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Best video card to for $100 or less

pcslookout

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It will basically be used to run Left 4 Dead and a few other source games. Nothing like Crysis.

 

cusideabelincoln

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After rebates, the 9800GT or HD4830 are the best cards. I'm pretty sure Nvidia cards run Source games (like L4D) better, so the 9800GT would probably give you better performance. After that, look for a 9600GT, HD3870, or HD4670.
 

pcslookout

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What if I want to go cheaper would a Geforce 9500 GT be ok ?

I know the Geforce 8500 GT is horrible though.
 

Andrew1990

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Originally posted by: pcslookout
What if I want to go cheaper would a Geforce 9500 GT be ok ?

I know the Geforce 8500 GT is horrible though.

9500GT is basically a 8600GT. It will do, but isnt too great.




Also, eddie, the palit was sold out I believe.

 

Concillian

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Originally posted by: pcslookout
What if I want to go cheaper would a Geforce 9500 GT be ok ?

I know the Geforce 8500 GT is horrible though.
The cheapest you probably want to go is 9600GT / HD4670 / HD38xx. Below that performance starts declining very rapidly for only like $10 cheaper.

Isn't a 9500GT just something crappy from the 8xxx series with a new name?

9800GT at $90-100 after rebate is a great value though. If 4830s are the same price, then it's a toss up on those.
 

nitromullet

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BFG Tech BFGE98512GTOCPE GeForce 9800 GT - $89.99 AMIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16814143154

SAPPHIRE 100265L Radeon HD 4830 512MB - $99.99 AMIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16814102803

...although all of these would require you to spend more than $100 before the rebate.

If you really need truly less than $100 before the rebate, look towards an HD 3870

POWERCOLOR AX3870 512MD3-PH Radeon HD 3870 - $89.99 ($74.99 AMIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/...x?Item=N82E16814131095

or one of the many 9600GTs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...StoreType=&srchInDesc=

To help you decide, AT's review comparing the HD 3870 and 9600GT: http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3235&p=2
 

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