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Hello again, OC Net! Long time, no see!

To make a long story short, I have an ATI HD4890 1GB that's beginning to show it's age. Card fans are becoming very loud, I'm having some heat issues, and the card is beginning to throw artifacts around, even during normal idle use. My machine isn't exactly new. My motherboard supports PCI Express 2.0, as well as 3 way SLI paired with a 790i Chipset. 4GB of DDR2 Memory at 800MHz, 650 Watt Seasonic PSU, etc. etc. You get the drift.. hence why I'm not looking to break the bank with a replacement.

Here's my dilemma. I'm unsure as to whether or not I should be looking in the second hand market (Such as OC.Net's open video card market) or if I should be looking towards something brand new, in box. Previous to the issues listed, this card performed fantastically! Features were top-notch, and took just about all the abuse I could throw at it for a long while.

I can't say I'm looking for anything outstanding now, though! This machine is a spare, and it's used for some minor HD Playback, as well as some light game play; current Blizzard titles, League of Legends, Quake III, maybe an FPS here and there, but not much else! Otherwise, the machine's used primarily for class work, virtual environments, light amounts of coding, and general all purpose use.

So.. if I'm looking to see better, or around the same 3D performance as the dying chip, what should I look towards spending? Maybe there's a good, current gen budget card on the market that could be recommended? Or an older card I could scout eBay for! My budget is somewhere around 100$ flat, at most.. as right now, my car needs winter tires, and school won't pay for itself!


I appreciate any input I could get from the community, as right now.. it's obvious that I'm just a bit confused!

Thanks for checking out the post! I really appreciate all you guys do!



PS : The basic, listed specifications of the HD4890 on ATI's site are..
- PCI Express 2.0 Interface
- 256-bit GDDR5 Memory Interface
- 800 Stream Processor Units
- A core clock of 850MHz, as well as a EMC of 925MHz
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7850 or 7870.
 
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Ouch, 100$? Like, I would rather go a month without gaming and merge two paychecks than buy anything that's on the market right now around 100$. But I guess the best card you can possibly get for around 100$ is on the used marketplace. A used GTX 470 or 560Ti? Good luck.

Edit: Maybe you can find a "new" Radeon 7770.
post #4 of 16
You can snag a 5770/6770/7770 for under 100, theyre almost all identical (the 5770 and 6770 are exactly the same) and the 7770 is very power efficient
post #5 of 16
$100 - you could get a 7770, so next gen card, only $99 with rebates.
Here.
Could also get a 650 from nVidia.
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post

7850 or 7870.
Please tell me where you're going to find a 7850 or 7870 for $100...
Edited by Davayy - 10/30/12 at 1:53pm
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At $150 go with the GTX 650 TI. 6950 performance for an entry level card.
     
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If you wait two months, you might be able to get the 7850 or the 7870 for around $100 when the 8000 series is released in January as well.
 
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Wow! So many quick replies! This is fantastic, thanks guys! Once again, always really appreciated!

Right now, most of you guys are suggesting 7 Series ATI Cards, such as the 7850/7870. 7770's got mentioned once or twice, too!

As far as my budget.. the only reason I say I don't want to spend much more than 100$ is because the computer as a whole cost me 120$ from a Co-Worker or was considering throwing away the machine, simply because he couldn't figure out some minor issues with it! The kind of guy that just builds an entirely new PC, Pre-built, when faced with that issue. You can see some of the specifications within my "rig" page.

My primary machine is my laptop.. which is currently running a last gen Intel i7, 8GB of DDR3 Memory, and an ATI 5870. This goes back and forth with me to work sites, friends houses. That kind of thing.

Anyways, back to the 7 Series debate!
No worries as to the whole "PCI Express 3.0" requirement that those cards have? I mean, I'm sure it isn't a REQUIREMENT, but more of a suggestion.

Any thoughts?
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Quote:
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Anyways, back to the 7 Series debate!
No worries as to the whole "PCI Express 3.0" requirement that those cards have? I mean, I'm sure it isn't a REQUIREMENT, but more of a suggestion.
Any thoughts?

Backward compatible so it won't make a huge difference. PCIe 3.0 8x is the same as PCIe 2.0 16x -> which shows there isn't gonna be a massive difference between the two.
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There are no significant performance differences with pcie 2.0 and 3.0 and certainly none with that class of card
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