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PCIE card under 100 dollars

By Tha General
Feb 12, 2009
  1. I am buying my new rig next month this one:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...14110944&ci_sku=9191545#tabbed-specifications
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=9191545

    I am not on a budget, however for my first pcie card i only want to spend under 100. So i have some cards in mind and what do you guys think is the better buy.

    Note: I do not shop online anymore, i only shop at retail stores offline

    VisionTek - ATI RADEON HD 4350 512MB DDR2 PCI Express
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9200991&type=product&id=1218057381797

    GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2, i think this version is the one with 9gb and 450/600
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8990407&type=product&id=1218007083381

    HD3650 OC 1GB
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8761878&type=product&id=1202650704648

    I may come across other cheap pcie cards at other stores, because i am going to drive around town a bit to different retail stores, but those cards above, are my choices which i like and may end up buying one.

    The new 4350 card seems pretty good, i seen someone on youtube running crysis on it, at all high settings.

    Now my question is this:

    When it says this on the best buy page for the computer i am buying:
     
  2. red1776

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

    ummm general, the 4350 is a 64 bit memory interface, 40 SpU's, slow DDR2 card....aint nobody running crysis at high on this card, i dont care what you saw on youtube. not gonna happen. Geeeez
     
  3. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 TS Rookie

    If it were me i would get the 3650 because its clocked alittle higher has more memory and runs on a 128bit interface instead of 64bit but the main reason i would choose that over the 4350 is because its fanless. not sure if 8400 is so i cant say for that If you really want to look all the cards up go to gpureview.com and you can compare stats on the all
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Try buying from a small local retail store instead of Best Buy, for the best prices. You can probably get a 9600GT\GSO for around $100 from one of these small stores after some bargaining.
     
  5. Zilliak

    Zilliak TS Booster Posts: 164

    ahah if you dont buy online anymore then honestly your going to pay out the end to get like crappy crappy stuff, EX i went to best buy and bought a 8600gt 1gb ddr2 165$ ...so i dont got to retail stores anymore there rip offs and you spend about 100$ more on anything taht involves processors, graphics cards, and memory not to mentions PSU's
     
  6. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    newegg.com is the way to go
     
  7. PCIGamer

    PCIGamer TS Rookie Posts: 110

  8. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Thanks for the feedback, people, but i am going to go ahead and buy the
    VisionTek - ATI RADEON HD 4350 512MB DDR2 PCI Express next month
    Seems to be a nice price for the card, and it should be able to play any of my games that i have trouble playing with on my Pentium III, with ease. I only plan to use 1280x1204 as my resolution for gaming, so everything should work out.

    Thats all good and well, but i don't shop online anymore. I never really did , i mean a couple years ago i did, but i never bought any computer stuff online and now i really am not buying anything online anymore.
     
  9. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    http://www.youtube.com/user/dyjohndy1989

    Seems to be using a celeron, with 2gb of ram.

    My computer which i am buying the pentium dual core with 6GB of ram, should double the performance.
     
  10. PCIGamer

    PCIGamer TS Rookie Posts: 110

    Ok, so get someone else to buy online for you? Or there has to be a better place to buy computer parts from than Best Buy or Staples in your area. They are a rip-off

    The 4350 isnt a gamer card at all. Its for home theatre pc's, like the 8400gs. The 4670 will give you 42 or so *average* fps at 1280x1024 at Crysis with everything on Medium. That is pretty good performance for a $80 card.
     
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    That video is a flat-out lie. I don't believe it.
     
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I"m just waiting for him to start posting benchmarks of something like a 9600 gso, when we can find around 10-20 articles with crysis benchmarks already.

    In all seriousness I'm glad ThaGeneral is making this move.
     
  13. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Just watched it and I agree, my pci e 7950 and core2duo e6300 couldnt even do that.
     
  14. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Maniac Posts: 376

    The truth:
    http://www.guru3d.com/category/vga_charts_crysis/

    You're not going to get very far. And btw, having double the amount of ram DOESN'T mean that you get double the amount of performance...

    Regardless, if you're going to get a pentium dual core, expect it to bottleneck your GPU even if you get a good one. Srsly.

    I'd rather trust reviews than silly videos with no credibility honestly... But hey, in the end the move is yours to make :X so.. make your choice.
     
  15. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Well i will let everyone know when i get everything lol, thats pretty much it.
    I know shopping online you can find cheaper deals, but i like to always buy offline and besides, all my bills are paid up, i am not in debt lol, so i have plenty of money to spend.

    Now i am going to drive around town and go to other stores to see what they have , and if i find something more powerful and cheaper, i will grab it. So i will let everyone know when i have everything. IMO tho, i shouldn't have any trouble playing crysis or any game with that rig and that card. Just have to wait and see i guess.

    Peace
     
  16. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

  17. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    im a NVIDIA fanboy myself. i have always use NVIDIA, not once used an ATI video card. not that i won't just haven't had the change to yet.
     
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