Video Card for gaming?

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#1 Posted by sfighter21 (864 posts) -

Hey, what up people?  Just a quick question.  I don't know too much about video cards and I'm hoping to upgrade my standard factory video card to something better.  What are some affordable (and by affordable I mean less than $100) video cards that will help widen my gaming experience?  I don't need something SUPER awesome, but right now I can't even play The Witcher.  Help?

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#2 Posted by JJWeatherman (14896 posts) -

Maybe this
 
Search around Newegg a bit. You can sort by price, rating, etc. It's easy to find what's considered good by the ratings and reviews.

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#3 Posted by unclejohnny79 (689 posts) -
@WaylonJennings said:
" You think you got it bad here are my PC specs : Pentium 4 processor, Nividia Ti 4200, 128 MB RAM , and a fucking sound blaster so ya my PC was great like 9 fuckin' years ago plus the real shitty part my favourite genre's are RTS, and Simulation Games. "
get a new one?
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#4 Edited by Sanryd (1443 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:

" Maybe this?  Search around Newegg a bit. You can sort by price, rating, etc. It's easy to find what's considered good by the ratings and reviews. "

I almost have that one exactly and have no complaints. I'd say the best example of what I've ran on it is running Arkham Asylum at 60 fps on max settings (minus the PhysX, of course).
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#5 Posted by Claude (16648 posts) -

 I have a Pentium 4 3.2ghz. I just bought a PNY Geforce 512mb GT 240 for $99/US and it runs most games well. The Witcher runs great as does Dragon Age Origins.
 
The cool thing about about the GT 240 I bought is its low power consumption. I only have a 350 watt power supply and my new video card needs very little to run. You don't even need to connect it. I also bought the card at Best Buy.

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#6 Posted by JJWeatherman (14896 posts) -
@Claude said:
"  I have a Pentium 4 3.2ghz. I just bought a PNY Geforce 512mb GT 240 for $99/US and it runs most games well. The Witcher runs great as does Dragon Age Origins.  The cool thing about about the GT 240 I bought is its low power consumption. I only have a 350 watt power supply and my new video card needs very little to run. You don't even need to connect it. I also bought the card at Best Buy. "
Holy crap dude. You should seriously consider upgrading that PSU. 350 is kinda low this day and age.
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#7 Posted by Claude (16648 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
" @Claude said:
"  I have a Pentium 4 3.2ghz. I just bought a PNY Geforce 512mb GT 240 for $99/US and it runs most games well. The Witcher runs great as does Dragon Age Origins.  The cool thing about about the GT 240 I bought is its low power consumption. I only have a 350 watt power supply and my new video card needs very little to run. You don't even need to connect it. I also bought the card at Best Buy. "
Holy crap dude. You should seriously consider upgrading that PSU. 350 is kinda low this day and age. "
Not worth it with the P4. I plan on buying a new PC one day. The one I have now runs the games I need to run fine.
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#8 Posted by sfighter21 (864 posts) -
@JJWeatherman said:
" Maybe this?  Search around Newegg a bit. You can sort by price, rating, etc. It's easy to find what's considered good by the ratings and reviews. "
Sweet.  I'll look around here.@Claude said:
" @JJWeatherman said:

Not worth it with the P4. I plan on buying a new PC one day. The one I have now runs the games I need to run fine. "
Yeah, I'm probably at the same point as you.  I'm not a very big PC gamer.  If I have the option, I'll get the game on a console just because of preference.  However, there are some games once in a while that come out for the PC only and I want to play them.  Like the Witcher for example.  Lol, I use that game as an example because I recently bought it on Steam, but it doesn't work on my comp.  I'm guessing its the Video Card, haha.
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#9 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 posts) -

I can't believe how fast video cards progressed with their innovative naming schemes.
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#10 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8553 posts) -

Just get the HD5770, you have to spend a bit of money to get some performance. I think the hd4850 runs a bit too hot, stutters non stop for alot of ppl, especially crysis. Maybe you can find the HD5770 at $159, it has DX11 and it probally runs faster and cooler.

 
Before anyone says, why am I recommending an ati card over nvidia since lots of ppl thinks i'm an nvidia fanboy, it's only because they need to release the gtx460 before I can even recommend those lower end cards. You have to make sure you have a good enough power watt supply and also a pci express slot with your old pc, or it won't work.

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#11 Posted by Marz (5929 posts) -

you can grab an 8800gt for about 60$ on ebay, 2 generations behind but it plays witcher just fine, i recently upgraded to gtx 480 from an 8800gt.

