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I've almost finished building my first rig, got everything except the GPU. It's been a budget build from the start, and I need a GPU with the most bang for the buck. Next week I'll have about $100 USD for it, and I still haven't decided what I'm going to get. I'm woefully uneducated with graphics cards, specifically NVIDIA ones (I know a bit about ATI cards).

I've been considering getting a 5670, but I would like to know if there are any better options out there. I'll be gaming at 1360x768, and playing stuff like TF2, Civilization V, NFS Hot Pursuit, Fallout 3/NV, Just Cause 2, The Sims 3, etc. A bit of everything. I might be able to pay a bit over $100 if there's an insane deal out there, but I want to spend as little as possible to get a decent frame rate for those games on highish settings.

Thanks!

EDIT: Forgot to mention that it needs to have HDMI out
Edited by Rowbin - 1/7/11 at 2:55pm
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The GTX 460 is a really solid card and is relatively inexpensive, but are still over the $100.

This GTX 460 is the 768 mb version, but is $125 after MIR, free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500173

This GTX 460 with 1 gb is a better card, but is more expensive at $175 after MIR, free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127551

This one is a GTS 250 and is $75 after MIR. This is actually the card I have and Fallout 3/NV run great on my 17" CRT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130538
    
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The 5670 is a pretty good choice for 1360x768, you should be able to play all games with good details.

If you can find, these next cards are better performers:
*Radeon 4850, 4870, 5750, or if very lucky there are second hand 5830s that seem to get pretty close to 100$
*Nvidia GTS 250, GTS 450, 9800GTX

Some have been launched a while ago, but they are still much faster, for example the 4850/4870 or the GTS 250 or the 9800GTX. I've recently seen an awesome deal on ebay of a 5830 @110$ that the seller said it was in perfect working order. These are unlikely to be found new, so if you wanna avoid buying second hand cards the other options are GTS 450 or HD 5750. In some situations these two cards are more than 50% faster than the 5670.
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Here is a 5770 for $119.

Would be a great card.
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GTX460 SE?

isn't that about $100?
    
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The GTX 460 is a really solid card and is relatively inexpensive, but are still over the $100.

This GTX 460 is the 768 mb version, but is $125 after MIR, free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500173

This GTX 460 with 1 gb is a better card, but is more expensive at $175 after MIR, free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127551

This one is a GTS 250 and is $75 after MIR. This is actually the card I have and Fallout 3/NV run great on my 17" CRT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130538
That GTS 250 looks tempting, what kind of frame rates do you get with it?


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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
The 5670 is a pretty good choice for 1360x768, you should be able to play all games with good details.

If you can find, these next cards are better performers:
*Radeon 4850, 4870, 5750, or if very lucky there are second hand 5830s that seem to get pretty close to 100$
*Nvidia GTS 250, GTS 450, 9800GTX

Some have been launched a while ago, but they are still much faster, for example the 4850/4870 or the GTS 250 or the 9800GTX. I've recently seen an awesome deal on ebay of a 5830 @110$ that the seller said it was in perfect working order. These are unlikely to be found new, so if you wanna avoid buying second hand cards the other options are GTS 450 or HD 5750. In some situations these two cards are more than 50% faster than the 5670.
I've thought about getting older cards, but are there any features (like DX11) that I would really be missing?

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Originally Posted by PulkPull View Post
Here is a 5770 for $119.

Would be a great card.
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Originally Posted by BKsMassive View Post
GTX460 SE?

isn't that about $100?
Looks like it's closer to 150-200

A bit high, but I'm considering it
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Great deals here in the for sale. GTS 250 80 bucks + shipping

http://www.overclock.net/video/90728...1gb-rev-d.html
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Quote:
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That GTS 250 looks tempting, what kind of frame rates do you get with it?




I've thought about getting older cards, but are there any features (like DX11) that I would really be missing?

I don't really miss the DX11 features as there really aren't that many DX11 games that I play. Fallout NV runs well on this card even with the DX11 features enabled





Looks like it's closer to 150-200

A bit high, but I'm considering it
I run with v-sinc on, and most of the time I sit at 60 fps high settings 2x AA at 1280 x 1024

It's a good solid little card at a great price. It may start to choke at the really high resolutions, but at the lower resolutions, it really does the job well.

I am planning on getting a GTX 560 when they come out, and will be getting a better monitor, all that to go along with the sandy bridge system I hope to build. I will be keeping the GTS250 as a spare.
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That's a good solid little budget card! OP, I would get that one over the GTS 250.
    
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