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Hi all,

Built a budget rig for my gf a few months ago and the XFX GT240 has been giving me nothing but headaches. Don't want to RMA it since I could buy another GT240 if I really wanted to with how much shipping is

Anyway, the rig in question is:

Gigabyte 970A-D3
Mushkin Silverline 4gb ddr3 1333
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black edition
Arctic Freezer Pro 7 heatsink
XFX GT240 512MB
400W PSU (stock PSU that came with some case)
Win7 Ultimate 64 bit

The PSU is going to be replaced as well, just waiting on recommendations from the PSU section. Case will be replaced too.

Only game she plays is SC2. I'm working on a really tight budget, I think I can only spare $100 max (unless a more expensive card can reaaaaaaaally be justified. I'll be buying from NCIX since I'm from Canada..

Thanks for any help

I'd like to stay away from MIR's if at all possible.
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http://ncix.com/products/?sku=54534&...c&promoid=1316

or

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=56219&...ufacture=Zotac
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post #3 of 21
SC2 isn't really demanding. The recommended card is a 8800GTX 512MB and it can even run on a 128MB 6600GT at lowest.

Either a GT440 or a GTS450 will serve you well (depending on which you can afford).
post #4 of 21
You've been shown some last gen cards. Good options. Now a tad over your budget, here are a couple of current gen cards that would do nicely as well.

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB $137.99 after MIR $117.99 w/$3.99 shipping = $121.98

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB $139.99 after MIR $124.99 w/free shipping = $124.99

You can SLI or Crossfire if you should need an upgrade down the road to give it a nice performance boost. Anything above a 500 watt PSU would handle it nicely as well. So think ahead when choosing your PSU to leave that door open.
     
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I take it you just bought a GTX460 then?
post #6 of 21
Excellent choice for SC2.
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I take it you just bought a GTX460 then?
Not sure what you're referring to, but no, the only GTX460 I have is for my own rig (sig).

How's the GT430? That's a little more in my budget
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http://www.guru3d.com/article/geforce-gt-430-review/13

I'd not go for the GT 430 for $90

For $60 you can get a used GTX 260 core 216 which is what I did and I would highly recommend it. Its what I play SC2 with and FRAPS on with my E6400 @ 3.2 ghz (which is a dual core so your gf's cpu is much more powerful)


I also played with a 8800 GTS 512 mb g92 which is also a great card.


So the following configs will play SC2 at Ultra with no lag and will allow fraps to record at ultra at 1680x1050:

E6400 @ 3.2 ghz
2x2 gig G.skill pq
GTX 260 core 216]


and

Q6600 @ 3.2
2x2 gig g.skill pq + 2x1 gig g.skill pk
XFX 5770 1 gig

And a small vid i've made with fraps:

post #9 of 21
Pickup a 6850 or 6870 and you'll be set for SC2.
     
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To play it on Ultra @ 1080p anything over GTX460 makes no difference. I would try to get something like HD 5770, HD 6770, GTS450, GTS250.
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