Best video card for under 100$?

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hello, I was wondering if you could help me find a decent video card for under 100$. I looked a few threads and they where about a year old. So i figured there prolly are a few better video cards out now. I'm lookin for a video card around 80$. I recently had mine fry on me. :'( I had an old Geforce 7900, im sure anything out today would be better then my old one. Also can anyone tell me what a low profile ready video card is?
Like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130632 <-- looks good but i dunno. Been a while since i bought a new video card. :p All I play is WoW, so i never needed one. Thank you in advance. :)
 

He didn't ask for a low profile card, he asked what one is, likely because the card he linked says it.
I'd recommend the GTS 250 CT linked. If you want something cheaper I wouldn't go for either of those HD5670s though. This one is a better deal;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871
The DDR5 memory is much more important than having 1gb on cards of this caliber.
Really though you need to tell us more about your system including CPU, power supply and resolution before we can recommend an appropriate card.
 

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Thank you for the fast replies. :) I'll end up ordering GTS 450 tomorrow. 88$ isnt to bad at all. Was gonna go with the gts 250 but I can never count on gettin the MIR. 500 watt psu should be enough to run it. Thanks again. :)
 

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ooo and its a bit cheaper too. My computer is pretty much trash. Its like an old Pentium D, 500 watt psu, 4gigs of ram and a Asus P5N-E sli mobo. I really need to rebuild 1.
I only run WoW on it and use a laptop for everything else. Since my video card fried im using a friends old ati radeon 2400.
 

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Thank you for all the great replies. >.< I didn't know the open boxes went to fast. Went to order the one jyjjy linked and it was gone.

@ Tamz_msc i would upgrade my cpu, but then i'd need a new motherboard and ram. lol I'd have to get a sandy bridge. :( I has no monies for that tho.

I'll prolly just go with the 5770. Thanks again you guys for all the great replies. :D
 

According to Asus your motherboard supports Core 2 Duo processors so you don't need a new board/RAM.
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5NE_SLI/#CPUS
I'd either overclock this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348
or get this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116381
As for the video card this HD5830 is an impressive deal;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102878
It's both faster and cheaper than the HD5770.
 

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Yeah 5830 is a lot better than 5770, but with his CPU he won't see any difference, but the price is great, so i'd take that. Also @ Tamz_msc, imo OP should better save some money rather than upgrade from very old to quite old.
 
It isn't the best designed card but I think you are overstating the power/heat issues to a large degree. The card uses about 110w during normal gaming and it's numbers are fine at idle. It also runs at 65C under load which is not high for a current card.
http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/zardon/sapphire-hd5830-hd5850-xtreme-edition-review-crossfirex/18/
It is big and less power efficient than it should be compared to the other HD5000 cards and if that is important to you then fine. Suggesting anyone who considers price and performance more important is a noob... well, whatever. Not everyone has the exact same priorities as you do so save the insults.
 
I based my recommedation on a search of Toms forums
I then read about 5 different threads
where REAL owners in REAL life applications were using and very happy with card

Not some articles by reviewers who get FREE product and sometimes even money for their reviews

Real world recommendations by many different REAL people
using a product is the BEST way to judge a product IMHO
 
The "Xtreme" cards are newly launched redesigns by Sapphire. The cooler on the HD5830 is pretty nice with 3 copper heat pipes. Reviews of the reference model from over a year ago aren't particularly relevant.
 

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Will all the above cards run fine on a 450watt psu? lol Thread derailed for a minute there. Also would gettin a 50$ C2D be worth it? I really don't anything on my computer, but if i can find a 60-70$ card I'll just get a C2D also if its better then just getting a better video card. And once again thanks.
 

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mmm I guess i was right the firs time. Its a power king 500watt vista. Thats all i can see from the side without having to take it out. The cpu is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116348&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3899435&SID=skim1402X558040X9d5607dab0cfa574dd5d54f77610147 a someone posted it earlier. Right now i just have a PD 940. I was just curious if it would be better over all to get a cheaper video card and that cpu or just go for a nicer video card.
I only really play WoW so i don't need that good of a system. Eventually i'll rebuild a whole new computer.