Need a High Performance Gaming Video Card For PCI-E Under $100

By akaivan
Jun 7, 2007
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  1. Title say's it all!. Please help, heres my other post on my new build!http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic78794.html
    and will a thermaltake 430 watt psu run this new video card? please help! want to build soon and some rebates expire on 6/07/07! So need to purchase soon! Remember im on a budget.. and i want to run bf2 high and some of the newer games at decent settings
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    well just to let you know right now. Prob wont find a card that will run BF2 on high res with no video issues for under 100, the market isnt a charity, you pay for what you get, all within a 2 month period of course, until prices change.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102064 this might do you okay, some others might recommend a 7600 gt or something. I'm an nvidia fan myself, but for what you're requiesting, this is it.
  3. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX Newcomer, in training Posts: 359

    Might be to late, but that card only has 128-bit memory, even with the 512mb ram. Im sure a card with 256-bit and 256mb ram would perform better.
  4. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    This card does not work with DirectX version 9.1 and above. Despite many updates from ATI and Microsoft. I tried to run Vista with this card for a two months. It would just crash.

    thats a review above lol... and not very good ratings.... well can i run bf2 medium settings? gimme some links people! :D
  5. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    This statement says it all. Now if you had $30.00 more this might be your best bet:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130056

    For $100.00 all you can get is the previous suggestion or a 7600GT.
  6. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    since i cant find a video card that makes more difference under 100$ imma go with this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130025

    this can run need for speed carbon at max some say.. and its cheap.. i can always upgrade later when prices go down.. illl wait for the dx 10 cards after i buy this one :D
  7. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  8. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    yea im going for the evga that i chose for 53$. those are pretty nice cards kpo. and thanks for the help. im not that extreme into gaming. just a nice budget pc :D, and 2 gigs of ddr2 800mhz ram? woohoo! i also changed the sony drive into a litescribe samsung drive :D

    btw you think the 430 watt psu by thermaltake can support all that :D
  9. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

  10. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Posts: 743

    'hi-end' and 'under $100' i would class that as an oxy-*****.
    I run a 7900GS for BF2 at 1280x1024 online, and its sweet!
  11. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

    The OP said he was on a budget, so of what value was your post?
  12. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    yea really lol.. thanks kpo.
  13. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Posts: 743

    Did you mean my post?

    If so, i'll answer. Yes he is on a budget but he wanted a hi-end card. I was simply trying to not mislead him into thinking he can have both. His choice is limited because his budget is limited.
    The 7900gs i have, and i can recommend it. Yes its above his budget (not hugely though if you shop around), but i use it for the same purpose that akaivan wants to use it (BF2).

    If anyone thought the post was usless then i apologise, i hope this addendum has made it clearer.
     
  14. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    well i meant, the most i can get out of 100$, so the most high end of 100$.. get it? lol
  15. k.jacko

    k.jacko Newcomer, in training Posts: 743

    Lol, yes mate, sorry.
    It just that from my experience of building rigs i've often had the same question asked of me. Often paying 'on budget' gives you the best you can get for the money (be it good ror bad), and sometimes just slightly going over budget can give you a lot better. Quality is 'not always' proportionate to the price you pay.
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    You're not going to get the performance you seek on that budget, its a win/lose situation, if you lower your hopes enough you will be content, if you expect to run high res on games before you plug it in you might be doomed.
  17. Sanny_U

    Sanny_U Newcomer, in training

  18. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    very nice lookin card.. and ddr3.. woot. probly will be my next buy
  19. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Best mid-range is the 7900GS I think. It is quite a lot faster than the 7600 series, yet only about $30-40 more expensive.
  20. mltor0806

    mltor0806 Newcomer, in training

    I have 3 7600 GT 256 MB DDR III PCI-E cards that I want to sell. ((willing to sell as one or two or all 3 ))

    I am asking 100 + shipping.

    2 of them are evga and one is a pny.

    PM if you are interested.
  21. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 875

  22. akaivan

    akaivan TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 620

    nice find, then again my 7300 geforce is already ordered lol. its temporary.. and i dont do that much gaming ;D
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