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Old 09-13-2011, 08:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best PCI-e Video card for under $120? :s

After finding out there was such a thing as Pci-e slots instead of VGA <.< I now need a replacement card, but am on a limited budget.

It's a Gateway Desktop (Have listed specs/model in my other thread - 8GB ram, 1TB, intel core 3.2GHz or something)

I need a card to be able to run 'Secondlife' on max settings (Shaders, anti-aliasing,etc) whilst keeping fps higher.
Other games I use are old, some java based, but this is the most demanding 'game' I use, along with Fallout New Vegas (Which my lappys integrated card plays- so I am not too worried about that)

Some cards I have seen are based around are Radeon's HD 5670 and Geforce GT 520 & 430.

Newegg.com - VisionTek 900357 Radeon HD 5670 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Newegg.com - VisionTek 900310 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Newegg.com - XFX GT-520M-CNF2 GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 2GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
Newegg.com - Galaxy 43GGS8HX3SPZ GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

My first instinct is the 2GB card.. but I may be really wrong!

What would you knowledgeable guys on here suggest ( Even if not one of these ? I really don't fully understand the different options these cards have.

My budget is around $100-$120

Many thanks in advance
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What is your PSU wattage and make?
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I will be buying a new Pcu at the same time as the card. Will be a 500W.
Current is a 300 or 350W
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It's PSU. But what manufacturer of the PSU are you going to buy?
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Default Re: Best PCI-e Video card for under $120? :s

Just something simple such as Newegg.com - APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply
[h=1]APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V[/h]
I am yet to really decide... is the PSU manufacturer/model dependant on the cards I can get/run?
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You are risking endangering your system, you know. NEVER skimp on the PSU. A cheap one can cost you your whole system.
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With me not wanting the top model video cards, I assumed this power supply would be fine? The reviews seem ok o.O

My very very limited experience with power supplys in the past have been 'If it's not compatible/powerful enough - the computer just won't turn on'... But I can see how a bad supply could short the whole system & burn it all up.

One problem keeps leading onto another with this whole upgrading business >.<
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A cheap PSU can easily short out and harm your entire system.

Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 &#47; EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Ok, so with that PSU, what is an answer to my question about cards?

And is that other PSU REALLY that bad?
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It is REALLY cheap. In the computing world, unless there is good reason, cheap = unreliable.
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