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#12 Posted by ISuperGamerI (1972 posts) -
@Marz said:
" you can grab an 8800gt for about 60$ on ebay, 2 generations behind but it plays witcher just fine, i recently upgraded to gtx 480 from an 8800gt. "
Yeah the 8800GT is a great card and will run games with great performance. What are the specs of your computer though?
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#13 Posted by Tomzombie (438 posts) -

look at toms hard ware they have great charts from comparting video cards and which are the best to do surtend things and they have infomration on video cards.

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#14 Posted by sfighter21 (864 posts) -
@ISuperGamerI said:

" @Marz said:

" you can grab an 8800gt for about 60$ on ebay, 2 generations behind but it plays witcher just fine, i recently upgraded to gtx 480 from an 8800gt. "

Yeah the 8800GT is a great card and will run games with great performance. What are the specs of your computer though? "
I don't know what all this means, only some of it, but here they are...
 
 
Operating System  System Model
Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
  Acer Aspire 5732Z V3.04
System Serial Number: LXPGU0215600430F0A1601
Enclosure Type: Notebook
Processor   Main Circuit Board
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual-Core
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded
  Board: Acer Aspire 5732Z V3.04
Serial Number: Base Board Serial Number
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Acer V3.04 12/16/2009
Drives  Memory Modules
237.06 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
162.53 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ890AS [CD-ROM drive]

WDC WD2500BEVT-22A23T0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WX90AB975625, SMART Status: Healthy
  3002 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 2048 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' has 1024 MB
 
Controllers  Display
Intel(R) ICH9M-E/M SATA AHCI Controller  Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family [Display adapter] (2x)
LGD LP156WH1-TLA3 [Monitor] (15.3"vis)
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#15 Posted by OllyOxenFree (5015 posts) -

...Well it looks like you are using a laptop, duder.  Upgrading the video card (if your model can) might be expensive and not worth it.

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#16 Posted by sfighter21 (864 posts) -
@OllyOxenFree said:
" ...Well it looks like you are using a laptop, duder.  Upgrading the video card (if your model can) might be expensive and not worth it. "
Yeah, it is a laptop.  How expensive we talkin exactly?  There are only two screws stopping me from opening up my laptop because they are like "embedded" and none of my screwdrivers are thin enough to fit.  Gonna have to go buy one that is...
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#17 Posted by yani (422 posts) -

 You'd be better off getting a new laptop.  Assuming that you can upgrade the gpu on your laptop (which is unlikely), I'd seriously doubt you could find a half decent mobile gpu for $100.

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#18 Posted by Jadeskye (4392 posts) -
@WaylonJennings: I had a machine just like that except i had an MX440 and 512MB of RAM. It was the BOMB! 
 
Then battlefield 1942 came along and i needed an upgrade!
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#19 Posted by Gellrock (403 posts) -

my advice, save up for awhile, i know it sucks, but then you can build your own gaming tower which a decent one can be actually pretty cheap. thats what I'm doing, I found a site that breaks down gaming PC's by how much you're willing to pay to build one. And yeah only certain laptops can be upgradeable, just how they're made.

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#20 Posted by ATrevelan (618 posts) -

If you've got an integrated Intel video card, which it seems you do, you're likely stuck with it. 
 
There's always Warcraft 3, though!

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#21 Posted by defaulttag (904 posts) -

Why are mobile graphics cards more difficult to acquire compared to desktop ones? newegg doesn't even sell them

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#22 Posted by sfighter21 (864 posts) -

All right.  Well, it looks like I can't do much.  You guys really gave me a lot of insight.  My cousin had told me at the beginning that he wasn't sure if I could get a video card for my laptop, so I came here.  I do have a PC as well, it's just OLD.  I probably am better off getting something new.  Thanks to everyone!!

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#23 Posted by Marz (5929 posts) -

yah unfortunately it's going to be difficult to upgrade that laptops video card.  You probably are better off saving and buying a new one.

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#24 Edited by Questionable (670 posts) -

This could net you a decent $400 gaming rig if you are looking for that route. Nothing special but will be guaranteed to play anything current and then some.

CPUIntel Pentium G630 Boxed€ 54,95
MainboardMSI H61MA-E35 (B3)€ 52,99
MemoryCorsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9€ 20,50
HDDWestern Digital Blue WD5000AAKX, 500GB€ 58,90
GPUSapphire HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5€ 119,-
CaseFractal Design Core 1000€ 31,84
PSUAntec VP350P€ 30,95
Optical DriveLG GH24NS90 Zwart€ 14,57
€ 383,70
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#25 Edited by jking47 (1287 posts) -

I don't think the guy from 2 years ago still needs a graphics card. At least I hope not.

Also that processor could not even run my favorite snes emulator.EDIT: Rereading that came off dickish, its more of a comment on the emulator itself than anything else.

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