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$100 GPU recommendations?

By Rey911
Apr 20, 2010
  1. okay i have a lame Gigabyte-G31M-ES2C motherboard. Rev 1.1

    now what will be a good gfx for me in $100 ?
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    the Nvidia 250 GTS, or the ATI HD 4850
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    What PSU do you have? HD 4850, as suggested by red, is a great choice. If you're looking for something with lower power consumption then check out the HD 4770.
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,268   +92

  5. Rey911

    Rey911 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanx for the guideline, it really helped.
    mine is a 400w psu. Anyway whats wrong with Nvidia 9800 GT? A friend offered me a new for only 40 bucks!
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Nothing wrong at all with a 9800GT. its just a level of performance thing. the 9800gt is slower than the the HD 4850 by about %15 and the HD 4770 by about %10. $40 for a new 9800GT is a good deal.
    http://www.techspot.com/review/163-radeon-hd-4770/page4.html
     
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    A new 9800 GT for $40 is by far the best deal you can get price/performance wise as they are currently retailing for about double that. Nothing in the $40 - $60 range will even come close to its performance, just make sure that you have a 6pin on your PSU if your 9800 GT requires one.
     
  8. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Unless the 9800gt is a green edition
     
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +9

    Ensure that it's not the 9800GT Green Edition as it much less powerful compared to the normal 9800GT cards.
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157


    great point Rit, I have yet to anyone who purchased the green 9800gt and was happy with it.
     
  11. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    are you sure about that?

    my 9800gt ee
    [​IMG]
     
  12. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    yep, for one they had to lower the core and shader clocks from 600 to 550 Mhz and from 1500 to 1375Mhz to be able to operate on 75w. It also lacks headroom if you are inclined to overclock. also a disproportionate number of owners have problems with the card going black screen while gaming. no doubt the reason that Nvidia partners are retiring it. Think about it for a second....if it performed the same as a 130w 9800gt, why would they not make them all low power?
     
  13. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Well i guess other folks had issues with it, but i sure don'.t Works perfectly on my Pentium d. I understand the green edtion may be less powerful in terms of specs or whatever, but for 65 bucks you can't go wrong you know. Best buy has these cards for 65 dollars in the clearance section all the time. Its really a powerful card, allows me to play games really good.

    On another note, i was planning to stick with non power connector cards, but i am in the process of upgrading my pentium d and might end up buying a 5770 which only requires one 6 pin which i have on my psu.
     
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    i wish my best buy had a clearence section, lol. Everything is always 20-30% more than you pay online.
     
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    :haha:, I was in a best buy last month ( i go for their for knowledgeable staff....:rolleyes:) anyway they wanted $100.00 for a HD 3650.
     
  16. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Tha General's BB must be an exception as mine is way overpriced as well especially hardware. They do however put some smaller PC games on sale below value when they run low on stock which is always nice :) .
     
  17. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Yeah mine too. I saw an antec 650w for $200+.
     
  18. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106

    Not really, things are high at my best buy too , just depends on what you're looking for.

    I plan on buying this for my rig i am upgrading:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+A...Card/9715789.p?id=1218156773765&skuId=9715789
     
  19. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

  20. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    Not to mention the sales tax on $30.
     
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