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Old 08-09-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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What kind of video card should I get?

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   Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.120503-2030)
          Processor: n/a (4 CPUs)
             Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6008MB RAM
          Page File: 11893MB used, 3128MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

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Display Devices
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          Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_0042&SUBSYS_03891025&REV_12
     Display Memory: 1696 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 64 MB
      Shared Memory: 1632 MB
       Current Mode: 1600 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
       Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
        DDI Version: 10
       Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
  Driver Attributes: Final Retail
   Driver Date/Size: , 0 bytes
    Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-4302-11CF-AB79-8323B2C2C535}
          Vendor ID: 0x8086
          Device ID: 0x0042
          SubSys ID: 0x03891025
        Revision ID: 0x0012
 Driver Strong Name: oem54.inf:IntelGfx.NTamd64.6.0:iILKD0:8.15.10.2622:pci\ven_8086&dev_0042
     Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
I want to play games such as the following:
  • Spiral Knights
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Bioshock
  • TF2
  • Left 4 Dead 2
  • Portal 2
  • Dungeon Defenders
  • Sonic Generations
  • Super Monday Night Combat

My budget is around $50
I don't know much about computer hardware, so I want something very simple and reliable to install. What's cheap but good quality?
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161394

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125432

Neither are great as far as GPU's go. These will probably struggle in Fallout, should be fine in your other games, depending on your settings. The top one is discounted, price may go up. I hear newegg is a good site, but I'm from the UK and don't feel like finding other sites.
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Old 08-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130680


This would be my best choice for $50

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Old 08-09-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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I definitely am familiar with newegg, it's where I got my last video card (which broke when I tried to take it out of my old pc)
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Old 08-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500239
520 gfx card $49.99 with $25 Mir if your going cheap. Might aswell get some money back
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:54 PM   #6
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500239
520 gfx card $49.99 with $25 Mir if you're going cheap. Might as well get some money back
Sounds good, but will it be good enough?
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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With a budget of $50 nothing is really going to be "good enough" for 1600x900 resolution.

Is $50 your absolute max?
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:09 PM   #8
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you could always look at second hand ones that might offer you a better card
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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If you want to stay around $50 then Caveman's suggestion of a used card will get you the more for your money.

I would look at a GTS 450.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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With a budget of $50 nothing is really going to be "good enough" for 1600x900 resolution.

Is $50 your absolute max?
Well I really don't know how much more than that I can afford. Is it really that expensive just for a middle ground card? And I don't usually play fullscreen either.
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If you want to stay around $50 then Caveman's suggestion of a used card will get you the more for your money.
IDK if I trust used cards...
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:36 AM   #11
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102988
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11192-22-20G)

Free WinZip Pro 16 coupon w/ purchase, limited offer
$65 comes with $15 mir

0-85 low end cards
86-200 mid range cards
200 plus high end cards
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:48 AM   #12
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You might want to look for a second hand 5770. New the card goes for ~100$. It's an old card (2-3 years) yet still fast enough to ran most games even with higher details and much faster than anything you get new for 50$. It should not be so hard to find a second hand one for around 50$.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:10 PM   #13
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102988
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11192-22-20G)

Free WinZip Pro 16 coupon w/ purchase, limited offer
$65 comes with $15 mir
Bump. I'm going to get this card soon if nobody has any better ideas.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:57 PM   #14
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Bump. I'm going to get this card soon if nobody has any better ideas.
I think that's the best you can do for $50.

What's your power supply?

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Old 09-15-2012, 05:06 PM   #15
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I think that's the best you can do for $50.

What's your power supply?
Power supply? I didn't know that was an issue. IDK, I just use the cord that came with it, and a surge strip?
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