - GeForce GT430 1GB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 4650 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Sapphire - ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR5 PCI Express Graphics Card
    Asus - ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card
    a 5770 can be had for 120 bucks. Of the cards listed it is the best choice.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161338

    100 bucks after rebate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick494 View Post
    a 5770 can be had for 120 bucks. Of the cards listed it is the best choice.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161338

    100 bucks after rebate.
    Alright, thank you very much.

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    Quick question. What is the nVidia equivalent of the HD 5770?

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfrenchfry View Post
    Quick question. What is the nVidia equivalent of the HD 5770?
    GTS 450 is about the same, about 8-10% less FPS on average.
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