View Full Version : I'm also buying a video card

05-22-2006, 10:48 AM
All I need is something that will meet the basic requirements for most newer games. Right now, I'm using some integrated graphics crap that came with my Dell. My brother bought Medal of Honor Pacific Assault for his computer and I was pissed that my computer didn't even meet the minimum requirements. I rarely play games but it would be nice if I wouldn't have to worry about the requirements if I ever look into a game that I'm interested in. My limit is $60. I'm not looking for anything fancy. I just need something that gets the job done. I really don't know anything about video cards so I'm not sure what I should be looking for. I need some recommendations or advice for shopping for a video card. kthx

05-22-2006, 10:52 AM
What slots have you got free?

05-22-2006, 10:52 AM
I have a free pci slot.

05-22-2006, 11:07 AM
I'd highly recommened the NVIDIA N6600GT. Although it's costs more than what you want to pay for it, it's really worth the money. It should cost around $140 I think, which is more than double what you want to spend... Although PCI is usually cheaper.

05-22-2006, 12:10 PM
oh fuck, I've been reading more about video cards but the cards I'm interested in require a Accelerated Graphics Port, which my mother board doesn't have. =(

05-22-2006, 12:12 PM
Yea that's shit computers for you.

Last time I had a bundled computer, I bought a TNT2 (16mb) video card for my PCI slot. Ah, memories.

But look around. I'm sure there's some crap for PCI out there.

05-22-2006, 12:12 PM
I doubt that $60,00 will do it for the minimum requirements of the latest games. Here in Brazil i'd have to spend at least 200 dollars to get a decent graphics card.

05-22-2006, 12:14 PM
You can get a real sweet deal from some overstocked liquidator, in the US. Not quite for 60$, but somehwere in the under 100 vacinity.

05-22-2006, 12:21 PM
So I narrowed down my choices to these. I have no idea which one to choose.


05-27-2006, 09:59 PM
So I just ordered an ATI Radeon 9250 256mb. It's worth $100 but I got it for $70 because it has a $30 rebate that expires today.

Is it decent enough?

05-28-2006, 10:10 AM
Yep, you've got yourself some candy. With that one you'll have a decent gaming experience.

05-28-2006, 01:35 PM
Actually, I ended up canceling my order, and got this instead.
I think it's originally worth $90 dollars but it's an open box product so I got it cheap. From what I read, 128mb cards outperform 256mb cards when talking about low end cards. The Radeon didn't fully support directX 9 games either so I ordered the geforce because I think it has more features and it's more likely to support newer games like Battle Field 2. Also, this particular geforce apparently has good overclocking potential.

05-28-2006, 04:07 PM
That's seriously not a decent graphics card for todays games on a PCI Slot, unless its PCI-Express.

I've heard that the 9250 can run Counter-Strike Source reasonably well, so it'll do you for a while but not for long!

My graphics card still runs all the latest games no problem at all, and its over 3 years old =)

05-28-2006, 05:13 PM
heh, I just cancelled my last order again. I'm gonna buy a cheap motherobard with an agp slot for 18 dollars.
I could take off the cpu off my current mother board, right? how would I go about removing the motherboard off my case anyways?

These are my new choices for a video card now.

05-28-2006, 08:31 PM
fuck, I put down the wrong links. These are the right ones.

05-28-2006, 08:41 PM
Your best bet are the hardware benchmarks. I, for one, wouldn't know the specifics of a video card save for what I occasionaly catch on a techie site. But this stuff changes so quickly...

05-28-2006, 09:02 PM
Reading this thread has been mad informative. I gotta narrow my choices down based on how much I can spend. :confused:


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05-29-2006, 03:28 AM
If you're gonna be able to go for an AGP card, I can recommend the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro 128Mb. I got it when it first came out just over 3 years ago and it still runs the latest games no problem.

Get around 60-100 frames per second on Half-Life 2. And thats with detail and texture high, and with a high resolution.

05-29-2006, 08:20 PM
FUCK YOU, DELL! Never again I'll buy a Dell I tell you. I'm so getting a job this summer so I could build my own PC from scratch.

It turns out Dell motherboards aren't really interchangeable with any other motherboard. I'm gonna end up getting this cheap $27 video card. It's suppose to be better than the more expensive cards.

It'll have to do for now untill I try to buy a new pc this summer.

05-30-2006, 02:15 AM
That's a shame.

I'm glad I got a decent graphics card with my system when I ordered it from Dell 3 years ago.

05-30-2006, 03:05 AM
I'd highly recommened the NVIDIA N6600GT. Although it's costs more than what you want to pay for it, it's really worth the money. It should cost around $140 I think, which is more than double what you want to spend... Although PCI is usually cheaper.
Great choice. I own that one, it's one of the most balanced (or used to be, at least when I bought it half year ago) graphics cards on the market. You can get highly satisfying frame rates on most recent video games (on high settings), including "graphically" tough ones like F.E.A.R., Tomb Raider Legend, Prince Of Persia 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Quake IV, CoD 2, etc. I still haven't tried out Elder Scrolls IV, I've heard it's one of the most heavy games at the moment. Oh, the new SIN EPISODES works great under that graphics card too.