What would be a good budget PCIe card for up to 100 bucks?

By Valiel
Feb 24, 2009
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  1. Hi, I'm either gonna get a duelcore 2.5ghz or quadcore 1.8ghz pc soon with 6gb and 4gb memory soon and I'm wondering what kind of card i should get to go with it for around 0-100 bucks.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,264   +41

  3. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

    Would this be good for gaming?
  4. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

    I just realized that the pc I'm wanting to get has only 300 watt psu and I dont have the money to upgrade that. The card you mention requires 400, is there anything else you would recommend?
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    The 4670 pulls very little power and does not even require a PCI-E power connector. It will run fine on a 300W PSU. You can drop down to a 512MB version too, the extra 512MB of VRAM on that Sapphire card will not help (or hinder) performance in any way.
  6. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

    So if I drop down to 512mb vram I will be within my limits at a minimal performance loss?
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    There will be no performance loss at all. The gain from a 1GB 4670 will be slim to none.
  8. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

    My next question is: is it practical for gaming to have a quadcore cpu? Do today's games even make use of the extra cores? Or is it better to have quadcore with low cpu
    power or a dualcore with high cpu power?
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    Quads are the future, but no game can utilize them to their fullest. The potential is present, but by the time games start to fully utilize all four cores, CPU architecture will be far more advanced than at present and the quad you buy now will be much, much slower than the quads available then.

    Better stick to a fast dual-core like the E8400 for now. Cache is also a concern, since the cache-per-core on all the quads, except for the Q9x50 and Core 2 Extreme series, is far lower than on dual-cores like those from the E8x00 series. Games are extremely sensitive to cache size, and a larger cache is almost always translated into better performance.
  10. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    That is extremely overpriced for a desktop PC. You can build an on-par (or better) one for a far lower price.

    But if you cannot or will not build one, it will be OK.
     
  12. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

    I think I will build one if it will be cheaper and better. I just need help finding the right parts. PM me with your msn or email so we can talk easier.
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    PM me, I will reply ASAP. Include a budget, your location and whether you will be reusing any parts.
  14. Valiel

    Valiel Banned Topic Starter

    I dont have enough posts to pm you but ive added you on msn.
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