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Budget graphics card recommendation needed for an incredibly old system , possible compatibility issues

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Processor you linked is 130$ CDN , The motherboard is 90$ , and the ram is 57$ . Which doesn't include shipping for buying new and taxes (which is 15% here) not to mention a new power supply. The total would probably come up to 400$ with the power supply.

Even if I sell the card I just bought that's too much of a difference from the 90$ or so I can inject into this current machine to get some extra life out of it.

I appreciate the effort you put into it finding those but it seems to reinforce the notion that I'm better off going the poor man's route for now.

Even spending money on a PC is a luxury I'm barely able to afford but I've been deprived of PC gaming for a long time. I'm in no position to spend that amount of money.
 

Markfw

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These are all US prices .. I'll check the equivalent on newegg.ca.

Is the onboard video better than my current card ? https://www.msi.com/Graphics-card/Radeon-RX-560-AERO-ITX-4G-OC.html

I'd be needing a new power supply as well I'm guessing.
Not with the onboard hraphics, so long as it has the CPU 4 pin plug, PSU will be fine. This system will draw less than your old one.

As far as if the on-board graphics are better than the one linked, maybe someone else can answer, but my gut says they will be better.

But if its better, use it, so long as the PSU has a 6 pin connector (if it needs it) The cpu and motherboard total use less than 100 watts.
 

Campy

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The RX 560 should be much faster since the 2200G only has 8 CUs while the RX 560 has 16, plus the 560 has GDDR5 memory onboard.
 
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So I will be going for the cheap option. Wish I had an extra 300$ but I don't.

Of the used options I posted is there anything there that jumps out as the better deal for the price/performance ratio ?
 

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So I will be going for the cheap option. Wish I had an extra 300$ but I don't.

Of the used options I posted is there anything there that jumps out as the better deal for the price/performance ratio ?
$195... You can't do that ?
 
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The items you posted are close to 300$ Can. At the risk of "snapping" at someone that's supposedly trying to help me I'm not going to keep repeating myself. I'm poor. I can't afford to save money. I wouldn't be able to even buy some ram and a 50$ CPU without waiting till the next paycheck so if anyone can get around to answering my questions without attempting to convince me to save $$ or that if I just spend x amount more I could get so much better I'd appreciate it.

There's a reason I hadn't upgraded my PC since 2012.
 

Markfw

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The items you posted are close to 300$ Can. At the risk of "snapping" at someone that's supposedly trying to help me I'm not going to keep repeating myself. I'm poor. I can't afford to save money. I wouldn't be able to even buy some ram and a 50$ CPU without waiting till the next paycheck so if anyone can get around to answering my questions without attempting to convince me to save $$ or that if I just spend x amount more I could get so much better I'd appreciate it.

There's a reason I hadn't upgraded my PC since 2012.
$90+$60+$45=$195, newegg, todays price. Used parts you mentioned will not be much cheaper, if not more.

Good luck.

Edit, I missed that you are in Canada, well, good luck. Even used stuff, unless its in Canada has tariffs or taxes or something. I sold to somebody there, and its horrible. No wonder you are broke.

Sorry
 
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So is this worth it ? Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz: 50$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 Clockspeed: 3.3 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.7 GHz Typical TDP: 95 W, CPU Mark: 6313

for 50$ CDN it's in my budget and I assume should be a significant upgrade ?

Same seller has this *** Intel Core i5-3450 @ 3.10GHz: 50$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 (3rd generation) Clockspeed: 3.1 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.5 GHz Typical TDP: 77 W, CPU Mark: 6535

is the lower clock speed but less power consumption the only difference ?

and also this *** Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.20GHz: 60$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 (3rd generation) Clockspeed: 3.2 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.6 GHz Typical TDP: 77 W, CPU Mark: 6698

My motherboard's compatibility list doesn't show the 3470 specifically though it lists the 3475 not sure if that's an issue https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-DS2-rev-10#support-cpu
 
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Campy

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The i5 2500 is still a really nice CPU, you definitely won't have trouble playing old games with it.
 
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Thanks. Will pick it up later today. Ordered some ram as well. GTA 4 is already playable at 1280 x 1024 on medium settings without the cpu upgrade. Ordered 2 sticks of 4gb DDR3 since I've only got 1 single module in there.

If I can manage to play Fallout 4 on this setup eventually I'll be happy .. worth the investment for just those 2 games alone imo.
 
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So is this worth it ? Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz: 50$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 Clockspeed: 3.3 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.7 GHz Typical TDP: 95 W, CPU Mark: 6313

for 50$ CDN it's in my budget and I assume should be a significant upgrade ?

Same seller has this *** Intel Core i5-3450 @ 3.10GHz: 50$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 (3rd generation) Clockspeed: 3.1 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.5 GHz Typical TDP: 77 W, CPU Mark: 6535

is the lower clock speed but less power consumption the only difference ?

and also this *** Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.20GHz: 60$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 (3rd generation) Clockspeed: 3.2 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.6 GHz Typical TDP: 77 W, CPU Mark: 6698

My motherboard's compatibility list doesn't show the 3470 specifically though it lists the 3475 not sure if that's an issue
https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-DS2-rev-10#support-cpu Tutuapp 9apps Showbox
you can add another 50$ to your budget and have a better than Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz
 

bellapaul

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So is this worth it? Intel Core i5-2500 3.30GHz: 50$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 Clockspeed: 3.3 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.7 GHz Typical TDP: 95 W, CPU Mark: 6313

for 50$ CDN it's in my budget and I assume should be a significant upgrade?

The same seller has this *** Intel Core i5-3450 @ 3.10GHz: 50$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 (3rd generation) Clockspeed: 3.1 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.5 GHz Typical TDP: 77 W, CPU Mark: 6535

is the lower clock speed but less power consumption the only difference?

and also this *** Intel Core i5-3470 @ 3.20GHz: 60$ No of Cores: 4, Socket: LGA1155 (3rd generation) Clockspeed: 3.2 GHz, Turbo Speed: 3.6 GHz Typical TDP: 77 W, CPU Mark: 6698

My motherboard's compatibility list doesn't show the 3470 specifically though it lists the 3475 not sure if that's an issue https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H61M-DS2-rev-10#support-cpu-Showbox.apk/
few more bucks on this configuration would do no harm for the future. I mean spend like 100-200 more & get an i9 processor with 1080GTX GPU life is set.
 
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Used,gtx9604gb,gtx1050ti 4gb wood be perfect for that system and only uses about 80watts of power.
 

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