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GPU around $100

ClintThePirate 72 14 January 26, 2016 at 08:02 AM
Hello all!

I'm looking to put a new GPU into my comp. I currently have a XFX GTS 250 1gb and its several years old (like 2008 old). It's still going strong but I was looking at my options for an upgrade.

I have noticed my current card is still mid range performance even for current gen. Thus making it hard to find an upgrade for the price point I'm going for. The best I can find for $136 on Amazon is the EVGA GeForce 750 ti FTW.

Any suggestions?

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Hello all!

I'm looking to put a new GPU into my comp. I currently have a XFX GTS 250 1gb and its several years old (like 2008 old). It's still going strong but I was looking at my options for an upgrade.

I have noticed my current card is still mid range performance even for current gen. Thus making it hard to find an upgrade for the price point I'm going for. The best I can find for $136 on Amazon is the EVGA GeForce 750 ti FTW.

Any suggestions?
Are you running into any problems with gaming with your current card? If so, which games?

From a GTS 250, you'd want to go to at least a 650 Ti or 750 Ti to see a real improvement. Check out the hierarchy chart at Toms Hardware [tomshardware.com], and look for cards at least 3 tiers up from where you are now. Newegg does have an EVGA 750 Ti [newegg.com] for $120 AR FS. Not sure if the FTW edition is worth the extra $16.
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Are you running into any problems with gaming with your current card? If so, which games?

From a GTS 250, you'd want to go to at least a 650 Ti or 750 Ti to see a real improvement. Check out the hierarchy chart at Toms Hardware [tomshardware.com], and look for cards at least 3 tiers up from where you are now. Newegg does have an EVGA 750 Ti [newegg.com] for $120 AR FS. Not sure if the FTW edition is worth the extra $16.
I'm not having any real problems. I've tried to run games and they don't run at high settings any more. I suppose I'm graphics spoiled. I tried to run LA Nior a few years back and it just couldn't do it. I've upgraded to 16gb of RAM since then so that could help. I saw that chart and it is extensive. I noticed the FTW edition but it didn't tell what was so special about it.
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I suppose I should throw in my system specs. Windows 10. AMD phenom II Black edition 3.4 ghz. 16gb RAM. XFX GeForce GTS 250
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I'm not having any real problems. I've tried to run games and they don't run at high settings any more. I suppose I'm graphics spoiled. I tried to run LA Nior a few years back and it just couldn't do it. I've upgraded to 16gb of RAM since then so that could help. I saw that chart and it is extensive. I noticed the FTW edition but it didn't tell what was so special about it.
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I suppose I should throw in my system specs. Windows 10. AMD phenom II Black edition 3.4 ghz. 16gb RAM. XFX GeForce GTS 250
Saddly upgrading from 8 or 12gb ram to 16gb ram is unlikely to improve your gaming performance in a marked way unless your trying to play a ton of games while having 40 tabs open in chrome. I can't remember quite where the processor falls in terms of performance but I would agree your GPU is probably the weakest component. $100 isn't much, you might expand your budget to $150 or so to get more options. Toms hardware always does a GPU buying guide for the money that I find helpful, and sometimes with Slickdeals you can buy the more expensive card for less.

What resolution are you playing at?
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Saddly upgrading from 8 or 12gb ram to 16gb ram is unlikely to improve your gaming performance in a marked way unless your trying to play a ton of games while having 40 tabs open in chrome. I can't remember quite where the processor falls in terms of performance but I would agree your GPU is probably the weakest component. $100 isn't much, you might expand your budget to $150 or so to get more options. Toms hardware always does a GPU buying guide for the money that I find helpful, and sometimes with Slickdeals you can buy the more expensive card for less.

What resolution are you playing at?
I was looking at their guide and it looked like their budget card was pretty similar to my current card (it's just smaller). I usually play at 1900x1080. It ran Deus Ex Human Revolution at release perfectly but that was years ago. Looking over my steam list I couldn't play Witcher 2 it was so laggy. I had to turn the graphic quality down on Hitman Absolution to get it to run smoothly. Natural Selection 2 was unplayable.
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I was looking at their guide and it looked like their budget card was pretty similar to my current card (it's just smaller). I usually play at 1900x1080. It ran Deus Ex Human Revolution at release perfectly but that was years ago. Looking over my steam list I couldn't play Witcher 2 it was so laggy. I had to turn the graphic quality down on Hitman Absolution to get it to run smoothly. Natural Selection 2 was unplayable.
or I play at 1920x1200 I can't remember
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Id go for 950, 960, or 970. 750 TI is great for the price too, but the extra $50 for 960 is worth it imo... And I think the 970 is the best card for performance for your dollar that will actually play everything really well.
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There is a GTX 750Ti SSC [amazon.com] for $109 or a Gigabyte AMD R7 360 [amazon.com] for $109.99 as well. Both will surpass your current video card and be within your price range.
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Are you running into any problems with gaming with your current card? If so, which games?

From a GTS 250, you'd want to go to at least a 650 Ti or 750 Ti to see a real improvement. Check out the hierarchy chart at Toms Hardware [tomshardware.com], and look for cards at least 3 tiers up from where you are now. Newegg does have an EVGA 750 Ti [newegg.com] for $120 AR FS. Not sure if the FTW edition is worth the extra $16.
Thanks for the links. Very helpful.
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I vote 950 (not much slower than a 960) or a 380 (somewhat faster than a 960). If you have a 400W PSU or better, you should be fine running any of these cards. The 950 can be had for about $130 and the 380 and 960 around $160.

That being said, since you have an older box you might have compatiblity issues with the newer.cards (event the 750Ti). You might just want find a good deal on a 660/Ti.
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You might want to look at just using 8GB of RAM sometimes with more there is swapping going on that can make it slower and for games it is not really faster http://www.techspot.com/article/1...page3.html
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