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icow
20-07-2010, 09:38 PM
Does anyone have recommendations for a gaming graphics card on a budget $200 or lower. Used mainly for FPS games and some RTS's like AOE. Also some editors like sandbox and gmod.

qazwsxokmijn
20-07-2010, 09:43 PM
At what resolution? New, there isn't much option at all....a 4850 is still kinda decent. Other than that, not much really.

Yukrato
20-07-2010, 09:45 PM
Your on a tight budget, the best you can get for about $200 which would be a bit future proof would be either:
ATI 5750 - $225.00
or
ATI 5770 - $275.00

If you are not interested in new games:
ATI 5670 - $195.00 or $159.00 for 512mb version
However this is not a brilliant card but should do for AOE and source games.
(Prices from computerlounge)

It is hard to find the older 4xxx models in New Zealand now though.

inphinity
21-07-2010, 11:47 AM
Whats the spec of the rest of the PC it's going in and what resolution do you expect to run at?

SolMiester
21-07-2010, 11:51 AM
Your on a tight budget, the best you can get for about $200 which would be a bit future proof would be either:
ATI 5750 - $225.00
or
ATI 5770 - $275.00

If you are not interested in new games:
ATI 5670 - $195.00 or $159.00 for 512mb version
However this is not a brilliant card but should do for AOE and source games.
(Prices from computerlounge)

It is hard to find the older 4xxx models in New Zealand now though.

What?, no nVidia recommendations?

Yukrato
21-07-2010, 07:16 PM
Because someone else would be much better at Nvidia as I know less about Nvidia than ATI. I would rather recommend something I actually understand.

Also for a budget about $200 I think it is easier to get a decent ATI than nVidia in New Zealand.

icow
21-07-2010, 07:23 PM
Whats the spec of the rest of the PC it's going in and what resolution do you expect to run at?

4 Gb RAM
3.2ghz Phenom Core X2
Windows XP (to be upgraded to 7)
80gb HD (to be upgraded to 1tb)

Resolution will depend on game (higher than 640x800 for all games)

Deimos
22-07-2010, 12:55 AM
You can get a 4870 1GB for a mere $240 and it is an awesome card for the money, I have my old one in my HTPC and can play Batman AA, Dirt 2, GRID all maxed at 1080p

SolMiester
22-07-2010, 09:31 AM
Yeah, for $200 budget, you really are restricted to older generation cards, as low end current generation cards arent going to cut it for gaming....
4870 is a great card

jd2759
22-07-2010, 10:18 AM
I've heard this is ok... http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=8874

pctek
22-07-2010, 10:26 AM
No

Agent_24
22-07-2010, 11:32 AM
Age of Empires?

a $1 card from Trademe will run that fine!

icow
22-07-2010, 05:06 PM
Yeah I know integrated stuff will run AOE.

Yukrato
22-07-2010, 05:35 PM
Does anyone know where he might be able to get a 4870 in New Zealand?
I'm just interested as the older generations are harder to find.

Agent_24
22-07-2010, 07:54 PM
TradeMe probably, I doubt you'll be able to get one new

Yukrato
22-07-2010, 10:01 PM
Just looked. This one is just a bit over $200
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Video-cards/PCIExpress/auction-305431097.htm

SolMiester
23-07-2010, 09:14 AM
Just looked. This one is just a bit over $200
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Components/Video-cards/PCIExpress/auction-305431097.htm

Thats too much....! 5xxx series has been out nearly 18mths, that 4xxx series is far too old for $200.....wouldnt pay more than $100 for it..top dollar!

Yukrato
23-07-2010, 08:07 PM
Yeah but as the supply of 4xxx decreases the price will go up. Doubt you will find a 4xxx for under $100 on trademe unless its a budget one.