What is the best video card for under $150?

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1080p max is fine, and 4gb max too. I'm not looking to do any extreme gaming with it, just need something more than the integrated graphics can provide. New build, 10th gen intel; had hoped would suffice, but even playing goat simulator with my son get some lag in split screen. Prefer lower power draw, Nvidia first choice, but whatever's best. Have 500w Super Flower PSU and can fit full size GPU. Thanks.
 

tom_ozahoski

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An used 1060 6GB will be a great choice.

Edit: I could swear this said $100 when I responded earlier.
A 1650 Super is a little faster but a little more expensive.
 
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I wouldn't buy old ass cards like 9xx series or even 1xxx anymore.
They are just too old, the warranty is out and there's a too big risk that they will fail.
 

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You can see my thread a few down, which is very similar in scope. Tl;dr: just picked up a returned-to-Amazon 1650 Super for <$150, so keep an eye on things. You have to make your own value assessment on new vs used. I needed a card asap, so didn't have time to hunt used, but I'm sure I could have picked up more computational hardware if I had. Your choice.
 

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You can see my thread a few down, which is very similar in scope. Tl;dr: just picked up a returned-to-Amazon 1650 Super for <$150, so keep an eye on things. You have to make your own value assessment on new vs used. I needed a card asap, so didn't have time to hunt used, but I'm sure I could have picked up more computational hardware if I had. Your choice.

Plus, you get to test it for 30-days to make sure it works. However, do be aware that not all manufacturers will honor the warranty if the condition on the Invoice is marked "used". I had that issue with Kingston memory where it won't honor the warranty. For GPU, I believe EVGA and MSI are both serial number based. Perhaps ASUS and Gigabyte as well?
 
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You can see my thread a few down, which is very similar in scope. Tl;dr: just picked up a returned-to-Amazon 1650 Super for <$150, so keep an eye on things. You have to make your own value assessment on new vs used. I needed a card asap, so didn't have time to hunt used, but I'm sure I could have picked up more computational hardware if I had. Your choice.
I see some 1650 Super new for around $150, that looks like a good card for the money.
 

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You might be able to find a 1070 if you get lucky. They hover around 200 but if you are patient you can find them cheaper.
 

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Might find a deal on a used 1660 (non-super) for sub $150. I've seen a R9 Fury go for under $100 in FS/FT.

I don't really agree with the sentiment of staying away from an old card just because its old and out of warranty. The price usually reflects the out of warranty status (and not very many cards are warranty transferable anyway). I'd say away from older cards if you value power consumption and heat produced.
 

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2nd Opinion, TechPowerUp:

https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/geforce-gtx-1650.c3366

Relative performance is 1650: 100%, 980 is 133%


What About 1650 Super?

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It has the exact same performance as a GTX 980 (see 1650 in that table, for comparison), and the same amount of ram.You can get on e with a warranty for about $160 :D

https://www.newegg.com/asus-geforce-gtx-1650-super-ph-gtx1650s-o4g/p/N82E16814126357

Why buy used?
 

Derfnofred

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Plus, you get to test it for 30-days to make sure it works. However, do be aware that not all manufacturers will honor the warranty if the condition on the Invoice is marked "used". I had that issue with Kingston memory where it won't honor the warranty. For GPU, I believe EVGA and MSI are both serial number based. Perhaps ASUS and Gigabyte as well?
Fortunately this one is a MSI Super Ventus. :) I am definitely loving the lack of noise and heat!

Not quite the deal /dev/null/ found but I'm very happy about my purchase nonetheless.
 

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What About 1650 Super

It has the exact same performance as a GTX 980 (see 1650 in that table, for comparison), and the same amount of ram.You can get on e with a warranty for about $160 :D

https://www.newegg.com/asus-geforce-gtx-1650-super-ph-gtx1650s-o4g/p/N82E16814126357
Decent as well, but $20 more ($15 over his budget) than the 570 and 1/2 the ram. Guess it depends on what you play at that point. Wish that chart showed the 8gb 570 in the comparison, hard to say how much difference it makes (and I know for sure that will be game and resolution dependent).
 
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Decent as well, but $20 more ($15 over his budget) than the 570 and 1/2 the ram. Guess it depends on what you play at that point. Wish that chart showed the 8gb 570 in the comparison, hard to say how much difference it makes (and I know for sure that will be game and resolution dependent).
I think I'd read that for 1080p 4gb card was plenty, don't know for sure; but assuming 4gb would be plenty for me. The 1650 Super with gddr6 seems good. My PSU has both 6 & 8 pin.
 

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I think I'd read that for 1080p 4gb card was plenty, don't know for sure; but assuming 4gb would be plenty for me. The 1650 Super with gddr6 seems good. My PSU has both 6 & 8 pin.
It's dependent on the games but you can't really go wrong either way. Pick the one you like and game on. Maybe find what games you/your son plays the most and find some benches, but if it's just for some goat simulator and the likes.i doubt your notice one way or the other so since you were leaning Nvidia from the get to, I'd probably go that route and I'm sure it'll handle things well.
 

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Looks like the AMD Fury cards can be purchased on eBay for a touch over $100. That’s a pretty beasty card for 1080p, and even some 1440p.

Otherwise head to 1070

1060 doesn’t have quite enough legroom for 1080p max settings in my experience. It’s close, but you probably will have to turn a couple options down for 60FPS af 1080p

1070 will run basically anything at >= 60 FPS at 1080p max settings.
 

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Looks like the AMD Fury cards can be purchased on eBay for a touch over $100. That’s a pretty beasty card for 1080p, and even some 1440p.

Otherwise head to 1070

1060 doesn’t have quite enough legroom for 1080p max settings in my experience. It’s close, but you probably will have to turn a couple options down for 60FPS af 1080p

1070 will run basically anything at >= 60 FPS at 1080p max settings.

I like how you have a divergent opinion about this. For a lot of people, they just see avg frame rate and assume that's what they'll always see in the game. I usually skim past the avg fps and lock onto the lows, to see what it's going to feel like in the real world when things get cookin. having 60 fps on an open road in far cry looking at the sky isn't the same as 24 fps in a gunfight when it matters.
 

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I wouldn't buy old ass cards like 9xx series or even 1xxx anymore.
They are just too old, the warranty is out and there's a too big risk that they will fail.
Old thread bump. Sorry. I came to say this. I have been purchasing old and used cards since 2012 and have never had one fail on me except for one, and that was my fault for experimenting on something and pumping the wrong voltage into its PCI-Express power input. Otherwise not a single one has failed:

- GTX-560
- GTX-660TI - this is the one I fried
- GTX-770
- GTX-750TI

The 560 is still being used by a friend of mine who games on it using a 1280x1024 monitor. :D It's a 2GB version. Otherwise I'm sure it would have been rendered useless by now.
 

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I wouldn't buy old ass cards like 9xx series or even 1xxx anymore.
They are just too old, the warranty is out and there's a too big risk that they will fail.

I have 20+ year old Riva TNT's and 3dfx Voodoo's still working.

Why people think a anything without moving parts (fans are replaceable) has a 'big risk to fail' is beyond me.
 

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Lack of experience.
I have 20+ year old Riva TNT's and 3dfx Voodoo's still working.

Why people think a anything without moving parts (fans are replaceable) has a 'big risk to fail' is beyond me.

Eh, you might want to inspect the board. Fine electronics are prone to fail more often than mechanical moving parts.
 
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