Choosing a GPU at an unusually low price

By mopar man
Feb 11, 2009
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  1. I am looking for a GPU, Case, and PSU for under $50. I know, it's insane. If nothing else, I can skip the case part, and only get a PSU and GPU. I'd like the best brand possible for that price range.

    I know, $50 isn't enough really, but it's all I can get right now, so bare with me.

    PCIX16 btw.
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

  3. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Dustin, I've been wanting anything in the 8000 series for a long time now, but as I've just said, my budget is insanely small.

    The reason I'm willing to (as some would put it) 'waste' the money on a card at these prices is simply because I'm only going to be playing games at CS:S level on it, and I don't really need anything more. I love gaming, but I refuse to waste more than I can afford on buying a PC when I can get what I need for this price, I'm certain.

    The reason I said a new PSU is because the (only) one I have is only 250Watt with nowhere near enough Amps on the 12+Volt rail, so anything more than the current 6200 would end up being too much. I believe it was the 6200 that cause my last PSU in the system to fail. I booted up, started CS:S up at a LAN party, then boom, powers off, and nothing will turn back on.
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    well im sorry to say you wont find any video card and psu together under $50. check on ebay or wait a few more months to save up the money
  5. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Well, that's kind of what I was aiming for, even something used.

    I was mainly asking what card out of the low-end series (such as the 3450) I should look into.
  6. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 Newcomer, in training

  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    I will assume you will want an ATX power supply, the sunbeam one looks pretty shoddy, and i would actually recommend an hd 4000 card, they actually cost less for an equivalently performing card.

    Im sorry, i can't seem to find a power supply on newegg with proper connectors...maybe ask rage.

    I would say a MSI R4350-D256H Radeon HD 4350 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail for $34, a bit high

    I would recommend the Nvidia 7000 series over their 8000 series except for 8800, i think...not too familiar with older cards.

    Check out Tom's GPU Heirarchy charts:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Best-Graphics-Card,2033-7.html
  8. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 Newcomer, in training

    The 4350 would probably be a better choice but as for a psu you cant get to much better with the limited budget. If you don't feel comfortable about getting such a cheap psu you could always wait cause i cant really say i would recommend it
  9. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    yea buying a cheap psu is like using a needle that has been used 100 times before you
  10. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    I know more than most seem to be giving me credit for... :)

    The PSU is the most important aspect of the PC in my opinion, no denying that. BUT, I could deal with a 'mid-line' brand and 'size' of PSU because if/when it fails, it won't bother me very much, honestly, as I'll always have a secondary system to fall back on.

    I had actually completely forgotten about the 4K series aside from the 4850, honestly.

    I am looking forward to when Rage does see this thread, for the PSU aspect. I am set on the 4350 now, but unless I can find an affordable PSU, I'm just going to have to wait unless I were to risk running it on the very abused (by me) 250 I'm running right now.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,318   +117

    Dunno what 7000 series cards use, but you should still consider the limited connectors.
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Does not matter. You can use a converter for a PCI-E power connector, which the 7300GT does not need anyways.
  15. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Thanks Rage, that's great, exaclty what I need.
  16. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd Newcomer, in training Posts: 238

    if u are not using DX10 u could buy a 7800gt or 7950GX2 on ebay, saw one for $60 2 weeks ago
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