Upgrading 8800GT, $100 budget

MavericksAce

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 to 3 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: As inexpensive as possible (preferably <$100)

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 8800GT, not sure on the power supply (probably 650W).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My friend's 8800GT died a few months ago and he wants to replace it before the SW:TOR beta weekends begin in a few weeks. Normally I would take a look at the video card charts, but obviously the 8800GT isn't listed anymore. I could assume that anything listed is better, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask for some advice.

He plans on this being a temporary replacement before he eventually buys a new PC or laptop, so he wants to spend as little as possible while retaining the same (if not better) performance.
 

Youngmind

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You could get the 9800gt which is basically a modified version of the 8800gt for $60 or less if you want to get the one with the rebate. and might be faster .

No rebate - $60: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5639258&CatId=3670

Rebate - $75/$45 after MIR: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5639261&CatId=3669

Newegg Radeon HD 5670 which is equal to a 9800gt, although it might be faster because of the DDR5 $70/$60 after MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102871

Or if you're looking for something on the second hand market, the 4850 is very nice. http://www.google.com/products/catalog?pq=radeon+hd+4850&hl=en&cp=14&gs_id=a&xhr=t&q=radeon+hd+4850&qe=cmFkZW9uIGhkIDQ4NTA&qesig=FVIi5MukyBy9U9Yy9T-JTA&pkc=AFgZ2tlES-FzdZQVK2yOBv90GqjfToVP3CeBaHWujv14-DYfN9nBZ9t0S1EO5TFpWA4frZlVv7ewKNC4G0O4WustKwBGIn6Bow&client=firefox-a&hs=3ZR&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:eek:fficial&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1440&bih=786&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=7688656600683024686&sa=X&ei=yWtITqeiO6OusQKX_LySCA&sqi=2&ved=0CFAQ8wIwBA

The best card in the $100 range is the GTX 260 which will outperform any of the cards below that are in your price range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125391

Also has a lot of overclocking potential, but this one is underclocked-out-of-box. Once you do overclock it, the difference between this, the GTS 450, and your old 8800gt will become even more apparent. You could also try buying a used gtx 460 for $100. However, since you're just going to get new computer anyways, you should just get the 9800gt which is extremely cheap for that performance.

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His 8800 GT is dead.....so no trade in/selling as an option.



Budget is no more than $100, so all those cards you posted, while faster, are out of his budget range.
 

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djabhi003

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The Radeon HD 5770.6770 Is Your Best Bet At 100$ Around Budget!
You Will Get The Same Opinion From All Veteran Members Of Tom's!

Now The 5750/6750 Which is a bit chepear is also a great choice if you are gaming at 1280 x 1024 Or Less! I am using that card and its been maxing out all games till now at my res.!
 

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If you are planning to play at 1680x1050 or above, just go for 6770, as dj said it is the best option in this price range. I have HD 5770 in my desktop (as I am not that avid an gamer) @ 1920 x 1200.
 

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I would say a 440 is pretty good as well (i have experience with a 240 and am happy - bought one for my father in law)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130612 80 bux right now + 10 rebate, final price is 70,, only 1.99 for shipping
if you want to spend a bit more, this was the card i was gonna buy, HOWEVER the 460 GTX dropped and I had to have it
250 GTX is quite powerful for the price - 95.00 - free shipping + 10.00 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261062
in my opinion those are 2 best choices for lest than 100 -- i am not so familiar with the AMD choices, however it appears the 5670/6670 are most powerful options for less than 100 and i am positive that the nvidia choices are better
 

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A GTS 440 And GTS 250 Are Really Smewhat Low End Cards. No One Suggests These Cards Anymore Here!

You Should Atleast Get a 5750/6750 Which Has Dx11 Support, Lower Power Consumption And Better Performance For Less Than 100$
 

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he has a low end budget and is why i recommended them,
he also said he cannot go above 100.00,,, show me (& Mavericks) the link to where you buy these for less than a 100 including shipping and before the rebate.

overall we're talking about cards with of performance difference of less than 5%, it becomes a matter of overall user preference to manufacturer as you will not really notice the difference in real life usage, I am just giving a range in which you spend a little, you get more then if you spend a little more you get better.

i know 8800 GTs were/are still a pretty good little card and are difficult to replace for under 100. a 440 is little less powerful and a 250 is a bit more powerful,, my recommendation would be 550 or higher, but so is the price, but the other 2 are decent enough.
 

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For An Exact 100$($89.99 after mail-in rebate):-
DIAMOND 6750PE51GSB Radeon HD 6750 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103190

For 106$($95.99 after mail-in rebate card):-
SAPPHIRE 100327L Radeon HD 6750 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102939

For 109$($89.99 after mail-in rebate):-
XFX HD-675X-ZNLC Radeon HD 6750 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150541

I Am Not Sure About The Diamond Brand, But If You Really Really Are Tight Get It!
You Will Have To Save Up Another 7$ For The Shipping,But Thats a 6750 Card, Remember That! Its DirectX 11, Its An Age Ahead Of A GTS 250/GTX440 Or Whatever! I Hope The Rest On Toms Will Agree!
Saving Up 6 - 10$ For The Shipping Might Delay You A Week More Or So, But Ti Wudnt Delay Your Frame Rates In Games!

Sorry monkeysweat, i can't show up a card thats going to be shipped in less than 100$.. But i can show a path which would mean he isnt stuck in the medievel ages of games!

Now,
If You Can Scrounge Up Another 6$ Get The Saphire, Its A Quality Brand Thats All!
If You Want Lifetime Warranty Save Up 10$ And Get The XFX!

I Was planning on getting a GTS 250, i just had the right money for it.. But then i took the adivice of toms and delayed my purchase by 2 weeks, saved up and got the 6750, today i max out all games at my resolution, Play Dirt3 In Dx11, Crysis 2 With Patch At Medium - High With Dx11(2-4 AA And Telesallation Low).
It Pays To Be Patient, It Pays To Listen!


 

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personally, I run a 460GTX 768 mb model and love it, feel like i got a great deal (even though i paid 210 when it first came out) overclocks like mad and breezes though all the games i've tried on it so far (duke forever and fallout 3, don't get as much time as i'd like to play games) -- but even this card is out of the price range.

I really think if you are upgrading from a 8800,, you'll need to spend more than 100 - that's why my other recommendations were a little on the not so much of an upgrade side of things.
 

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Sorry about letting this thread die; some things came up and my friend was forced to postpone his purchase.

I have since convinced him to increase his budget a bit to about $130 or so. With that in mind, I was looking at the graphics card charts and at this GTX 460 and was wondering if there's anything I should know about it. From the charts, it looks like the GTX 460 and the HD 6790 trade back and forth between manufacturers, but many manufacturers (PNY, XFX, etc.) aren't specifically listed.

Thanks!
 

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