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I'm building a work/media center PC for my father, and luckily I'm getting my rig ready for college at the same time. This means I have a bunch of parts I can use for his build, including the case, RAM, and motherboard. I originally planned to use an i3 2105 with an H67 board, but since my mobo is p67, I will use a 2100 with a dedicated GPU.

He will use the GPU for watching HD movies (hooked up to a 50 inch plasma TV), some LIGHT photo editing, and casual gaming. When he games, it will be at resolutions lower than 1080p. He will play WWII games like World at War as well as other "historical" games like the Total War series and the Civilization games. He DEFINITELY doesn't need highest graphics settings; just being able to run games at decent frame rates is enough.

I am not going to spend more than $50. Please give me some recommendations for cards in that price range. If there are even cheaper cards that will meet the requirements, please let me know. Thanks!
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post #2 of 8
HD 3000 is actually fairly capable (my MBP has it and it does decent @ 720p averaging ~ 30fps on Dirt 3, medium settings), but I would suggest looking around OCN marketplace as you can easily score a 9800GT for $50 or maybe something a bit better?
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Like appleg33k85 sayed the HD3000 is rather capable, but those sits in the K series of Sandybridge cpu's... cant find a proper video test of the HD2000

If you really want a dedicated GPU i would get a HD5670, They offer the most in Video playback money could buy i think.

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My kids use a 6670 [just 10% stronger then a 5670 i think] and they can play all there simple game's with ease and they just ahve a E5700 cpu.. even WoW runs on it with average settings.
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I thought that you couldn't use integrated graphics on a p67 board. Was I wrong?
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I believe you can use them, but you can't overclock them.
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but p67 boards don't even have video outputs...
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Originally Posted by mostowizard View Post
but p67 boards don't even have video outputs...
They dont, you need H61/67 or Z68 for that.
I wouldnt go with a H61 though.
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post #8 of 8
For 50$ you could find a used 9800gt or get a new HD4670
Both can handle 1080p RTS games and COD WAW
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