Best GeForce for under $100

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce' started by plutomercury, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. plutomercury

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    Hi guys.

    Now armed with a new PC and Windows 7 SP 1 it's time to consider an appropriate vidcard. My CPU is the Sandy Bridge based Intel G620 2.6 GHz with Intel's HD Graphics 2000. Along with 4 GB RAM it's fine for HD video and graphics programs but I'm finding things aren't very good for online Quake Live let alone any 3D games I might wish to install later on. My monitor is an Asus 27" LED running at 1920 x 1080 native rez.

    Note that gaming isn't the most important role for my PC and when I install 3D titles, maximum resolution and FX don't matter as much as smooth and responsive play. Thus, I'm fine with lower rez as long as it gets good, if not spectacular, frame rates. :biggun:

    For example, I found the GeForce 520. Is this well matched to the rest of the hardware or is it too weak for good 3D performance?

    If not, which GeForces would any of you recommend as the best for under $100?

    Thanks for any suggestions. :)
     
  2. CPC_RedDawn

    CPC_RedDawn Ancient Guru

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    Look around for a GTS550Ti 1GB

    It will blow the 520 out the water, as it will allow for some nice games to be played at decent settings. Could get a second hand one for cheap on ebay.
     
  3. sykozis

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    Honestly, the GeForce GT520 is an entry-level graphics card and is not intended for gaming.

    Staying within a $100 budget, you could actually get a GTS450....
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162062
     
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    Yep, GTS 450 would be a good buy for that kind of money. Overclocked they're not half bad.
     

  5. hashboyuk

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    im running the msi cyclone gts 450 oc in sli and it works great and even managed to over clock it to the 910 / 1820, i know you said you only have $100 but if you can get another card a few months down the line it worth looking at this card.
     
  6. jellysheep

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    Cna grab a GTX 460 for $100.

    try for one of those.
     
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  8. plutomercury

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    Thanks for the recommendations! :)

    So far the 450 sounds like it'd fit my needs well so I'll begin checking on that. The 460 might be a reworked 450. I'll see what Guru3D and other review sites say. The 555 could be the most powerful one for my hardware. Newegg reviews should help clarify all of these models, their prices, performance, and rate the various makers of each. :pc1:

    * Question. Before, I had a Pentium 4 3.0 GHz and a 21.6" LCD 16:10 monitor. My first vidcard was a GeForce 7600 GS and it played Halo 1 at maximum settings great. Quake Live wasn't as good. When the 7600 GS fried, I replaced it in a pinch with an 8400 GS because I knew my PC wasn't going to stick around much longer. QL performance was dismal, frankly it seemed worse than with the Intel mobo's own GMA alone.

    So would the GeForce 450 or 460 or 555 on my current PC and much larger HD monitor visibly outperform the 7600 and 8400 on the old Pentium 4 and small monitor? I just want to know what to realistically expect. :confused:
     
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    I've noticed on your profile your PSU. If you go for one of the cards mencioned above, make sure that PSU will handle the power requirements :confused:
     
  10. Pvfc-Epic

    Pvfc-Epic Maha Guru

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    performance will blow away your old cards and system for sure

    550Ti gets my vote
     

  11. plutomercury

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    I hate to already ditch the PSU that comes with the new PC but obviously power will be an issue. :3eyes:

    My previous cards were Silent models so that's another avenue to consider. So far I'm not finding many in this performance range that are silent. My guess is I won't.
     
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    Im looking to get the EVGA 550Ti as well, checked out some benchmarks and tests and it looks like great bang for buck!
     
  13. AcceleratorX

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    +1 for GTX 550 Ti. Good improvement over GTS 450 (assuming stock speeds) for a marginal price difference. Some brands are cheaper than others - try looking through a few brands if you want to save a few bucks.
     
  14. sykozis

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    The cheapest I can find a GTX460 is $150...

    The GTX460 is not a "reworked" GTS450. It's a different GPU.

    The GTS450, GTX460 and GTX550Ti are considerably faster than the 7600GS or 8400GS.
     
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    460 for $100 would be awesome but you'd have to get lucky on eBay or something

    for $100 yes the GTS450 or a few bux more 550 Ti
     

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    +1 for 550TI
     
  17. plutomercury

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    Ok guys, as an update, the 460 or 550 would be nice but it's not quite in my budget and isn't widely available. Thus, I'm leaning towards a 440 but will need to toss the PSU in my new PC and replace it with, probably, a CoolerMaster of about 500 watts since I've had good luck with that brand. For example, Newegg reviews of some PSUs by Corsair aren't encouraging.

    The 440 is usually listed as requiring a 400 watt PSU so that could be a good arrangement. :pc1:

    Hmm, but here's a silent edition of the 440. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Icanium

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    Buy the GTX450 recommended by skyozis. Then underclock it and lower the fan speed to achieve a more silent card. Underclocked it should still be faster than a 440.
    With rebate, price is close to the GT 440.
     
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  19. AcceleratorX

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    If you want something silent, go for a lower profile cooler, something like one of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187142
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127606

    Such designs will be very silent unless you plan on serious overclocking. In fact, most GTS 450 cards are extremely silent. Particular consideration goes to the following cards since they have reviews proving they are silent:

    1) The Galaxy GTS 450 mentioned earlier by sykozis. Review here:

    http://www.techtree.com/India/Reviews/Galaxy_GTS_450_GC_Version/551-112997-537-1.html

    2) Gigabyte GTS 450 on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125342

    Review: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...6162-gigabyte-geforce-gts-450-1gb-review.html

    3) Sparkle GTS 450 on newegg: http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/foru...6162-gigabyte-geforce-gts-450-1gb-review.html

    Review: http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1135&page=17

    you really cannot go wrong with either of these cards, and Sparkle with the lifetime warranty (for USA) is my personal recommendation. But all three are sweet deals and I'm sure you can stretch just a few extra bucks (if you cannot use the rebate, go for the cheaper MSI or Galaxy card).

    The GT 440 is a significant drop in performance and I can tell you that the difference between these two cards is the difference between being able to play some of the latest games and not being able to play smoothly. The GTS 450 is just much better.
     
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  20. plutomercury

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    ceetopone and AcceleratorX, I see you have a 450 and 550 respectively. All things being equal I'd like to go with the 550 for future proof purposes although I don't game hard. I have a console for gaming too.

    The main reason I'm considering a silent model (again, after my old loved 7600 and lame 8400) is because the PC is new and I don't want to throw out the PSU and pay an additional $60 on top of the price of a new vidcard. If I were to go that route I'd want the 550, or perhaps push the whole thing to the maximum that the G620 can handle. :pc1:

    So for now, at least for, say, the warranty period or until I get a SSD, I like that the 440 is positioned (as hinted here and stated in dedicated reviews elsewhere) at the low mid-range just like the 7600 was in its time.

    But I'm still looking at options.
     

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