Solved Better GPU Recommendations for my computer

Gateway / Gm5480e
June 30, 2012 at 08:44:33
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.13Ghz/4GB
This is my setup. I have a GM5480E Gateway computer, I've upgraded a number of things on it, as I was told these things would work. I have a Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2.13Ghz, 4GB RAM (yes, I said 4GB), I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate. I want to know, a good graphics card for a budget of 100 dollars or less. I have a GeForce GT 430 4GB GPU in there now but I was told apparently this is a lower end card, and it'll make my computer struggle more than it needs to. What I am wanting to do is run most, if not all games, on medium/high settings (I can do some already with my current GPU but I wanna push for more heh). So what I'm asking is if someone can recommend a GPU for 100 or less?

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July 1, 2012 at 01:39:16
The GT630 would probably give you a few more FPS.

I found this but it goes $10 over your budget- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.



#1
June 30, 2012 at 09:19:35
"I have a GeForce GT 430 4GB GPU in there now but I was told apparently this is a lower end card"

The biggest problem is it's not a gaming card, it's a HTPC (home theater) card. Plus 4GB on a card like that is a total scam.

NVIDIA's GeForce GT 430: The Next HTPC King?

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: June 2012


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#2
June 30, 2012 at 15:18:30
That has 1GB of DDR3/GDDR3 RAM not 4GB.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#3
June 30, 2012 at 16:18:56
Why does the box it came in say 4GB on the package then??? I'm not meaning to argue, but I am NOT an idiot, I did read the thing correctly, it is 4GB on the card. The only thing I did not know was the HTPC thing, in fact, here is the listing for the card. It went out of stock right after I got it, so I was thinking I got a good deal, but then someone told me it was HTPC and not built for gaming

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I noticed that the cards built for under 100 dollars aren't even available for under 100, so those can't be the ones I buy. I have less than 100 to spend, so I am trying to find the best deal I can get for my money. Specifically I have around 80 to spend, that's about it. Oh and please do not tell me it's not worth upgrading this tired old computer. I've already heard that from a bunch of you here and I explained, calmly I might add, that I have no other choice BUT to upgrade this machine, I CANNOT buy another one, I do not have the funding.


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#4
June 30, 2012 at 16:26:19
Do you mean you have this card- http://www.inno3d.com/products/grap...

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#5
June 30, 2012 at 16:28:53
Yes that's the one

Also, as an update, I found a supposedly better card than my GT 430 4GB, but I fail to see what the big difference is.

Here's the one I'm looking at that I found in your list of under 100 dollar cards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#6
June 30, 2012 at 16:35:17
Call your graphics card a inno 3d GT 430 4GB to avoid confusion as there are a few different versions of this card.

In my opinion there would be much difference.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#7
June 30, 2012 at 16:40:29
Would or wouldn't? Am I already getting the best bang for my buck or should I get the card I mentioned in my previous post?

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June 30, 2012 at 16:53:00

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#9
June 30, 2012 at 17:03:26
I like the NVidia GT 630 one, is this one you are recommending?

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#10
June 30, 2012 at 18:50:37
"I like the NVidia GT 630"

C'mon, have you done ANY research at all? Did you check the links I posted? The GT 630 is another HTPC card. In fact, it's just a GT 440 with a new model number.

"If you were expecting to be treated with Kepler for entry-level budget cards, then we’ll pop your dream bubble right now. The GT 610, 620 and 630 are all Fermi-based and are just rebadged older generation GPUs. Still, this strategy is not entirely bad and these cards will surely fit your budget HTPC build."

And in case you don't know what Kepler is, it's the lastest NVIDIA GPU series. It's the successor to Fermi. The upcoming series will be called Maxwell & is due out next year. All this can be found by using Googe.

NVIDIA launches lower-end GeForce GT 610, 620, 630

Nvidia launches Fermi Based GeForce GT 610, GT 620 and GT 630

And I believe you were told in another post to look for cards that have GDDR5 memory. This HD 6670 w/GDDR5 will kick the sh!t out of the GT 430 or GT 440 or GT 630:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 - $75 after rebate

Or if you can afford up to $100, get this GTX 550 Ti which will kick the sh!t out of all of them, but make sure your power supply can handle it:

Galaxy GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 - $94 after rebate +$7 shipping

GT 430 vs GTX 550 Ti

HD 6670 vs GTX 550 Ti


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#11
June 30, 2012 at 21:24:58
"C'mon, have you done ANY research at all? Did you check the links I posted? The GT 630 is another HTPC card. In fact, it's just a GT 440 with a new model number. "

considering I came to you guys for HELP, it's captain obvious to anyone with an ego smaller than a pea that I had no idea what to look for. But since you felt the need to lower me down to the level of a gnat, I'm gonna go ahead and pick this post apart and see how you like being ridiculed for once.

