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Hey all. My buddy wants a new graphics card and I'd like some help with what to recommend him...

Budget is $100. Current system is core2duo E8400 & nvidia GTS 250.

Please let me know what you think. Thanks.
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post #2 of 6
your friend will benefit from something like a GTX 650 or a HD 7770.
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I was thinking along the same lines. Thank you. Is the R7 250 a better alternative to the 7770?
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Originally Posted by DBEAU View Post

I was thinking along the same lines. Thank you. Is the R7 250 a better alternative to the 7770?

the 250 is more like a 7750. a tad slower. go with the HD7770. i have one and it plays all my games fine just like my 290 using 1080 but, of course, lower settings.
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Honestly if he can manage to get enough for a 650ti he will get a lot more gpu for his money, that or shop used. I havent played any of the amd cards in this range but on bf3 the 650ti managed to play bf3 on 1080 with high settings very well. Averages were in the 55fps range.

The gtx650 would be good if he is below 1080p but man the reviews I saw on the 650 vs the 650ti were a decent gap.

Not sure if your in the USA but

$130 gtx 650ti 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133473

edit:
side note, If I remember the 650ti I had was 2gb but the 1gb one shouldnt be too far behind the 2gb version. I would easily pick a 650ti 1gb over a 650 2gb model
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A dual core lga775 will be a bottleneck for newest cards.so which games does he play?which psu does he have?which resolution?

Can he upgrade his cpu to a cheap xeon lga771 witht he xeon mod?
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