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Old March 6, 2011, 06:16 PM
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So, for anyone who hasn't read one of my previous threads I am running integrated hd 3200 for SCII right now and it is playable (on low settings). Rest of my setup is x3 710, 4gb ddr2 @1066, playing at 1680x1050 (full specs in my signature). I am looking for a low-mid range card to help me out with FPS and details in SCII only. I don't require the best of the best and am usually after bang for buck. I will be looking for a card the end of April (or if a deal comes up sooner) and I will only consider current gen cards. Noise must be kept to a minimum when it comes to final selection on fan design. My thoughts now are keep it cheap on an hd 5670 and deal with probably medium settings. Or step up to an hd 5750/5770 or gts 450. I know the 5770 is generally the best card of the bunch, but reviews seem mixed for performance in SCII. Some show minimal difference from 5750 to 5770 (though normally the $10-15 difference would push me to a 5770 anyway). The HC review shows the 450 having higher avg fps than a 5770, but the 5770 having better min fps. Other reviews show the 450 keeping the edge over the 5770 in all SCII scenarios.

My upper price limit is going to be around $120, but obviously the cheaper the better, while still getting the job done. What's your thoughts?
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grab a used 5770 for well under 100 bucks, if you wish. or a 460 768 megger for around 100
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NCIX has a good deal on the 1GB Powercolor HD 5750: NCIX.com - Buy Powercolor AX5750 1GBD5-HV2 Radeon HD 5750 700MHZ 1GB 4.6GHZ GDDR5 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E Video Card - PowerColor - AX5750 1GBD5-HV2 - in Canada
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I'd aim for a 768MB GTX460. It should be feasible for $120 new but on-sale. If not it shouldn't be too hard to find a used one. Better than any 57x0 card and the GTS450.
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I'd aim for a 768MB GTX460. It should be feasible for $120 new but on-sale. If not it shouldn't be too hard to find a used one. Better than any 57x0 card and the GTS450.
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I would love to believe I could grab a decent 460 768mb for <$120 (if I can I will be all over it), but the prices have gone up on those cards now that the market has stabilized. From what I have seen the 460s have been selling used around the $130 +shipping mark. As for getting a new one for $120 I don't think it will happen. I should have also clarified that my $120 is an all in total (shipping and tax). MIR are excellent, but I still won't go above that $120 (except for maybe $5 or so if its an awesome deal with MIR). So a new card like the one yukontrooper linked to (hd 5750) will likely be my upper limit without going used. I am capping myself at that price, since I am only going to be using it for SCII (for the foreseable future) and don't want to sink more than that into it.

Should be able to find a 5770 for <$100 shipped, but most that I have seen for sale so far are reference design (from what I have read it may be too loud for my liking). I only have one desktop that is used day to day by my family, so it needs to be quiet.
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I do agree with the other 2 that the GTX 460 is a solid choice, but I was taking into account your price limit per your first post. That HD 5750 I linked to has a nice non-reference cooler on it. I put together two budget builds for a couple of friends before they went back to school in September and used the 512MB version of that card in both builds. Even at 1920x1080 the cards played SC2 without hitch around medium settings. These builds also utilized Phenom II X2 555 BE chips, just for some additional info.
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Would this be acceptable to you?

Zotac GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 675MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card Price: $109.99 CAD after $30 MIR

Granted it's sold out now, but if you catch the weekly NCIX sale (Wednesdays around 10PM EST) you might be able to snag one at a similar price.
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Would this be acceptable to you?

Zotac GeForce GTX 460 Fermi 675MHZ 768MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Mini-HDMI PCI-E DX11 Video Card Price: $109.99 CAD after $30 MIR

Granted it's sold out now, but if you catch the weekly NCIX sale (Wednesdays around 10PM EST) you might be able to snag one at a similar price.
Would be a great deal that I wish I could say yes to, but the bottom line is that its $139.99+tax (in NS its 15%) which runs out to $160.99 out of pocket. Great deal after MIR, on a card that I consider to be a great bang for buck, but still a bit out of my price range. Gotta keep costs down for this SCII GPU (I know its far less than most of you spend on a GPU). Got a trip to Florida that needs funding as well. If I gamed more on my computer I would definitely invest more in the GPU.

I think I will be keeping an eye out for a nice used 5770/ gts 450. Looking back through old buy sell threads I see I missed a few opportunities...too bad I wasn't looking at the time. Seen an hd 5770 vapor-x for a good price that would have suited my needs perfectly. Oh hind sight...
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Ah so you're looking to spend no more than $120 taxes/shipping in before rebates. Gotcha.

What kind of time-frame are you looking at? Some new cards may be showing up shortly which might drive prices down. Or just keep a sharp eye on Newegg/NCIX daily specials and our BST area.

If you don't mind used stuff, a GTX260/275, HD4890, HD5830/50 would all be reasonable options too. Not sure what their going prices are though.
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