"If you were expecting to be treated with Kepler for entry-level budget cards, then we’ll pop your dream bubble right now. The GT 610, 620 and 630 are all Fermi-based and are just rebadged older generation GPUs. Still, this strategy is not entirely bad and these cards will surely fit your budget HTPC build."

You could have just said "There are no decent cards for under 100 dollars. No, you went the extra step to make me look like a total IDIOT!

"And in case you don't know what Kepler is, it's the lastest NVIDIA GPU series. It's the successor to Fermi. The upcoming series will be called Maxwell & is due out next year. All this can be found by using Googe."

Oh sorry, I guess I was mistaken for someone who should know what the hell these things are

And I believe you were told in another post to look for cards that have GDDR5 memory. This HD 6670 w/GDDR5 will kick the sh!t out of the GT 430 or GT 440 or GT 630:

Uhhhh, what? Wasn't my original question asking what is a better card than the one I have now? I think it was, look again. You don't have to be a **** about it you know

Or if you can afford up to $100, get this GTX 550 Ti which will kick the sh!t out of all of them, but make sure your power supply can handle it:

had you done YOUR research, you would have looked up my computer model that I spelled out IN THE VERY FIRST POST and see that it has a very limited power supply. Something of which I can't afford to upgrade right now. Oh by the way, I can't go up to 100 dollars, had you read back a little I stated I could only go up to 80ish! haha FAIL!

Someone needs to take you off your high horse, and throttle your holier than thou attitude, because it's ***holes like you who make computer novices like me not want to ask for help because this is how we are treated. With that said, I'm going to close this topic, delete my account here, and talk to a friend of mine who is an IT professional, and see what his recommendations are. Sorry if you're butthurt after all this but I came here asking for help, and I get you jumping down my throat asking me if I've done any research when I have no idea what to look for.


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#12
July 1, 2012 at 01:39:16
✔ Best Answer
The GT630 would probably give you a few more FPS.

I found this but it goes $10 over your budget- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#13
July 1, 2012 at 04:15:57
Jay_nar2012,

That is a nice card, but unfortunately you're right, it goes over my budget. Also, this card probably won't fit my case, as it is double wide and I barely have enough room for my current card as it is. If I were to make this card fit, I'd have to remove a part I think.


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#14
July 1, 2012 at 04:30:44
Most cards under $80 will be near if not the same or better than the one you,ve already got, if you sold your current one you could spend more on a upgrade.
what games or programs are you going to run?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#15
July 1, 2012 at 04:55:49
jay_nar2012,

As it stands, right now the card I have plays pretty much every game at max settings. The only one it really struggles with is Skyrim, and that's only when it's in populated areas, or there is a lot of items scattered around. Other than that game, all the other ones that I've played are fantastic. I just thought I could get more for my buck, I'm not too entirely sure what I was wanting specifically though.

If I sold my current one and put the money towards a newer one, yes I could spend more on an upgrade, but I would be without graphics for a time, and I just can't do that right now. Maybe if I priced a good card, then immediately picked up the new one after selling the old, I could do it, but that's kind of hard to do online as most places take at least one day to ship things out for delivery, even if I select next day air.

I guess in the end when I say "better" I don't really know what it means to me. Now I was told this was an HTPC card, which I understand, but if it runs most games on high/ultra settings, why not keep it until I'm ready to buy a better card. I guess it took a few days for me to realize that this card is still okay for almost everything. Maybe if I find a budget card at the store or something, or if I save up more than the 80 dollars I have to spend I can find something better, but I guess what I'm saying is, for now, I'll keep the card I have until I find something better that isn't TOO expensive, but isn't cheap either. I'm going to select your previous post with the card you mentioned as the best answer, because in the future I may invest in that particular card or something similar. To all of you who tried to help me, thank you for your suggestions, and I'll keep everything in mind when I do go to buy a better card!


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#16
July 1, 2012 at 04:59:59
Your welcome Shado.

You could turn down the graphics a little until it is smooth.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#17
July 1, 2012 at 07:44:43
I've tried to hook you up with some sites where you can do some research on your own to learn about GPUs, types of memory, memory buswidth & bandwidth, shaders, CUDA cores, etc so that you can make an informed choice. But apparently you want to be spoon fed an answer rather than actually learn why one card is better than another. If you want to leave CN, that's your choice, if you want to stick around, that's fine too. You obviously didn't appreciate the time & effort I put into trying to help (as harsh as my answers may seem), so I won't be offering any help to you in the future.

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#18
July 1, 2012 at 10:58:16
People are very touchy these days.

You know the real meaning of peace only if you have been through the war.


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